July 30, 2014
Roberts Gains DII Status
The Redhawks will be full active members effective Sept. 1
The Roberts Wesleyan College Redhawks will start competing in NCAA Division II and enjoy all membership privileges effective September 1. The College was officially notified on July 18, making Roberts Wesleyan the only Division II institution in the greater Rochester region.
Roberts’ 16 athletics programs (eight men’s and eight women’s) will provide student-athletes the opportunity to compete at a high level of sports while exceling in the classroom and engaging in the broader campus experience. The Division II approach provides opportunities for student growth through academic achievement, learning through a high level of athletic competition and service to the community. “At Roberts, there is a focus on integrity, faith and excellence in sports and in the classroom,” Athletic Director Mike Faro said.
After participating in the East Coast Conference (ECC) the past two academic years, the Redhawks have seen tremendous success, with several programs finishing near the top of their sport's standings. During the 2013-2014 academic year, which was a Division II provisional year and took the College out of official ECC rankings, Women's Basketball, Men's Tennis and Women's Tennis would have qualified for their respective ECC Championship tournament. Both the Men's and Women's Cross Country teams would have lifted the conference banner after winning the ECC Championship meet. The Women's Track & Field team also would have won the ECC's Indoor and Outdoor titles.
NCAA Division II has 300 active members. Roberts and seven other schools completed the three-year membership process and advanced to full membership. The other schools to advance are:
- Azusa Pacific University (Calif.)
- Point Loma Nazarene University (Calif.)
- Shorter University (Ga.)
- Southern Nazarene University (Okla.)
- Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn.)
- Union University (Ga.)
- Young Harris College (Ga.)