“Every day at USF is a celebration, but today we’re celebrating with a spring in our step,” USF President Mark Benedetto said. “The NSIC is a premier NCAA Division II athletic conference comprised of some of the finest academic institutions in the country.”
The NSIC supports 17 intercollegiate sports and has won 9 national championships since 2006.
“We are thrilled to be a new member of the NSIC,” USF Athletics Director William Sanchez said. “We’ve worked diligently over the last year to demonstrate how USF will contribute to the high reputation of the conference.”
The Northern Sun will expand its schedule in 2012-13. With the addition of USF and MSU, the NSIC will divide into two, eight-team divisions. Although NSIC officials have yet to finalize the divisions, it appears that USF will be in the NSIC South with Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Concordia University St. Paul, Minn.; Minnesota State University Mankato, Minn.; Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, Minn.; Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb.; Winona State University, Winona, Minn.; and Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa.
MSU is expected to be in the NSIC North with Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minn.; University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D.; University of Minnesota Crookston, Minn.; University of Minnesota Duluth, Minn.; Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minn.; Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D.; and St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn.
USF will compete in the NSIC in 15 of its 17 sports. Men’s soccer and men’s tennis will compete as independent NCAA Division II programs.
USF is in the second year of a three-year transition process to NCAA Division II. After a site visit is conducted by the NCAA and a year-end report is submitted in June 2011, USF officials expect the university to be advanced to its third and final year of the NCAA candidacy period.
About the University of Sioux Falls
The University of Sioux Falls offers a private Christian liberal arts education to students from all walks of life. For information about USF, go to www.usiouxfalls.edu or call 605-331-5000.