February 20, 2012

CU's Dennis Helsel Named NCAA Chair for D2 Men's Soccer

INDIANPOLIS, IN - Chowan University's Vice President for Athletics, Dennis Helsel, has been unamimously elected as the newest Chair of the NCAA DII National Men's Soccer Committee. Helsel most recently served as a member of the National DII Men's Soccer Comittee as a Region Chair and will begin his term as National Chair in August. "It is indeed an honor to be elected by your peers to serve as Chair," stated Helsel on his appointment. 

NCAA Sports Commitees deal primarily with the administration of NCAA championships. They recommend championship sites and dates, formats, and select teams and individuals for championships competition.  There are 18 Division II sports committees - the NCAA men's soccer committe is one of the 18.Dennis Helsel

The committee has eight members, representing the eight regions of competition in the NCAA. Helsel has been a member of the Atlantic Region Committee for three years.  He has represented the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC),  the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (WVIAC), and the Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA).  Chowan competes as an independent in the sport of soccer.

At the annual meeting in January, the members of the committee unamimously elected Dennis the Chair of the National Committee for the 2012-2013 academic year.

"The Chairs elected before me served outstandingly, their legacy serves as my inspiration and guide as my term becomes reality," concluded Helsel. 

Helsel is currently in his 6th year as Vice President for Athletics at Chowan University. He was instrumental in transitioning Chowan from NCAA DIII status to DII status as well as garnering conference affiliation with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Assocaition (CIAA). Helsel has over 30 years of experience in collegiate athletics. He is currently serving as a Mentor Athletic Director for the NCAA/ADA DII Mentoring Program and is a member of the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Dennis is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Athletic Directors Association (ADA). He wrote an artivle on social networking (Social Networking: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly) that was featured in the NACDA, D2 ADA monthly publication. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE.

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