After two decades of growth and development, the Cougars exploded onto the collegiate athletic scene with multiple championships and recognitions of outstanding coaching and student athletes’ accomplishments on and off the field. Looking ahead, the future of the Cougars shines as bright as its storied past as an athletic expansion debuts new programs and brings back some familiar ones.
The addition of a state-of-the-art facility like Ariel Arena allows for the growth of athletics, wellness initiatives, and invites the community to experience the campus unlike ever before. In 2017, MVNU welcomed the return of the men’s and women’s tennis programs and the brand new Ramser Tennis Courts, generously gifted by donors and community members Mark and Denise Ramser.
The women’s basketball team captured its first NCCAA national title. The men’s golf team earned its first-ever berth in the NAIA National Tournament by winning the NAIA District 22 title.
The women’s volleyball team won its first conference title with a 42-6 record. The baseball team won its sixth conference title and its second NCCAA national title as the Cougars finished the year 41-10.
The women’s volleyball team won its second straight conference title with a 51-10 record. The baseball team won its second straight conference title and its seventh overall as the team posted the best winning percentage in the history of collegiate baseball with a 43-4 mark (.935). The Cougars also captured their second straight NCCAA national championship and third overall.
The baseball team won its third straight conference title and eighth overall as the squad went 47-8. The team also earned its third consecutive NCCAA national title and fourth overall and made the program’s only appearance in the NAIA World Series.
The men’s basketball team, which won its only conference regular-season title during the year, went to its second NAIA Division II National Tournament and advanced all the way to the Elite Eight.
The women’s volleyball team won a share of its third conference title with a 54-7 record. The men’s basketball team posted the best record in the program’s history with a 27-6 as the team qualified for its third NAIA Division II National Tournament.
The women’s volleyball team won its second straight conference title and fourth overall with a 44-5 record. The men’s basketball team made it three straight NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances in a row and four overall as the Cougars posted a 26-8 mark.
The women’s soccer team played its inaugural varsity season and went 11-8-0. The women’s basketball team captured its second NCCAA national title as the team finished with a 20-12 record
The men’s basketball team won 11 of its final 13 games and captured its first NCCAA national title.
The men’s basketball team earned its first spot in the NCCAA national tournament in 13 years.
The women’s soccer team captured the NCCAA national title. The baseball team finished tied for fifth place at the NAIA World Series. Tim Belcher, a former Major League Baseball pitcher and MVNC standout in the 1980s, was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.
After a 26-year absence, it was announced varsity men’s and women’s cross country teams will start back up in 2006 under Coach Chip Wilson.
Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Paul Swanson was inducted into the NCCAA Hall of Fame.
The men’s basketball team clinched a share of the AMC South Division title.
The women’s volleyball team won the AMC South Division title and advanced to the national tournament for the first time. The women’s softball team advanced to the championship game of the NAIA Region IX Tournament for the first time in school history. The men’s baseball team captured the program’s unprecedented sixth NCCAA national title. The men’s soccer team advanced to the NAIA National Championship Final Four. Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Paul Swanson was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame.
Sports Information Director Dave Parsons received the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 2008 Clarence “Ike” Pearson Award for SID of the Year.
MVNU had a school-record 28 players recognized as NAIA scholar-athletes.
Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Paul Swanson earned his 1,000th win; the first coach in the NAIA to achieve this accomplishment.
The men’s baseball team participated in the opening round of the NAIA tournament. Baseball Head Coach Keith Veale recorded his 800th career win.
Baseball Head Coach Keith Veale was named Coach of the Year in the Crossroads League as he led the team to a 37-12 overall record and a 23-3 mark in the Crossroads League to secure the regular season championship and the automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round (the sixth straight year to play in Nationals). Men's and women's track and field relaunched; first meet won.
The women’s volleyball team became Crossroads League Regular Season and tournament champions clinching the Crossroads League Tournament Championship with a 3-1 win. The team advanced to the NAIA National Championship opening round for the first time.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams started back up as club sports with Coach Daniel Doan. The women’s volleyball team finished second in the Crossroads League Regular season and was the runner-up in the Crossroads League Tournament.
The men’s and women’s tennis teams opened their varsity season, the first match since the late 1980s. The women’s softball team entered Crossroads League Tournament play as Head Coach Jeana Howald achieved her 600th career victory. Men’s lacrosse, co-ed competitive cheerleading, and bowling were added as new offerings over the next four years.