2/22/17 |The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Membership Committee announced that Johnson & Wales University’s Denver Campus has been accepted as an Exploratory Member, effective September 1, 2017.
With this acceptance, JWU Denver Wildcat Athletics will begin transitioning out of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and start working toward NCAA provisional membership for the 2018-19 Academic Year as a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). JWU Denver joins Colorado College as the second Colorado university in the SCAC.
“This is a defining moment for our growing and thriving JWU Wildcat Athletics,” said JWU Denver Campus President Richard Wiscott. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staff have worked incredibly hard for the opportunity to compete at the NCAA level and we’re honored to be recognized as the newest member of the SCAC.”
“We are pleased to welcome Johnson & Wales University to the SCAC family,” said University of Dallas President Thomas Keefe, chair of the SCAC Board of Directors. “On our site visit, we were very impressed with the excitement and the energy level of the administration, the coaches and the student-athletes. The Denver Campus is a growing and vibrantly active community.”
JWU Denver's Athletics program has 11 teams and approximately 160 student-athletes. Men’s intercollegiate teams include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and track. Women’s intercollegiate teams include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, track and volleyball. With acceptance as a SCAC member, JWU Denver Wildcat Athletics will actively explore adding men’s and women’s golf teams as well as transition its club-level men’s lacrosse program to varsity status.