2014-15 Hall of Fame Inductee Matt Chalfant

Matt Chalfant, a standout on the record-setting 2000 UU Baseball Team, will become the 38th member of the Hall of Fame on October 4th.

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Blue Knights of the Year

Seniors D.J. Mendenhall, Kyle Wallace & Haley Kolmerten took home the Athletic Department's top honors as the 2013-14 Blue Knights of the Year.

2013-14 @UUSports Highlights

Mountain East Conference

Urbana University is a charter member of the Mountain East Conference, which officially became the newest NCAA Division II athletic conference in 2013-14.

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Student-Athletes Shine at Urbana U

On behalf of the entire Urbana University family, I would like to welcome you to our website and the home of Blue Knight athletics. Urbana University is proud to sponsor 15 athletic programs in one of the most beautiful geographic locations in the nation.

Although athletics is an integral part of our campus environment, it is the pride that we take in the development of the total person that we find most rewarding. Read More

Ducey Named New Women's Basketball Head Coach

Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young appointed former Blue Knight standout and assistant coach Haley Ducey as the next Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

“After an extensive national search, we decided that the best person for this job was already here on campus,” explains Young. “I have known Haley since she signed to play at Urbana University out of high school in 2007. She was an exemplary student-athlete for four years, a dedicated assistant coach for two years, and a loyal employee and recruiter in the admissions office these past two years. We are proud to have a true Blue Knight take charge of one of our most successful programs.” Read More

 

Ducey Named New Women's Basketball Head Coach

Jul. 15th, 2014

Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young appointed former Blue Knight standout and assistant coach Haley Ducey as the next Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

“After an extensive national search, we decided that the best person for this job was already here on campus,” explains Young. “I have known Haley since she signed to play at Urbana University out of high school in 2007. She was an exemplary student-athlete for four years, a dedicated assistant coach for two years, and a loyal employee and recruiter in the admissions office these past two years. We are proud to have a true Blue Knight take charge of one of our most successful programs.” Read More

Johnson Named 1st Team All-Region

Mar. 13th, 2014

West Virginia State University senior guard Lexy Carson was named the Atlantic Region’s Most Outstanding Player on Thursday morning to highlight the 2013-14 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball All-Atlantic Region Team. Joining Carson on the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region First Team squad are Bloomsburg University’s Catherine Noack, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Player of the Year, and Edinboro University’s Valerie Majewski, the PSAC Western Division Player of the Year. Urbana University’s DeVonyea Johnson and West Chester University’s Dallas Ely were also voted to the First Team.

Johnson (Ypsilanti, Michigan/Ann Arbor Huron) became the first Blue Knight in program history to earn First Team All-Region honors. It's the second year in a row Urbana landed a player on the All-Region team. (Ciara Geiger was a Second Team selection last season.) Johnson averaged 20.0 points per game as a senior. She was one of just 25 players across the country to score 20 or more points per game, and she was the first Blue Knight in women's basketball history to average 20. In addition, Johnson added 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She finished top 15 in the MEC in scoring, assists, defensive rebounding, steals, FG% (45.3%), 3-PT FG% (37.9%), 3-PT FG (66), FT% (78.1%), and assist-to-turnover ratio. The 5-8 guard started all 28 games for the 18-10 Blue Knights. Urbana's 18 wins were the most since the 1998-99 season. Read More

Blue Knights Bumped in MEC Quarterfinals

Mar. 6th, 2014

After getting hot last March and claiming the inaugural G-MAC tournament title, the Urbana University women's basketball team had hopes of repeating their performance in their new home, the Mountain East Conference. Those hopes were dashed on Thursday afternoon after the sixth-seeded Blue Knights were eliminated 72-64 by the third-seeded Golden Eagles from the University of Charleston.

Neither team held a double-digit lead the entire way. Eleven different times, the score was tied, including a 31-31 halftime draw. With about 3:30 to play, Urbana was still within two points of Charleston until a quick 7-0 spurt gave the Golden Eagles their largest lead of the afternoon. A DeVonyea Johnson three-pointer with 27 seconds remaining drew the Blue Knights back within four, but it was too little, too late after UC knocked down their final six free throws. Read More

Helander, Stover & Wieser Earn Scholar All-American Awards

Jul. 14th, 2014

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is proud to announce the 2014 CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans, supported by Nike Swim. The Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative, or term grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic term coinciding with their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and have qualified for and competed at the Championship. The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and have achieved a "B" time standard but did not qualify or compete in their respective national championship.

Urbana University junior Kim Helander became the first back-to-back Honorable Mention Scholar All-American in the Blue Knight swimming program after once again posting a GPA above 3.5 and swimming multiple "B" cut times. Helander was joined on the squad by fellow junior Matt Stover and freshman teammate Aerika Wieser, who became the first Blue Knight female in the program's 6-year history to earn the distinction. Read More

Men's Swim Team Posts Top GPA in the Country

Mar. 7th, 2014

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is proud to announce the 2013 Fall CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams. The CSCAA Scholar All-America program is supported by Nike.

Overall the two highest team G.P.A.s were produced by D-II programs, with Urbana University leading the way for the men with a 3.82 and Lynn University Women's team posting a 3.71. Urbana's women finished 6th in D-II with a 3.53 team G.P.A. Read More

UU Swimmers Take Program to New Heights at ASC Championships

Feb. 15th, 2014

The Urbana University swim teams wrapped up their 2013-14 season by taking the sixth year program to new heights at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships in Christiansburg, Virginia this weekend. Nearly 20 inches of snow that fell Wednesday and Thursday forced the full three day event to be crammed into a day and a half, but after the frenzied championship format, the Blue Knight men landed in third place out of 12 squads, while the women finished seventh of 13. Both finishes were program bests. The women’s team has now improved their standing in the ASC in each of the last five seasons, and a pair of Blue Knights captured the program’s first ever individual conference titles. Together, the men's and women's teams collected six individual championships. In the five seasons prior, Urbana took home four event championships.

Kim Helander handed Urbana’s men its first individual title on Friday in his signature event, the 100 fly. He fell short of his ASC and UU record time of 49.01 but won the event easily in a time of 49.64. It was his third straight title in the event. Helander followed his win in the 100 fly with another championship in the 200 fly on Saturday. Read More

Wieser, Stover & Helander Earn Scholar All-American Awards

Jul. 14th, 2014

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is proud to announce the 2014 CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans, supported by Nike Swim. The Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative, or term grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic term coinciding with their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and have qualified for and competed at the Championship. The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and have achieved a "B" time standard but did not qualify or compete in their respective national championship.

Urbana University junior Kim Helander became the first back-to-back Honorable Mention Scholar All-American in the Blue Knight swimming program after once again posting a GPA above 3.5 and swimming multiple "B" cut times. Helander was joined on the squad by fellow junior Matt Stover and freshman teammate Aerika Wieser, who became the first Blue Knight female in the program's 6-year history to earn the distinction. Read More

Men's Swim Team Owns Top GPA in D2 for 2nd Straight Semester

Jul. 10th, 2014

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is proud to announce the 2014 Spring CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams. The CSCAA Scholar All-America program is supported by Nike.

The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester/term and in the semester/term of the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).

For the second consecutive semester, the Urbana University men's swim team posted the highest team GPA in NCAA Division II. The Blue Knights led the way with a 3.76. Urbana's women remained in the top 10 of D2's national rankings, finishing 9th with a cumulative team GPA of 3.53. Read More

Swim Team Announces Dates for Summer Camp

Mar. 18th, 2014

Urbana University Head Swim Coach Dave Johnson announced plans to host the team's annual competitive Summer Training Camp on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the weeks from May 12th to July 17th. The competitive camp is designed for swimmers aged 7 and up. The camp will run for 10 weeks, 3 days a week for 3 hours a day for a total of 90 hours of instruction, training, video work, and more throughout the summer. During weeks 1-4 (when school is still in session), the camp will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During weeks 5-10, camp will take place in the Grimes Center from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost of the camp is $200 per swimmer. The camp is limited to the first 30 swimmers to sign up. Swimmers must be at least 7 years old. Check in here for more details, as well as a Medical Consent Form. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Dave Johnson at djohnson2@urbana.edu or by phone at (937) 652-6817. Read More

Wallace, Chapple, Hill Earn Preseason All-American Honors

Jul. 14th, 2014

USA Football Network, Inc. is proud to publish its 26th USA College Football Division II Pre-Season All-American Teams that are selected by a national panel including Head Coaches, Sports information Directors, members of the Football Writers Association of America, Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association, New England Football Writers Association and Philadelphia Football Writers, pro football scouts plus staff journalists of Lindey’s Sports Annuals, The Sports Network and USA Football News.

