GLIAC adds Malone, Walsh for 2012

BAY CITY — The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has accepted the membership applications of its two newest members,

Malone University (Ohio) and Walsh University (Ohio), which will officially begin membership in the conference on July 1, 2012.

“We are excited to have Walsh and Malone join the GLIAC,” stated Dr. Glenn Mroz, chairperson of the GLIAC Presidents Council. “The member schools in the conference emphasize the development of scholar-athletes, and we are always open to those institutions that share that deep seated value.”

Ferris State athletics director Perk Weisenburger said both schools are solid additions to the GLIAC, which was looking to expand.

“These are two very solid additions to the GLIAC,” he said. “We were looking to expand for strategic purposes and they were both looking for conference affiliation and a league they were willing to commit to. They both gave outstanding presentations (to the GLIAC) in September, and we’re excited to have them.”

Weisenburger said the move to allow both school to join the GLIAC also makes good geographical sense for the GLIAC, which has a strong presence in Ohio.

“With our current conference (configuration), it made good sense to latch on with them,” he said.

The GLIAC Presidents Council, made up of the presidents of the league’s then 14 member institutions, voted to officially accept Malone and Walsh as provisional members until each institution is granted full NCAA Division II membership. The league’s Management Council voted to recommend to the GLIAC Presidents Council that both institutions be granted membership at its annual fall meeting after both institutions made formal presentations to the league in Traverse City, Michigan on Sept. 27, 2011.

“Malone and Walsh will be tremendous assets to the GLIAC as we grow through expansion,” stated GLIAC Commissioner Dell Robinson. “These institutions are rich in tradition and success, both academically and athletically. We believe Malone and Walsh will be very competitive in the conference and nationally as they reach NCAA Division II membership.”

Malone and Walsh will not be eligible for GLIAC postseason championships/tournaments in the 2012-13 seasons in sports that have an NCAA Division II automatic qualification. The sports that have an automatic qualifier include men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s golf. Both schools will be eligible to participate in championships in the 2012-13 academic year in cross country, women’s golf, men’s soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Additionally, Malone will be able to compete in the GLIAC men’s and women’s swimming & diving championships.

Malone University, founded in 1892, has 2,500 students and currently offers 20 intercollegiate sports with an athletic department emphasis of being Christ Centered, Athlete Focused and Coach Driven. Located in Canton, Ohio, Malone is a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition.

“Conference affiliation is a crucial variable in the NCAA Division II transition process,” commented Malone Athletic Director Charlie Grimes. “The GLIAC provides Malone University the opportunity to align itself with academically respected and athletically successful institutions within the states of Ohio and Michigan. This conference membership will challenge and enrich our student-athlete experience at Malone and we humbly and enthusiastically step up to this new challenge.”

Founded in 1960, Walsh currently has over 2,900 students and will offer 19 varsity sports in 2012-13. Located in North Canton, Ohio, Walsh is an independent Catholic, liberal arts institution that encourages individuals to act in accordance with reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. The university’s aim is to develop students’ mind, body and spirit – this is Walsh’s distinguished tradition and the heart of its appeal.

“Walsh is thrilled to be accepted as a member into one of the premier NCAA II conferences, the GLIAC,” exclaimed Walsh Vice President/Director of Athletics, Dale Howard. “For many reasons, the GLIAC is a great fit for our student-athletes and our sports programs as we will be aligned with institutions that have similar mission statements and goals for their student-athletes, both in and outside of the athletic arena.”

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