Sullivan Moves to Division II

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SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance announced that the College has opted to compete at the NJCAA Division II athletic levels in men’s and women’s basketball beginning with athletes enrolling for fall 2018. SUNY Sullivan already competes at the Division II level in baseball. The remainder of the college’s sports programs will remain at the Division III level.

The move from Division III to Division II will provide SUNY Sullivan and its students with several advantages. “The move to Division II athletics now allows the college to provide athletic scholarships to qualified students — something that is not an option in Division III sports,” said Quaintance. “Additionally, it will allow the College to serve dozens more students via our athletic programs because we will now field both junior varsity and varsity teams for our Division II sports.”

Division II colleges may offer athletic scholarships for tuition, books, fees, and up to $250 in course-required supplies. SUNY Sullivan will begin offering scholarship during the 2017-18 recruiting season, which is currently underway.

Overall, it is expected that the move to Division II sports will add up to 60 additional full-time athletes to the College’s rosters with the addition of junior varsity teams: 30 additional students to compete in men’s and women’s basketball, and up to 30 for baseball.

“The SUNY Sullivan Generals men’s basketball team has won the national championship a record four times and our women’s basketball team has won numerous regional championships and competed multiple times in the national championship throughout the last five years,” said Athletic Director Christopher D. DePew. “We feel this is the perfect time for SUNY Sullivan to make this move, which in essence increases the competitive level of play.”

High school coaches from throughout the region expressed their support for SUNY Sullivan’s move to Division II play. Chris Russo, boys basketball coach at Monticello High School and Deputy Executive Director of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) said, “This is a great move on the part of SUNY Sullivan because it will give local athletes the opportunity to receive a scholarship and reduce tuition. That’s extremely important for our local athletes.” Russo added, “This move will enhance an already super-successful basketball program.”

Jim Kelly, Middletown High School’s boys basketball coach added, “This is great for basketball in our area, not only offering more scholarships for kids in a very competitive league, but it will raise the level of play in Orange and Sullivan County.”