OC Moves Forward in NCAA Membership Process

The NCAA approved Oklahoma Christian’s move into the second year of the three-year Division II membership process.

If all goes well, OC could be a full NCAA Division II member by the 2015-16 academic year.

“Oklahoma Christian had a great first year transitioning into the NCAA – both on the field of play and off,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “We are proud to be moving into year two of the three-year membership process and look forward to continued great success. OC and the NCAA are a great match.”

During 2013-14, OC will serve its Candidacy Year Two, during which time OC must follow all NCAA rules and regulations.

Year three of the membership process – potentially in 2014-15 – is traditionally known as the “provisional year,” after which OC could gain full NCAA membership. 

Last year, OC began competing as a member of the Heartland Conference, an NCAA Division II league with schools in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas. OC also competed in the National Christian College Athletic Association, which provides postseason opportunities for OC’s student-athletes. 

During 2012-13, OC won NCCAA titles in men’s cross country and men’s golf, was the runner-up in women’s golf and men’s basketball, and finished fourth in women’s basketball and men’s indoor track and field.

OC finished fifth in the race for the NCCAA all-sports title, the fourth straight year OC has finished in the top 10 nationally. Nine of the top 10 NCCAA schools also are NCAA Division II schools or are in the NCAA Division II membership process.

Fall 2013

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