Management Council Recap

The summer meeting of Division III's top athletic administrative group sets the table for the Presidents Council

JULY 20, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Management Council Recap

by Justin Whitaker, NCAA

At its two-day meeting in Indianapolis, the Division III Management Council endorsed criteria for a mental health hardship waiver for student-athletes.

The measure was proposed by the Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, and the criteria mirror the current requirements for a hardship waiver while providing flexibility concerning the diagnosis of a mental health condition. The council also discussed initial concepts for the implementation of this hardship waiver and asked the committee to finalize its recommendation for its consideration at its October meeting. The council agreed that the implementation of the new criteria should apply to any student participating this academic year.”

» Of Note: “The Division III Management Council approved a recommendation for the Presidents Council to propose 2024 NCAA Convention legislation to create a new Division III philosophy statement. The council also recommended the sunsetting of the Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct.”

» Convention Talk: “A membership-sponsored proposal to change the amendment-to-amendment deadline to provide the sponsors of membership proposals more flexibility and time to amend their proposals will head to the Interpretations and Legislation Committee for review. The council also recommended adding STUNT as an emerging sport for women and approved sponsorship of a proposal to reduce the minimum number of participants required in tennis from six to four.”

» Leadership Change: “The council elected Lawrence Ward, vice president for learner success and dean of campus life at Babson, as chair and Jason Verdugo, director of athletics at Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as vice chair, effective with the close of the 2024 NCAA Convention.”

2. Conference Stability, Part 3

Today, we continue our multi-part series on DIII conferences - when they were founded, who were the charter members, and what additions or defections they have seen since their inception.

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. In June of 1987, the presidents of six private Indiana colleges and universities announced the formation of the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference - Anderson, DePauw (left 1998), Franklin, Hanover, Manchester, and Wabash (left 1999). Rebranded as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 1998-99.

Added to Core: Rose-Hulman (1988-98, returned 2006), Bluffton (1998), Mount St. Joseph (1998), Defiance (2000), Transylvania (2001), Earlham (2010), Berea (joining 2024). Come and Gone: Taylor (1988-91), Wilmington (1998-2000).

Landmark Conference. A group of presidents met in November of 2005 and discussed creating an organization to engage in athletic competition. Catholic, Drew, Goucher, Juniata, Merchant Marine (left 2016), Moravian, Stevens (never participated), and Susquehanna leaders officially committed to the new league in February of 2006.

Added to Core: Scranton (2007), Elizabethtown (2014), Lycoming (2023), Wilkes (2023). Come and Gone: none

Liberty League. Originally founded as the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association in 1995, the conference was renamed the Liberty League during the summer of 2004. Charter members included Clarkson, Hamilton (left 2011), Hobart and William Smith, Rochester, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Skidmore, and Union.

Added to Core: Vassar (2000), Bard (2011), RIT (2011), Ithaca (2017). Come and Gone: none.

Little East Conference. The Little East Conference was established on April 28, 1986 as a single sport league by six public institutions - Eastern Connecticut, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Plymouth State, Rhode Island College, and Southern Maine.

Added to Core: Western Connecticut (1993), Keene State (1997), Castleton (2018). Come and Gone: none

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) was founded March 24, 1888. Albion, Hillsdale (left 1961), Michigan State (left 1907) and Olivet (left 1940, returned 1952) were charter members.

Added to Core: Kalamazoo (1896), Alma (1902), Adrian (1908-22, returned 1937), Hope (1926), Calvin (153), Saint Mary’s (1997), Trine (2004). Come and Gone: Eastern Michigan (1892-1902, 1921-26) and Defiance (1997-2000).

Middle Atlantic Conference. The MAC organized on December 1, 1912 and has seen 61 colleges and universities associated in some form since its first meeting on April 23, 1922. The 13 institutions at the first meeting were Bucknell (left 1974), Delaware (left 1974), Drexel (left 1974), Franklin & Marshall (left 1993), Gettysburg (left 1993), Haverford (left 1993), Muhlenberg (left 1993), New York U. (left 1955), Princeton (left 1955), Rutgers (left 1962), Stevens (left 1978, returned 2019), Susquehanna (left 2007), Swarthmore (left 1993). Six other institutions were not present but approved the organizational plan - Columbia (left 1955), Dickinson (left 1993), Johns Hopkins (left 1993), Lehigh (left 1974), Ursinus (left 1993), Widener.

Added to Core: Albright (1945), Lebanon Valley (1945), Delaware Valley (1965), King’s (1977), FDU-Florham (1977), Messiah (1983), DeSales (1997), Arcadia (2007), Alvernia (2008), Eastern (2008), Misericordia (2008), Hood (2012), Stevenson (2012), York, Pa. (2020)

Come and Gone: Juniata (1945-2007), Lafayette (1945-74), Moravian (1945-2007), Scranton (1945-2007), McDaniel (1946-93), Penn (1946-56), Seton Hall (1946-56), Temple (1946-74), Wagner (1946-75), Washington College (1946-93), West Chester (1946-74), Wilkes (1946-2023), St. Joseph’s (1949-74), Elizabethtown (1950-2014), LaSalle (1951-74), Hofstra (1951-74), Lycoming (1952-2023), Upsala (1960-1995), American (1966-74), Rider (1966-74), Drew (1968-2007)


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3. She’s 25 And Coaching Golden State’s Summer League Team

Hannah Heiring (photo by Jose Carlos Fajardo, Mercury News)

by Madeline Kenney, Bay Area News Group

Most NBA data analysts ply their craft far from the basketball court, working more with percentages than pick-and-roll techniques, but Hannah Heiring isn’t the typical number-cruncher.

There she was, on the court this week, running through drills along with the Warriors’ Summer League team in her role on the coaching staff in Las Vegas.

Just two years ago, this would have never seemed possible to the 25-year-old former Division III guard who at that time was working remotely as a business analyst for a small insurance company.”

» Court Awareness: “Heiring’s current job is a combination of her favorite things: basketball, statistics and storytelling. During the regular season, the Dickinson College grad is neck-deep in work as she helps track player tendencies and trends that the coaching staff can, in turn, use to develop a game plan. Now, after her first full season on the job, Heiring has entrenched herself within the organization and serves as a valuable resource to Steve Kerr and his coaching staff. She can also now say she’s one of only a handful of women to serve as an assistant coach at Summer League.”

» The Big Picture: “Knowing that the coaches trust the numbers that you’re providing and your insight around them and how you kind of explain them to the coaches, I think that allows her to have a lot more confidence,” Santa Cruz general manager David Fatoki said.

» What They’re Saying: ““This is a total career path change,” she said. “I knew I wanted to work in basketball analytics but I didn’t know if it was possible. Also, like, looking at people in those roles, it’s not a ton of people that look like me.”

4. Around The Horn

🏈 Football. Congrats to the 19 Division III football players nominated for the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.

🗞 News. Roughly one year ago, the trustee board at New Jersey City University declared a financial emergency. The institution had about 26 days of cash on hand, and the financial situation was dire enough that officials suspended staff credit cards. Today, NJCU’s new leadership is just beginning to put the crisis in the rearview mirror.

🏈 Football. Have you seen the new black turf at SUNY Morrisville?

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