NCAA News Archive - 2008
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Division III Rewind
The NCAA News
The following is a summary of Division III news from the week of April 7-11.
- The release Wednesday of a survey of the Division III membership sets the stage for future discussions of ways to deal with various issues arising from continuing membership growth and diversity. The survey indicates that 82 percent of Division III members support or strongly support maintaining the division’s current structure -- a finding that recently halted discussions about creating a new division or subdivision to accommodate growth. The survey also sought views about specific problems arising from membership growth, and responses to those questions will help shape discussions at an upcoming series of Town Hall Meetings beginning May 8. A review of survey results and planning for the Town Hall Meetings tops the agenda of the Division III Management Council, which meets Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis.
- Two conferences -- including one that will be seeking active Division III membership this year -- announced the selection of new commissioners. The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, which includes four Division III provisional members and a school that is reclassifying from Division II, selected Corey Borchardt to lead it through the transition to active conference membership. Borchardt is a former UMAC sports information director who recently has served as director of college communications at Northwestern (Minnesota). The same day, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selected a veteran athletics director to succeed Tom Bohlsen as commissioner. Chris Ragsdale, who has directed the athletics program at La Verne since 2003 and previously was athletics director at Elmhurst, is returning to the Midwest to lead the HCAC. Both commissioners’ appointments are effective July 1.
- A McMurry baseball player set a Division III record by hitting a home run in seven consecutive games. All-American third baseman Derek David, whose streak began March 25 and ended last Saturday with a three-home-run outburst in the second game of a doubleheader against Concordia (Texas), bettered the 10-year-old record of six consecutive games set by Eric Heise of Ohio Wesleyan. David came up short Tuesday in his bid to tie the NCAA all-divisions record of eight straight games, settling for two singles against Wayland Baptist.