Presentation College was notified April 22, 2013 that it has been officially accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and will begin competing in the association beginning in the fall of 2013.
“We are very excited about our acceptance into the NAIA as it will mean a great deal for our Athletic Department and college,” said Brian Spielbauer, PC Athletic Director.
The news came during the 72nd Annual NAIA National Convention in Kansas City April 19-23. Presentation College applied for acceptance into the NAIA back in October 2012 and after reviewing the application and touring the campus NAIA officials deemed that PC would be a great fit in the NAIA.
“This is a great day for Presentation College and the Athletic Department here,” said Jackie Witlock, Athletic Advancement Coordinator at PC. “This move will surely change the landscape of the college for years to come.”
The NAIA’s core values and philosophy on athletics in higher education played a vital role in PCs decision to apply for the association.
“This is much more than being able to offer athletic scholarships to potential students,” said Dr. Margaret A. Huber, PC President. “It’s about joining an athletic association dedicated to building the whole person through its core values and Champions of Character Initiative.”
The move from NCAA Division III to the NAIA means PC can now offer its student athletes with the possibility of receiving athletic scholarships, which should help PCs enrollment numbers and also help coaches recruit even more athletes.
“The opportunity to offer athletic scholarships will immediately impact our program’s ability to obtain a higher number of student-athletes, as well as assist us in gaining interest from high quality student-athletes,” said PC Head Football Coach Andy Carr.
The Presentation College Athletic Department is already gearing up and ready to offer a number of current student athletes and recruits the opportunity to play sports and attend PC.
“We look forward to signing the letters of intent with all the students and recruits that have committed to PC and look forward to stepping up our level of competition,” said Spielbauer.