Arkansas Tech Golden Suns

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Arkansas Tech Golden Suns
University Arkansas Tech
Conference Great American Conference 2011-present
Gulf South Conference 1995-2011
Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference 1982-1995
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Steve Mullins
Location Russellville, AR
Varsity teams 6
Basketball arena Tucker Coliseum
Other arenas Chartwells Women's Sports Complex
Nickname Golden Suns
Colors
     Green       Gold
Website www.arkansastechsports.com

The women's teams at Arkansas Tech University are known as the Golden Suns. They are a charter member of the Great American Conference of the NCAA Division II.

Cross Country[edit]

Year Conference Finish
1995 10th
1996 6th
1997 5th
1998 5th
1999 5th
2000 3rd
2001 3rd
2002 10th
2003 3rd
2004 10th
2005 11th
2006 11th
2007 6th
2008 3rd
2009 3rd
2010 4th
2011 3rd

Volleyball[edit]

The Golden Suns volleyball program won AIC titles in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987. The Suns captured GSC West Division volleyball crowns in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2008 and 2010. The 2000 team became the first from Arkansas Tech to qualify for the NCAA Division II Volleyball Tournament.

Coach Year Overall Conference All-Americans
Jim Yeager 1977 7-14 0-0
1978 6-9 0-0
1979 4-11 0-0
1980 9-6 0-0
1981 7-8 0-0
Totals 33-48 (.408) 0-0 (.000)
Jim Dickerson 1982 10-6 0-0
1983 26-4 *12-0
1984 32-5 *12-0
1985 34-7 *13-1
Totals 102-22 (.823) 37-1 (.974)
Chris Poole 1986 21-15 11-3
Totals 21-15 (.583) 11-3 (.786)
Gaye Griffin 1987 25-8 *12-0
Totals 25-8 (.758) 12-0 (1.000)
Natalie Alred 1988 18-18 7-5
1989 17-17 6-6
1990 17-18 5-7
1991 25-15 7-5 Stacy Burnett-Mallett
1992 20-17 3-7
1993 5-20 1-7
Totals 100-105 (.488) 29-37 (.439)
Shannon Burks 1994 12-15 4-6
1995 15-15 3-7
Totals 27-30 (.474) 7-13 (.350)
Tracy McWilliams 1996 17-18 3-7
1997 26-8 *10-0 Dong Mei Cui
1998 24-17 7-3
1999 34-7 *10-0
2000 #36-5 *12-0
Totals 137-55 (.714) 42-10 (.808)
Amanda Thiessen 2001 19-12 9-3
2002 20-13 8-4 Ningning Liu
2003 4-25 1-11
Totals 43-50 (.462) 18-18 (.500)
Kristy Bayer 2004 13-17 5-7
2005 25-12 9-5
2006 20-16 5-7
2007 22-13 8-4
2008 31-5 11-1
2009 24-13 8-4
2010 31-5 11-1 Sarah Von Lienen
2011 #35-4 *16-0 Laura Farney
Totals 201-85 (.703) 73-29 (.716)
# National Tournament
* Conference Champion

Basketball[edit]

Arkansas Tech's two greatest moments of athletic glory were provided by the back-to-back NAIA Division I national championships captured by the Golden Suns basketball program in 1992 and 1993. The 1991-92 team finished with an overall record of 35-1. The 1991-92 Golden Suns won each of their final 28 games by 12 points or more, including an 84-68 win over Wayland Baptist University (Texas) in the national championship game. The Suns won their second consecutive national crown in 1993 by defeating Union University (Tenn.) 76-75. Joe Foley, Tech head women's basketball coach from 1987–2003, was the architect of both national championship teams.

Today, the Golden Suns basketball program ranks among the top five in NCAA Division II history in winning percentage and all-time wins. The Suns finished as NCAA Division II national runners-up in 1999, and they made it back to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in three years during the 2006-07 season. Tech made it back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament when the Suns qualified for the event again in 2008. Arkansas Tech captured consecutive NCAA Division II South Region titles and back-to-back GSC Tournament championships in women's basketball in 2010 and 2011.

