Brevard College has scheduled a press conference Wednesday to announce that the school plans to transition to its athletics program to Division III.
In an email Monday to current students, Debora D’Anna, vice president for campus life/dean for students, announced the decision:
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“We are thrilled to announce that our athletics program will begin the process of a reclassification to NCAA Division III starting this fall. DIII is an incredible opportunity that will align with Brevard College’s mission, enhance your experience at the College, and position us with schools similar in size and resources.”
No timeline for the move to be complete is expected to be announced until Wednesday’s press conference.
Brevard College currently is a Division II school, competing in the South Atlantic Conference. Greensboro College, Guilford, Meredith, Methodist, North Carolina Wesleyan, Salem and William Peace are the current Division III schools in North Carolina. All but Guilford and Salem compete in the USA South Atlantic Conference, though Salem recently announced plans to move to the USA South in 2016.
A handful of Polk County graduates are currently at Brevard College, including Jamie Hrobak (softball), Jordan Brown and Austin Wolfe (soccer) and Reece Schlabach (football). Two Polk County seniors, Jordan Smith (football) and Sebastian Streit (cycling), have signed with Brevard for next season. Former Polk County standout Katie Ruff has signed to join the Brevard volleyball program after two seasons at Catawba Valley Community College.
The relevant portion of Monday’s email to students: