Chestnut Hill College Granted Full NCAA Division II Membership

Friday, August 30, 2008

Chestnut Hill spent the 2007-08 season as a provisional Division II school, participating as a full member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), but was not eligible for conference or NCAA tournaments. As an active institution, Chestnut Hill will now be eligible for all conference and NCAA tournaments and all NCAA Division II enhancement resources.

“The move to Division II is significant for Chestnut Hill College because it provides students the opportunity to compete at a higher level without compromising their commitment to academic excellence,” said College President Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D. “The true scholar-athlete desires intense competition on the playing field or court, but likewise wants to be challenged in the classroom. The values of Division II share a wonderful congruence with the mission of Chestnut Hill College. These values include: balance, resourcefulness, service, learning, sportsmanship, and passion. We expect excellence of our athletes both on and off the fields of play, which is why Chestnut Hill College chose Division II. We look forward to this new challenge for Chestnut Hill College.”

“We are delighted to have been granted active NCAA Division II status,” said Chestnut Hill Director of Athletics, Bill Stiles. “During the past two years we've spent a great deal of time, energy and resources to ensure successful completion of all NCAA Division II requirements.
I am thrilled that the NCAA has recognized our institution's commitment to NCAA Division II.”

“This is a great day for the CACC to have Chestnut Hill achieve active Division II membership status,” said CACC Commissioner Dan Mara. “It is the result of a concerted effort by the conference, its member Athletic Directors and the entire Chestnut Hill community. The Chestnut Hill athletic department has done a phenomenal job of adopting the philosophy of Division II and implementing processes to meet its rules and regulations.”

“We are so grateful to the CACC, and Dan Mara in particular, for all of his guidance and support throughout this process,” added Stiles. “Dan, along with Tom Shirley (Philadelphia Univ.), Sandy Michael (Holy Family Univ.), Frank Aiello (Wilmington Univ.) and their staffs, were so gracious in allowing us to spend hours and hours on their campuses for education and support during this transition. I am quite sure that had Chestnut Hill College not been a member of the CACC, we would not have progressed so quickly through this process.”

Chestnut Hill College, a member of the NCAA Division III since 1996, has enjoyed unprecedented success in its athletics program since going coed in 2003. Since that time, 13 of the College’s varsity athletics programs have qualified for conference playoffs and three teams have garnered appearances in their respective NCAA Tournament, including women’s soccer (2003, 2004), women’s basketball (2005), and men’s soccer (2006). Chestnut Hill currently offers 14 varsity sports (men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, volleyball, women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball).