Athletics

Women's Intercollegiate Sports

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

Basketball

Head Coach Britni Fett

Team stats:

  • 2012 Association of Div. III Independents Player of the Year
  • 2012 Academic All-American
  • 3 Academic All-Americans all-time

Britni Fett is the head women's basketball coach and comes to Nebraska Wesleyan from Lakeland College, an NCAA Division III school in Plymouth, Wis., where she has served as the assistant women’s basketball coach the past two seasons. During the 2012-13 season, Fett filled in the role of head coach at Lakeland for five games as the head coach was on maternity leave. While at Lakeland, the team went 30-22 the past two years qualifying for the NAC Conference Tournament each season.

Three Nebraska Wesleyan University women’s basketball players earned All-Conference honors at the 2011-12 GPAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference teams. In their August, 2012 trip to Estonia, the Nebraska Wesleyan women’s basketball team capped off their trip with a 77-70 overtime victory over Tartu University in Tartu, Estonia.

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Golf

Women's GolfHead Coach Stacy Graham

Team stats:

  • 5 conference championships
  • 2012 Academic All-American
  • 4 top 16 NAIA Championship finishes

Head Coach Stacy Graham, who is in her ninth season at Nebraska Wesleyan, lead the Nebraska Wesleyan women’s veteran golf team to a successful 2010-11 season.  They finished sixth at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament, which was their highest finish in five seasons.

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Soccer

Women's SoccerHead Coach Sean Steele

Team stats:

  • 7 conference championships
  • .650 all-time conference winning percentage
  • 11 First Team All-GPAC selections

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.

Two players on the Nebraska Wesleyan University women’s soccer team were named to the 2011 Great Plains Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer All-Conference team. Also, a Nebraska Wesleyan University junior midfielder was named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team, as well as voted to the District 8 Second-Team in the NCAA III division.

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Softball

SoftballHead Coach Butch McLaren

Team stats:

  • 1 conference championship
  • 2011 GPAC Player of the Year
  • 7 Academic All-Americans

Butch McLaren was named the head softball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan in May 2012 after serving as the interim head coach for the final 26 games of the 2012 season. McLaren has served as an assistant softball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan for the previous 10 seasons, coaching the two “winningest” pitchers in NWU history, including the 2010 GPAC Pitcher-of-the-Year.

In 2011, the Nebraska Wesleyan University Softball team recorded its sixth straight 20-win season and tied the school record with 28 wins all on the way to a runner-up finish in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. NWU has been picked to finish 2nd in the 2012 GPAC Preseason Coaches’ poll.

Nebraska Wesleyan University had two softball players named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Softball Team, and placed seven members of the softball team on the 2012 Great Plains Athletic Conference Softball All-Conference team. Also, NWU had four members of the softball team on the 2012 All-Independent Softball team announced by the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I).

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Tennis

Women's TennisHead Coach Rick Harley

Team stats:

  • 14 conference championships
  • 7 conference championships since 2001
  • 21-1 conference record since 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. Nebraska Wesleyan University had three women named in 2012 to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District women’s at-large team.

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Track and Field and Cross Country

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

Team stats

  • Combined 32 NCAA Div. III top 20 team finishes
  • NCAA Div. III Track and Field Athlete of the Past Quarter Century
  • 17 national champions and 173 All-Americans

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.

In 2012, NWU women won their sixth straight GPAC Championship, with four Nebraska Wesleyan University track & field athletes honored as Capital One/Academic All-District 8 selections in the NCAA III division for track & field/cross country.

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Volleyball

VolleyballHead Coach Rayna Cain

Team stats:

  • 14 NCAA Div. III Championship appearances (including 9 since 2000)
  • 6 AVCA Team Academic Awards
  • 9 AVCA All-Americans (including 5 since 2007)

Rayna Cain has been hired as the new head volleyball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Cain spent the past two seasons as the assistant women’s volleyball coach at Des Moines Area Community College. Prior to that, she served as the head volleyball coach at Dana College for four seasons, where she helped develop a successful program with the Vikings taking the team from seven victories in her first season to a 22-14 record in her fourth year. She coached five All-GPAC players, six NAIA Scholar Athletes and had the program’s best season since 1993.

In 2012, Nebraska Wesleyan volleyball placed four players on the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) All-Independent volleyball team.

For more information, read also the NWU Athletic Guides.