The University of the Incarnate Word is only one year away before coming up for full membership in NCAA Division I.
Following the 2016-17 season, if UIW is passed through to full membership in Division I, the Cardinals will be fully eligible in every sport for conference and NCAA post-season play beginning with the 2017-18 season.
The NCAA Division I Strategic Vision and Planning Committee advanced UIW into Year Four of the reclassification process in July.
Sandy Hatfield Clubb, chair of the NCAA Division I Strategic Vision and Planning Committee, informed Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr., UIW’s longtime president, the UIW strategic plan had been reviewed and it was decided the university should be advanced into the final year of the reclassification process.
UIW has been making the four-year transition with membership in the Southland Conference. UIW finished ninth out of 13 schools in the 2015-16 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup. The men’s basketball team tied for third place in the league while football finished in fourth. On the women’s side, the cross country team was fourth while the indoor and outdoor track-and-field teams each finished in fifth place. Academically, UIW has led the conference the last two spring seasons in the number of student-athletes earning kudos in the classroom.
“We are extremely excited to have received the news that we have advanced to the final year of the Division I reclassification process,” said John Williams, UIW director of athletics. “(UIW) as a whole has worked very hard to make sure we meet all the necessary requirements to fulfill this major task. Our athletic staff, coaches and student-athletes are looking forward to the final year of the process.”