Ohio Dominican Continues Path to NCCAA, Conference Extends Offer for Membership




COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University has accepted an invitation and submitted an application for membership to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). If approved by the GLIAC executive council and administration, ODU will commence play in August 2010.

“In so many ways, the GLIAC and its member institutions represent the ideals Ohio Dominican University seeks to uphold as an NCAA Division II member,” said Dr. Brian P. Nedwek, ODU President. “The contributions GLIAC institutions make to their communities, their students, and the NCAA is impressive, and we are humbled by this invitation to stand with these preeminent colleges and universities.” Ohio Dominican is currently a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The GLIAC was founded in 1972 and has been a leader in the advancement and promotion of intercollegiate athletics for men and women for 37 years. Overall the GLIAC conducts championships in 20 sports; 10 for men and 10 for women. The policy-making body of the GLIAC is the Executive Council, which is comprised of three representatives from each member institution - its director of athletics, faculty athletics representative and senior woman administrator.

ODU joined the NCAA Division II as exploratory members on September 1, 2008 for the 2008-2009 school year. The Division II prescribed timeline for membership is three years. The first two years are spent in exploratory membership, followed by one year of provisional membership. If As an active NCAA Division II member, Ohio Dominican would be the only university in Central Ohio to be NCAA DII. Since 2002, ODU has taken several steps to meet NCAA Division II requirements, including:

  • Expanding its athletic programs, currently offering 14 intercollegiate sports: men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, football, and men’s and women’s soccer.
  • Expanding sports facilities, including Panther Field, with stadium lighting and additional practice fields, a new training room, weight rooms and athletic offices. This summer, the university will expand its baseball and softball facilities.
  • Breaking ground for a new 82,000-square-foot student center, to open in the fall of 2009, which features new locker room facilities, a fitness center, gymnasium expansion, and an athletic office complex. The student center will augment and improve the university’s existing intercollegiate athletic facilities.

As a prospective member of the NCAA Division II, it is important for us to be a member of an existing conference,” said Jamie Caridi, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Retention. “During our student athlete recruitment process, we have heard positive feedback on our NCAA membership process, and students, coaches, and staff want to be a part of that experience.”

Link to GLIAC Web site - http://www.gliac.org/general_news/2008-09/Membership_Apps