Point Loma Nazarene University was accepted Monday as a member of the NCAA’s Division II for athletics.
The small Christian liberal arts college will remain in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and Golden State Athletic Conference in the upcoming school year and then switch to the NCAA for all sports in 2012-13.
The Sea Lions, which will join the Pacific West Conference, will be ineligible for post-season play in the team’s first two years in the NCAA.
“Today’s announcement culminates an application process that began several months ago,” said Ahletic Director Ethan Hamilton. “Several people have worked extremely hard to make this happen and we will continue working towards being a model NCAA Division II institution.”
The school is traditionally strong in women’s basketball and baseball, and its baseball stadium is considered one of the most picturesque in the country with its ocean view.
The Pacific West Conference consists of three Bay Area schools, Academy of Art University, Dominican University and Notre Dame de Namur University; three colleges in Hawaii, BYU-Hawaii, Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University; as well as Dixie State College in Utah and Grand Canyon College in Arizona.
UC San Diego also competes in Division II but in a different league. The Tritons’ bid to move to Division I status failed earlier this year.