Wittenberg University has long been a pioneer in athletics and recreation, offering as broad-based an intercollegiate athletics program as possible and leading the way in offering women competitive opportunities. Now offering 24 varsity teams — 12 for men and 12 for women — in addition to numerous club and intramural opportunities, Wittenberg has something to meet every student's athletics and recreation needs.
Tiger volleyball became the latest team to hoist a national championship trophy, bringing home the hardware in 2011.
NCAA Division III
Tiger teams have enjoyed tremendous success in more than 120 years of varsity intercollegiate competition, and today Wittenberg boasts the winningest small college men's basketball program and the first football program to reach 700 all-time victories in the nation. Since 1973, Wittenberg has been a member of NCAA Division III, sending an average of four teams per year into national championship competition.
Colleges and universities in NCAA Division III stress overall quality of the educational experience and the successful completion of academic programs. NCAA Division III institutions maintain an environment in which a student's athletics activities are an integral part of the educational experience, while also promoting cultural diversity and gender equity.
No financial aid directly related to athletic ability can be offered by any member of NCAA Division III. For more information on academics and athletics at Wittenberg, including the department's philosophy and statement on balance, click here.
North Coast Athletic Conference
Pam Evans Smith Arena is a great place to take in one of the many competitive NCAC games in volleyball, men's basketball or women's basketball.
In 1989, after many years in the Ohio Athletic Conference, Wittenberg made the move to the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), the first league in the country devoted to equal emphasis on men's and women's sports. Tiger teams boast the most conference championships in football, women's basketball, field hockey and volleyball, while standing a close second in men's basketball.
Founded in 1983, the NCAC is dedicated to fostering a complementary relationship between intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Conference membership currently includes 10 academically selective colleges and universities in three states.
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Significantly, all 10 NCAC institutions have been granted chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the preeminent honor society for colleges and universities.
More than 100 Wittenberg University student-athletes are named to All-NCAC teams each school year, while numerous coaches and student-athletes also earn special awards from the conference. Numerous student-athletes and coaches also pick up regional and national awards in recognition of their athletic and academic performances each year.
Annually, Wittenberg places among the top four in the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports standings, winning the Dennis Collins Memorial All-Sports Trophy in 2009-10.
In addition, Wittenberg has finished in the top 25 percent in the NCAA Division III National Association of Collegiate Directors' of Athletics (NACDA) Directors' Cup standings every year since it was established in 1995, with a high of 20th out of more than 430 NCAA Division III schools in 2002-03. At least three Tiger teams have earned national finishes every year.
Wittenberg Athletics Facilities
Wittenberg baseball plays its home games in Carleton Davidson Stadium, one of the finest facilities in all of small college baseball.
The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center (HPERC) is the centerpiece of athletics activity, including Pam Evans Smith Arena, which can go from three full-sized basketball, volleyball or tennis courts to a 3,000-seat venue for intercollegiate athletic events or a 4,300-seat concert venue.
A second unit in the HPER Center houses racquetball courts and a 25-meter by 25-yard swimming pool with one- and three-meter diving boards. The Bob Rosencrans Hall of Honor Fitness Center includes a wide range of weight training and cardiovascular equipment, supplementing the weight training equipment in the Heinzen Strength Center.
Edwards-Maurer Field has a state-of-the-art artificial playing surface and Earl F. Morris Track is a 400-meter track outfitted with a similarly cutting-edge surface. The entire complex is lighted, home to the Tiger football, track, field hockey, men's and women's soccer and men's and women's lacrosse teams.
The David and Georgiana Albright Tennis Complex houses 12 lighted tennis courts with a Dynaflex surface, six of which are lighted. Bill Edwards Field offers playing and practice fields, while Betty Dillahunt Field is home to the Tiger softball team.
Finally, Carleton Davidson Stadium is one of the finest small college baseball facilities in the country, with seating for 1,061, a media center and secured storage.
Sportsmanship At Wittenberg
The NCAA, North Coast Athletic Conference and Wittenberg University work together to encourage good sportsmanship on the court and in the stands. The Wittenberg Athletics Department expects all competitors, spectators, boosters and the rest of the Wittenberg community to help maintain an open, accepting and competitive environment in order to promote positive, enjoyable experiences for all involved with Division III athletics.