GREENVILLE, S.C. --- California Baptist University has been notified that it has been accepted back into the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) after a 24-year hiatus. CBU was a joint-member of both the NAIA and the NCCAA from 1972-1987.
"CBU is excited about the opportunity to be a part of the NCCAA," said CBU Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker. "The mission of our athletic department is to honor Christ through excellence in athletics. We feel our affiliation with the NCCAA is a perfect match for our mission."
The university will be given an 'active' status beginning in fall 2011, allowing CBU teams to compete in NCCAA postseason play.
Dan Wood, Executive Director of the NCCAA, said, "With the approval of California Baptist University's application, the NCCAA continues to see increases in both the quality and quantity of our West Region membership. CBU's commitment to Christian higher education, coupled with their outstanding intercollegiate athletic program, creates a win-win partnership for the NCCAA."
The NCCAA is an association of Christ-centered collegiate institutions whose mission is to use athletic competition as an integral component of education, evangelism and encouragement. It is committed to equipping student-athletes and coaches to make a positive impact for Christ.
The non-profit organization represents approximately 100 colleges, hosts 23 National Championships and Invitationals annually and has two divisions of membership; CBU is joining as a Division I program. The Lancers join other Division I west coast members Azusa Pacific University, Bethesda Christian University, Corban University (Ore.), Hope International University, The Master's College, San Diego Christian College, Simpson University, Southwestern College (Ariz.) and Trinity Lutheran College (Wash.).
CBU will compete in the NCCAA in the sports of baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field, men's and women's soccer, softball, and women's volleyball.
CBU is in the final months of Candidacy Year One of the NCAA Division II membership process and is in the final year of NAIA membership. CBU has been an NAIA member since 1969 and since 1999 has won 20 NAIA National Championships.
For more information on the NCCAA, visit www.thenccaa.org.