Spalding University (Ky.) announced it is now an NCAA Division III member on Thursday, Sept. 13. Spalding became the ninth member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2009 — the same year Maryville University (Mo.) left for Division II — but wasn’t eligible to participate in SLIAC championships.
Brian Clinard, Spalding’s sports information director, confirmed Thursday that the Golden Eagles can now participate in SLIAC championships.
Clinard said the school went through a six-year process — one exploratory year and five provisional years — to transition to NCAA Division III.
Spalding, founded in 1814, is located in Louisville, Ky., and has an undergraduate enrollment of about 1,060. The Golden Eagles have 13 men’s and women’s teams, 12 of which face Webster University each year — baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, golf, men’s and women’s cross-country, and men’s and women’s track and field.
In 2011-2012, Webster went 9-4 against Spalding’s teams.
To read Spalding University’s announcement that it is now an NCAA D-III member, click HERE.