2012-13

July, 2012 – NCAC announced the hiring of Russell Kramer as Assistant Executive Director.

August, 2012 - Seven-year NFL veteran and 1992 Ohio Wesleyan graduate Keith Rucker returns to his alma mater to coach the defensive line … Allegheny director of athletics Portia Hoeg named vice chair of the NCAA Division III Management Council … Kenyon graduate Alisa Vereshchagin was named a Top 30 honoree for the 2012 NCAA Women of the Year award.

September, 2012 – The NCAC celebrated the start of the Branch Rickey Mentor Program by welcoming U.S. women’s soccer Olympic gold medalist Kristine (Lilly) Heavey and NCAA Chief Inclusion Officer and Executive Vice President for Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs Dr. Bernard Franklin to a kick-off event held at Oberlin College.

November, 2012 – Denison announced Dr. Adam Weinberg as the university’s 20th president, effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Weinberg succeeds Dr. Dale T. Knobel, who announced his retirement after leading the university for 15 years … Ohio Wesleyan selected to host 2014 NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track & Field Championships … Wittenberg freshman volleyball player Kara Seidenstricker named AVCA Great Lakes Region  and National Freshman of the Year … The DePauw field hockey team became the first NCAC squad to advance past the third round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament. After a round one bye, the Tigers defeated Utica, 3-2, in round two and Middlebury, 2-1, in round three, before falling to Tufts, 2-0, in the national semifinals.

December, 2012 – Ohio Wesleyan head football Tom Watts named AFCA Coach of the Year in Region 2 … DePauw head field hockey coach Gina Preston-Wills named NFHCA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year … NCAC Presidents’ Council selected as the recipient of the inaugural Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the NCAA and MOAA for the Branch Rickey Mentor Program. The award for diversity and inclusion was created to recognize and celebrate the initiatives, polices and practices of NCAA members … DePauw head women’s basketball coach Kris Huffman earned the St. Vincent Health Silver Medal Award and is set to be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on April 27, 2013.

January, 2013 – The NCAC partnered with the HCAC, OAC, PAC and the Taylor Hooton Foundation to offer Drug Education Workshops to administrators, coaches and trainers … Wabash announced Dr. Gregory D. Hess as the college’s 16th president, effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Hess succeeds Dr. Patrick E. White, who will assume the interim presidency of Millikin University for the 2013-14 academic year.

March, 2013 – USTFCCCA named Ohio Wesleyan senior Ethan Freet as Great Lakes Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and Wabash head coach Clyde Morgan as Great Lakes Region Indoor Track Coach of the Year … Wabash’s Jake Waterman won the 800-meter run at the Div. III Indoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 1:50.30 … DePauw women’s basketball head coach Kris Huffman named D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year, while Ohio Wesleyan’s Andy Winters named Great Lakes Region Player of the Year on the men’s side … DePauw’s Hannah Lukemeyer named the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Div. III Women’s Basketball Championships … DePauw captured the first women’s basketball national title in conference history with a 69-51 victory over Wisconsin-Whitewater in Holland, Michigan. The win over the Warhawks capped off a perfect season and gave DPU more wins in a single season than any other Div. III team in history as the Tigers finished the year at 34-0. D3hoops.com named Kris Huffman as the National Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year … Ohio Wesleyan’s Andy Winters was named NABC Great Lakes District Men’s Basketball Player of the Year and OWU head coach Mike DeWitt shared Great Lakes District Coach of the Year honors … Kenyon announced Dr. Sean M. Decatur as the college’s 19th president, effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Decatur succeeds Dr. S. Georgia Nugent, who will serve as a senior fellow of the council of independent colleges campaign for liberal arts colleges … Denison head men’s lacrosse coach Mike Caravana secured his 200th career win after the Big Red knocked off Centre, 17-4, on March 17th … The Kenyon men’s swimming & diving team regained its dominance over Div. III as it captured the program’s 32nd national title all-time by tallying 499.5 points at the 2013 NCAA Div. III Swimming & Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas. The Denison men finished second at the national meet with 428 points, while the Kenyon women also posted a second-place showing, followed by Denison in third.

April, 2013 – Ohio Wesleyan claimed the inaugural NCAC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament championship with a 10-9 victory over top-seeded Denison. The Battling Bishops were the No. 2 seed.

May, 2013 – Allegheny came one game short of qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Div. III Softball Championships after falling to Anderson, 5-1, in the championship game of the Angola Regional … Denison won its 13th NCAC All-Sports championship, earning the 2012-13 Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. The Big Red posted top-five finishes in 19-of-23 sports to earn the NCAC All-Sports Championship for the 12th time in school history … Wabash announced it will add men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport, beginning competition in the spring of 2015 … Hiram announced that president Thomas V. Chema will step down from his service at the end of the 2013-14 academic year after 11 years in the position.

June, 2013 – Kenyon graduate and men’s swimmer Curtis Ramsey was named the Academic All-American of the Year on the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Div. III At-Large Team … Recent Kenyon graduate Jessee Weiss was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 36th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft … Hiram athletic director Tom Mulligan announced his retirement following 11 years of distinguished service. Mulligan will be succeeded by Ellen Dempsey who worked closely with Mulligan for the past decade as Associate Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator and head volleyball coach … The DePauw women’s basketball team visited the White House to be recognized by President Barack Obama for winning the 2013 NCAA Div. III Women’s Basketball Championship. The Tigers are the second NCAC team to visit the White House after a national championship season as the 1988 Ohio Wesleyan men’s basketball team was invited to the nation’s capital by President Ronald Reagan … NCAC named Kenyon’s Curtis Ramsey as the recipient of the 2013 Don Hunsinger Award and Kenyon’s Leah Sack as the recipient of the 2013 Pam Smith Award.