We often say It’s a great day to be a Dragon. Looking back at 2018, it would be more accurate to say it’s a great year to be a Dragon.
SO MANY GREAT THINGS HAVE HAPPENED IN 2018 FOR TIFFIN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS. We have made our mark at every level of competition, whether it be nationally, regionally or at the conference level. We transitioned from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) and made the move in style, posting our best finish ever in the GLIAC President’s Trophy standings in third place.
We watched as 300 student-athletes earned All-Academic honors. We witnessed finishing 53rd in the Learfield Cup standings, the annual barometer of the top Division II athletic programs in the nation.
New, exciting programs were added and improved, as ESPORTS completed its inaugural season and we celebrated the ribbon cutting of our own esports, one of the largest in the nation. WOMEN’S WRESTLING began, along with STUNT, and the necessary expansion and renovation of the ADELSPERGER WRESTLING COMPLEX were undertaken to benefit these programs.
TIFFIN’S MEN’S INDOOR TRACK PROGRAM finished 2nd in the nation, and the outdoor squad took 3rd in the country, continuing their outstanding tradition. They led the nation in indoor All Americans and were runner-up for Scholar Team of the Year.
MEN’S GOLF landed yet another selection to the NCAA National Championships, where they were 17th after finishing 2nd at Regionals. The WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM also earned NCAA Regional selection for the first time in their history.
The FOOTBALL TEAM enjoyed its best year in 12 years, finishing 9-2 and climbing as high as 15th in the nation and 5th in the region. Volleyball also enjoyed its best year in 12 years, qualifying for the G-MAC tourney, while men’s soccer won the regular season and conference tournament championships, rising as high as 13th in the nation and 1st in the region. They also hosted the regional tournament after landing another NCAA Regional selection.
Tiffin’s FALL 2018 SEASON also witnessed 21 conference player of the week honorees, a school record for one season. Homecoming was also special, as we inducted yet another outstanding class of Hall of Fame athletes. Keep in mind that all of the previous points are just the highlights, not the complete picture of how well the overall athletic department did. We simply don’t have the space to recount all the high points.
I feel that we have just begun to scratch the surface of how well we can do as an athletic department. Our student-athletes have set a high bar with their accomplishments over the last 12 months, and I am confident that our incoming students and future teams will take up the challenge of raising it even higher.
It is a GREAT year to be a Dragon!
Shane O’Donnell, Sports Information Director