Wallace Named First Team Academic All-AmericanDec. 4th, 2013
Senior center Kyle Wallace (West Milton, Ohio) became the first Blue Knight in school history to be named to the Capital One Academic All-America® First Team NCAA Division II football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday.
Wallace anchored the offensive line for the nation’s 18th ranked passing offense at Urbana (303.3 yards per game). He ended his career with 32 straight starts at center. Wallace was named second team All-Mountain East Conference this season. The accolade was his third career all-conference award. He holds a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. as a biology and pre-physical therapy major. Wallace's former teammate, linebacker Drew Underwood, earned Second Team honors a year ago. The duo are the only NCAA Division II Academic All-American's in school history. The Blue Knight football program landed 13 players on the NAIA's National Scholar Athlete Team from 1985-2007, including current UU Head Coach David Taynor. Read More
Toys for Tots Returns to UUNov. 19th, 2013
The United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation will visit the campus of Urbana University on December 5th this holiday season. Toys for Tots will collect toys and donations during the Blue Knights' home basketball doubleheader vs. Wheeling Jesuit University. The women's game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m., and the men's game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. Free admission to both games will be granted to anyone who donates an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more. Toys for Tots will also accept monetary donations, and anyone who donates at least $10 to the Foundation will also receive free admission. Read More
Volleyball to Host MEC Tournament Match Tuesday, "Blue Out" WVSU!Nov. 18th, 2013
With a 3-0 win over West Virginia State University on Friday night, the Urbana University volleyball team earned the right to host a first round Mountain East Conference tournament match on Tuesday night. The Blue Knights leapfrogged the Yellow Jackets into the #8 seed. WVSU had to settle for the #9 seed, and now must return to the Grimes Center on Tuesday at 7 PM to battle the Blue Knights in an elimination match.
The Blue Knight volleyball team is seeking their first post-season win since the 2006 season. The Grimes Center Gymnasium was packed on Friday night during Urbana's straight sets win over the Yellow Jackets. Members of the Urbana Elementary Volleyball League attended (pictured with the Blue Knights after the match on Friday). UU is hoping for a similar turnout on Tuesday, and the team is asking fans to wear blue to "BLUE OUT THE YELLOW JACKETS." Read More
Mendenhall Named Harlon Hill Regional FinalistNov. 14th, 2013
A total of 28 candidates are in the running for the 2013 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year. Urbana University senior quarterback D.J. Mendenhall (West Jefferson, Ohio) made the first cut and appears on the 2013 Super Regional 1 ballot.
Mendenhall is quickly closing in on 10,000 career passing yards. In 43 career games, the senior signal caller has completed 735 of 1,214 pass attempts for 9,672 yards and 96 career passing TDs. He's also rushed for 1,700 yards and has 31 more touchdowns on the ground in his career. Mendenhall even caught a couple of touchdown passes earlier in his career, giving him the NCAA Division II active lead in career touchdowns (129). He has single game, single season and career records at UU for passing attempts, completions, passing yards, passing TDs, rushing TDs, points scored and total offensive yards. He nearly became just the third QB in NCAA Division II history to throw for over 10,000 career yards and rush for another 2,000. Read More
Athletic Department Announces 4-H, YMCA DaysOct. 3th, 2013
The Urbana University Athletic Department announced the addition of a pair of promotional days at upcoming Blue Knight home football games. First, on Saturday, October 26th, Urbana University will celebrate "Champaign County 4-H Day". Then, on Saturday, November 16th, Urbana University will celebrate "Champaign & Clark County YMCA Day". Members of the Champaign and Clark County YMCA's will be admitted free to the football game against the University of Charleston. Kickoff for all Urbana University home football games is set for 12:00 p.m. Read More
Men's Soccer Earns 1st Regional Ranking in Program HistoryOct. 1st, 2013
For the first time in program history, the Urbana University men's soccer team is regionally ranked. The Blue Knights turned up in the #8 slot in this week's Atlantic Regional rankings. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) ranks the top 10 teams in NCAA Division II's 8 regions. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top 4 teams in each region advance to the 32-team NCAA Division II National Tournament. Read More
Young Appointed Chair of NCAA D2 Swimming & Diving CommitteeSep. 20th, 2013
Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young has been appointed Chair of the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Committee, effective immediately. Young has served on the committee since 2011.
