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Athletics Affiliation

Holy Names University has enthusiastically embraced the idea of membership in Division II of the NCAA. Our process has been thorough and transparent, and we continue to have the unanimous support of Trustees, students, faculty, and member institutions in the PacWest.

Furthemore, Holy Names University is fully committed to having a model athletics program that strives to provide a high quality intercollegiate athletics experience for all student athletes. We are committed to implementing the provisions of the strategic plan for HNU Athletics: HNU Hawks 2016: Mission, Vision and Goals, and we are committed to successfully competing within Division II of the NCAA.

As the most diverse institutions of higher education in the United States, Holy Names University is in the unique position of serving a student body reflective of the future. Our urban location complements our commitments to access, and our educational approaches promote student success. Guided by our core values of hospitality, justice, and service, our students and our community pursue positive contributions to individuals and their communities.

The ideals of Division II of the NCAA and the core values of Holy Names University clearly align, for many reasons.

First, HNU Hawks 2016: Mission, Vision and Goals presents the core values and strategic goals that underscore HNU Athletics. It also includes the mission statement: "Holy Names University Athletics is committed to the full development of all student athletes through their engagement in the total educational experience, and the actions necessary to realize the vision set forth by the plan." The plan was developed during spring 2011 and undeated in early 2014. A significant number of actions have already been accomplished, including:

  1. Additional administrative support.
  2. The transitioning part-time coaches to full-time coaching positions.
  3. Increased budget allocations to the department of athletics (operational).
  4. Additional sports.

Second, the feasibility studies done during the last several years were extensive and included data collection about HNU Athletics as it pertains to the 21 guiding principles for a model athletic program, developed by the Division II Athletics Directors Association. SWOT analyses were conducted by administrative staff and recommendations made for next steps. In essence, we discovered that HNU Athletics was stronger on all of the principles than initially conceived.

Third, traditional student enrollments at HNU have risen 48% since 2006, and full-time staff members in HNU Athletics now stands at 10, an increase of 500% over the same time period. Additionally, we have made significant investments in facilities on campus (scoreboards, bleachers, locker rooms) and secured first-class facilities off-campus for baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and golf.

Fourth, HNU Athletics continues to enhance the necessary resources and personnel to operate a NCAA Division II athletics program that is consistent with the Life in the Balance platform:

HNU Athletics Administration:

  • Director of Athletics, full-time
  • Assistant Director of Athletics, Compliance Coordinator/SWA, full-time
  • Assistant Director, Basebll Coach, full-time
  • Sport Information Director, full-time
  • Director of Sports Medicine, full-time
  • Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), full-time

Diversity: A core value for HNU, nearly 80% of our students are from under-represented groups and nearly 50% of our undergraduates are first-generation students.

Service: A core value for HNU, student athletes are involved not only on campus, but in a multitude of ways off campus. They provide tutoring, serve meals to the homeless and do a variety of other service work in Oakland, surrounding communities, and in Tutwiler, MS.

Oversight and Institutional Control: There is a demonstrated history of leadership and oversight by the President and other senior officers at the University as it pertains to HNU Athletics. This extends to the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, which provides oversight for HNU Athletics. HNU believes fully in the concept of integration and the principle of institutional control and
consistently acts on both items.

Financial Aid: The University has provided generous athletic scholarships to students and is managing to the guidelines and the numbers allowed by NCAA Division II.

Conference Membership: In fall 2012, HNU began competing in the Pacific West Conference. HNU has very close historic and athletic associations with several of the PacWest’s current members. We look forward to the regional rivalries and most importantly, we look forward to being part of an association dedicated to the success of its students and member institutions.

Sports Sponsorships: Holy Names University offers 14 varsity-level sports.

Sports Achievements: Since becoming a charter member of the Cal Pac in 1996, HNU Athletics has earned:

  • 69 Academic All-Americans
  • 7 California Pacific Conference All-Sports Awards
  • 54 conference championships
  • 36 NAIA national tournament appearances
  • 26 regional tournament appearances
  • 3 regional championships
  • 25 conference MVP’s
  • 35 NAIA All-Americans
  • 26 conference coach of the year awards

Operating Budget: The financial commitment HNU has made to athletics exceeds the average funding spent by active member institutions.

Student Athlete Advisory Committee: Officially named the Hawk Student Athlete Advisory Committee, it provides a regular forum for students to be an integral part of the governance process.

Student Success: Working closely with institutional departments and systems, the Department of Athletics tracks the academic progress of student athletes and has implemented programs and interventions to enhance academic success. Presently, the graduation rate of student athletes at HNU exceeds the rate of other students.

Compliance: Under the leadership of its full-time Compliance Coordinator and Compliance Committee, HNU drafted detailed step-by-step procedures to properly monitor and document rules compliance. HNU functioned under NCAA and Pacific West Conference rules when it first competed as a conference member in fall 2012.

Finally, Holy Names University fully embraces the NCAA Division II Strategic Positioning Platform. We are committed to excellence, and the idea that the total educational experience of students is critical to their academic and athletic success. HNU Athletics has a road map in place, through its strategic plan, for pursuing excellence, emphasizing the total educational experience, and helping students succeed socially, academically and athletically.

We are committed to the principle of institutional control. HNU is dedicated to ensuring that student athletes learn through an overall balanced experience of being a college student and athlete. Integration, oversight, sound fiscal controls, financial aid, and the active involvement of senior administrative staff and the Faculty Athletics Representative are all critical to ensuring the academic and athletic success of our students.

Initial (2011) HNU Athletics Affiliation Task Force

  • Stuart Koop, Chair, VP, Finance and Administration
  • Sr. Linda Orrick, Chair, Member of the Finance Committee of the HNU Board of Trustees
  • Steve Callaway, Board of Trustees
  • Anitra McCain, Student Representative and ASHNU President
  • Patrick Turner, Student Representative
  • Beth Martin, VP, Academic Affairs
  • Michael Miller, VP, Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
  • Dav Cvitkovic, VP, Advancement
  • Jennifer Sherwood, Assistant Professor, Biological Science
  • Duygu Demirlioglu, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Math and Science
  • Rick Patrick, Professor of Art and Director of Integrative Studies Across Culture
  • Brian O'Rourke, Dean for Recruiting and Admissions
  • Jeff Hardie, Senior Associate, Student Financial Services
  • Dennis Jones, Director of Athletics and Recreation
  • Uta Lorenza, Associate Registrar

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