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06/18/14 10:47 am Age: 1 year

WWU Joins Cascade Conference


Athletics Program to Add Two Teams

The Wolves will compete in the 11-member athletic league.

The Cascade Collegiate Conference Council of Presidents approved a membership application for Walla Walla University on Tuesday during their annual business meeting, according to Commissioner Rob Cashell. The university is scheduled to begin CCC competition during the 2015-16 season. Multnomah University, based in Portland, Ore., was also admitted for membership.

"We are very pleased to admit both WWU and MU," stated Council of Presidents chair Bob Davies. "Both institutions have shown through the application process and in our review, a commitment to intercollegiate athletics and the student athlete experience."

With WWU and MU approved for membership, the conference will have 11 full members beginning fall of 2015. The CCC currently has 10 member schools in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, but Concordia University will likely remain with the CCC only through 2014-15. Other members include College of Idaho, Corban University, Eastern Oregon University, The Evergreen State College, Northwest University, Northwest Christian University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University and Warner Pacific College.

"Gaining in membership has been a key focus the last couple of years for our conference," added Cashell. "Our desire is to be at 12 full members in our Pacific Northwest footprint."

Walla Walla University is already a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes, and has competed as an independent. The Wolves currently sponsor men's and women's basketball, women’s volleyball and softball, and men's soccer, and are in the process of adding men's and women's golf.

"Walla Walla University is pleased to join the Cascade Collegiate Conference," said President John McVay. "This partnership will provide our student athletes with superb opportunities to polish their skills in the company of others who strive for excellence in both sport and character."

Walla Walla University's athletic director, Gerry Larson, said Cascade Conference membership is an important step for Wolves athletics. "Along with better opportunities for recognition of academic and athletic accomplishments, our student-athletes will benefit from an enhanced schedule. We should also see an increase in student, alumni, and community engagement."

Formed in 1993 as an NAIA-affiliated conference, the Cascade Collegiate Conference has evolved into one of the NAIA's most formidable leagues. The CCC sanctions championship competition for men and women in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, along with baseball for men, and softball and volleyball for women.

Published June 18, 2014.

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