Greyhound athletes lead the pack — again

Wrapping up the 2013-2014 sports seasons, University of Indianapolis student-athletes again have proven themselves top performers in competition as well as in the classroom.

UIndy logo (with dog)-201&blkFor the third year in a row, the Greyhounds lead the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 223 Academic All-GLVC selections, 15 more than the nearest program on the list announced Monday. Three UIndy teams topped their sports: men’s soccer with 16 honorees, women’s swimming and diving with 16, and men’s swimming and diving with 19.

Also this year, the Greyhounds earned their highest-ever finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, which award points based on each institution’s finish in up to 14 sports: seven women’s and seven men’s. UIndy placed fourth out of 312 Division II institutions, becoming one of only five D-II schools to post three consecutive Top 10 finishes.

In May came news that UIndy had captured its first GLVC Commissioner’s Cup, a traveling trophy awarded for success in the seven core conference championship sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and women’s volleyball.

And we’re not done yet. The Greyhounds also claimed this year’s GLVC All-Sports Trophy, awarded for best all-around performance in the league’s 20 sponsored sports. This was another third-straight award for UIndy and its sixth All-Sports Trophy overall.

What’s next? Well, depending on the outcome of the D-I Directors’ Cup standings, to be announced June 27, UIndy is on track to be the highest-ranked athletic program in Indiana for the sixth time in the past seven years. Keep your eye on athletics.uindy.edu for updates.

Former coach Waltman dies after long illness

UIndy Athletics photo

UIndy Athletics photo

Former UIndy men’s basketball coach Royce Waltman is being remembered as an Indiana legend in news coverage about his death Monday from cancer.

Waltman guided the Greyhounds from 1992 to 1997 and returned for the 2007-2008 season, compiling a 103-62 record overall as head coach. He also assisted Bobby Knight at Indiana University in the ’80s and coached at DePauw and Indiana State universities, more recently providing color commentary for IU. He was 72 and is survived by his wife and two children.

Current men’s basketball head coach Stan Gouard, who assisted Waltman at ISU, recalled him as “a dear friend, a mentor and a brilliant coach,” in a statement released by UIndy Athletics. “His encouragement and support, along with his stories of staying true to who he was, have had an enormous impact on me and my coaching career.”

Here’s a sample of today’s reports on Waltman’s passing:
The Indianapolis Star
WTHR
WISH
SBNation
New York Times

Read more about Coach Waltman’s legacy at the UIndy Athletics website.

Women’s golf takes third-straight GLVC title

UIndy Athletics photo

UIndy Athletics photo

The UIndy women’s golf team claimed its third consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference title this weekend in Waterloo, Ill., a feat achieved only once before in league history.

Konop

Konop

Senior Jenny Konop, a Biology/Pre-Med major from Green Bay, Wis., was named GLVC Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Coach Brent Nicoson claimed his third-straight Coach of the Year award, an honor he also received at last week’s men’s conference tournament.

Ranked No. 1 in the region, the Greyhounds proceed next to the NCAA Division II Regional, scheduled May 4-6 at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville.

Watch a post-tourney interview and learn more about the team at the Athletics website.

Men’s golf takes 15th GLVC championship

UIndy Athletics photo

UIndy Athletics photo

The UIndy men’s golf team won its second consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference title Tuesday at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus.

Nicoson

Nicoson

The Greyhounds downed Missouri-St. Louis 3-2 in the match play final. The conference championship is the 15th overall for the UIndy program.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our group,” head coach Brent Nicoson ’94 said in an interview with GLVC Sports. Watch it here.

For full coverage and a photo gallery from the tournament, visit the Athletics website.