"I am proud to be selected to serve in a leadership role on this committee," said Young. "The NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Nationals are an outstanding event for the very best D2 student-athletes to showcase their talents." The 2014 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships will be hosted by the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio from March 12-15, and Young adds, "Urbana University currently has a promising group of swimmers working very hard in the pool to become the first student-athletes to represent the Blue Knights at Nationals." Read More
Hilton Hired to Lead Women's LacrosseSep. 19th, 2013
Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young announced the hiring of new Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Hilton this week. Hilton takes over the NCAA Division II program before its fourth season of intercollegiate competition kicks off in the spring of 2014.
“Coach Hilton has over 25 years of experience coaching lacrosse, dating back to when his son and daughter started playing. He fell in love with the sport when he played at Towson University and returned to lacrosse with his kids,” explained Young. “It was evident immediately that his lacrosse experience and knowledge energized the team during the interview process. We’re excited to see where Coach Hilton can take the program.” Read More
Dr. Eric Fester Named UU Team Physician, Medical DirectorAug. 27th, 2013
Dr. Eric Fester, orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Springfield Regional Medical Group and medical director for Excel Sports Medicine, has been named team physician and medical director of Urbana University’s athletic teams. In this position, Fester will be responsible for leading and coordinating the medical staff and medical services for all of the school's sports teams and student-athletes. Read More
Nixon to Become 37th Member of UU Athletic Hall of FameJul. 16th, 2013
Urbana University announced plans today to induct former Blue Knight golfer Miles Nixon into its Athletic Hall of Fame in the upcoming academic year. Nixon is undoubtedly the most successful golfer in the history of the men’s golf program that dates back to the 1970’s. He will become the first Blue Knight enshrined as a former member of the men’s golf team, and he will become the 37th member enshrined since the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1987. Read More
12 Charter Members Officially Assume Membership in Mountain East ConferenceJul. 2nd, 2013
As of Monday, July 1st, the Mountain East Conference officially welcomes its 12 charter members of the newest NCAA Division II league. The new league’s charter members include: Concord University (W.Va.), Fairmont State University (W.Va.), Glenville State College (W.Va.), Notre Dame College (Ohio), Shepherd University (W.Va.), The University of Charleston (W.Va.), The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (Va.), Urbana University (Ohio), West Liberty University (W.Va.), West Virginia State University (W.Va.), Wheeling Jesuit University (W.Va.), and West Virginia Wesleyan College (W.Va.). Read More
115 Named to AD's Spring Honor RollMay. 16th, 2013
In the fall, Urbana University student-athletes posted the most successful academic semester since records were kept. A school-record 121 student-athletes made the Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll. Never before had more than 100 Blue Knights landed on the Honor Roll. Now, after the spring semester, the Blue Knights can boast back-to-back triple digit numbers on the AD's Honor Roll.
A total of 115 student-athletes maintained a GPA of 3.25 or higher and enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in the spring to earn this distinction. The top academic squads in the fall were the men’s swimming team (3.2 GPA) and women’s cross country team (3.67). Both teams repeated their feat in the spring, and both squads improved upon their cumulative GPA. The men's swim team posted an impressive 3.33 team GPA, while the women's cross country team nearly pulled off perfection at 3.85. Read More
Wingate Named New Women's Basketball Head CoachMay. 7th, 2013
Today, Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young announced the hiring of Danny Wingate as the new Blue Knight head women’s basketball coach
“We are excited to bring Danny’s leadership into our women’s basketball program,” said Young upon the announcement. “He brings a wealth of experience, and he has proven over time that he has the ability to win at the collegiate level. We see nothing but great things for the future of our women’s basketball program under Danny’s leadership.” Read More
Urbana Scores Major Upset over D-I Wright StateMay. 1st, 2013
The Urbana University baseball team scored a signature victory over Division I Wright State University on Wednesday night. Urbana entered the contest 0-5 all-time against the Raiders, but by the end of the night, the Blue Knights could boast one of the biggest wins in program history, a 6-4 victory under the lights at Nischwitz Stadium.
The win is Urbana's third over a D-I opponent during the Mike Goldschmidt era. Goldschmidt guided the Blue Knights to wins at the University of Dayton in 2008 and Chicago State University in 2009. Urbana has been close to knocking off the Raiders in their two previous meetings. Last season, Wright State held off their D-II opponents 6-4 and two seasons ago, Urbana fell just 3 runs short.
