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  • #31
    Queens is #1 and undefeated in women's lax, and top 20 in men's lax. They also have pretty good track and field teams. But the transition to D1 will definitely be a challenge for any sport.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by RedFromMI View Post
      Queens is #1 and undefeated in women's lax, and top 20 in men's lax. They also have pretty good track and field teams. But the transition to D1 will definitely be a challenge for any sport.
      I was just talking a out sports people care about.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by RedFromMI View Post
        Queens is #1 and undefeated in women's lax, and top 20 in men's lax. They also have pretty good track and field teams. But the transition to D1 will definitely be a challenge for any sport.
        Didn't realize that! The ASUN has a pretty competitive lacrosse conference in both men's and women's as it included several affiliates like Utah, Air Force, Coastal Carolina, Detriot Mercy, etc.
        Go GSC and Roar LIONS!!

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        • #34
          Queens has accepted the invite from the ASUN and will begin their transition to D1 on July 1 in a few weeks.
          The University of Queens at Charlotte will begin its transition to NCAA Division I in July after the Board of Trustees voted to join the ASUN conference. JASON E. MICHEK WWW.MICZEKPHOTO.COM The University of Queens in Charlotte has taken another step forward becomes the NCAA Division I school on Friday. The University Board of Trustees […]
          Go GSC and Roar LIONS!!

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          • #35
            Best of luck to Queens moving forward. What do you guys think, is the SAC going to make it a priority to replace Queens in the near future or does the conference stand pat with the schools they have for now?

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            • #36
              Originally posted by UNALions View Post
              Queens has accepted the invite from the ASUN and will begin their transition to D1 on July 1 in a few weeks.
              Why does that article refer to them as "University of Queens (at) Charlotte" instead of "Queens University of Charlotte"?

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Inkblot View Post

                Why does that article refer to them as "University of Queens (at) Charlotte" instead of "Queens University of Charlotte"?
                Probably just an editorial mistake.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Saints Tailgating View Post
                  Best of luck to Queens moving forward. What do you guys think, is the SAC going to make it a priority to replace Queens in the near future or does the conference stand pat with the schools they have for now?
                  The SAC will be at 13 members with the upcoming addition of Emory & Henry once Queens leaves for the Atlantic Sun. Unless the SAC board is really concerned about being at an odd number of teams, I don't think they're going rush into finding a replacement for Queens in the long term.
                  Cal U (Pa.) Class of 2014

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Inkblot View Post

                    Why does that article refer to them as "University of Queens (at) Charlotte" instead of "Queens University of Charlotte"?
                    Because apparently, this wasn't written by a human being, but apparently a poorly translated article from the Charlotte Observer (the source article and text from same are linked below):

                    The University of Queens in Charlotte has taken another step forward becomes the NCAA Division I school on Friday.

                    That first sentence should've been an immediate red flag...

                    The University Board of Trustees on Thursday voted unanimously to accept the invitation from Atlantic Solar Conference, marking the beginning of the transition to Division I athletics competitions, the press release said. The four-year transition period will begin on July 1, the release said.

                    Atlantic Solar Conference? Sounds like a convention of solar panel con-artists taking place in Baltimore.

                    Queens holds the championship record in both athletics and science education,” said Jeff Brown, chairman of the board. “This transition to Division 1 will allow our student-athletes to compete and showcase their talents at the highest level.”

                    Somehow, that word salad was translated differently from what Brown actually said (via WSOC-TV, Charlotte):

                    “Queens has a championship record in athletics as well as in academics,” said Jeff Brown, chairman of the board of trustees. “This move to Division I will allow our student athletes to compete and showcase their talents at the highest level.”

                    Moving on...

                    The Atlanta-based Atlantic Sun has 14 public and private members, including the Universities of Jacksonville, Liberty, Lipscombe, the Florida Coast and Jacksonville.

                    Jacksonville apparently is such a powerhouse, they get mentioned twice. But, at least he/she/it got the name of the conference correct, so he/she/it has that going for him/her/it ... which is nice.

                    The Royal Family will be the only North Carolina program at the conference.

                    Wow... Harry and Megan are really missing out on this royal party.

