Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, accepted an invitation from the Western Athletic Conference to join the Division I conference.
The invitation was announced last month and is contingent upon DSU completing the reclassification process from NCAA Division II to Division I. DSU will apply for NCAA Division I status in June 2020. TDS is a proud sponsor of DSU athletics and congratulates DSU for making this transition to the Division I sports level.
During the reclassification period, starting with the 2020-21 season, 14 of Dixie State’s 15 sports will compete in the WAC. The one sport that will not compete in the WAC is football, because the WAC does not have football. The DSU football program will compete as an independent at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS – formerly I-AA) level.
Upon completion of the four-year reclassification process, the Trailblazers will be eligible for NCAA Division I postseason play beginning in the 2024-25 season.
“Several factors make Dixie State University a great fit for the WAC,” Commissioner Jeff Hurd said. “Commitment to quality academics and athletics programs, along with the long-term vision that President Williams has for the University’s growth, are at the top of the list. I have no doubt that Dixie State will make a smooth transition to Division I and to the WAC.”
Dixie State will become the ninth member of the conference in 2020-21, joining California Baptist University; Chicago State University; Grand Canyon University; the University of Missouri-Kansas City; New Mexico State University; Seattle University; The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and Utah Valley University.
The Trailblazers are in their first season as full members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (football since 2016) after a successful 11-year run in the Pacific West Conference.
Dixie State has been a member of the NCAA at the Division II level since the 2006-07 season after several decades as a NJCAA national power. DSU currently sponsors 15 intercollegiate athletic programs, including six men’s sports (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf and soccer) and nine women’s sports (basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball).