The NCAA Division II Membership Committee has determined that the Embry-Riddle Athletics program has successfully completed the transition from the NAIA to full-fledged NCAA II membership. The announcement was made on Monday, July 17, by University President Dr. Barry Butler at a press conference in the Henderson Welcome Center.
Embry-Riddle’s student-athletes have also proven to be very successful in the classroom, as evidenced by the 321 NAIA scholar-athletes and 80 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 1990. Embry-Riddle has had 59 of those CoSIDA Academic All-Americans come since 2010, which is the 11th-highest total among NCAA schools across all three divisions. The Blue and Gold also earned the highest ASR in the Sunshine State Conference in 2016, which measures the Academic Success Rate of student-athletes over a six-year period. Embry-Riddle scored a 94 in the most recent ASR release, which is tied for ninth highest in the country in NCAA Division II.
Embry-Riddle has seen its athletics program grow from just three sports in 1988, to 22 sports in less than 30 years. The newest additions to the department include men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s rowing, which will all compete in their inaugural seasons next spring.
“We’re excited for our future and eager to begin this new challenge in the NCAA and the Sunshine State Conference,” Phillips said. “The brand of the NCAA is immediately recognizable everywhere you go, both here in the United States and internationally.”
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Embry-Riddle’s first contest as a full-fledged member of Division II will be held on Thursday, Aug. 31 when the men’s soccer team hosts Francis Marion University (S.C.) at the Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m.
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