                    Mecklenburg County currently has two Division I schools, UNC Charlotte and Davidson College. In North Carolina there are 18 schools of Division I. Winthrop in Rock Hill participates in the I Big South Conference.

                    "Schools of Division I." That sounds like the name of a bad Netflix docudrama.

                    Queens does not have a football team that could save money during the move, but the university will have to increase the number of scholarships in many sports, previously reported by The Charlotte Observer.

                    Nor does Queens have a football team, period. Phrasing much?

                    The university will come out of South Atlantic Conference. The school became a force in the Conference and Division II, winning six national titles in men’s and women’s swimming and diving. The Royal Basketball Men’s Basketball Team ended the 2022 season with a 17-game winning streak that ended in March loss of Augustus with 2 seconds remaining in Division II Southeast Region Championship game.

                    Okay, the "Royal Basketball Men's Basketball Team"? Never mind the Department of Redundancy Department vibe, but did Prince Charles sign everyone on the Queens roster to NIL deals while I was sleeping? Because that sounds like a team comprised of recruits from the British Royal Army...

                    According to the university, Royals fans could see their sports teams more often on TV because ASUN covers seven of the top 50 media markets in the country.

                    Could Queens fans see their teams on TV at all?

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                    (For reference, here's the actual text from the Charlotte Observer article (I posted the text here because I don't know if will end up behind a paywall)):

                    Queens University of Charlotte took another step toward becoming an NCAA Division I school on Friday.

                    The university’s board of trustees on Thursday unanimously voted to accept an invitation from the Atlantic Sun Conference, putting in motion the transition to Division I athletics competition, according to a news release. The four-year transitional period will begin July 1, the release said.

                    “Queens has a championship record in athletics as well as in academics,” board chairman Jeff Brown said in the release. “This move to Division 1 will allow our student athletes to compete and showcase their talents at the highest level.”

                    The Atlanta-based Atlantic Sun has 14 public and private members, including Jacksonville, Liberty, Lipscomb, Florida Gulf Coast and Jacksonville State universities. The Royals will be the only North Carolina program in the conference.

                    Mecklenburg County currently has two Division I schools, UNC Charlotte and Davidson College. There are 18 Division I schools in North Carolina. Winthrop in Rock Hill competes in the Division I Big South Conference. [Rock Hill is in South Carolina, but close enough to Charlotte that the
                    Observer didn't need to reference it as Rock Hill, S.C.]

                    Queens does not have a football team, which could save costs during the move, but the university will have to increase the number of scholarships offered in many sports, The Charlotte Observer previously reported.

                    The university will be leaving the South Atlantic Conference. The school became a power in the conference and Division II, winning six national titles in men’s and women’s swimming and diving. The Royals’ men’s basketball team capped off its 2022 season with a 17-game winning streak that ended in March with a loss to Augusta with 2 seconds remaining in the Division II Southeast Regional championship game.

                    Royals fans might be able to catch their respective athletic teams on TV more often because the ASUN footprint reaches into seven of the top 50 media markets in the nation, according to the university.


                    Hence, the explanation as to why this article from that North Carolina Time website was horrendously written.
                    Cal U (Pa.) Class of 2014

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by ctrabs74 View Post

                      The SAC will be at 13 members with the upcoming addition of Emory & Henry once Queens leaves for the Atlantic Sun. Unless the SAC board is really concerned about being at an odd number of teams, I don't think they're going rush into finding a replacement for Queens in the long term.
                      Especially when Queens didn't offer football. Take time and find the right replacement if you are going to. Don't rush it like Brevard.

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                      • #41
                        It is official that Queens is joining the ASUN for competition next year:

                        (Press release from ASUN)

                        ASUN Conference Welcomes Queens University of Charlotte as Its Newest Member





                        Posted: May 10, 2022








                        Queens University of Charlotte | Queens Athletics | Follow @QueensAthletics
                        ATLANTA, Ga. – The ASUN Conference announced today the addition of Queens University of Charlotte into the league after a unanimous vote by the ASUN Presidents' Council. With the introduction of the Royals, the league expands to 14 member institutions as the ASUN extends its footprint back into the State of North Carolina.

