The NCAA Division III Membership Committee has accepted Warren Wilson College into the NCAA Division III provisional membership process, effective September 1, 2020. The membership process brings additional sports and wider opportunities for Warren Wilson’s student-athletes, and it advances the college’s vision of expanding athletic programming. Benefits of NCAA membership include closer travel, conference and post-season championship opportunities, resources, grant opportunities, and professional development.
“Our athletes look forward to being able to compete at the NCAA level,” said Joni Williamson, the director of athletics and adventure sports at Warren Wilson College. “NCAA Division III is a natural fit for the college, is in alignment with our mission, and will continue to help us elevate our athletics program and provide a quality student-athlete experience.”
Over the past year, Warren Wilson helped satisfy NCAA membership requirements by introducing lacrosse as a new varsity sport and hiring coaches for both women’s and men’s teams. Other current varsity teams at the college include Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Cross Country, Cycling, Soccer, Swimming, and Tennis.
More than 180,000 student-athletes at 450 institutions make up Division III. It is the largest NCAA division both in number of participants and number of schools. The NCAA Division III membership process takes four years to complete. Warren Wilson will be entering the second year of the four-year process in September.