Urbana University landed 3 players on this year's Pre-Season All-American Teams. Blue Knight linebackers D'Gary Wallace and Kevin Chapple made the Pre-Season Second Team. As a sophomore in 2013, Wallace led the Blue Knights in tackles (114), tackles for a loss (20.0) and interceptions (3). He had 2.5 sacks, 3 pass breakups and 3 QB hurries. Chapple finished 4th on the squad with 67 tackles. His 9.0 sacks were a team-high and his 13.0 tackles for a loss were third. Fourth-year running back David Hill is Urbana's lone offensive representative on the Pre-Season All-American Teams this fall. Hill made the Third Team after leading the Blue Knight rushing attack with 875 yards and 7 TDs as a junior. Hill also added 14 catches for 133 more yards and a score in the passing game. Read More

Club 16 Set to Host Free Youth Football Camp on July 21 & 22

Jul. 8th, 2014

In association with the new Club 16, the Urbana University football team is set to host a free youth camp on Monday and Tuesday, July 21st and 22nd on the campus of Urbana University. The skills camp will be held for all offensive and defensive positions, as well as kickers and punters, for youth entering grades K-8. Registration is set for 5:30 p.m. Camp instruction will take place from 6:00-9:00 p.m. All interested youth are invited to attend this free camp.

The camp is sponsored by Club 16. Click Read More for more information on Club 16 and to pre-register for the Camp. If you have any questions, please contact Camp Director and Assistant Football Coach Jeff Smith at jsmith@urbana.edu or (937) 484-1361. Read More

UU Football Completes Year of Community Service Projects

May. 13th, 2014

Each school year, the Urbana University football team breaks up into several smaller groups tasked with performing a major community service project in the local area. The 2013-14 community outreach projects included visits to the Mercy McAuley Center, the Springfield and Urbana YMCA's, The Sterling House, The Caring Kitchen, Urbana North, South and East Elementary Schools, and the Champaign County Library, as well as countless community service projects on the campus of Urbana University. Read More

Chalfant Chosen as 38th Member of UU Hall of Fame

Jul. 14th, 2014

Urbana University announced plans today to induct former Blue Knight baseball standout Matt Chalfant into its Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Chalfant will become the first Blue Knight baseball player enshrined since 1995, and the first Hall of Famer that made his athletic mark exclusively on the baseball field at UU. Overall, Chalfant will become the 38th member enshrined since the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1987.

Dave Ross, a 1976 graduate of Urbana and current University Trustee and Hall of Fame Chairman, administered the nomination and selection process. “Baseball has been an ongoing cornerstone of our athletic program. Matt was both an excellent player and leader in his four years while excelling in a difficult academic major. His coach and teammates were very supportive of his candidacy which attests to his fine character.” Read More

Baseball Announces Team Award Winners

May. 22nd, 2014

Following a 24-win season and a school-record 20 conference wins in the inaugural season competing in the Mountain East Conference, the Urbana University baseball team and Head Coach Mike Goldschmidt announced the 2014 team award winners. In addition to the team's quality season on the field, the Blue Knights also enjoyed a stellar year in the classroom. The baseball team finished the spring term with a 3.07 team GPA, bringing their 2013-14 team GPA up to 3.068! Twenty-four out of 33 student-athletes had a 3.0 GPA or higher, 20 of which will make the Athletic Director's Spring Honor Roll with a 3.25 or higher! Brad Hall, Bronson Marlett, Matt Paculan, Cody Ridinger, and Matt Watson all posted perfect 4.0 GPA's for the spring. Hall & Paculan earned perfect 4.0's for the entire school year! Read More

Falcons Finish Off Urbana's Season in 9-Inning Nailbiter

May. 10th, 2014

The Urbana University baseball team overcame a 7-1 deficit in the seventh inning only to watch the fifth-seeded Falcons from Notre Dame College erase Urbana’s lead and eliminate the fourth-seeded Blue Knights on Day 3 of the inaugural Mountain East Conference Tournament. Notre Dame College pushed two runs across in the bottom of the seventh to reemerge as 9-8 victors at Epling Stadium in Beckley, West Virginia.

Senior catcher Robert Tavone Jr. ended his collegiate career with a 3 for 4 day at the plate with two doubles, an RBI and a run. Read More

Volleyball Announces 10 Additions to 2014 Roster

Jul. 9th, 2014

Third-year Head Volleyball Coach Troy Haught announced the signing of 10 new recruits for the 2014 season this week.

"I am very excited about our 2014 class," explained Haught. "We are adding 10 to our roster that is returning a lot of veterans which will make for a very dynamic team overall with a lot of depth. This class is extremely athletic and experienced. I think they will make an immediate impact to our program. This will be the first time we are three deep in every position, which will make for a competitive atmosphere in our program. I am extremely excited for our future and this upcoming season!"

