NCAA paves way for Concordia’s DII, GNAC membership

NCAA paves way for Concordia’s DII, GNAC membership

Photo: KPUG

The NCAA Division II Membership Committee has accepted the application of Concordia University-Portland to join the NCAA, paving the way for its full-time membership in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), the same conference Western Washington University is a member of.

The action is subject to approval by the NCAA Management Council during its annual meeting July 21-22 in Indianapolis. Concordia will begin the three-year membership process this fall as one of five schools in the 2014-15 first-year candidacy class which was announced today by the NCAA.

Concordia joins 10 other institutions, which are located in five states and one Canadian province, as full-time members of the GNAC.
Other members include Western Washington University, University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Central Washington University, Montana State University Billings, Northwest Nazarene University, Saint Martin’s University, Seattle Pacific University, Simon Fraser University (B.C.), and Western Oregon University.

“We are extremely pleased to learn of Concordia’s acceptance into the NCAA, and extend our congratulations to President Charles Schlimpert and the entire Concordia community,” said GNAC commissioner Dave Haglund. “Concordia will be an excellent addition to the GNAC and Division II, and we look forward to incorporating them as a full-time member.”

The Cavaliers will continue to compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) during the 2014-15 season.
Concordia will begin competing in the GNAC in 2015-16, but will not be eligible for NCAA post-season play until the fall of 2017.

The NCAA will continue to review each school during the candidacy process to determine if the institution should repeat any year of the process.

Recent Headlines

in Local Sports

Lions running back Joique Bell ruled out for Seattle game

Helmet of Detroit Lions wide receiver T.J. Jones (13) on the field before an NFL preseason football game against the New York Jets at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

The Lions also ruled out tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

in Local Sports

A’s edge M’s in 13 innings

Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 7-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

in Local Sports

Blazers blank Ravens in home opener

bellingham blazers logo

With the win, Bellingham improves to 2-2 on the season.

in Sports

No. 25 Florida routs No. 3 Ole Miss & AP Top 25 scoreboard


All the scores from across the AP Top 25.

in Sports

Max Scherzer K’s 17 in second no-hitter this season

Max Scherzer

Only one batter reached base against Scherzer, and that came when third baseman Yunel Escobar bounced a throw for an error on Kevin Plawecki's leadoff grounder in the sixth inning.