Coach Year Overall Conference All-Americans
Jim Yeager 1977-78 5-18 3-15
1978-79 24-4 *16-2
1979-80 #29-2 *17-1 Sherry Raney Lovaas (Forward)
1980-81 29-3 *16-2 Sherry Raney Lovaas (Forward)
1981-82 20-6 *13-5 Sherry Raney Lovaas (Forward)
Totals 107-33 (.764) 65-25 (.722)
Jim Dickerson 1982-83 22-7 10-2
1983-84 23-9 10-4
1984-85 23-8 11-5
1985-86 23-3 *17-1
1986-87 %29-6 *16-2 Donna Brunson (Forward)
Totals 120-33 (.784) 64-14 (.821)
Joe Foley 1987-88 %29-5 *14-2 Donna Brunson (Forward)
1988-89 %35-2 *16-0 Lanell Dawson (Forward)
Cindi Patton (Post)
Kala Cooley (Guard)
1989-90 30-3 *15-1 Lanell Dawson (Forward)
1990-91 28-6 *14-2 Amanda Hill (Forward)
1991-92 !35-1 *16-0 Stephanie Strack (Forward)
Alison Setliff (Post)
1992-93 !31-5 12-4 Stephanie Strack (Forward)
Alison Setliff (Post)
Dawn Grell (Forward)
1993-94 #30-3 *14-0 Stephanie Strack (Forward)
Alison Setliff (Post)
Dawn Grell (Forward)
Carin Pinion (Guard)
1994-95 #28-6 *15-1
1995-96 #23-9 11-3 Kim Stephens (Post)
1996-97 %29-4 13-1 Heather Campbell (Forward)
Jennifer Richardson (Guard)
1997-98 #26-5 *12-2 Jennifer Richardson (Guard)
1998-99 %31-7 11-3
1999-00 #24-7 *13-1
2000-01 #23-8 13-3
2001-02 #25-6 *13-3
2002-03 #29-4 *14-2
Totals 456-81 (.849) 216-28 (.885)
Carin Pinion-McNabb 2003-04 13-14 6-10
2004-05 10-19 5-11
Totals 23-33 (.411) 11-21 (.344)
Todd Schaefer 2005-06 15-12 7-9
2006-07 #22-10 11-3
Totals 37-22 (.627) 18-12 (.600)
Dave Wilbers 2007-08 #26-6 12-2 Amanda Grappe (Forward)
2008-09 19-9 9-5 Amanda Grappe (Forward)
2009-10 #31-3 *12-2 Jenny Vining (Guard)
2010-11 #30-3 *13-1 Natalia Santos (Forward)
2011-12 22-4 13-3
Totals 128-25 (.837) 59-13 (.819)
! NAIA National Champion
% National Tournament Final Four
# National Tournament
* Conference Champion

Golf[edit]

Arkansas Tech won its first GSC championship in women's golf during the 2010-11 season.

Year Conference Finish
2002 No Tournament
2003 3rd
2004 3rd
2005 3rd
2006 4th
2007 2nd
2008 5th
2009 5th
2010 4th
2011 1st
2012 2nd

Softball[edit]

Arkansas Tech won GSC West Division softball championships in 2008 and 2009 and finished as GSC Softball Tournament runner-up in both 2008 and 2009.

Coach Year Overall Record Conference Record
Kristie Betancur 2003 21-9 0-0
2004 15-26 6-16
2005 27-21 10-18
Totals 63-56 (.529) 16-34 (.320)
Gidget Pambianchi 2006 22-25 13-20
2007 12-35 5-22
2008 41-17 20-9
2009 42-21 19-9
2010 22-26 12-18
2011 34-19 23-7
2012 11-17 – ( 16-31 α ) 5-9 – ( 8-18 α )
Totals 184-160 (.535) 97-94 (.508)
Kristy Bayer
(interim)
2012 5-14 – ( 16-31 α ) 3-9 – ( 8-18 α )
Totals 5-14 (.263) 3-9 (.250)
α Full Season Record

Tennis[edit]

The Golden Suns tennis program made four consecutive GSC Tournament appearances in from 2008–11 and established a new school record for tennis victories in a season (17) during the 2009 campaign.

Year Overall Conference
1993 3-10 3-9
1994 1-4 1-3
1995 14-1 *11-1
1996 4-13 1-8
1997 3-10 1-5
1998 5-9 3-4
1999 6-12 2-4
2000 7-16 2-4
2001 9-17 3-5
2002 #14-11 4-4
2003 12-11 4-4
2004 5-16 3-5
2005 7-16 3-5
2006 6-19 2-5
2007 6-16 1-5
2008 11-10 3-3
2009 17-5 4-2
2010 10-6 4-2
2011 10-7 3-2
2012 17-5 *6-0
# National Tournament
* Conference Champion

References[edit]

  1. http://athletics.atu.edu/atuhistory.htm

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