In 2013, Haught's Blue Knights competed in the inaugural season of the Mountain East Conference. Urbana finished strong and earned the right to host a first round MEC Tournament match as the 8-seed. Haught has posted back-to-back double digit win seasons in his first two years at the helm. Click 'Read More' for more information about the 10 new recruits, as well as pictures of many of them on their signing day. Read More

Volleyball to Host Summer Tournament on July 12th

Feb. 27th, 2014

The Urbana University Volleyball program will be hosting a varsity 8-team summer tournament this summer on Saturday, July 12th. The cost is $80 per team. If you enter 2 or more teams in the tournament, the cost is $70 per team.

For more details, as well as a registration form, click to read more. If you have any questions, contact Coach Troy Haught at thaught@urbana.edu. Read More

Volkmer Named 2nd Team All-MEC

Nov. 20th, 2013

Urbana University volleyball standout Kelsey Volkmer (Galion, Ohio/Colonel Crawford HS) earned All-Mountain East Conference honors on Wednesday. Volkmer was the Blue Knights' lone representative on the all-conference squad after a 10-19 season and 8th place finish in the MEC. The junior hitter made All-MEC Second Team in her third season at UU.

Volkmer appeared in all 29 matches and 102 sets this season, pacing the Urbana offense with 267 kills. On November 9th, she became just the 3rd Blue Knight in the program's 40-year history to reach 1,000 career kills. Read More

Corsmeier, Stein Earn GLIAC Academic All-Conference Honors

Jun. 30th, 2014

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced the 2014 Spring All-Academic & All-Academic Excellence Teams. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Academic Excellence Teams are comprised of student athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0.

The Urbana University lacrosse team landed a pair of players on the academic squads. Senior Chiara Corsmeier earned Academic Excellence distinction and sophomore Tabitha Stein landed on the Academic All-Conference Team. Read More

Arrows Bring Down Blue Knights in Finale

Apr. 27th, 2014

The Urbana University women's lacrosse team dropped its season finale and Senior Day contest 13-8 to the Ursuline Arrows.

Junior Hannah Walters led Urbana's offense with four goals, including three after the half to briefly cut Ursuline's lead to 11-8 with 16:46 left to play. The Arrows slowed the pace of the game by holding the ball before scoring the game's final two goals to arrive at the 5-goal margin of victory.

Taylor Anderson, Maria Garcia, and Tabitha Stein also contributed to Urbana's total with a combined four goals. Andersen scored twice in the first half. Garcia led UU with 4 ground balls. Jessica McHenry caused a career-high 4 turnovers to go with her 3 ground balls. Senior Courtney Hockenbery had 2 draw controls in her final game. Sophomore goalkeeper Paige Waqa finished with a school record 26 saves in the loss. Read More

Lakers Blank Blue Knights

Apr. 25th, 2014

The GLIAC's top ranked squad handed Urbana University its first shutout loss in the program's 4-year history on Friday night. Grand Valley State University blanked the Blue Knights 18-0 to officially elminate Urbana from the GLIAC post-season tournament.

The Lakers led 11-0 at the half before tacking on 7 more goals over the final 30 minutes. Urbana managed just 1 shot on goal on the night against the stout Laker defense. Hannah Walters had the lone shot. Paige Waqa recorded 9 saves in goal for the visitors. The loss was Urbana's 7th straight. The Blue Knights put the finishing touches on the 2014 season on Sunday at home. Urbana welcomes Ursuline College to UU Stadium for the finale. Prior to the game, Urbana will honor seniors Chiara Corsmeier and Courtney Hockenbery. Read More

Softball Recruiting Class Reaches 10 after Haley Signing

Jun. 23th, 2014

Urbana University Head Softball Coach Danielle Lowe announced the addition of another recruit to her talented 2014 class, bringing the total to 10 new Blue Knights joining the squad this fall. Bellefontaine High School standout Jazmyn Haley is the 10th and newest softball Blue Knight.

Haley just wrapped up her senior season on the diamond for the Chieftains and Coach Kate Buffkin. She was a First Team All-CBC performer while hitting an eye-popping .607 and also leading the team in stolen bases and on-base percentage. Haley earned 2nd Team All-Ohio honors in addition to First Team All-Metro accolades. She was named her team's offensive and defensive MVP. Haley excelled in four different sports during her time at Bellefontaine. Read More

Softball Adds Gearhart & McNulty

Jun. 3th, 2014

Urbana University Head Softball Coach Danielle Lowe announced the addition of two more recruits to her talented 2014 class. Miami East High School’s Ellie Gearhart and Keystone High School’s Morgan McNulty will join four recent Blue Knight spring signees, and three early signees, on the field this fall at Urbana University.

