Southland Conference Press Conference at UIW

On July 20, 2012 the Southland Conference visited UIW. Although UIW is still a Division II school, joining Southland will officially make UIW a Division I school, Dr. Agnese shared his hopes as to the benefits of what Division I will do for students.


The University of the Incarnate Word was extended an official invitation to join the NCAA’s Division I Southland Conference at a packed Aug. 20 news conference in Rosenberg Skyroom.

In a room filled with news reporters, student-athletes representing various sports, faculty and staff, UIW Athletic Director Mark Papich opened up the conference with a brief introduction followed by the projected invitation given by SLC Commissioner Tom Burnett.

UIW, presently an NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference member, will begin a four-year transition into Division I athletics, which will go into effect July 1, 2013. As of the 2014-15 school year, UIW will be considered an NCAA Division I school for scheduling purposes and will be eligible to officially compete for NCAA championships during the 2017-18 school year.

So this is the last year UIW will compete in NCAA Division II. Since 2007-08, 20 teams have been crowned champions in their leagues and advanced to the postseason. Incarnate Word now has 21 total teams competing in men and women’s sports.

It’s a legacy now headed for Southland.

“We are truly blessed to be joining such an outstanding conference like the Southland,” said Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr.