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.





Southland Conference Press Conference at UIW

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