The NCAA Division III Membership Committee has announced that Alfred State has satisfied the requirements of year four of the membership process and is now officially a member of Division III of the NCAA.
We are excited and proud to officially become members of NCAA Division III," commented Director of Athletics Jason Doviak. "This is an achievement that was accomplished based on the hard work and dedication of the athletic department staff and campus community. We feel that we are well prepared to continue providing our student-athletes with a well-rounded and successful college experience. Our student-athletes will now have an opportunity to compete in NCAA Championships and also enhance our ability to attract future students to our campus."
"The Division III Membership Committee is excited to approve Alfred State as one of our four new Division III member institutions," commented Jay Jones, the Associate Director of Division III. "The committee and NCAA staff recognize the great work the entire Alfred State campus has done during the provisional process and we are all thrilled to welcome the Pioneers to Division III."
College President Dr. Skip Sullivan echoed the excitement of Doviak. "Intercollegiate athletics is so important to the culture of Alfred State College, and being a full member in the NCAA Div III ranks will allow our student-athletes unprecedented opportunities. We are excited for all the great things our Pioneers will accomplish."
Alfred State sponsors 19 intercollegiate teams with over 400 student-athletes competing wearing the Pioneer blue & gold. The athletic department also oversees physical education and the campus fitness centers. With this announcement college now has 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.
Beginning this fall, Pioneer student-athletes will compete as full members of the NCAA DIII. They will be joining the 451 institutions and over 190,000 athletes that compete at this level.