Saturday, July 16, 2016

SIAC: NCAA advances Spring Hill College to Provisional Membership status

MOBILE, Alabama – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) notified Spring Hill College (SHC) on Thursday that the Membership Committee determined the College has successfully completed Candidacy Membership (Year Two) and recommends that Spring Hill be advanced to Provisional Membership (Year Three) in its process toward full membership in NCAA Division II as directed by the Division II Membership Committee. The decision is subject to final approval from the NCAA Division II Management Council that meets July 18-19. Spring Hill College president Dr. Christopher Puto received the official notification via a phone call on Thursday afternoon.

"We are excited and very pleased to be taking this next important step in the NCAA membership process." Puto said. "This represents a great deal of hard work by not only our Athletics staff but many other offices on campus as well and it is rewarding to see everything moving forward so well. We are looking forward to successfully fulfilling all requirements as this final provisional year progresses."

The Provisional Membership year is the third and final year of the NCAA candidacy process after which Spring Hill will achieve full NCAA Division II membership status for the 2017-18 academic year. During the upcoming 2016-17 academic year, the 16 SHC varsity athletic programs making the transition to NCAA Division II will play full slates of NCAA Division II conference and non-conference regular season competition, but will remain ineligible for NCAA or conference post-season competition. SHC will become eligible for post-season competition in 2017-18 when full membership status is achieved.

In October 2012, Spring Hill College accepted an invitation to join the 13-member Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and began the application process for NCAA membership. The College also holds affiliate membership in the Gulf South Conference in the sports of men's soccer, women's soccer and women's golf.


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