Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs

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Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs
University Gardner–Webb University
Conference Big South Conference
NCAA Division I FCS
Athletic director Chuck Burch
Location Boiling Springs, NC
Varsity teams 20
Football stadium Ernest W. Spangler Stadium
Basketball arena Paul Porter Arena
Baseball stadium John Henry Moss Stadium
Soccer stadium Greene–Harbison Stadium
Nickname Runnin' Bulldogs
     Scarlet       Black

The Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs are the athletic teams of Gardner–Webb University—in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, USA—which participate in 17 varsity sports at the NCAA Division I level. The school's programs are a part of the Big South Conference.

Gardner–Webb has also produced many notable athletes and coaches, including: Artis Gilmore, Gerry Vaillancourt, John Drew, Woody Fish, Eddie Lee Wilkins, Jim Washburn, Blake Lalli, Jim Maxwell, Gabe Wilkins, Cara Saunders, and Brian Johnston.



Head Coach: Rusty Stroupe has been coaching the Runnin' Bulldogs for 10 years. He graduated from Appalachian State University in 1986. Stroupe has accumulated over 600 wins as a college coach and is the third winningest baseball coach in Gardner–Webb history behind Clyde Miller and Jerry Bryson. Stroupe was awarded the prestigious Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award for 2012 by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He received the award at the FCA Breakfast at the ABCA Convention in January, 2013.

Assistant Coaches: Kent Cox has been assisting Coach Stroupe for 7 years now. He is a graduate from Campbell University. Ray Greene is in his second year as the pitching coach for the Bulldogs.

Notable Players to come from the Diamond Dawgs

  • Sam Bradford was a 22nd Round Draft Pick Seattle Mariners in 2003.
  • Jeff Long was a 10th Round Draft Pick for the Atlanta Braves in 2004.
  • Joey Siak signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004.
  • Zach Ward was a 3rd draft pick for the Cincinnati Reds in 2005.
  • Blake Lalli was a fifth year Senior signee for the Chicago Cubs in 2006 and reached the major leagues in May, 2012.
  • Adam Bullard was a 2008 43rd draft pick for the Atlanta Braves.

Men's basketball[edit]

Head Coach: East Carolina assistant coach Tim Craft was hired in July 2013 to take over the Gardner Webb program.

Assistant Coaches:

The Gardner–Webb men's basketball team has had some notable success against some of the best teams in college basketball. Gardner Webb has been talked about on ESPN because of their games against teams like Duke, UNC, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma in the final minutes and defeating Kentucky in their 2007-2008 campaign in the Coaches v.s. Cancer tournament.

Women's basketball[edit]

Head coach: Rick Reeves

Assistant Coaches: Dominique Hudson, Blake DuDonis, Brittini Young

Rick Reeves has served as head coach for nine seasons. During this time he has turned the program around from only five wins in the year previous to his arrival to two championship appearances in the Big South Tournament including their first year in the Big South Conference. Reeves, who had previously coached at Liberty and Southern Mississippi, faced Liberty in the championship losing by one point to the defending champions in 2008–2009 and losing by two in 2009–2010 before finally defeating them by one in 2010-2011, earning a bid to the NCAA tournament. The program also had their first ever winning season since moving to Division I, finishing 17–15 in 2008–2009. Gardner–Webb was also able to post a nine-game home winning streak in 2008–2009.[1]

In 2009–2010, the program set school records in wins (28) and also tied a Big South Conference Record in wins. The team won its first conference title in the 35-year history of the program and made its first postseason appearance ever in the WNIT.[2] The team also picked up a huge non-conference win at Purdue in 2009-2010.[3]

Reeves coached with both his daughters at Gardner–Webb, Kim Clark and Krystal Reeves-Evans before the start of the 2010-2011 season, when Clark left to be an assistant at Middle Tennessee State.

Brad Evans, who is the Administrative Assistant, is the longest-serving member of the program's staff, entering his ninth season.[4]

Cierra Harris is the Director of Basketball Operations.

Cross country/track and field[edit]

Head Coach: Brian Baker

Assistant Coaches: Bryant Davis, Mary Wood, Andy Fryman and Daniel Hunter

The Track and Field team won the A-SUN conference championship in their 2005-2006 season. The newest addition to the staff is Andy Fryman.[5] Fryman joins the runnin bulldogs after one year of coaching as a graduate assistant with Sam Houston State University. In his short stint with the bearkats, Fryman made Jonny Tipton into the school record holder in the discus and also turned Chris Cralle from a simple hammer thrower into a nationally recognized athlete both on the field and in the classroom.


Head Coach: Carroll McCray, hired in February, 2013


Head Coach: Tee Burton

Men's soccer[edit]

Head Coach: Tony Setzer

Assistant Coaches: Jason Osborne and Jamie Miller

Women's soccer[edit]

Head Coach: Kevin Mounce

Assistant Coaches: Lindsey Boldt and Sarah Currie

In the fall of 2006, the Gardner–Webb soccer team won its conference and made it to the NCAA second round.

The women's soccer team is currently coached by Kevin Mounce and assisted by Sarah Currie. Coach Mounce has had four winning seasons in the past seven years. During his ten seasons coaching at Gardner–Webb, he holds the highest winning percentage (.514). In 2001 the Lady Bulldogs were the National Christian College Athletic Association Champions, following that tournament Mounce was named NCCAA National Women's Soccer Coach of the Year. In 2002, at the conclusion of their season, the team was ranked second in the nation for first-year division I programs by Soccer Buzz. In 2003 the Bulldogs saw their first ever appearance in the Atlantic Sun Championship, finishing 5th in the league. For this accomplishment Kevin Mounce was named A-Sun coach of the year. In 2004 GWU had a forward, Leeanna Woodworth who led the nation in scoring. She became A-Sun player of the year and broke many school records. In 2000 the Lady Bullogs became a Division I program participating in the Atlantic Sun Conference. In 2008 the team transferred to the Big South Conference. In their first year competing in the Big South they finished 4-12-2.[6]


Head Coach: Tom Cole

Assistant Coaches: Diana Cook, Jessi Williams and Stacie Reichert


Head Coach: Mike Simpson

Assistant Coaches: Ashley Grogan, Travis Stensby

Dry Land Instructor: Terra Wilson

The boys swim team of 2010 had a winning season and are headed to the conference meet in Knoxeville, Tennessee shortly. The girls swim team has also swam extremely well and be going into conference with the boys with all intentions of winning the championship.

The Men's Swim Team placed second at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association conference meet. Placing first was Davidson, second place went to Gardner–Webb, and in third was College of Charleston.

The Women's Team Placed Third overall, after Florida Gulf Coast and Davidson respectively, and earned six NCAA "B" cuts. The Women earned these NCAA qualifying standards in the 100 and 200 Breaststoke, 50 Free, 100 Backstroke, and the 200 and 400 Medley Relays.


Head Coaches: Mike Griffith (M) and Jim Corn (W)

Assistant Coaches: Roberto Vasques (M) and Olga Ruislova (W)


Head Coach: Leo Sayles


Head Coach: Daniel Elliott

Gardner–Webb's wrestling team competes in the Southern Conference since the Big South is a non-wrestling Conference.


1. "Baseball." Gardner–Webb,2009.Web. 24 March 2009.

External links[edit]

  • GWUSports - Official Runnin' Bulldogs athletic website