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NCAA approves Houston Baptist for full Division I membership
Saturday, Aug 20, 2011
By Staff    

HOUSTON (BP)--Houston Baptist University's application for full NCAA Division I membership was approved by the NCAA Board of Directors Aug. 11.

“The entire HBU family is looking forward to the opportunities the university will have as an NCAA Division I institution,” HBU President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said. “As we expand our athletics programs and venues, this level of competition will enhance our student recruitment and retention efforts and bring recognition on the athletic field.

“It will not only benefit our students and alumni but also have a very positive impact on the Houston community,” he continued. “Division I athletics will help the university fulfill its mission as a Christian institution of higher education committed to excellence in all of its programs.”

Steve Moniaci, HBU's director of athletics, said it was a “tremendous day for HBU.”

“This has been a four-and-a-half year journey that could not have been accomplished without the dedication of our Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, coaches, staff and our student-athletes who have risen to meet the challenges put before them by this transition and now find themselves on equal footing with the best intercollegiate athletics has to offer,” Moniaci said.

HBU's athletic programs are immediately eligible for NCAA postseason play and revenue sharing, and its student-athletes will be recognized among the NCAA statistical leaders and will be eligible for NCAA honors.

HBU competed at the NCAA Division I level from 1973-1989, then competed in the NAIA. The Huskies enjoyed much national success at the NAIA level but made the decision to re-apply for NCAA Division I membership in 2007. HBU's application was accepted and the school was given provisional Division I status, until it could satisfy all necessary requirements during the NCAA's mandatory transition process over the last four years.

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