YHC Advances to Candidacy Year Two in NCAA Division II Membership Process

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Young Harris College Advances to Candidacy Year Two in NCAA Division II Membership Process

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College has received notification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association  that it has successfully completed Candidacy Year One in the association's Division II membership process and is now in Candidacy Year Two.

Young Harris President Cathy Cox and Director of Athletics Randy Dunn were notified in a phone call Friday (July 13).

“The NCAA sets the gold standard for college athletics, and this first year of our candidacy membership has required us to meet those high standards in everything we’ve done,” said President Cox. “We are delighted to get the ‘go-ahead’ for year-two of our membership, and we’re ready to take on higher levels of athletic competition and academic achievement of our student athletes.”

Full, active membership in NCAA Division II is a three-year process, and the Mountain Lions are now one-third of the way complete and look forward to gaining active membership status by 2014-15.

The Mountain Lions are set to begin their first season as members of the Peach Belt Conference this year. Though it will not be eligible for national competition until it completes the membership process and gains active status, Young Harris  will be immediately eligible for all regular-season championships without automatic bids, and all other PBC awards, including all-conference and all-academic honors for its student-athletes.  Young Harris will not be eligible for participation in any PBC Championships which award automatic bids to NCAA Tournaments until it becomes a full-fledged member of NCAA Division II.

The Mountain Lions currently field men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s tennis, all of which are PBC Championship sports. YHC will add men’s and women’s lacrosse as well as competitive cheerleading this fall.

“We are so honored to have been moved forward to year two,” said Dunn. “This transition has been a campuswide effort since we began the NCAA membership process. I would like to thank everyone at YHC for their continued support as we strive to become fully-active members of NCAA Division II.”

President Cox echoed Dunn’s remarks, and added, “This is a big milestone for us – and it couldn’t have happened without the leadership of Randy Dunn, our superb coaching and athletic staffs, and all the academic support staff who play important roles in a first-rate athletic program.”

The 2012-13 athletics year kicks off Aug. 30 when the Mountain Lions hosts King (Tenn.) College in a 4 p.m. women’s soccer match at the Frances Wood Wilson Soccer Field.

To find out more about Young Harris College Athletics, visit yhcathletics.com.