1998/99 - 2002/03

1998-99
November, 1998: Ohio Wesleyan claims the NCAC's first NCAA Division III men's soccer championship with a 2-1 double-overtime win over Greensboro. It is the Bishops' second Division III national crown.

December, 1998: Hiram and Wabash accept invitations to join the NCAC, pushing conference membership to 10 schools in three states.

May, 1999: Denison claims its second consecutive NCAC All-Sports championship and its third overall with top-three finishes in 17 of 22 sports.


1999-2000
March, 2000: Kenyon swimming extends its national championship run to 21 straight for the men and 17 for the women. A total of 63 men's and women's swimmers from 12 North Coast squads earned 174 all-American honors.

May, 2000: Denison wins a third consecutive NCAC All-Sports championship. The Big Red posted top-two finishes in 14 sports, including six titles - in women's cross country, field hockey, women's indoor track, women's lacrosse, men's lacrosse and men's tennis.


2000-01
October, 2000: Ohio Wesleyan capped their 2000 campaign with a perfect run through the inaugural NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament. In the semifinals, Ohio Wesleyan held off Denison, 1-0. The Bishops then used another 1-0 score to beat tournament runner-up Allegheny in the final. The Gators had defeated Wittenberg, 2-0, in their semifinal game.

November, 2000: Ohio Wesleyan men's soccer had a perfect run through the inaugural NCAC Men's Soccer Tournament. In the semifinals, Ohio Wesleyan held off Denison, 3-0. The Bishops then went one better, defeating tournament runner-up Earlham, 4-0, in the final. The Quakers had defeated Allegheny, 2-0, in their semifinal game.

February, 2001: The Ohio Wesleyan women's basketball team advances to the NCAA Division III national semifinals, becoming the first team in NCAC history to advance to that point in the national playoffs. The Battling Bishops finished third in the nation after defeating Emmanuel in the third-place game, capping a postseason run filled with comebacks and nail-biting finishes. Ohio Wesleyan won its third consecutive NCAC championship. Head Coach Nan Carney-DeBord is named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year.

January, 2001: Wooster Athletics Director Bob Malekoff is appointed to a two-year term on the NCAA Division III Management Council.

March, 2001: Kenyon men's swimming extends its national championship run to 22 straight. Denison women's swimming claims its first-ever national championship in any sport and ended Kenyon's championship run at 17.

May, 2001: Denison opened the inaugural NCAC softball tournament with a 3-0 win over Wittenberg. The Big Red then rallied to overcome a 6-1 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Wooster, 7-6, in eight innings to advance to the final game. The Fighting Scots defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 2-1, to earn a place in the championship game, setting up a rematch between the two squads. Denison scored early and held on to win 2-0 in the final. Big Red pitcher Courtney Zollars was voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after striking out 20 batters in three games, including 13 in the final against Wooster. She allowed no runs and only six hits all weekend.


May, 2001: Denison wins fourth consecutive and fifth overall NCAC All-Sports championship.
The Big Red's championship campaign featured six NCAC titles -- outright crowns in women's cross country, women's indoor track & field, women's lacrosse, men's tennis and softball, plus a co-championship in field hockey.


2001-02
November, 2001: Ohio Wesleyan claims NCAC's first NCAA women's soccer crown with a 1-0 defeat of Amherst. Akeya Terrell was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the tournament.

February, 2002: Allegheny's Phil Ness and Kenyon's Suzanne Helfant join Sara DeCosta, Herman Edwards, Jeff Gordon, David Robinson and Dara Torres as 2002 Sports Ethics Fellows. The Institute for International Sport selects Sports Ethics Fellows to recognize those individuals who consistently demonstrate an interest in promoting the ideals of ethics and fair play in sport and society.

May 2002: Denison wins fifth straight and sixth overall NCAC All-Sports championship. Denison posted top-two finishes in 12 of 22 sports.


2002-03
November 2002: Ohio Wesleyan wins a second straight NCAA women's soccer title with a 1-0 win over Messiah ... After earning the 2002 North Coast Field Hockey Championship at the conclusion of the regular season, Wittenberg swept throught the inaugural NCAC Field Hockey Tournament. In the semifinals, the Tigers held off Oberlin, 4-0. Wittenberg then went on to defeat Wooster, 6-2, in the final. The Fighting Scots had advanced to the final courtesy of a 2-1 win over Denison in their semifinal matchup. ... Wabash wins the NCAC football championship, its first in any sport since joining the league in 1999 ... Wabash and Wittenberg faced off in the second round of the NCAA football playoffs, marking the first time two NCAC teams qualified for the tournament.

February 2003: Wooster men's basketball finishes third at the NCAA tournament. Bryan Nelson is named NABC Division III Player of the Year. Head Coach Steve Moore is named Ohio College Basketball Coach of the Year ... Earlham's Jill Butcher joins Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones, Ross Powers and Robin Roberts as 2003 Sports Ethics Fellows.

March 2003: Kenyon men's swimming extends its national championship run to 24 straight. The Kenyon women claimed their 19th national title ... Allegheny's Jeremy Scott (right) set an Ohio College record in the pole vault with a leap of 18' 2 3/4" at the NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. A week earlier, he jumped 18' 8", a personal best, at the US Track & Field Indoor Championships. He finished in second place, earning a berth on the US Team that would compete at the World Championships in England. At the time, Scott was ranked third in the US and 10th in the world in the pole vault.

May 2003: Denison wins sixth straight, and seventh overall, NCAC All-Sports championship. The Big Red have won more All-Sports championships than any other conference school. Denison tied Ohio Wesleyan for the most All-Sports trophies earned consecutively (six) ... Wittenberg's Skip Ivery won the 110-meter high hurdles at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Wittenberg placed ninth place as a team, the program’s highest finish ever in the men’s outdoor track and field championships

July 2003: Kenyon's Ashley Rowatt and Daniel Kiepfer were winners of the 2002-03 Verizon Academic All-America of the Year award, given to the most outstanding student-athletes of the year by Verizon and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

September 2004: Kenyon's Ashley Rowatt is named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Ohio. The award, which is presented to just one woman in each of the fifty states, honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership, and have completed their collegiate athletics eligibility.