Gearhart and McNulty will both bolster the Blue Knight infield. Gearhart is a 5’10” South Charleston, Ohio native with experience at third base, shortstop and first base. McNulty is a 5’3” middle infielder from Elyria, Ohio. Read More

Softball Summer Clinics Added on June 17

May. 27th, 2014

The Urbana University softball team has added a pair of summer clinics following the 2014 season. An offensive clinic will take place on Tuesday, June 17th from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. A defensive clinic will follow from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The offensive clinic costs $35. The defensive clinic is $30 per person. If a player wishes to participate in both clinics, the cost is $50.

Click "Read More" for a Registration form and a Medical Consent form. If you have any further questions, please contact Head Softball Coach Danielle Lowe at (937) 484-1325 or dlowe@urbana.edu. Read More

Summers Named New Men's Basketball Head Coach

May. 28th, 2014

Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young appointed Rob Summers as the new Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Summers becomes the ninth head coach in the program’s 50th season.

“I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to become the next Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Urbana University,” explained Summers upon his hiring. “Being from Columbus, Ohio, I know the wealth of talent in the state and surrounding areas, and I believe with the proper coaching and patience, this program can become a solid contender in the Mountain East Conference. It will take a lot of time and energy, but I believe in myself and the players we have coming back, as well as the future Blue Knight recruits.”

Summers comes to Urbana from NCAA Division I James Madison University where he spent the past year as the Dukes’ Director of Men’s Basketball Operations. The 7-footer also has plenty of playing experience at the D-I level. Read More

Porter Released of Duties as Head Men's Basketball Coach

Mar. 6th, 2014

Yesterday, Urbana University released Jeff Porter of his duties as head men's basketball coach. The search begins immediately for Porter's replacement.

Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young hired Porter to take over the Blue Knight men's basketball program in March of 2008. “I would like to thank Coach Porter for all of his outstanding efforts over the past six years," said Young upon the announcement. "He was instrumental in helping to navigate our entire athletics department through the unique challenges of growth that most would not be capable of. Our program has capabilities now that were never deemed possible because of his leadership and will certainly reap the benefits of his dedication for years to come.” Read More

Urbana Eliminated in Final Second at WVWC

Mar. 4th, 2014

After a gut-wrenching, winless regular season, fate had one more heartbreaker in store for the Urbana University men’s basketball team on Tuesday night. The twelfth-seeded Blue Knights fell 79-77 on a pair of foul shots with 1 second remaining at fifth-seeded West Virginia Wesleyan College. The loss closes the door on Urbana’s 0-27 season. West Virginia Wesleyan escapes a monumental upset and lives to play another day in the Mountain East Conference Tournament presented by GoMart.

In defeat, Urbana was led by all four of the squads’ departing seniors. Goins had 21 on 6 of 10 shooting. Brown bagged 14 on 4 of 6 shooting. Derrick Sanderfer Jr. added 12 points and six steals off the bench, and Dusan Komljenovic chipped in 11 points on 3 of 4 shooting from deep. Read More

Women's Golf Wraps up Spring Season at Gannon

Apr. 19th, 2014

Under the leadership of new Head Coach Sarah Ramsey, the Urbana University women’s golf team put the finishing touches on their 2014 spring season at the Gannon Spring Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The Blue Knights finished 8th, shooting scores of 366 and 375. Gannon University won their home tournament by just 5 strokes over Mercyhurst with a two-day team score of 661.

Junior Lindsey Phillips turned in the second lowest round for UU on Friday with an 88, and she shot low round on Saturday with an 86 to finish with a two-day total of 174. Phillips ended teammate Courtney Tierney’s streak of four straight team low tournament scores with the 174. Phillips was the last Blue Knight other than Tierney to lead the squad back in the first tournament of the school year on September 8th. Read More

Women's Golf Takes 4th at MEC's

Apr. 8th, 2014

The Urbana University women's golf team competed in the Mountain East Conference Spring Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. The conference tournament was played at Berry Hills Country Club in South Charleston, West Virginia under sunny, but cool conditions. The Blue Knights finished fourth in the 12-team conference tournament.

