After winning the Black College World Series this past May, the Edward Waters University Tigers baseball program concludes its stint as a member of the NAIA and will look forward to competing under the NCAA Division II banner as members of the SIAC.
The NCAA Division II Membership Committee made the decision this past week approving advancement in the reclassification process, the committee agreed that Edward Waters University can transition to provisional year two of the membership process. EWU has been in transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.
The recent announcement demonstrates the evidence and the progress to advance the baseball program to compete with top DII competition and advance Tiger baseball competitive profile.
Edward Waters baseball has enjoyed success since the 2011 hiring of head coach Reginald Johnson. He has proven to be one of the most exciting young head coaches in college baseball. Upon his arrival at EWU, Johnson made it a top priority to bring in student athletes to the university that were ready to tackle all challenges in the classroom and on the field.
In a four-year stretch from 2015 to 2018, the Tigers won 125 ball game include four straight years of winning more than 30 games during the season.
The school is overjoyed to be accepted as a provisional member of the NCAA Division II and even more excited to play baseball in the SIAC.
Edward Waters will begin the second year of a three-year provisional process in August. When all of the NCAA standards are met, the University will be eligible for full membership in the NCAA in August of 2024.
Edward Waters is the only HBCU in the State of Florida competing at the Division II level.
These changes will take effect September 1st.