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Le Moyne College Trustees Endorse Recommendation to Remain Division II

(SYRACUSE, N.Y., For Immediate Release...) Following a comprehensive three-year review of Le Moyne College’s athletic division classification – which included broad participation by the campus community, alums, students and consultants – the institution’s Board of Trustees has endorsed the president’s recommendation that the College continue as a competitor at the Division II level. 

“This decision represents a vision and strategy that will benefit the College on many different levels,” said Le Moyne President Fred Pestello, Ph.D. “The process resulted in a better understanding of athletics at Le Moyne, and will help us determine the appropriate level of resources necessary to support a premier athletics program that enhances all we do as an institution. I’m heartened by the Board’s endorsement, which will serve to strengthen our already established position as a strong competitor at this level and within the Northeast 10 Conference.”

"The College has concluded that Division II is the best strategic long-term position for our athletic department" said Matt Bassett, assistant vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at the College. "I'm excited by this decision and the promise that it holds to provide a clear focus for our coaches, athletes, and alumni. Over the years we have distinguished ourselves athletically while fully engaged in the Division II model, and this voice of support for Division II underscores the dedication we all have for life in the balance, and for making the student-athlete experience here the best it can be."

Pestello said that in discussing this issue, Trustees voiced their strong support for Le Moyne athletics and for embracing Division II as the divisional classification that best fits Le Moyne’s mission. “This process was very much in line with OneLeMoyne, a campus-wide dialogue that asks: ‘What must Le Moyne become?’ ,” he said. “It allowed all constituencies to take a step back and reflect on how Le Moyne athletics can best align with our mission, key priorities and what we strive to become in the future.”

Currently, Le Moyne fields 17 NCAA sports (eight men and nine women). All teams are currently members of the Northeast 10 Conference (NE-10), with the exception of men’s baseball and women’s lacrosse, which currently compete independently in Division I. Le Moyne intends to seek an appropriate conference affiliation that would allow it to stay at the Division I level in baseball. The College will follow a defined NCAA process with the intent of returning women's lacrosse to Division II and gaining acceptance in the NE-10 Conference.

Program performance in recent years has been particularly strong, as Le Moyne has captured three national titles, claimed several conference titles and earned numerous NCAA Tournament berths, while producing dozens of All-Conference and All-American performers. In addition to success on the field, Le Moyne student athletes are consistently high achievers in the classroom; since the 2003-04 academic year, Le Moyne student-athletes have had 13 consecutive semesters with an average team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

posted on: 2/19/2010