NCAA Approves D'Youville for Provisional Year Two
Buffalo, New York – July 12, 2021 – The NCAA Division II Membership Committee approved D’Youville’s continued transition to becoming a Division II member earlier this week.
“We are thrilled the NCAA has approved D’Youville Athletics to advance to year two of the Provisional Membership process to Division II,” said Ona Halladay. “This has been an entire campus effort, and we are eager to continue the path to becoming a full member of the East Coast Conference and Division II.”
The 2021-22 academic year will be the Saints’ second in a three-year transition period before becoming a full Division II and East Coast Conference member starting in 2023-24.
Currently, D’Youville sponsors 15 varsity sports, and spring 2022 will bring the debut of men’s lacrosse to the Saints portfolio. Fourteen of the Saints’ sports are sponsored by the East Coast Conference, with women’s crew being the only sport that does not compete under the ECC banner.
Schools transitioning from one classification to another must follow a three-year provisional period, each year carrying success thresholds. Schools are not eligible to compete in postseason play at the ECC and NCAA levels during the three years. However, the Saints will figure into the ECC standings during the three-year process.