Division II 40th Anniversary

Ferri-Lewis found success in a balanced life

By Sam King NCAA.org Stephanie Ferri-Lewis sought the Division I athletics experience, but a scholarship offer to become a three-sport student-athlete ultimately drew the swimmer, soccer player and cross country runner to Division II...

Houston Astros owner built his career from the mound up

By Charles Ambrose NCAA.org It was 1974, in the opening round of Division II Baseball Championship. Jim Crane took the mound for Central Missouri, stepping onto the highest point on the field with the most pressure. Crane calmly struck out...

Soccer standout relied on DII ‘balance’ for better life

By Erica Rath For NCAA.org Jamaica is known as a vacation destination for many, but it’s home for former Caldwell College soccer standout Nicholas Harriott. Behind the forefront of Jamaica’s beautiful beaches and four-star resorts is...

Franklin Pierce player took unique path to be DII’s all-time leading scorer

By Joey Lamar NCAA.org After that first practice, her father never thought she would pick up another basketball. Johannah Leedham’s seventh-grade basketball coach made her feel the size of a mustard seed. The teardrops displayed clearly on...

Wondolowski found the right fit at Cal State Chico

By Matt Velazquez NCAA.org Chris Wondolowski could have been an exceptional track athlete at the collegiate level and beyond. But that’s not where his passion lay. During his senior year of high school in 2000-01, colleges at every level,...

Pittsburgh-Johnstown’s Sean Isgan is one cool cat

By Erica Rath For NCAA.org Sean Isgan knows how to keep his cool. In the summer of 2002, Isgan, a Pittsburgh-Johnstown alumnus and former NCAA Division II All-America wrestler, aided rescue in one of the most notorious mine collapses in...

Former East Stroudsburg star found post-playing niche in higher education

By Lauren Ely For NCAA.org Lori Pio-Jacques knew she didn’t want to sell insurance. Pio-Jacques, a former women’s basketball standout at East Stroudsburg University, finished school with a degree in business. Not positive about what she...

St. Edward’s Baird builds a life around service

By Erica Rath NCAA.org There aren’t enough words to detail all of Kelsey Baird’s involvement. She commits herself fully to community service while maintaining a career and a vibrant personal life. But Baird is no stranger to this balancing...

Former student-athlete Hallbergson-Lewis reflects on Division II experience

By Lauren Ely NCAA.org Sporting a 4.0 GPA while graduating with a degree in pre-med biology, former All-Sunshine State Conference women’s tennis player Anna Hallbergson-Lewis embodied the ideal of the NCAA Division II student-athlete. Even...

Good sports five years later

By Matt Velazquez NCAA.org Five years ago, Mallory Holtman, Liz Wallace and Sara Tucholsky were just college seniors trying to make the most of the final few softball games of their careers. When they woke up on the morning of April 26,...

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