Dixie State to move up to Division I, join Western Athletic Conference

Dixie State is ready to move up to the Division I ranks, as the university announced Friday it will join the Western Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2020.

“Several factors make Dixie State University a great fit for the WAC,” Commissioner Jeff Hurd said in a news release. “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.”

The Trailblazers will begin WAC regular-season competition during the 2020-21 season and start a four-year transition process to earn full Division I membership. Dixie State currently is a Division II institution competing in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference after more than a decade competing in the PacWest Conference.

“We are strong institutionally, we are strong academically, and we are strong athletically which is why we are ready to make the move to Division one status and join the Western Athletic Conference,” Dixie State President Richard B. Williams said during an school announcement of the move.

Williams announced that the “D” on the hill in St. George will include a “1” next to it for the next several days to honor the move.

The school announced that 14 of its 15 sports will compete in the WAC, while Dixie State’s football program will compete as an independent at the Football Championship Subdivision level during the reclassification process.

from deseretnews.com – Top Stories http://bit.ly/2QD2UZS

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