Urbana was led by sophomore Courtney Tierney. Tierney tied for seventh place in the field of 40 after shooting 83-84 in her two rounds. Her performance earned her Second Team All-MEC honors. It's the second straight year Tierney has been named All-Conference. Read More

Tierney Takes 2nd in Spring's 1st Tournament

Mar. 22nd, 2014

Ohio (March 22, 2014) – Ursuline College’s Ice Cup Challenge lived up to its name this weekend. Playing in temperatures that hovered around freezing on Saturday, the Urbana University women’s golf team took third in the field of four teams. Courtney Tierney shot a team-best 82 and finished one stroke behind the tournament medalist from Notre Dame College. Notre Dame shot a 351 as a team and also took the overall team title.

Tierney’s 82 was the 8th best single round score in program history. In addition to missing out on medalist honors by a stroke, she also fell a stroke shy of her personal best. Read More

Bowlers Edged by Lindenwood in National Title Match

Apr. 18th, 2014

It wasn’t supposed to end like this. The Urbana University men’s bowlers were the Cinderella darlings of the 2014 Intercollegiate Team Championships. The week started with Blue Knight Graham Fach bowling the first 300 game and 800 series of the 2014 Open Championships. Then, smallest school in the draw got hot and took down bowling Goliaths from Robert Morris University and Wichita State University.

Destiny seemed to be smiling on Urbana until a couple of tenth frames didn’t go the Blue Knights’ way in Friday night’s National Championship match with Lindenwood University. After losing the first two games by a total of seven pins, Lindenwood completed the three-game sweep in the best of five series with a 201-167 victory in the decisive game. Read More

Blue Knight Bowlers Advance to National Championship Match

Apr. 17th, 2014

On the brink of elimation and needing 3 strikes in the tenth frame to knock off top-seeded Wichita State University, lefty anchor Graham Fach rolled three perfect balls to send the Urbana University men's bowling team to the National Championship match on Friday. Fourth-seeded Urbana advances after a marathon day to meet the third-seeded Lindenwood Lions for the Men's Team Championship on Friday at 5:00 p.m. local time, 8:00 p.m. Eastern. The match will be a best 3 out of 5 format. There is no live video coverage of the Championship, but it will air on Tuesday nights throughout the month of May on CBS Sports Network. Follow @UUSports on Twitter or "Blue Knight" on Facebook for live updates on Friday night. Read More

Fach Rolls Perfect Game, 800 Series at 2014 USBC Open

Apr. 16th, 2014

From the time his flight landed in Reno on Tuesday morning, Graham Fach of Urbana, Ohio, was on the move, and that included a quick stop at his hotel, a to-go order at Denny's, a quick march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium and a record-performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

The 22-year-old left-hander barely had time to look around and admire the grandeur of the NBS before hitting the lanes at the one-of-a-kind venue for the first time, and three hours later, he polished off the ninth perfect game and first 800 series of the 2014 event. Read More

Men's Soccer Completes Spring Season

Apr. 17th, 2014

The Urbana University men's soccer team completed the non-competition spring season this week, playing an array of different teams from NCAA D-I and D-II and the NAIA.

"The purpose of the spring season is to shake off the winter cobwebs and start to look forward to the fall season," said Head Coach Nick Roberts. "It was a good exercise against some very good competition. In reflection, I was very happy with the way we played, and it was good schedule and exercise for us. I am looking forward to the fall season."

The 2014 fall season will see the Blue Knights open up against Ohio Dominican University on Thursday, September 4th at home with a 5:30 kick off time. Read More

UU Men's Soccer Adds Summer Camp Dates

Mar. 25th, 2014

Urbana University Head Men's Soccer Coach Nick Roberts has announced the addition of several camp dates to the summer schedule. From June 16-20, the Blue Knights will return to the Eagle City Soccer Fields in Springfield, Ohio to host a camp for interested players aged 5-15. Then, from August 4-8, the Blue Knights will host a similar camp for the same age group on the campus of Urbana University. Both of these camps run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The cost is $95 per camper, with discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

Urbana University will also be a site for the national level No.1 Soccer Camps from June 22-26. No. 1 Soccer Camps are one of the most respected high-level soccer camps in the country. They have a staff that includes major league soccer players and top-level college and professional coaches from across the world. For more information on these camps, as well as others hosted by UU this summer, click to read more. Read More

4 Men's Soccer Players Earn All-Region Honors

Dec. 9th, 2013

The Urbana University men's soccer team landed a program-best 4 players on the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region Team. Freshman midfielder Ben Fitzpatrick (Hilliard, Ohio) and freshman goalkeeper Nathan Jones (Flintshire, Wales) each earned Second Team honors, while junior forward Tyler Wason (Mississauga, Canada) and senior forward Yves Nzwanga (Columbus, Ohio) each picked up Third Team honors.

