The NCAA Division III Membership Committee recently announced that Alfred State has satisfied the requirements of year three of the membership process and will move on to year four in 2017-18.
"We are excited to enter the fourth and final year of our provisional status," commented Director of Athletics Jason Doviak. "The finish line is within site and we are eager to officially become a member of Division III. Our coaches and staff have followed the guidelines set forth by the NCAA and are looking forward to completing the process."
The DIII provisional membership process takes four years and each year has different requirements and duties that an institution must fulfill. The NCAA and its membership committee work hand in hand with the institution to acclimate the college to DIII policies and procedures. Once the process is complete, Alfred State will have all the benefits of full membership, including voting rights on DIII legislation, postseason play, committee memberships, as well as institutional grants and student-athlete awards.
College President Dr. Skip Sullivan echoed the excitement of Doviak. "Alfred State is pleased to provide the opportunity of NCAA athletics for our students and the college community. This milestone is yet another indication of our excellent athletic department and staff."
Over 400 student-athletes compete at Alfred State. The college will sponsor 19 intercollegiate teams in 2017-18 with the addition of Western Equestrian. The athletic department also oversees physical education and the campus fitness centers.
Alfred State is slated to finish the membership process and become a full NCAA DIII member beginning in the 2018-19 school year.