ATTENDING: Charlie Bridgeford, Ron Brinkert, Tom
Bunning, Richard Clay, Judy DeMers, Ray Diez, Lisa Hedelson,
Amanda Kaler, Cindy Flom-Meland, Susan Jeno, Donna
Pearson, Betty Ralston, Mike Schepp,
Recorder: Bev Hopman
Ray Diez called the meeting to order in the Presidents Room of the Memorial Union.
Minutes: Charlie Bridgeford moved the minutes from the
NCAA Meeting Report: Sue Jeno, Faculty Athletic Representative,
attended the NCAA January meetings held in
Status of Women’s Hockey: Tom Buning reported that no action has been taken to hire an interim assistant coach to increase the women’s hockey coaching staff. Dennis Miller will continue to serve as interim head coach and Kami Cote will be the lone assistant coach until a new head coach is hired. The search for a replacement will be timed to coincide with the end of the Women’s Frozen Four Tournament, March 16-18, to give coaches involved in playoffs an opportunity to apply. It is hoped that a decision can be made by the first of April so the new coach can participate in the recruiting period that ends April 22. In the meantime, Coach Miller and Coach Cote will receive financial compensation for their additional work load. Charlie Bridgeford asked if UND was searching for a female coach. Tom Buning said UND was looking for the best available candidate, male or female. Judy DeMers asked how many scholarships are available for women’s hockey. Tom Buning said there are 15 scholarships available this year. Next year, UND will have 18 scholarships, the maximum number allowed. Judy DeMers asked if UND was fully supporting the women’s hockey program. Tom Buning replied that scholarships are the number one means of support and the maximum number of scholarships would be fully funded in 2007-08. Future budget planning is being done to enable Athletics to hire the caliber of coach needed to meet the challenge of developing a winning program. He feels women’s hockey is the UND sport with the most growth potential. An aggressive marketing campaign and better scheduling with REA will help move the program forward.
Athletic Director Tom Buning:
Compliance and Convention Updates Betty Ralston:
Budget Report Tom Buning:
Missed Classes: Concern has been expressed over the amount of
classes that student-athletes miss when they travel. Athletics received an e-mail concerning the
recent men’s hockey competition at
DI Subcommittee: Betty Ralston said she and Sue Jeno would like to form a sub-committee to look at NCAA/UND academic policies relating to the move to DI. Faculty volunteers are needed to serve on the committee. Donna Pearson asked where UND currently stands in regard to NCAA requirements. Betty Ralston said transfer students will be most affected. Transfer students will need to meet minimum GPA requirements after one term. Ray Diez and Ron Brinkert both expressed concern regarding the difficulty transfer students may have showing progress toward a degree. Ron Brinkert stressed that transfer student-athletes need to meet with an advisor in their major ASAP to make certain they are taking the proper courses and on track for graduation. Any IAC members interested in serving on the DI Subcommittee should contact Sue Jeno.
Football Letterwinners: Bev Hopman submitted a list of recommended letterwinners for football. Lowell Schweigert moved the list of letterwinners as recommended by Coach Dale Lennon be approved. Ron Brinkert seconded. Motion carried. A list of the letterwinners is attached.
The meeting adjourned at The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, at
To contribute to the achievement of the University of North Dakota mission by providing student-athletes the opportunity to compete at their highest level of ability on an array of competitive intercollegiate athletic teams that emphasize “winning championships”, academic success and graduation, personal development and growth in character, ethical conduct and sportsmanship.
UND Athletics move to Division I
Move UND Athletics securely to NCAA Division I, Football Championship Subdivision as a 20 sport, Title IX compliant program that equally celebrates the student-athlete for academic excellence as well as winning programs with competitive funding, and first-class practice and competition facilities.
Supporting Background: The University’s move to Division I includes keeping all 20 sports and adheres in both letter and spirit to its existing Athletics and University missions. A mandate from the President’s Division I Commission to “do it right” is a primary guiding principle during this transition period.
UND Athletics is a co-curricular activity on campus and an integral part of the higher education experience. It enjoys overwhelming support and has a very significant positive economic impact on the community and provides a valued form of entertainment for fans of all ages. This storied athletic program which dates back to the 1890’s, includes charter membership in the North Central Conference and a great tradition of success both in academics and athletics.
· Division II Director’s Cup: UND ranks third in all-time total point scoring.
· Men’s hockey: Seven national titles and four appearances in the NCAA Championship’s “Frozen Four” in the last seven years.
· 2005-2006 NCC Commissioners Cup winner; 14 of 20 teams participating in NCAA post season play.
· Academics: Student-athletes record higher GPAs and graduate at a rate higher than the student body average. Fall 2006 marked the 17th time in 18 consecutive semesters that the student-athletes combined for a GPA higher than a 3.0.
These traditions must be upheld and reflected in all goals set to drive a successful transition to Division I. As a Division I program, UND athletics will build on its rich sports history.
Success will be measured by our ability to field athletic teams that:
And where our athletic program:
And where the Athletics Department budget:
UND Athletic Team GPA’s Fall 2006
Women’s Cross Country 3.573
Men’s Cross Country 3.556
Women’s Track 3.486
Women’s Golf 3.443
Women’s Basketball 3.256
Women’s Hockey 3.253
Men’s Golf 3.200
Men’s Track 3.143
Women’s Swimming/Diving 2.992
Men’s Hockey 2.989
Men’s Basketball 2.469
Men’s Swimming/Diving 2.428
Student-Athletes above 3.00 283/463 (61%)
Student-Athletes with a 4.00 59
Student-Athletes with 3.50-3.99 94
Student-Athletes with 3.00-3.49 130
Overall Student-Athlete Average GPA 3.066
Women Student-Athletes above 3.00 134/185 (72%)
Men Student-Athletes above 3.00 149/278 (54%)
Team GPA’s above 3.00 12/18 (67%)
Average Men’s Team GPA 2.961
Average Women’s Team GPA 3.299
The following student-athletes have been recommended as varsity letterwinners for football by head coach Dale Lennon.
Football – Dale Lennon, Head Coach
Alexander, Donovan Babington-Johnson, Zachariah Bauer, Brett
Beatty, Chris Belmore, Chris Bodoh, Matt
Braegelmann, Mitch Brennan, Steve Bronson, John
Cadwell, Alex Caufield, Jake Chappell, Ryan
Dressler, Weston Enger, Jared Freund, Danny
Halfmann, Brent Hellevang,
Hoffschneider, Jason Holinka, Brett Kusler, Will
Loegering, Thomas Malner, Derek Manke, Reed
Manke, Rory Meek, Robbie Miller, Andy
Moe, Erik Morrow,
Muscha, Justin Ott,
Richter, Jeff Schmitz, Sam Sorbo, Andrew
Stroup, Bobby Strouth,
Tescher, Jeff Trenbeath, Brady Troen, Brian
Ullsperger, Dan Wayne, Nathan Weigelt, Tyler
White, Andy Wolff, Adam