AMHERST, N.Y.-Daemen College is taking a giant step forward in athletics. The Wildcats are moving from the NAIA to the NCAA.

Its a three year process for William to become an NCAA division II school. Wildcats athletic director William Morriswas notified by email Friday morning that the Wildcats application for NCAA Division II status has been accepted.

This season Daemen enters phase one of the process. Its known as Candidacy Year 1, followed by Candidacy 2 in 2013-14. In the third year the transition is known as a provisional year. In that year the Wildcatswilldrop their other national affiliations and will comply with NCAA requirements.

Morris told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar Friday "to make the jump from NAIA to NCAA is pretty big. Not everyone knows the NAIA and what it stands for, but everybody knows the blue disc and the NCAA, so as a whole for the institution it's going to be great things ahead for us."

Daemen joins the ranks of the NCAA division II schools in the 2015-16 academic year.