Warhawks fly to Division II

Published 3:01pm Monday, July 15, 2013

MONTGOMERY — Auburn Montgomery is feeling peachy after Monday’s announcement. The four-year college will leave its NAIA roots and transition into the NCAA’s Division II ranks.

“This is a good fit for us,” said Steve Crotz, athletic director. “This is where we need to be.”

Auburn-Montgomery officials were notified late Friday afternoon of the school’s acceptance.

“We are excited about the upcoming transition to Division II of the NCAA,” wrote AUM chancellor Dr. John G. Veres III. “Division II’s emphasis on maintaining a healthy balance between athletic and academic pursuits is consistent with Auburn Montgomery’s philosophyand vital to continuing our tradition of excellent performance in the classroom and on the courts, field and pitches of intercollegiate athletics. We are looking forward to the challenge of competing in the NCAA.”

With inclusion of Auburn Montgomery and Spring Hill (Mobile), Division II’s membership now stands at 293 actuve institutions.

The Warhawks, athletically will begin their three-year transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II and will play their final year as a member of the Souther States Athletic Conference before tranisitioning into the Peachbelt (Division II).

“We were very selective when it came to looking at the conferences,” said Crotz. “The biggest thing is that it was a public school conference and only one of the 14 members has football. So there wasn’t an immediate push to get that started.”

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