NCAA approves Lake Erie College as Division II Provisional Member
August 4, 2008 – Lake Erie College has been accepted as an NCAA Division II Provisional member as of Sept. 1, 2008. The news was received recently in a conference call between Lake Erie College administrators and the NCAA membership staff.
Lake Erie will now compete as an independent member of Division II for the 2008-09 academic year after most recently competing as a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) at the Division III level as one of the league’s founding members in 1997. With the provisional status, Lake Erie will compete against other Division II members, but will not have the ability to participate in any NCAA championships. The College will however, still be eligible for awards and championship participation within the Eastern Colleges Athletic Conference (ECAC).
“We are extremely pleased to be approved for the transition to Division II,” said Lake Erie College President Michael T. Victor. “The core values of Division II coincide with the values of our own institution. Values such as balance, resourcefulness, service, learning, sportsmanship and passion not only exemplify the Division II athlete, but the entire student population at Lake Erie College. In both the academic and athletics realms, we strive to give our students the best possible opportunities. This announcement is an illustration of those efforts.”
College director of athletics Griz Zimmermann is also pleased with the announcement that puts the Storm on schedule to become an active member within one year, “Lake Erie College has grown significantly in the past few years and this transition process shows our willingness to accept challenges and move ahead. We have worked hard to make it to this point in the process and will continue to work harder to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming a full-fledged member of NCAA Division II.”
The projected timeline is for Lake Erie to compete as a provisional member for one year as of Sept. 1, 2008. Throughout that time, the College will be evaluated before having the opportunity to be approved as an active member of Division II. The College will also explore its options for conference membership and could enter a league as early as the 2010-11 academic year. This progress comes on the heels of two years of Division II exploratory status, in which the College completed with the conclusion of this past school year.
Lake Erie College is currently home to 16 varsity teams, with football taking the field as a varsity competitor for the first time in fall 2008. The athletics lineup will increase to 20 teams with the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse and tennis for the following year.