Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Presidents Council Recap


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Presidents Council Recap

The NCAA Division III Presidents Council met on October 25-26 in Indianapolis.

Five new presidents were elected to the Council: Allen Belton, Pacific Lutheran; Marc Camille, Albertus Magnus; Hiram Chodosh, Claremont-M-S; Steven Mauro, Alfred State; and Laura Trombley, Southwestern.

Four appointments were approved to the Management Council: Jessica Brown, North Central (Ill.); Rob Larson, Luther; Peter Bothner, Nazareth; Marybeth Lamb, Bridgewater State.

The Council opposed three Convention proposals - 2-3, 2-10, 2-11 - and took no position on 2-5.


  • Convention Planning Subcommittee: Three educational session topics were endorsed: Landscape of Higher Education and Enrollment Retention; Best Practices for Hiring and Retaining Administrators and Coaches of Color; and Eligibility Center Requirements for International Students.
  • Strategic Planning and Finance: The 2022 fiscal year budget resulted in a surplus of approximately $4 million due to a combination of less spending than budgeted ($2 million) and additional revenue ($2 million).
  • Championships. Sponsor legislation for the 2024 Convention that would amend Bylaw to change the minimum number of participants needed for sport sponsorship in tennis from six to four. adjust the volleyball championship date formula to create a week between the regional and championship finals effective with the 2023 championship.
  • ILC: The council supported the ILC’s recommendation that the Division III Presidents Council sponsor a one-time resolution to establish a special rule of order allowing an alternative voting process for Proposal Nos. 2-4 and 2-5 (both proposals provide an alternative to the current Bylaw 17 playing and practice seasons structure). Since this is a procedural matter, the Division III membership will vote on the resolution during the Division III Issues Forum on Friday, Jan. 13 to preserve the following day’s Division III Business Session for discussion on the merits
  • Noncontroversial Legislation: Establishes roll-call voting as the default voting option for Convention proposals.

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2.   Endowment Returns Fall Hard

by Josh Moody, Inside Higher Ed

"After booming returns from a red-hot market last year, endowments across higher education have taken a hit this year, with declines seen across the sector.

As many colleges begin to make their endowment results available, the numbers coming out show a tale of two years—one up, the other down—which experts attribute to market volatility.

Higher education endowments had a median return of 30.1 percent in fiscal year 2021. But analysis from this year shows declines; Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service reported earlier this year that college endowments fell by a median of 10.2 percent in fiscal year 2022, which closed on June 30."

>> Reality Check: "Washington University in St. Louis saw its endowment returns soar to 65 percent last year. But this year the university reported a loss of 10.6 percent."

>> Of Note: "Among the country’s other richest institutions, Stanford University’s endowment fell by 4.2 percent; Princeton University saw a decline of 1.5 percent; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology experienced a loss of 5.3 percent."

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3.   At St. Joseph's (Brooklyn), Soccer Is The International Language

At St. Joseph's University, soccer is the international language
by Andy Furman, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

"He teaches Spanish at Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School, and he speaks fluent French. Together, they do their talking on the soccer pitch for Brooklyn's St. Joseph's University.

Adam Brunengo just completed his fourth season as head coach of the Bears. He knows soccer, and Spanish. He's been teaching it at the high school level for 14 years.

21-year-old sophomore Victor Naci hails from Bordeaux, France/Bernard Palissy. 

What he did, well, was nothing short of amazing."

>> Why It Matters: Naci leads DIII in goals, goals per game, points, and points per game.

>> The Big Picture: Most of St. Joseph's players are commuters. "We only have three living in the dorms," said Brunengo.


4.   MAC Rules

It's a Middle Atlantic Conference sweep as the Messiah men and the Misericordia women top the latest rankings. The United Soccer Coaches have not posted a post-conference championship listing.

  1. Misericordia, 18-0-1
  2. Johns Hopkins, 17-0-2
  3. Christopher Newport, 16-0-2
  4. Messiah, 17-1-2
  5. Case Western Reserve, 15-0-1
  6. Trinity (Texas), 20-0-1
  7. Amherst, 16-2
  8. Carnegie Mellon, 12-2-2
  9. Calvin, 17-0-1
  10. Loras, 16-0-3

>> Pod of Death: This weekend features 16 four-team pods for the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament. Our choice takes place in San Antonio with Trinity TX (6), Mary Hardin-Baylor (13), Pacific Lutheran (18) and Pomona-Pitzer (RV).

>> Complete Poll


  1. Messiah, 19-0-1
  2. Chicago, 16-0-1
  3. Amherst, 12-1-5
  4. Stevens, 15-0-3
  5. Kenyon, 16-1-1
  6. Gustavus Adolphus, 13-0-4
  7. North Central (Ill.), 16-0-4
  8. Bowdoin, 11-1-4
  9. Washington and Lee, 14-2-4
  10. Gustavus Adolphus, 14-1-4

>> Pod of Death: This weekend features 16 four-team pods for the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament. Our choice takes place in Hoboken with Stevens (4), Middlebury (21) and Rowan (RV).
>> Complete Poll

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    5.   CMS Is A-OK

    Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is right where they started at the beginning of the year - No. 1 in the latest AVCA women's volleyball rankings released Tuesday.

    1. Claremont-M-S (90), 28-0
    2. Juniata, 28-1
    3. Calvin, 25-3
    4. Northwestern (Minn.), 30-2
    5. Emory, 21-6
    6. Trinity (Texas), 25-4
    7. Berry, 23-4
    8. NYU, 25-6
    9. Wittenberg, 23-4
    10. Washington (Mo.), 29-5

    >> Pod of Pain: This weekend features eight 8-team pods for the first, second and third rounds of the NCAA tournament. Our choice is in Grand Rapids with Calvin (3), Wittenberg (9), Washington, Mo. (10), Otterbein (17), Hope (20) and Millikin (RV).

    >> Complete Poll

      6.   Salisbury Finishes No. 1

      Salisbury finished the regular season in the top spot in the country according to this week's NFHCA coaches' poll. 

      1. Salisbury, 17-0
      2. Middlebury, 17-1
      3. Rowan, 19-1
      4. Johns Hopkins, 16-3
      5. Messiah, 16-2
      6. Tufts, 12-6
      7. Babson, 18-3
      8. Williams, 12-5
      9. Trinity, Conn. (13-4)
      10. Amherst, 12-4
      >> Bracket of Death: This weekend features four four-team pods for the sectional round of the NCAA tournament. Our choice takes place in Glassboro as Rowan (3), Messiah (5) and Tufts (7) are all in the bottom bracket of the NCAA tournament. 
      >> Complete Poll

        7.   Lightning Round  


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