media release

NCAA grants SFU athletics provisional membership status

July 08, 2011
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Contact:
Tim Rahilly, associate VP students and international, 778.782.4004; trahilly@sfu.ca
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.3210/9017; marianne_meadahl@sfu.ca


A year after becoming a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, the Simon Fraser University Clan athletics program has received notification from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) that it has been granted provisional status by the NCAA Division II committee.

“We are tremendously excited to be given provisional status by the NCAA Division II committee,” say Jon Driver, Vice-President Academic. “Simon Fraser’s administration, athletics and recreation, and our student-athletes have worked diligently to achieve our goals and this is a step in the right direction for our university.”

With provisional status, SFU will now be able to function as an NCAA Division II school, competing under the NCAA’s branding standards, banner, and logo, effective on September 1, 2011.

This past year the Clan completed the exploratory phase of the process after the NCAA approved SFU’s bid to join Division II in July 2009.

SFU was originally expected to begin competing in the NCAA in 2011-12, but after being removed from the CIS a year earlier than expected, the GNAC allowed SFU to compete as a full conference member in time for the 2010-11 season.

The Clan currently have 17 varsity teams competing in collegiate athletics.

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