BROOKLYN, NY – August 3, 2011 – The Office of Athletics on the Brooklyn Campus was recently notified that, after a four-year provisional process, it will become a full NCAA Division III member effective September 1, 2011. As part of its membership, the Brooklyn Campus will be eligible to compete in the NCAA Championships and all records and statistics will be recognized in the NCAA Division III record books. The Long Island Campus has been a full-time member of the NCAA since 1997, competing as a member of the Skyline Conference.
“St. Joseph's Brooklyn Campus is delighted to join our Long Island Campus as a Division III member of the NCAA,” President Sister Elizabeth A. Hill said. “The NCAA is the gold standard in college athletics, and I am very proud that the excellence of our program has been recognized. The values of Division III and the College are very compatible and we are all looking forward to many years of exciting and rewarding competitions. I congratulate Frank Carbone, our athletic director, and his staff for their efforts."
Student-athletes at Division III institutions develop through a comprehensive educational approach in which academics are the primary focus and participation in athletics are a vital, yet secondary component of their time at St. Joseph’s. Division III student-athletes do not receive athletic scholarships, and are fully integrated on campus with the general student body. Currently, there are approximately 170 student-athletes enrolled on the Brooklyn Campus, a figure that accounts for nearly 20 percent of the full-time, undergraduate student body.
“NCAA membership symbolizes the culmination of years of hard work by not only our athletic office staff, coaches and student-athletes, but also the entire St. Joseph’s College community as a whole,” Athletic Director Frank P. Carbone said. “The increased opportunities that come with this membership will surely continue to improve the quality of student life on campus and recruitment of all students, not just athletes. The timing of this news also coincides nicely with the construction of our new, state-of-the-art athletic facility, which is scheduled to begin within the next few months.”
This certification represents yet another milestone for the Brooklyn athletic department. When the Brooklyn Campus began the NCAA certification process in 2005, the athletic office sponsored just five intercollegiate varsity sports. With the planned addition of men’s soccer for the 2011-2012 season, St. Joseph’s now boasts 12 varsity sports, five club teams and a vibrant intramural program. For any questions regarding athletics at St. Joseph’s College, contact Frank Carbone at 718.940.5833.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 23 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.