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45 Years In the Making...
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Release: 06/14/2013
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On July 12, the NCAA will call California Baptist University to notify it whether or not it has successfully completed its Provisional Year, thus gaining full membership into the association.

In anticipation of that day, will be running a series of stories looking back at its past successes, triumphs, victories and championships in the NAIA as well as looking at the last three years of the transition period.

The series begins Monday (June 17) with a countdown of CBU’s Top 10 Moments in the NAIA. Every weekday for two weeks will unveil a new moment on the countdown culminating in the No. 1 moment on June 28.

On July 1, will take a comprehensive look back at the more than 40 years of association with the NAIA. On July 8, we will explore the last three years of transition, specifically the last two years as members of the Pacific West Conference and the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Be sure to check back daily beginning Monday (June 17) as we begin to unveil CBU’s Top 10 Moments in the NAIA. Until then, enjoy these honorable mention moments that were indeed worthy of consideration.

In chronological order:

1976 – Men’s Basketball makes the Sweet 16 in its first-ever trip to the NAIA Tournament

2001 – Men’s Cross Country won its fourth straight GSAC title, the NAIA Region II title and finished third at the NAIA National Championship

2003 – Women’s Soccer makes the NAIA Tournament for the first time ever

2005 – Men’s Basketball makes the NAIA Tournament for the first time since 1976, the first of three trips in five years

2007 – Men’s Volleyball beats Park in front of the second largest Van Dyne Gym crowd ever (1,290) to claim the 2007 NAIA National Invitational Tournament championship

2008 – Benny Garcia wins the Lancers’ first ever wrestling match at the CBU Open in the Van Dyne Gym

2009 – Women’s Soccer becomes ranked No. 1 in the NAIA

2009 – Men’s Basketball plays UCLA at Pauley Pavilion

CBU and the transition to the NCAA series timeline

June 14 – Introduction to the series

June 17 – Moment No. 10

June 18 – Moment No. 9

June 19 – Moment No. 8

June 20 – Moment No. 7

June 21 – Moment No. 6

June 24 – Moment No. 5

June 25 – Moment No. 4

June 26 – Moment No. 3

June 27 – Moment No. 2

June 28 – Moment No. 1

July 1 – A comprehensive look back at more than 45 years with the NAIA

July 8 – A look back at the last three years of transition to the NCAA


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