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Tiger Nation, it is official, Georgetown College has once again submitted an application for acceptance for NCAA Division II affiliation. It has been a long process, but one taken with great diligence.
Wednesday evening, three days before the Feb. 1 deadline, Director of Athletics Brian Evans submitted the final application. The Tigers have been provisional members with NCAA DII Great Midwest Athletic Conference for the past two years, and Kurt Patberg, Athletics Staffing & Consultants, served as the advisor for GC as it once again navigated the NCAA waters.
Since Feb. 1 of 2012, when Georgetown first applied, more pieces have been put in place such as the hiring of Kimberly Horne to serve as compliance coordinator and senior woman's administrator and the reformation of the student-athlete council to be modeled after the NCAA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Associate Director of Athletics Austin Sparks has been heading up the SAAC committee for the past year and this fall president Devanny King joined fellow G-MAC student leaders in Cincinnati for training.
"We knew when we first applied this was all a process and one we thought was in the best interest for the future of Georgetown College and the athletic department," Evans said. "We learned a great deal from this two-year journey on which we have been. I truly believe we are more prepared for the steps to come after our application is accepted this summer.
"We want to thank Kurt and the employees of ASC for helping us with this important step in our history. We look forward to the continued success and excellence that has become synonymous with Georgetown. We continue to focus on today, while striving for what lies ahead."
The decision will be announced following the summer NCAA meetings. GC hopes to know something any time after mid-June to mid-July. Cumberland University (Tenn.), a fellow Mid-South Conference member and also current provisional G-MAC member, has also filed in this 2014 year.