                        Today the ASUN celebrates the arrival of a new member, Queens University of Charlotte," ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. "We will have a record-setting 14 members entering 2022-23. That membership strength allows us to be extremely selective in any expansion considerations. Queens University adds value to the ASUN. ASUN membership will add value to Queens University. Today, we join forces as two strong and growing partners making a positive impact on the lives of many young men and women. We both prioritize the student experience, academic success, completing the pursuit of each student's degree and the competitive drive for achievement. We recognize the leadership here at Queens, the vision for growth and the plans for athletics to support the university's mission to serve. The entire ASUN family celebrates together today, including our newest member, Queens University of Charlotte."
                        "This is a tremendous win for Queens as well as an amazing win for the City of Charlotte," said Queens President Dan Lugo. "We have been deliberate in our efforts over the past several months to get us to this point because we know that aside from our academic excellence, we have the kind of track record capable of competing and winning championships well into the future. It's our time."

                        "We are thrilled to join the ASUN Conference as we begin to make the transition to NCAA Division I," Queens Director of Athletics Cherie Swarthout said. "The vision of our president and Board of Trustees for the future of Queens, along with our propensity for winning championships, makes our athletic programs a great fit for the ASUN Conference. We are excited to provide our student-athletes this next level of championship opportunities."
                        What Teams Compete at Queens?
                        • Baseball
                        • Men's & Women's Basketball
                        • Men's & Women's Cross Country
                        • Men's & Women's Golf
                        • Men's & Women's Lacrosse
                        • Men's & Women's Soccer
                        • Softball
                        • Men's & Women's Tennis
                        • Men's & Women's Track & Field
                        • Volleyball

                        Enrollment Comparison
                        • Austin Peay - 11,048
                        • Bellarmine - 3,293
                        • Central Arkansas - 11,000
                        • Eastern Kentucky - 13,327
                        • FGCU - 15,329
                        • Kennesaw State - 41,000
                        • Jacksonville - 4,060
                        • Jacksonville State - 9,238
                        • Liberty - 15,000
                        • Lipscomb - 4,632
                        • North Alabama - 8,400
                        • North Florida - 15,944
                        Queens - 2,463
                        • Stetson - 3,125

                        With the addition of Queens, the league's footprint now encompasses eight states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia) and features 13 of the top-80 media markets in the nation and eight of the top-50. Below are select notes on each of the Royals' 19 ASUN programs as they prepare for competition beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

                        Baseball | Head Coach Ross Steedley
                        - Queens, who began competing in 2018, has had three players earn SAC All-Conference in team history, including the 2022 pair of Nick Brassington (First Team - OF) and Dillon Lewis (Third Team - OF); the duo joined Noah Jones (Second Team - 1B) from 2019.
                        - The Royals have won three SAC Player of the Week awards: Nick Brassington 2022 (x2), Mason Pickard (2021); Nick Charleson earned a SAC Pitcher of the Week honor in 2021.
                        - The club is guided by Ross Steedley who joined the Royals' dugout as head coach on April 16, 2020, after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at fellow ASUN member Jacksonville.

                        Men's Basketball | Head Coach Grant Leonard
                        - The Royals have captured a total of eight regular-season conference titles and five conference tournament champions; the 2021-22 season saw Queens win its second SAC Championship.
                        - Queens has competed in the NCAA Tournament 15 times in the program's history and made its seventh consecutive appearance in 2021-22; the Royals reached the Elite 8 in the 2001 and 2019 tournaments.
                        - There are 20 members of the Royals' 1,000-points club with current student-athlete Kenny Dye ranking 11th on the list with 1,338; Dye reached the milestone on Dec. 15, 2021, and also has 500 assists in his career.Women's Basketball | Head Coach Jen Brown
                        - Queens has gathered 27 All-Conference players dating back to 1995-96 (Stacey Buchannon) and most recently Kalaya Hall in 2021-22; Marissa Hudley made the list four times, including three-straight First Team mentions.
                        - The Royals took home the regular-season conference championship on the hardwood back in 2000-01 at 23-5 overall, the same year that Jeannie King won her second conference Coach of the Year honor.
                        - A total of 14 players have reached the 1,000-point plateau for Queens, as Hudley leads the way with 1,825 tallies in 114 games; Kristian Eanes was the latest to reach the milestone in 2021 as she netted 1,032 points.
                        Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Head Coach Jake Krolick
                        - The Men's Cross Country program has collected a total of 10 SAC Runner of the Year accolades, seven Freshman of the Year honors and a total of four Regional Runner of the Year honors in program history.
                        - The Women's Cross Country program at Queens has collected a total of seven conference championships along with six NCAA Regional Championships in program history
                        - Combined the Men's and Women's Cross Country programs have made 21 NCAA postseason appearances with both programs placing as high as sixth as a team

