2015-16

July, 2015 – Oberlin President Marvin Krislov, JD named president of the NCAC, with Ohio Wesleyan President Dr. Rock Jones selected to serve as the vice president … Hiram College announces the suspension of its men’s and women’s cross country programs. 

August, 2015George Cooper Jr., a former member of the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, named an assistant football coach at Kenyon as part of the National Football League Players Association’s (NFLPA) 10th annual Coaching Internship Program. 

September, 2015 – Denison senior football player and NCAC SAAC President Lucas Romick was one of 22 football players nationwide to be named to the 2015 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All State Good Works Team … 2015 DePauw graduate Maggie MacPhail was named a finalist for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. 

October, 2015 – DePauw Athletic Director Stevie Baker-Watson was appointed to serve on the NCAA Division III Management Council … Nancy Schrom Dye, the 13th president of Oberlin College and a historian of modern America, died on October 28, 2015, at her home in Lakewood, Ohio. Dye served as Oberlin’s first and only female president from 1994-2007.

November, 2015Dr. Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D., president of Wittenberg University since 2012 and the first female president in the University history, announced her resignation … For the second year in a row, the Hiram women’s basketball team opened the season by taking on Mount Saint Joseph in the “Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic” at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio … The College of Wooster named Sarah Bolton, dean of the college and professor of physics at Williams College, to become its 12th president, effective July 1, 2016 … Senior Geno Arthur became the first Oberlin male cross country runner to win a regional title at the 2015 Great Lakes Regional in Terre Haute, Indiana … The Kenyon men’s soccer team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996, ultimately bowing out of the national tournament with a 1-0 loss against Calvin … Wabash posted its best finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships since 1995 after placing eighth overall with 292 points … The Wittenberg volleyball team capped off its 2015 season as the national runners-up after dropping a 3-0 decision against Cal Lutheran in the National Championship Match in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

December, 2015 – Kenyon men’s soccer coach Chris Brown named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Great Lakes Region Men’s Coach of the Year … DePauw women’s soccer coach Megan McCormick named the NSCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Women’s Coach of the Year … Wabash closed out its 2015 football season in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament with a 38-7 loss against eventual national runners-up St. Thomas (MN) … D3football.com named Wabash running back Mason Zurek as the North Region’s Offensive Player of the Year and Wabash head coach Erik Raeburn as the North Region Coach of the Year. 

January, 2016 – The Wittenberg University Board of Directors has unanimously elected Dr. Dick Helton, president emeritus of Vincennes University, as the university’s interim president, effective January 11th … On January 16 at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Denison University was the recipient of the Jostens Community Service Award, presented by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA). 

February, 2016 – In the semifinal round of the 2016 NCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament, both games were decided at the buzzer with game-winning shots in Granville, Ohio. DePauw sophomore Emily Budde sank a three from the top of the arc as time expired to lift the Tigers to a 59-58 victory over Kenyon, while Allegheny senior Jessica Mrdjenovich stunned the top-seeded Big Red by tossing in a corner three as time expired in overtime to lift the Gators to a 67-66 victory over DU … As the four seed, the Denison men’s basketball team paved its way through the 2016 NCAC Tournament bracket to capture its first tournament title in program history, capped off by a 92-81 overtime victory over second-seeded Wooster in the title game. 

March, 2016 – DePauw University’s Board of Trustees unanimously selected D. Mark McCoy, dean of the DePauw School of Music since August 2011, as president, effective July 1 … Ohio Wesleyan sophomore men’s basketball player Nate Axelrod named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year … DePauw freshman women’s basketball player Maya Howard was named the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Rookie of the Year … The Denison men’s swimming & diving team earned their third national title in program history after the Big Red accumulated 455.5 points to snap Kenyon’s three-year title run at the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. Kenyon finished second behind DU in the team standings for the third time in the last six years with 418.5 points. In the women’s standings, Kenyon led all NCAC teams by finishing second behind Emory in the final standings with 476 points, while Denison posted its 26th top-five finish in program history in fourth with 329 points. Following the four days of competition in North Carolina, NCAC student-athletes won 11 national titles, logged 74 All-American performances and posted 42 Honorable Mention All-American Performances. In addition, Denison junior Jack Lindell was named the 2016 men’s National Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual event titles and one relay crown, while senior Ben Lewis was named the men’s National Diver of the Year after he won the one-meter title and finished second in the three-meter competition. DU head coach Gregg Parini was also named the national Men’s Coach of the Year after guiding the Big Red back to the top of the team standings for the first time since winning back-to-back tiles in 2011 and ’12. 

April, 2016 – Wittenberg head men’s and women’s golf coach Jeff Roope was selected as the head coach for Team USA for the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup in Tokyo City, Japan, June 14-17 … For the second year in a row, the NCAC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) outraised the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) by a $2,869.09 to $2,264.77 margin in its friendly and spirited “Change War” fundraising competition during the 2016 NCAA Division III Week in support of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation … Denison’s Lucas Romick was named the collegiate recipient of the 2016 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup that is presented to the college athlete that best displays character, teamwork and citizenship. 

May, 2016 – For the first time in league history, the NCAC sent two softball teams to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Wittenberg earned the conference’s automatic bid into the national tournament after winning the 2016 NCAC Tournament, while DePauw became the first team in league history to earn an at-large bid in the national tournament … The Wittenberg men’s and women’s golf teams both finished third at their respective NCAA Division III Championships … The Denison men’s lacrosse team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, before being eliminated by eventual national champion Salisbury in overtime by a 11-10 margin … The Kenyon men’s tennis duo of senior Sam Geier and junior Tristan Kaye captured the program’s first-ever NCAA Doubles National Championship with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory over Middlebury’s team of Palmer Campbell and Hamid Derbani … Denison All-American and 2012 graduate Makorobondo “Dee” Salukombo qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for his native Democratic Republic of the Congo after finishing ninth at the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on May 29 in Ottawa, Ontario. 

June, 2016 – Legendary Wittenberg men’s basketball Bill Brown announced that he was stepping down after 23 years as the Tigers’ head coach … Denison women’s lacrosse coach Amanda Daniels named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year … A record total of 675 student-athletes were named to the third annual NCAC Academic Honor Roll … the NCAC named Oberlin’s Geno Arthur as the recipient of the 2016 Don Hunsinger Award and Kenyon’s Haley Townsend as the winner of the 2016 Pam Smith Award.