AUM Now Full NCAA Division II Member
Auburn University at Montgomery has been promoted by the NCAA to full NCAA Division II membership status.
AUM is now eligible to compete in NCAA postseason play. The Warhawks will compete in the Gulf South Conference as a full member starting Fall of this year.
AUM student-athletes, coaches and administrators are also now eligible for conference honors and awards.
AUM met all of the necessary benchmarks set by the NCAA Membership Committee during the three-year membership process. The NCAA notified AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton and Director of Athletics Jessie Rosa of the committee ruling during a Friday morning conference call. Alabama News Network got their reaction shortly after that call.
“Auburn University at Montgomery has a proud tradition in athletics, but we’re certainly excited by the possibilities that exist for us as full-fledged members of NCAA Division II and the Gulf South Conference,” Stockton said in a statement. “We look forward to competing for championships, just as we did at the NAIA level. I would like to thank Director of Athletics Jessie Rosa and her staff for their diligence throughout this three-year process. Today’s milestone would not be possible without the dedication and support of our coaches, student-athletes, faculty, staff and alumni.”
As a result of the decision, AUM’s 11 varsity athletic programs will be eligible for conference and NCAA postseason competition beginning in the fall. AUM student-athletes, coaches and teams will also become eligible for NCAA regional and national awards based on athletic and/or academic performance.
“This is a day to celebrate not only for our athletics department but for the institution as a whole,” Rosa said. “This has truly been a campus-wide effort, including key collaboration from the Office of Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, and Admissions, among other units. The support from everyone from our student-body, administration, donors, alumni, faculty and staff has been tremendous and we look to build upon that as active members of the NCAA.”
Having been a provisional member of the Gulf South Conference since the 2017-18 academic year, the Warhawks will now be active members of the GSC. Beginning this fall AUM teams will become eligible to compete in conference championship events with access to automatic qualifiers for NCAA postseason championships.
The transition to NCAA Division II is a minimum three-year process which began in the 2016-17 academic year. AUM’s status was reviewed at the completion of each academic year, with approval from the NCAA required to advance to the next phase of the process.
Before being accepted into the NCAA membership process, AUM won 25 national championships as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
NCAA Division II is one of the three membership divisions at the National Collegiate Athletic Association, an organization comprising more than 1,200 institutions, conferences and affiliated organizations. Division II is a group of more than 300 colleges and universities that serve almost 90,000 student-athletes nationwide.