                        Men's Golf | Head Coach Andrew Serketich | Women's Golf | Head Coach Meggan Bunker
                        - The Men's Golf team at Queens has reached the NCAA Championships as a team five times (2010, 2011, 2014, 2019, 2022) and had a player - Iain Hall - earn a third-place finish as an individual in 2007.
                        - The Women's Golf program at Queens has collected a trio of conference championships in its history (2012, 2013, 2016) and one Player of the Year in Grace Glaze (2016).
                        - The Men's and Women's Golf programs have a combined 54 All-Conference selections since the teams began competition in the fall of 2013.

                        Men's Lacrosse | Head Coach Chris Panos
                        - Royal Men's Lacrosse has taken home a pair of regular-season championship crowns in 2014 (tournament champions) and 2015; the team has also made two appearances in the NCAA Championship in 2014 and 2019.
                        - The program has claimed three conference Player of the Year awards by two different players with Stephan LeBlanc winning in 2009 and Garrett Chan earning the honor in 2014 and 2016; Jim Fritz won conference Coach of the Year twice (2010, 2014).
                        - Queens has had 11 players named All-America in its program history, including starting a season with a pair of student-athletes tabbed Preseason All-Americans in Chan (2015) and Griffin Stechmiller (2019).

                        Women's Lacrosse | Head Coach Clare Short
                        - The Women's Lacrosse program is the No. 1 ranked team in the ILWCA Coaches poll entering the conference championship and looking for their eighth-straight title.
                        - The Royals have earned four trips to the NCAA Tournament (2016-17, 19, 21) advancing to at least the quarterfinal round in every appearance including a Final Four trip in 2019 and the championship game in 2021.
                        - Ten Royals were selected to the All-Conference Team after the team claimed their seventh regular-season title with a perfect 17-0 (10-0 SAC) record this season.

                        Men's Soccer| Head Coach Oliver Carias
                        - The Men's Soccer program has made eight NCAA Championship appearances and advanced to the Elite eight twice ('99 & '06) in program history; The Royals have won six conference tournament titles and 14 regular season titles including the 2018 & '19 seasons.
                        - Head coach Oliver Carias is the second head coach in program history having served in the role since being promoted in 2011, Carias also played for the Royals from 01-05 leading his team to a 60-10-6 record; Carias was also a member of the Guatemalan National Soccer Team appearing in 57 international games.
                        - The teams posted a 7-7-2 overall record in 2021, reaching its fifth-straight conference championship tournament.

                        Women's Soccer | Head Coach Shannon Neely Noel
                        - This past season marked the third time in program history the Royals have made an appearance in the NCAA tournament as the squad advanced to the second round; the other two appearances came in 2007 (First Round) and 2017 (Second Round).
                        - The 16 games won by the squad in 2021 marked the most wins in a season by any team in program history while the 14 shutouts also marked the most in Queens (N.C.) program history.
                        - Queens has posted double-digit win campaigns five out of the last seven seasons while the squad earned their first-ever victory in the NCAA Championship in 2017 defeating UNC Pembroke in overtime.
                        Softball | Head Coach Stacey Schramm
                        - The Softball program has advanced to four NCAA Championship appearances (2006, 09-10, 18), winning three conference crowns (06, 09-10) and one regular-season title (06).
                        - The Royals landed three All-Conference honors and are the #5 seed in the 2022 SAC postseason tournament after posting a 22-20 (15-10 SAC) record.
                        - Head Coach Stacy Schramm is the winningest coach in Royals program history with a career record of 375-405 and is 181-172 (.513) in the Royals dugout.

