St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) has moved into the fourth year of the provisional membership process, effective September 1, 2010.
If St. Joseph’s successfully completes year four, as it has the previous three, it will become a full active member in the 2011-12 season.
“The NCAA membership process has been a long journey and we now enter the home stretch thanks to the collective efforts of the students, faculty and staff,” remarked Carbone. “This process has provided countless opportunities not only for our student-athletes, but for the entire St. Joseph’s community.”
As a provisional member, the Athletic Department must follow all NCAA Division III by-laws, however, the College cannot vote on NCAA legislation, is ineligible for post-season championships and is not considered an NCAA opponent until it enters the third year of the provisional process. Additionally, records and statistics are not recognized for the official NCAA Division III record books until full active membership.
Brooklyn Athletics began the road to join the NCAA in 2005 with a mandatory exploratory year to determine if Division III membership was appropriate for the College and if the program was ready to begin the four-year process. At the time, the Brooklyn Campus sponsored five intercollegiate varsity sports.
With Division III membership approaching 450, limited institutions are selected each year to begin the provisional process. Brooklyn Athletics was forced to wait an additional year before commencing the provisional process in the 2007-08 season.
Now entering the final year, the program now boasts 11 varsity sports (men’s & women’s basketball, men’s & women’s volleyball, men’s & women’s cross country, men’s & women’s tennis, women’s swimming, baseball and softball) and four club teams (soccer, golf, dance and step), with over 140 student-athletes, encompassing approximately 22% of the full-time, undergraduate student body.
On an NCAA level, St. Joseph’s is a member of the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I). St. Joseph’s also remains an active member within the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), which offers national post-season championship opportunities. Both Associations also provide numerous opportunities for student-athlete athletic and academic recognition on a national level, which St. Joseph’s has been extremely successful.
Locally, St. Joseph’s competes in the Hudson Valley Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conferences (HVMAC & HVWAC) which are comprised of 10 institutions from the New York Metropolitan area.