Division II 40th Anniversary

DII taught Carwin how to have it all

After graduating as a two-sport student-athlete from Western State Colorado University, Shane Carwin has become an interim UFC heavyweight champion, a successful engineer and a humble family man.

Division II coach pushed Palmer to break NBA gender barrier

Violet Palmer won national women’s basketball championships at Cal Poly Pomona before making history as the first woman to officiate a regular season NBA game.

U.S. Air Force Captain excelled in DII

After joining Saint Leo’s cross country team to help him pass a physical fitness test and advance his dream of becoming an Air Force officer, Kenneth Corigliano wound up embracing running, competing in triathlons and excelling in the classroom. In 2003, he was named the NCAA’s On-Campus Student-Athlete of the Year and was featured on Fox Sports.

DII Tribute Team member still paying it forward

Two-time All-American Drew Beard competed at Southeastern Oklahoma State on the principles of hard work, perseverance and steadfast faith, which have since become a guiding principle in his life.

Thankful for every opportunity, DII grad revives softball at West Point

Born with a heart condition that required surgery to save her life, Michelle DePolo defied medical advice to become a successful student-athlete and eventually become the head softball coach for Army, where she revived the program at West Point.

DII made Larry Tucker a straight-shooting principal

Larry Tucker, now a high school principal, considered himself a terrible college shooter, but he did one thing well: put the ball in the basket. He accumulated a staggering 2,120 points over his prolific career at Lewis, making 841 field goals while averaging 20.3 points per game on 67.8 percent shooting from the field, leading the school to its first two NCAA tournament berths in 1982 and 1983.

Pediatric oncologist learned value of teamwork at Georgia College

Basketball standout Amy Amundson fulfilled her goals of getting a comprehensive, well-rounded college experience that allowed her to focus on her academics and love for the piano, as well as her athletics pursuits at Georgia College & State University.

Division II success stories highlight Convention general session

Houston Astros chairman and principal owner Jim Crane, FOX & Friends host Brian Kilmeade and gender-barrier breaking NBA official Violet Palmer will discuss the impact of their student-athlete experience during the Division II General Session on Friday morning, Jan. 17, at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina.

Make-A-Wish CEO helps strengthen DII connection

David, Williams, a 1981 Bloomsburg University alum and former Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tennis champion, currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish.

Dykstra overcame odds to thrive at Western Washington

Western Washington's career basketball scoring leader overcame many doubters on his route to success.


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