These awards were nominated and voted upon by the region’s head coaches. Wason is a 2-time honoree after earning Second Team All-Midwest honors in 2012. Urbana finished the 2013 season with a 7-7-4 mark, finishing third in the inaugural season of the Mountain East Conference. Six of Urbana's seven losses came to nationally ranked opponents, and five of those losses were by a single goal. The Blue Knights climbed as high as 6th in the Atlantic Region rankings during the year. Read More

Men's Golf Finishes Spring Slate at IUP

Apr. 14th, 2014

The Urbana University men's golf team put the finishing touches on the 2014 spring season on Sunday and Monday at Indiana University-Pennsylvania's 51st Annual Spadafora Invitational. The Blue Knights posted team scores of 314 and 319 to take 17th in a field that included 19 of the top teams from the Atlantic Region. Junior Adam Mitchley paced the Blue Knights with rounds of 75 and 79 to finish in the top half of the field of 96. Read More

Men's Golf Falters Late, Slips to 8th at MEC's

Apr. 8th, 2014

After 27 holes at the Mountain East Conference Southern Invitational, the Urbana University men's golf team was within striking distance of the leaders on Tuesday afternoon. However, the Blue Knights faltered over the final nine holes and had to settle for an 8th place team finish. The University of Charleston followed their fall championship with another in the spring, shooting 295-292 to retain the title. Urbana carded rounds of 309 and 326 to move up a spot from their 9th place showing in the fall.

Monday's 309 tied for the 11th best team score in program history. Adam Mitchley recorded a 75. Mike Dague shot 76. Steve England (pictured) carded a 77, and Vince Dugan shot 81 to land in the record books. Read More

Dague's 70 Helps Golfers Finish 6th at MEC Tournament

Apr. 1st, 2014

The Urbana University men's golf team participated in the Oglebay Resort Intercollegiate on Monday. The tournament was due to begin on Sunday, but was postponed because of a spring snowstorm that dropped 3-4 inches of snow on the Resort. After the snow melted, the tournament proceeded under warm and sunny skies on Monday. Behind senior Mike Dague, the Blue Knights placed 6th out of 11 teams, including 10 from the Mountain East Conference. The University of Charleston won the snow-shortened event with a team score of 291. The Golden Eagles were the only team to break 300.

Dague continued his assault on the Blue Knight record books in his final spring at UU. His one-under 70 landed him in a tie for 2nd place in the field of over 60 golfers. It's the second time in three rounds this spring Dague has turned in a top 2 round in a big field, and it's the second time he has posted a top 3 round all-time in UU's record books. Dague led the field in both eagles (1) and birdies (5). Read More

Women's Soccer to Host ID Camp on April 5

Feb. 26th, 2014

New Head Women's Soccer Coach Kevin Mounce announced his first camp date at Urbana University earlier this week. Mounce and the Blue Knights will host a Spring ID Camp on Saturday, April 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost of the camp is $50 per player. Players aged 13-18 are invited to attend the camp to learn what college training will be like. There will also be match training, goalkeeper training and speed and agility training, as well as a campus tour and t-shirt.

Check in here for a link to a registration form. For more information, contact Coach Mounce at (937) 484-1385 or kmounce@urbana.edu. Read More

Mounce Named New Women's Soccer Coach

Jan. 22nd, 2014

Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young recently announced the hiring of Kevin Mounce as the new Head Coach of the Blue Knight women’s soccer team.

“We are thrilled to add a coach of Kevin’s quality to lead our women’s soccer program,” said Young upon the announcement. “Kevin has spent the past 15 seasons at NCAA Division I Gardner-Webb University. We are confident that Kevin can take this young program to new heights with his wealth of experience coaching on a big stage.”

Coach Mounce comes to Urbana with 172 career wins under his belt, including a program-best 125 at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. His Runnin’ Bulldogs advanced to the conference tournament in 13 of his 15 seasons. Mounce’s squads earned back-to-back Big South Conference runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010, and he was named the 2003 Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year. His 2001 team won an NCCAA national title, earning Mounce NCCAA National Coach of the Year honors. Read More

Mazzu, Abdalla Named All-Conference

Nov. 6th, 2013

The Mountain East Conference released its 2013 All-Conference selections on Wednesday. The Urbana University women's soccer team had a pair of players named All-Conference. Senior teammates Brittany Mazzu and Hanna Abdalla represented the Blue Knights on the 2013 All-MEC squad. Mazzu made the MEC Second Team, while Abdalla was named Honorable Mention All-MEC. Read More

