On Monday, July 12, Trevecca Nazarene University received word that its application for membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II was denied. One of the specific technical requirements for NCAA membership is that the university sponsor 11 sports. Trevecca launched its 10th and 11th sports in the spring, men’s and women’s cross country. The competition of these teams in the fall will give the university a stronger application basis. In the coming days the NCAA will provide specifics regarding why Trevecca was not accepted into membership.
While this news is disappointing, University administrators agree that the 18-month study of Trevecca’s athletic programs that led to this application and the process of applying to the NCAA was a positive learning experience, one that will greatly benefit the University’s athletic programs.
Trevecca desires to bring the values of NCAA Division II to the Middle Tennessee area—strong academic expectation for athletes, community service, and a program for those going pro in something other than professional sports. The NCAA Division-II brand is a fit for the values of Trevecca. With confidence in the strength of the program and appreciation for the opportunity to compete for a coveted NCAA DII membership, Trevecca will work toward future membership.