Athletics & Recreation

Wittenberg students and fans always have a lot to cheer about

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 26 intercollegiate teams — 12 for men and 14 for women — in addition to numerous club and intramural opportunities, Wittenberg has something to meet every student's athletics and recreation needs.

Fall

Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country
Field Hockey
Football 
Men's Soccer
Women's Soccer
Women's Volleyball

Winter

Men's Basketball
Women's Basketball
Men's Indoor Track & Field
Women's Indoor Track & Field
Men's Swimming & Diving
Women's Swimming & Diving

Spring

Baseball
Women's Bowling
Men's Golf
Women's Golf
Men's Lacrosse
Women's Lacrosse
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Softball
Men's Tennis
Women's Tennis
Men's Volleyball
Women's Water Polo

 

Volleyball With Trophy
Tiger volleyball became the latest team to hoist a national championship trophy, bringing home the hardware in 2011.

NCAA Division III

NCAA Division III Tiger teams have enjoyed tremendous success in more than 130 years of officially recorded intercollegiate competition, and today Wittenberg boasts the small college men's basketball program with the most wins 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

Basketball Fans
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 nine academically selective colleges and universities in three states.

 

Member Institutions

Denison University - Granville, Ohio
DePauw University - Greencastle, Ind.
Hiram College - Hiram, Ohio
Kenyon College - Gambier, Ohio
Oberlin College - Oberlin, Ohio
Ohio Wesleyan University - Delaware, Ohio
Wabash College - Crawfordsville, Ind.
Wittenberg University - Springfield, Ohio
College of Wooster - Wooster, Ohio

 

Significantly, all nine NCAC institutions have been granted chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the preeminent honor society for colleges and universities.

Wittenberg University student-athletes earn a wide variety of All-NCAC awards each school year. Student-athletes and coaches also regularly pick up regional and national awards in recognition of their athletic and academic performances each year.

Annually, Wittenberg places among the top half 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 most years 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

Baseball Stadium
Wittenberg baseball plays its home games in Carleton Davidson Stadium, one of the finest facilities in all of small college baseball.

The Health, Wellness & Athletics Complex is the centerpiece of athletics activity, including Pam Evans Smith Arena, which can go from three full-sized basketball or volleyball courts to a 3,000-seat venue for intercollegiate athletic events or a 4,300-seat concert venue.

A second unit in the Health, Wellness & Athletics Complex houses a 25-meter by 25-yard swimming pool with one- and three-meter diving boards that is home to the Tiger men's and women's swimming and diving teams and women's water polo. 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 state-of-the-art Bates Strength Center, which opened in 2019.

The Steemer was also opened in 2019. One of the most impactful facilities in all of NCAA Division III, The Steemer offers Wittenberg students a high-quality, year-round, indoor competition and practice facility. The Steemer can be utilized by all Wittenberg teams and student-athletes, thanks to a 100-yard turf field, surrounded by a 300-meter track, and also including batting cages for baseball and softball.

Edwards-Maurer Field has a quality artificial playing surface and Earl F. Morris Track is a 400-meter track outfitted with a cutting-edge surface. The entire complex is lighted, making it an ideal home to Tiger football, track and field, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's lacrosse teams.

The David and Georgiana Albright Tennis Complex houses six lighted tennis courts with a Dynaflex surface, all 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 1,000, a media center and secured storage.

Click here to read more and view photos of Wittenberg's athletics facilities.

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.