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Winter Championships and Spring Season Sports Curtailed

2021-08-18T10:04:26-05:00May 7th, 2020|Sports|

As national and global concerns over the spread of COVID-19 grew, the NCAA announced the cancellation of all winter and spring sports championships. Consequently, the MIAA Conference canceled all spring competition with about 1/3 of the softball and baseball seasons completed. The final spring competition by any Griffon team came [...]

Lacrosse Coach Named

2021-08-18T10:53:30-05:00May 7th, 2020|Sports|

Rachel Benzing was named the first-ever head women’s lacrosse coach in Missouri Western history. She joined Missouri Western after helping usher in women’s lacrosse programs at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida and Maryville University in St. Louis. After two seasons as a lacrosse student-athlete at University of Maryland Baltimore [...]

A Change at the Helm of Men’s Basketball

2021-08-18T10:05:10-05:00May 7th, 2020|Sports, Uncategorized|

In late March, men’s basketball head coach for two seasons, Sundance Wicks, announced his resignation when he was offered a position as assistant coach at the University of Wyoming. Wicks said he was not looking to leave Missouri Western, but took the opportunity to return to his home state. Days [...]

New Vice Presidents Named

2020-01-07T14:14:28-06:00January 7th, 2020|Academic Affairs, Administration, Campus News, Magazine, President, Sports, University Advancement|

This past summer, President Matt Wilson announced the filling of two open vice president positions and two new vice presidential positions. Dr. Doug Davenport, associate provost of research, planning and institutional effectiveness, had been serving as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for the past year. He was [...]

Missouri Western Adds New Sport

2020-01-07T13:53:01-06:00January 7th, 2020|Magazine, Sports|

The Missouri Western Board of Governors unanimously approved the addition of women’s lacrosse as the 17th NCAA Division II varsity sport this past fall. The team will become active in the 2020-21 academic year and begin competition in the spring of 2021. The University is the fourth NCAA Division II member [...]

New Tennis Coach Hired

2020-01-07T13:46:24-06:00January 7th, 2020|Magazine, Sports|

Olaya Garrido-Rivas was hired as the head women’s tennis coach. She came to Missouri Western after two seasons as an assistant women’s tennis coach at NCAA Division I member Middle Tennessee State. A native of Gijon, Asturias, Spain, she was a second-team All-Big 12 selection as a women’s tennis player [...]

Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019

2020-01-07T13:45:35-06:00January 7th, 2020|Magazine, Sports|

Seven former student athletes and one team was honored at the Rogers Pharmacy Hall of Fame Weekend in October. Congratulations! The 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame individual honorees included Reggie Alexander, Tracy Jones '01, Taira Roth '04, Kara (Unger) Rosonke '06, Jarrett Brooks '09, Michael Schulze '13 and Jessica [...]

Griffon Football Celebrates its 50th Season

2020-01-08T10:11:54-06:00January 7th, 2020|Features, Magazine, Sports|

First Football Team 1970 First Football Team 1970 On Sept. 12, 1970, the brand new Griffon football team took to the field for the first time, playing Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa under Head Coach Harold Cagle. The Griffons were defeated 72-10, and that score [...]