Men’s Intercollegiate Sports

The Prairie Wolves compete in NCAA Division III and NAIA. Our intercollegiate men’s sports include:

Baseball

BaseballHead Coach Bill Fagler

Team stats:

  • 15 conference championships
  • Qualified for conference tournament 6 of last 8 years
  • School record for wins in 2009

With two straight seasons of coming up one place short of the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament, the 2012 baseball team looks to turn things around this season. Head baseball coach Bill Fagler, entering his seventh season with the Prairie Wolves, went over 100 career victories last season.

Nebraska Wesleyan University had two baseball players named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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Basketball

Men's BasketballHead Coach Cam Schuknecht

Team stats:

  • 5 NCAA Div. III Final Four appearances
  • 14 NCAA Div. III Tournament appearances
  • 11 conference championships

Head Coach Cam Schuknecht, who begins his sixth season leading the NWU basketball program, is excited about the prospects of this team and will rely on the leadership of the returning starters and seniors to improve the Prairie Wolves record last season.

The Nebraska Wesleyan men’s basketball team received the No. 6 seed in the 2012 GPAC Tournament bracket. Nebraska Wesleyan University had three players recognized by the Great Plains Athletic Conference when the 2011-12 Men’s Basketball All-GPAC teams were announced.

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Track and Field and Cross Country

Men's Track and Field and Cross CountryHead Coach Ted Bulling

Team stats:

  • 2005 Track and Field Dual Meet national champions
  • 66 combined team conference championships
  • 26 combined team NCAA Div. III

Dr. Ted Bulling is a six-time national coach of the year and has received Central Region honors 22 times from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Our nationally known coaching staff —Assistant coaches Scott Etherton (hurdles), Chris Baum (vertical jumps and multi-events), Ann Ringlein (distance), Kurt Nielsen (horizontal jumps), Derek Frese (throws), Dan Bulling (javelin), and Jason Peters (sprints)—form one of the largest, most experienced and talented coaching staffs in the country. Bulling also is currently serving as the President of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the first Division III coach to serve as the president of the association.

The Nebraska Wesleyan men's cross country team won the NCAA III Central Region Championship in 2011 to advance to the NCAA III Cross Country Championships for the 15th consecutive season. Nebraska Wesleyan University sent seven men to compete at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

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Football

FootballHead Coach Brian Keller

Team stats:

  • Produced record 7 Academic All-Americans in 2011
  • Ranked in NAIA top 30 eight times since 2000
  • 22 conference championships

The Nebraska Wesleyan University football team may have finished the 2011 season with a 5-5- overall record, but the Prairie Wolves were just a few key plays from finishing with seven victories and knocking on the door of the NAIA playoffs. Veteran head coach Brian Keller and the Prairie Wolves feel confident that 2012 is the season they can get back towards the top of the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings. Four NWU players were named to the All-GPAC First-Team in 2011.

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Golf

Men's GolfHead Coach Brett Balak

Team stats:

  • 2006 NCAA Div. III national champions
  • 5 top 10 finishes in 28 NCAA Div. III Championship appearances
  • 25 conference championships in 29 years

NWU has won nine out of the eleven GPAC Championships and has qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in eight straight seasons. In 2011 Brett Balak was named GPAC Coach-of-the-Year for the third straight season, and the fourth time in his career.

NWU has competed in 28 NCAA Championships, which ranks NWU in the Top 10 all-time in Div. III men’s golf. Nebraska Wesleyan University was one of 40 teams to earn a spot in the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Championships. We also have a phenomenal golf course in Lincoln at the Firethorn Golf Club.

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Soccer

Men's SoccerHead Coach Sean Steele

Team stats:

  • 4 conference championships
  • .633 all-time conference winning percentage
  • 28 players named First Team All-GPAC since 2000

Sean Steele begins his second full season at Nebraska Wesleyan University as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s soccer programs.

Three members of the Nebraska Wesleyan University men’s soccer team were named to the 2011 Great Plains Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer All-Conference.

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Tennis

Men's TennisHead Coach Rick Harley

Team stats:

  • 14 conference championships
  • 49-12 conference record since 2004
  • Attended NAIA Nationals in 2006 and 2009

Dr. Rick Harley is in his eighth season as the head tennis coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University. This past November, Harley was inducted into the Nebraska Tennis Association Hall of Fame for his work as the NWU head tennis coach and his individual success as a tennis player.

During the past seven years, the men and women have finished lower than second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings just twice, won eight GPAC team titles, have a combined league mark of 89-14 and have been regulars at the NAIA National Tournament. 

In 2012, Nebraska Wesleyan was defending Great Plains Athletic Conference tennis champions.

For more information, read also the NWU Athletic Guides.

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