Bellarmine University announces move to D-I athletics in ASUN conference

Bellarmine University announces move to D-I athletics in ASUN conference


BE ABLE TO SOAR BRIEFLY INTO THE
80’S. ERICA: THANK YOU. BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY IS MOVING
UP. SCHOOL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED TODAY
THEY’LL BE COMPETING IN THE
NCAA’S DIVISION ONE AND MOVING
TO THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE. THE MOVE WILL TAKE PLACE JUL
1 NEXT YEAR. WLKY’S MARK VANDERHOFF WAS AT
BELLARMINE THIS MORNING FOR THE
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT AND NOW JOINS
US FROM THERE LIVE. MARK, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR
BELLARMINE
MARK THEORETICALLY MORE
EXPOSURE, MORE CREDIBILITY, AND
MORE MONEY. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THE MOOD
HERE IS VERY OPTIMISTIC AND
CELEBRATORY. BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY’S
PRESIDENT SUSAN DONOVAN MADE THE
ANNOUNCEMENT, AND SHE WAS JOINED
BY UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS,
LOUISVILLE MAYOR GREG FISCHER,
AND THE COMMISSIONER OF THE ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENC
KNOWN AS A SUN. IT’S A MOVE THAT FITS A NEW
STRATEGIC PLAN OVERSEEN BY
DONOVAN, AND A $100 MILLION
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN THE UNIVERSITY
JUST COMPLETED
DONOVAN SAYS THE MOVE IS ABOUT MORE THAN ATHLETICS.>>AS A DIVISION ONE SCHOOL, WE
WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE ALL THAT
BELLARMINE HAS TO OFFER WITH A
LARGER AUDIENCE THAN EVER BEFORE
THROUGH INCREASED MEDIA COVERAGE
AND EVENT ATTENDANCE. THIS WILL ALLOW US TO RECRUI
EXCELLENT STUDENTS FROM A MUCH
WIDER GEOGRAPHIC AREA, AND A SUN
IS A MARKET WHERE THE NUMBER O
TRADITIONAL AGE COLLEGE STUDENTS
IS GROWING. EXPOSURE TO NEW MARKETS WI
ALLOW US TO INCREASE THE
DIVERSITY OF OUR STUDENT BOD
BELLARMINE HAS 22 SPORTS,
INCLUDING THE MEN’S BASKETBALL
TEAM, WHICH RECENTLY WON DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP. MOVING TO DIVISION I MEANS ROAD
GAMES WITH MAJOR UNIVERSITIES,
AND MAYB

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