Young Harris College Approved for Provisional Year in NCAA Division II
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. –Young Harris College is one step closer to becoming full members of NCAA Division II.
YHC President Cathy Cox and Director of Athletics Randy Dunn were notified in a phone call that the Mountain Lions were approved for their provisional year in the NCAA Division II membership process. The provisional status comes in year three of a three-year transition towards NCAA Division II membership.
“It is a big day for the College,” said Cox. “We are delighted to move forward to the provisional year of the membership process. Our Departments of Athletics, Registrar Office, Office of Admissions, Office of Financial Aid, Student Development and Faculty Athletics Representative have all worked extremely hard over the past several years to put us one step closer to our goal of active NCAA membership.”
A successful year in the provisional status would allow YHC to become full NCAA members in time for the 2014-15 academic year. The provisional year requires YHC to function like an NCAA Division II institution. That includes full compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations, adhering to recruiting and scheduling guidelines, and the filing of all necessary paperwork within the organization. The College will also have a mandatory evaluation of its compliance program in the fall.
“I am extremely happy we were moved forward in the membership process to the provisional year,” said Dunn. “It gets YHC one step closer to our ultimate goal of active membership in Division II, which will allow our student-athletes the opportunity to compete for championships.”
The Mountain Lions will begin their second season as a member of the Peach Belt Conference in 2013-14. YHC will not be eligible for national competition until it completes the membership process and gains active status; however, the Mountain Lions will continue to be 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. The Mountain Lions 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, competitive cheerleading, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis.
The 2013-14 athletics year kicks off Sept. 5 when the Mountain Lions hosts Shorter University 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.