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Welcome to the UW-L Intercollegiate Athletics web site. Athletics is an important and exciting part of campus and community life at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, UW-L teams provide plenty of action for everyone. Few institutions can match the success of the Eagles' regionally and nationally recognized non-scholarship athletic program. The athletic program supports the mission of the University and the NCAA Division III philosophy that places the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience. A critical component of the quality educational experience is a first-rate intercollegiate athletics program.
Robert Collier wrote, "success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out". With a first rate staff, our 570 student athletes participating on 19 teams have won countless conference titles and 51 national titles in nine different sports, 34 since 1991.
UW-L has won 23 men's track & field titles in school history, the most in Division III history. The Eagles have won 13 indoor and 10 outdoor championships, both ranking first in the nation. With their national indoor and outdoor titles in 2006, the Eagles have now swept the indoor and outdoor titles in the same season 10 times (1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006).
The university won the NCAA Division III "triple crown" in 2001-02, claiming the men's cross country title, men's indoor track & field title and men's outdoor track & field championship. With the national titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, UW-L holds the distinction of being the only NCAA Division III institution to win the "triple crown".
The Eagles also captured the 2005 NCAA Division III Cross Country title, the third in school history (1996, 2001).
UW-L won its sixth consecutive National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championship in 2006. The Eagles have won an NCGA record 11 national titles (1986, 1988, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006) overall.
The Eagles won seven Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) titles in 2005-06 and finished in the top-four in 16 of 18 sports. UW-L also had nine WIAC Scholar-Athletes last year and eight WIAC Coach of the Year honors. The Eagles had 203 All-WIAC honors in 2005-06.
Participation in intercollegiate athletics and interaction with a dedicated, knowledgeable coaching staff, provide student athletes with a physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging experience. The athletic arena is a classroom used to teach character, leadership, self-discipline, commitment, work ethic, respect for difference, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork and cooperation. Additional leadership opportunities and a voice within the program are provided to student athletes from every team on our Student Athlete Winners Council. Our student athletes are outstanding university representatives, are held to high standards and are expected to succeed in academics and athletics.
UW-L sponsors 19 intercollegiate sports, ten for women and nine for men. Our teams practice and compete in outstanding facilities. UW-La Crosse competes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), recognized as one of the most competitive Division III conferences in the nation. UW-L holds membership affiliation in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association.
Our efforts to communicate and build relationships with alumni, community members, and friends continue to be a priority. The National L Club and UW-L Sports Spirit have proven to be valuable avenues for support of our athletic tradition of excellence. Annually, we pay tribute to former student athletes, UW-L coaches, and individuals who have contributed to UW-L athletics and are not alumni at our Wall of Fame induction held during Homecoming Weekend.
Thank you for visiting the UW-L Athletics website. We hope you will follow our athletic programs and communicate with our staff regarding questions and opportunities. Go Eagles!!