Hooks Nabs All-Conference Honors at MEC Championships

Oct. 26th, 2013

On a crisp autumn morning at Pipestem State Park in West Virginia, the Urbana University men’s and women’s cross country teams put the finishing touches on the most successful seasons in program history. Competing in the first-ever Mountain East Conference Championships, the Blue Knight men placed 8th out of 9 squads. The UU women had just four runners compete, missing out on a team score by one runner. However, the Blue Knights’ four runners turned in an average time of 27:31 in the 6K, which placed them behind just the top four squads in the field of 10. Jenna Hooks ran her second fastest 6K of the season in a time of 26:04.75. She averaged 6:59 a mile and placed 14th in the field of 76 runners. Her finish earned her Second Team All-MEC honors. Read More

Hooks Captures CC Program's 1st MEC Runner of the Week Award

Oct. 22nd, 2013

Urbana's Jenna Hooks and West Liberty's Caleb Casto have been named Mountain East Conference Runners of the Week. Hooks, a freshman from Sidney, Ohio, ran her second-fastest time of the season and the second-fastest 5k in school history at the Wilmington College #JennaStrong Classic. She crossed the line in 20:50.39 to lead the Blue Knights. Hooks becomes the first UU runner, male or female, to earn a conference runner of the week award. The Blue Knight cross country program returned in 2008. Read More

All 4 Runners Land in UU's Top 10 at WC

Oct. 21st, 2013

The Urbana University cross country teams turned in one of their most impressive weeks of the season over the weekend at the Wilmington College #JennaStrong Classic. The men picked up 4 wins, finishing 32nd in a talented field of 36 teams from across the region. Three Blue Knights ran personal bests in the Friday night race. On the women's side, Urbana's 4 runners each ran 5K's that landed them in the Top 10 all-time at Urbana.

The women were once again paced by freshman Jenna Hooks. Hooks' 5K time was 20:50, good for the 2nd fastest race of her career and the 2nd fastest 5K in UU history. Teammates Nicolette Holthaus (pictured; 21:48), Jackie Smith (21:49) and La'Donna Bonner (21:51) were a minute behind Hooks, and each finished within 3 seconds of each other. Holthaus' time was the 5th fastest 5K in UU history. Smith's time was a personal best and the 7th fastest 5K in school history, and Bonner missed out on her personal best by just 3 tenths of a second, but she still landed in the Top 10 all-time at Urbana with the 9th fastest 5K in program history. The team's average 5K of 21:34 would have placed the squad 25th in the women's field of 34, 2 seconds ahead of the hosts' average time. Read More

#UUMCC Takes 8th at MEC Championships

Oct. 26th, 2013

On a crisp autumn morning at Pipestem State Park in West Virginia, the Urbana University men’s and women’s cross country teams put the finishing touches on the most successful seasons in program history. Competing in the first-ever Mountain East Conference Championships, the Blue Knight men placed 8th out of 9 squads. As they have been all fall, the Blue Knight men were paced by freshman Mason Dail. Dail cracked the 30-minute barrier in the 8K for the fourth time this season, posting a time of 29:59.03. Dail placed 35th in the field of 71, missing out on all-conference honors by about 90 seconds. He averaged 6:01 per mile over the near-5 mile course. Read More

4 Runners Turn in Personal Bests at Wilmington

Oct. 21st, 2013

The Urbana University cross country teams turned in one of their most impressive weeks of the season over the weekend at the Wilmington College #JennaStrong Classic. The men picked up 4 wins, finishing 32nd in a talented field of 36 teams from across the region. Three Blue Knights ran personal bests in the Friday night race. On the women's side, Urbana's 4 runners each ran 5K's that landed them in the Top 10 all-time at Urbana.

Senior Ryan Castle enjoyed the best race of his career. The veteran from Urbana, Ohio trimmed over a minute off his career low, finishing 3rd on the squad with a 32:01 in the 8K. In Urbana's previous 4 races this fall, Castle finished 6th for the Blue Knights. Read More

Dail Leads #UUMCC at All-Ohio Race

Oct. 4th, 2013

For the second straight race, the Urbana University cross country teams ran the Elvin King course at nationally ranked Cedarville University. On a hot and muggy Friday afternoon, the Blue Knights competed in the All-Ohio Championships hosted by the Yellow Jackets. The Blue Knight men finished 12th in the NCAA Division II/NAIA race and 39th overall in a field that included 41 programs from across the state in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, as well as NAIA. Freshman Mason Dail continued to lead the Blue Knight pack. Dail was the 75th D2 runner to cross the 8K finish line in a time of 29:53.03, almost 7 seconds faster than his last race at Cedarville. Read More