A huge sixth inning on Wednesday night ensured Urbana wouldn't fall short again. The visitors racked up 6 runs in the decisive inning. Urbana starter Tom Piatt cruised through the first five inning, allowing just two hits. Read More
Geiger, Mendenhall Named 2013 Blue Knights of the Year at Athletic BanquetApr. 29th, 2013
Urbana University held its 3rd annual All-Sports Awards Banquet on Saturday night in the Warren G. Grimes Gymnasium. Each of the University's 15 intercollegiate athletic programs recognized outstanding performances from the 2012-13 school year, and at the end of the night, the athletic department handed out its most prestigious awards to junior quarterback D.J. Mendenhall and sophomore women's basketball player Ciara Geiger.
Olympic gold medalist Matt Vogel (pictured) was the featured speaker at the banquet. Vogel won two gold medals at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. Vogel shared some of his Olympic experiences with the Blue Knights. He also shared friendly advice on how to carry successes from the collegiate playing field out into the real world. Click 'Read More' to see the rest of the awards handed out on Saturday night. Read More
Olympic Gold Medalist Matt Vogel to Speak at All-Sports Athletic BanquetApr. 17th, 2013
The Urbana University Athletic Department will host its 3rd annual all-sports athletic awards banquet on Saturday, April 27th. The athletic department, including student-athletes and coaches from all 15 Blue Knight athletic teams, will gather on the same night to honor Urbana University's top student-athletes during the 2012-13 school year. The banquet will be held in the Warren G. Grimes Center Gymnasium this year. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., and the awards presentation will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Matt Vogel will be the featured speaker at the event. Vogel competed in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics for Team USA. The Ft. Wayne, Indiana native won gold in the 100-meter butterfly. He also swam a leg on the team’s 4x100 medley relay team that set a new world record and captured another gold medal for Vogel. Read More
NCAA Adds Mountain East Conference as Newest Division II LeagueFeb. 15th, 2013
The Mountain East Conference (MEC) announced today that its application for membership has been approved by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee. The MEC will officially become the 25th NCAA Division II conference on Sept. 1, 2013 and immediately assumes active status.
“This is a very exciting time for the Mountain East Conference and our 12 charter institutions,” MEC Commissioner Reid Amos said. “Every one of our schools has great history, great tradition and now a great future as an MEC member. Read More
Mountain East Conference Files with NCAADec. 4th, 2012
The 12 institutions that announced the formation of the Mountain East Conference in August have officially applied for approval to begin competing as the NCAA’s newest Division II conference in 2013-14. Pending approval from the NCAA, the new league’s charter members include: Concord University (W.Va.), Fairmont State University (W.Va.), Glenville State College (W.Va.), Notre Dame College (Ohio), Shepherd University (W.Va.), The University of Charleston (W.Va.), The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (Va.), Urbana University (Ohio), West Liberty University (W.Va.), West Virginia State University (W.Va.), Wheeling Jesuit University (W.Va.), and West Virginia Wesleyan College (W.Va.). Read More
Support the Blue Knight Walk of HonorNov. 1st, 2012
This fall, the Urbana University Athletic Department announced a new fundraising opportunity to support two major facility upgrades. The Athletic Department invites you to help pave a new "Walk of Honor" by purchasing an engraved paver and becoming a part of Urbana’s history. The engraved bricks will be located in-between the walkways of the entrance of Urbana University Stadium. By donating a brick, you are supporting the efforts to purchase and build visitors' bleachers for the stadium and permanent seating behind the new backstop at the Blue Knights' Baseball Field. Both projects will begin in 2013 with help from donors like you. Read More
Toys for Tots Returns to UUOct. 31st, 2012
The United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation will visit the campus of Urbana University on November 20th and 25th this holiday season. Toys for Tots will collect toys and donations during the Blue Knights' home basketball games on both dates. On Tuesday, November 20th, the men's basketball team welcomes Ashland University to the Grimes Center for the Blue Knights' 2012 home opener. The teams will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. game, and on Sunday, November 25th, the men's team will face-off against Mercyhurst University at 2:00 p.m. Free admission to both games will be granted to anyone who donates an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more. Toys for Tots will also accept monetary donations, and anyone who donates at least $10 to the Foundation will also receive free admission. Read More
Urbana University Announces Move to Mountain East ConferenceAug. 20th, 2012