                        Men's Tennis | Head Coach Billy Boykin
                        - The Men's Tennis program went 15-4 this season and earned a No. 15 ranking in the final week of the season; the Royals won their third championship title this spring and are an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament on May 7.
                        - The Royals have reached double-digit victories in the last eight seasons winning four regular-season titles; Queens has reached seven NCAA Tournaments including six straight (2016-20, 22).
                        - Four Royals were selected to the All-Conference Team (Edoardo Bottino, Edoardo Cecere, Win Steveker, Yoan Roussinov) while Bottino was named Player of the Year and Laurenz Blickwede earned Tournament MVP honors.

                        Women's Tennis | Head Coach Billy Boykin
                        - The Women's Tennis program is currently ranked No. 9 in ITA polls after winning its third conference title in program history.
                        - Head Coach Billy Boykin earned his third overall Coach of the Year honor in 2022 (2 Men's, 1 Women's) after guiding the Royals' production of four first-team all-conference selections in Jill Morse, Viktoriaja Veselinova and Hanna Axelsson while Morse and Marie Bertran De Balanda earned first-team Doubles awards.
                        - The Royals have gone 12 straight seasons posting double-digit victories including a 20-2 finish in the 2009-10 season.

                        Men's Indoor Track & Field | Women's Indoor Track & Field | Head Coach Jake Krolick
                        - The Queens Men's Track and Field squad claimed four conference championship titles in program history with the most recent coming this past Indoor season.
                        - The Royals' Women's Track and Field program has claimed the conference championship crown four times in program history while making 11 appearances in the NCAA postseason
                        - Combined the Men's and Women's programs have had four individual National Champions with the Men's side earning three and one coming from the Women's program

                        Men's Outdoor Track & Field | Women's Outdoor Track & Field | Head Coach Jake Krolick
                        - The Royals' Men's program has claimed two individual national titles with Miachael Crouch (2009) and Ricko Meckes (2019) earning gold in the 1,500m and Javelin Throw, respectively.
                        - Queens' Women's Track and Field program has claimed the conference title four times in program history while also making individual appearances in the NCAA on 10 different occasions.
                        - The Men's and Women's programs have combined to earn 11 SAC Track Athlete of the Year honors in program history along with five Field Athlete of the Year accolades.
                        Volleyball | Head Coach Hannah Long
                        - The Royals have made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2013, 16, 17, 19); the 2016 squad advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of that year's tourney.
                        - In 2017, the program captured the South Atlantic Conference tournament championship; Head Coach Hannah Long was named the SAC Coach of the Year in 2019.
                        - There have been 13 First Team All-Conference selections in the history of the Royals program; seven of these accolades have come in Queens' last seven seasons as a member of the SAC.

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                        The ASUN, a Division I conference member of the NCAA, boasts a membership of institutions that share visionary leadership, bold ambition and creative innovation. As a nimble adaptive conference, unafraid to blaze a national pathway for better service to our student-athletes, teams, and institutions, the ASUN has a proud history of firsts, national academic and athletic achievements and a conference culture that walks the walk with its four ASUN Beams. Students First! Rise. Connect. Impact. #ASUNBuilt by Bellarmine (Louisville), Central Arkansas (Conway), Eastern Kentucky (Richmond), FGCU (Fort Myers), Jacksonville (Fla.), Jacksonville State (Jacksonville, Ala.), Kennesaw State (Ga.), Liberty (Lynchburg, Va.), Lipscomb (Nashville), North Alabama (Florence), North Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.), and Stetson (DeLand, Fla.). Austin Peay, based in Clarksville, Tenn., and Queens, based in Charlotte, N.C., are both set to join the league in the 2022-23 academic year.

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                        • #42
                          Queens needs to ask presbyterian college how easy it is to move from D2 to D1

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Hailscarlet&gray View Post
                            Queens needs to ask presbyterian college how easy it is to move from D2 to D1
                            I think they will do a lot better than PC - but there might be some interesting changes for some programs if they do not start getting competitive in the ASUN...

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Hailscarlet&gray View Post
                              Queens needs to ask presbyterian college how easy it is to move from D2 to D1
                              PC is a doormat and wouldn't be competitive if they moved back to the SAC in football.

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                              • #45
                                The way things are going, CN could use some competion as the new potential doormat of the SAC.

                                Hoping for better days down the road.

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