Ohio Dominican University Joins Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference



 COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University accepted membership with the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. At a meeting yesterday at the University of Findlay, presidents of the GLIAC schools approved ODU’s application for membership, along with Lake Erie College, effective July 1, 2010.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Ohio Dominican University and our athletic program as we continue our journey to full membership status within the NCAA,” said Ron Seiffert, ODU Interim President. “We are honored to join such a competitive and elite conference as the GLIAC and we’re delighted that Lake Erie College will be joining us. I am particularly grateful for all of the hard work undertaken by our students, coaches, faculty and staff that helped achieve this milestone.”

“The addition of these two institutions is the result of a tremendous partnership with the Presidents Council, the GLIAC office, the GLIAC member institutions and our new members,” stated Grand Valley State University President and chair of the GLIAC Presidents Council, Dr. Thomas Haas. “This expansion will definitely help us achieve our goals of reducing missed class time for our student-athletes and reducing travel costs, while strengthening our league both academically and athletically.”

In March 2008 the university applied for membership with the NCAA Division II. ODU joined the NCAA Division II as candidacy 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 candidacy membership, followed by one year of provisional membership. In January 2009, ODU applied for GLIAC membership. ODU has also recently applied for year two candidacy with the NCAA Division II for July 2009. ODU will begin competing in the GLIAC in 2010-2011 and is scheduled for full membership with the NCAA and the GLIAC in the Fall of 2011.

”We are very excited about the addition of Lake Erie College and Ohio Dominican as provisional members,” stated new GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. “The institutions are an amazing fit within our geographical footprint and with the growth of our conference in the state of Ohio; we will provided exposure in untapped media markets for the GLIAC. The growth will also help offer access and opportunity for prospective student-athletes throughout the state of Ohio within the region and throughout their respective communities.”

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 our 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.
  • Improving our sports facilities, including Panther Field, with stadium lighting and additional practice fields, a new training area, weight rooms and athletic offices. ODU constructed a new 82,000-square-foot student center, to open in August, offering new locker room facilities, a fitness center, expanded gymnasium, and new athletic offices. This summer, the university will also expand its baseball and softball facilities.

For additional information on ODU’s athletics, log on to http://panthers.ohiodominican.edu/