The presidents of 12 universities, 9 in West Virginia, 2 in Ohio, and 1 in Virginia, jointly announce the formation of a new all-sports collegiate athletic conference to be named the Mountain East Conference (MEC). The new 12-team league’s charter membership will include: Concord University, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Notre Dame College, Shepherd University, The University of Charleston, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Urbana University, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University, Wheeling Jesuit University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College. Read More
Great Midwest Athletic Conference Launches G-MACsports.comJul. 30th, 2012
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference, which was approved by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee in February of 2012, has officially launched its new online home, G-MACsports.com. The site features interactive content, as well as a place to follow your favorite conference institution. G-MACsports.com will be the new conference site of Urbana University men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country and volleyball. Read More
Blazer to Become 36th Member of UU Athletic Hall of FameJul. 16th, 2012
Urbana University announced plans to induct former coach, administrator and faculty member Bill Blazer into the Athletic Hall of Fame this February. For nearly two decades, Blazer’s dedication to the University was unmatched as he served the campus in many different capacities. For his efforts, he will become the 36th member enshrined into the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 2nd after a home Blue Knight basketball doubleheader. Read More
Grimes Gym Gets a New LookJun. 12th, 2012
Over the past month, the Warren G. Grimes Center has received a new updated look. First, improvements were made to the bleachers, allowing for more floor space. A new, larger scorer's table was purchased for home sporting events, and now, much of the building is receiving a new coat of paint, including the gym floor, which was also re-designed and re-finished last week. Before the end of the month, hallways, classrooms and the gym walls will also receive a new coat of paint. The old, outdated navy blue color is being replaced with a vibrant royal blue to match the new-look gym floor. New smartboards, desks, tables and chairs will now grace the newly painted classrooms in Grimes. Pictures of the transformation in the gym are posted here. Read More
Mendenhall, Risner Named Blue Knights of the YearApr. 28th, 2012
Urbana University held its second annual All-Sports Awards Banquet on Saturday night in the Sara Landess Room on campus. Each of the University's 15 intercollegiate athletic programs recognized outstanding performances from the 2011-12 school year, and at the end of the night, the athletic department handed out its most prestigious awards. Sophomore QB D.J. Mendenhall and senior softball player Megan Risner took home the night's top awards, the Blue Knight Student-Athletes of the Year. Read More
Georgetown to Join G-MACApr. 27th, 2012
Great Midwest Athletic Conference Commissioner Tom Daeger announced on Tuesday that Georgetown College has accepted an invitation to join the G-MAC as a Provisional Member, effective July 1, 2012. Georgetown, which recently announced intentions to apply for NCAA Division II membership, is the eighth member institution of the G-MAC. Georgetown joins The University of Virginia’s College at Wise as a Provisional Member of the G-MAC. Read More
Virginia-Wise Admitted as Provisional Member of G-MACApr. 23th, 2012
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise (UVa-Wise) has been admitted as a Provisional Member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), effective July 1, 2012. UVa-Wise will enter the G-MAC as the seventh member of the league and begin competition against fellow members in 2013-14. If successfully admitted into NCAA Division II candidacy, the institution will become a Full Member of the G-MAC and will join the charter members of the Conference which includes Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio), Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio), Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.), Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, Tenn.), Urbana University (Urbana, Ohio), and Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, Ohio). Read More
Foley to Speak at 2nd Annual UU Athletic BanquetApr. 3th, 2012
The Urbana University Athletic Department will host its second annual all-sports athletic awards banquet at the end of the current school year. The banquet will be held in the Sara Landess Room in the Urbana University Student Center on Saturday, April 28th. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., and the awards presentation will begin at approximately 6:50 p.m. Former NFL Pro Bowler Dave Foley will be the featured speaker at the event. Cost for the banquet is $20 for non-Urbana student-athletes. Read More
G-MAC Approved as NCAA D-II ConferenceFeb. 20th, 2012
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) has received notice that the NCAA Division II Membership Committee has approved the G-MAC as a member conference of NCAA Division II. The committee approved the G-MAC request for acceptance as the 24th NCAA Division II member conference effective on Sept. 1, 2012. Read More
96 Named to Athletic Director's Fall Honor RollFeb. 4th, 2012
Ninety-six student-athletes were recently named to the AD's Fall Honor Roll for maintaining a GPA of 3.25 or better this past semester. The number is just a few shy of an all-time Urbana University record. An additional 18 Blue Knights posted perfect 4.0 GPAs this fall. Read More
Life as a Blue KnightDec. 1st, 2010
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