By Brian Schultz
The University of Winnipeg’s baseball program has been accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The inclusion, effective August 1, will allow the Winnipeg Wesmen to find a home conference to compete in and challenge for championships. Since its inception three years ago the team has assembled a schedule of games against schools from the NAIA, NCAA Division 2 and Junior Colleges in the United States, as well as its yearly game versus the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
“Everyone involved with the baseball program is excited about the future of the program,” said athletic director Doran Reid. “This decision will help us deliver the full student-athlete experience. Every athlete wants to be able to strive for that championship. Now we can reach our goal of offering a quality education alongside the full athletic experience in the sport of baseball.”
The Wesmen will now make an application to one of 23 conferences for inclusion, likely with the Northstar Athletic Association, which includes Dakota State University, University of Jamestown, Mayville State University, Presentation College, and Valley City State University.