The NCAA Division III membership committee announced this week that it has granted exploratory status to the Alfred State athletic program. Alfred State submitted the NCAA application in January.
“Moving to NCAA is a natural evolution in creating a four-year college environment at Alfred State. We are excited about the prospects of having our athletes compete for four years wearing the blue & gold,” said Alfred State President, John Anderson.
Under NCAA guidelines, 2012-13 will be an exploratory year in which Pioneer athletes will continue to participate in the NJCAA while the college works with the NCAA on meeting their requirements. If granted, Alfred State will then move to probationary status in 2013-14 for the next four years as the department competes in NCAA DIII.
Currently the college is exploring options for conference affiliations with the possibility of joining multiple conferences to satisfy the sport mix currently at the college.
Alfred State currently offers 18 intercollegiate athletic teams (baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, volleyball, and wrestling). Over the years, Alfred State has won 13 NJCAA National titles and 77 Regional titles.