Winning isn’t everything. But it sure is thrilling.
And at DeSales, we win. Our lineup of 16 intercollegiate NCAA Division III varsity men’s and women’s teams have an impressive record of scoring home runs, goals, and baskets, and breaking conference and national records.
The DeSales athletic department finished the 2012-13 athletic season with one of the best years in school-history, posting a combined 143-95-5 (.599) overall record and a .696 (67-29-1) winning percentage in Freedom Conference competition—the top winning percentage among all Freedom Conference schools in competition.
Six of nine teams qualified for the Freedom Conference post-season, including volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball, lacrosse, and baseball.
The volleyball, men’s basketball, baseball, and softball teams each advanced to the Freedom Conference championship game/match, and softball won the Freedom Conference title. Meanwhile, both the women’s cross country and golf teams posted their best-ever finish (2nd place) at the MAC/Freedom Conference Championships.
Individually, 43 student-athletes earned All-Conference First-Team honors, 65 earned All-Conference Second-Team honors, and 11 earned Honorable-Mention All-Conference accolades. DJ McCauley ’16 was named both the Freedom Conference Rookie and Pitcher of the Year in softball, and Nate Noll ’15 was named the Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year. In addition, three DeSales head coaches—Gordon Horning (women’s cross country and track & field), Tim Neiman (baseball), and Rachel Turoscy (softball)—were named MAC/Freedom Conference Coach of the Year.
Nationally, two individuals excelled, including Noll who became the third runner in team history to advance to the NCAA Division III National Championships, and Brian Mauro ’13 who was named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-American First-Team in baseball, having led the nation in doubles and set four single-season school records.
While their on-field accomplishments are important, DSU athletes are also students, and our student-athletes excelled in the classroom.
The Bulldogs saw 79 student-athletes earn MAC Academic Honor honors during the 2012-13 athletic season. Three student-athletes—Paige Horrigan ’13, Julie Brugger ’13, and Neal Fox ’13—earned Academic All-District First-Team honors. And Horrigan and Fox joined Jon Langton ’13 as winners of the MAC Scholar-Athlete award in the sports of volleyball and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field. Horrigan, Brugger, and Fox’s accomplishment gives DSU 12 scholar-athletes since the start of the 2009-10 season, the most of any school in the MAC during that time.
Coaches and athletic Staff
The DeSales University athletic staff and coaches create an environment where student-athletes reach great competitive heights. DSU coaches are skilled, licensed former elite players who serve as teachers and lifelong mentors to their teams. They take a personal interest in each individual and work to create teams that are physically and mentally prepared for exceptional performance. Even on a losing day, high-fives abound and everyone understands it’s all part of the game and moves on. We learn something from every win and from every loss.
There’s boundless school spirit at DSU. Students root for the Bulldogs whether it’s 75 and sunny or cold and rainy. Win or lose, athletes finish their games and head across campus to cheer for another team, another sport, another friend. And when DeSales competes in championship play (which is often), the biggest fan base and the loudest cheering section is always DSU.