History & Tradition

Ashland University's athletic department has been a mainstay on the conference and national scene for decades:

  • AU has earned 311 NCAA Division II postseason appearances since 1979-80, through 2017-18.
  • Ashland has 121 national championships all-time - teams, individuals and relays, through 2017-18.
  • Since 1924, Ashland has had more than 1,200 All-Americans, as well as 85 Academic All-Americans.
  • Ashland has won 54 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships since 1995-96.
  • In 23 seasons in the GLIAC, Ashland's athletic program has won the Presidents' Trophy (all-sports award) three times (1995-96 through 1997-98), been runner-up 18 times, finished third once and took fourth once. Ashland has been runner-up in the Presidents' Trophy standings each of the last 13 academic seasons.
  • Since fall of 2007, AU student-athletes have earned 38 GLIAC Commissioner's Awards. - In 2017-18 alone, Ashland student-athletes earned 223 GLIAC academic awards – 99 All-Academic Excellence and 124 All-Academic.

 

ALL-TIME ASHLAND COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS (PDF)

ALL-TIME ASHLAND UNIVERSITY GLIAC COMMISSIONER'S AWARD RECIPIENTS (PDF)


DIRECTORS' CUP

Annually, Ashland University is recognized for having one the of the best all-around athletic departments in Division II. We consistently finish in the Top 15 of the Learfield Directors' Cup rankings (the national all-sports ranking), and our teams have produced numerous All-Americans and national champions in nearly every sport.

ACADEMIC YEAR

FINISH

ACADEMIC YEAR

FINISH

1995-96

11th

2007-08

9th

1996-97

16th

2008-09

6th

1997-98

T-22nd

2009-10

7th

1998-99

10th

2010-11

9th

1999-00

13th

2011-12

3rd

2000-01

16th

2012-13

3rd

2001-02

13th

2013-14

5th

2002-03

19th

2014-15

2nd

2003-04

33rd

2015-16

14th

2004-05

30th

2016-17

34th

2005-06

45th

2017-18

12th

2006-07

13th

   

WHAT A START TO THE 2010S!

Ashland University’s athletic program has a tradition of sustained excellence. So far in this decade, Eagle sports programs have done more than simply hold their own at the national level:

  • Ashland has won 41 NCAA Division II national titles - teams, individuals and relays.
  • The women’s basketball team won NCAA Division II national championships in 2013 and 2017, was national runner-up in 2012 and 2018, and was Midwest Regional runner-up in 2015.
  • The men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams have combined for 26 Top-10 national finishes, and 16 Top-5 national placements.
  • The wrestling team placed sixth at NCAA Division II nationals in 2017, and fifth in 2018.
  • The women’s swimming and diving teams placed fifth in the country in 2011 and seventh in both 2010 and 2012, and the men’s swimming and diving team finished 10th in 2010.
  • The women’s golf team was ninth nationally in 2015 and tied for ninth in the country in 2011.
  • The men’s cross country team was tied for ninth in Division II in 2012 and 10th in 2014.
  • The baseball team was the Midwest Regional runner-up in 2015.
  • The softball team advanced to the Midwest Super Regional in 2010.
  • The football team won its first D-II postseason game at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field in 2017.

 ASHLAND UNIVERSITY BATTLE SONG

Revised by Leonard Salvo ‘89

A-S-H-L-A-N-D

Ashland University

Up on the hill above the town

Seen for miles around

Mighty spirits pounding

When the chapel bell is sounding

Out the strains of victory’s cheer

That we love so dear

Come on boys and FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!  For Ashland!

ASHLAND UNIVERSITY ALMA MATER

"REMEMBER"

Revised by Leonard Salvo '89

Remember your days at Ashland

Remember when you're away

Remember the friends you've made here

And don't forget to come back some day

Remember among those pine trees

Up on the hill so blue

Forever you belong to Ashland

And Ashland belongs to you.


MASCOT:

"Tuffy" the Eagle, previously known as "Victor" the Eagle, has long been a fixture at Ashland home athletic events. Tuffy is a student dressed in a purple and gold Eagle mascot. Since the discontinuation of the Sigma Nu Fraternity on campus, the Athletic Department has assumed responsibility for the mascot. In 2002, the University's Alumni Association funded the purchase of a new Eagle costume.

NAME SPORT SEMESTER
Ali Green Women’s golf Spring 2016
Brandyn Sittinger Baseball Spring 2016
Hannah Mattar Women’s swimming Winter 2015-16
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Jessica Bridenthal Women’s outdoor track and field Spring 2015
Kim Habegger Women’s outdoor track and field Spring 2015
Stephen James Baseball Spring 2015
Mack Taylor Men’s outdoor track and field Spring 2015
Hannah Mattar Women’s swimming Winter 2014-15
Jamie Sindelar Women’s indoor track and field Winter 2014-15
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Alyssa Miller Women’s basketball Winter 2013-14
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Holly James Women’s golf Spring 2013
Garrett Grey Men’s outdoor track and field Spring 2013
Kari Daugherty Women’s basketball Winter 2012-13
Tyler Remmel Men’s swimming Winter 2012-13
Brittany Snider Volleyball Fall 2012
Donnie Dottei Football Fall 2012
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Emlyn Knerem Softball Spring 2012
Erin Misheff Women’s golf Spring 2012
Garrett Grey Men’s outdoor track and field Spring 2012
Jenna Stutzman Women’s basketball Winter 2011-12
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Logan Hursey Softball Spring 2011
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Abby Kacsandi Women’s outdoor track and field Spring 2010
Stephanie Tinney Women’s indoor track and field Winter 2009-10
Nick Bellanco Football Fall 2009
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Joe D’Andrea Men’s golf Spring 2009
Sean McGraw Men’s swimming Winter 2008-09
Nick Bellanco Football Fall 2008
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Brett Bartlett Men’s basketball Winter 2007-08
Lynsey Warren Volleyball Fall 2007
Vince Cashdollar Football Fall 2007