Western Oregon Wolves
|Western Oregon Wolves|
|University||Western Oregon University|
|Conferences||Great Northwest Athletic Conference|
|Athletic director||Barbara Dearing|
|Football stadium||McArthur Field|
|Basketball arena||Physical Education Building|
|Baseball stadium||WOU Baseball Field|
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|Homepage||WOU Wolves Website|
The Western Oregon Wolves (also WOU Wolves) are the 13 varsity athletic teams that represent Western Oregon University, located in Monmouth, Oregon, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Wolves compete as members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Within their history under the NAIA prior to their transition to the NCAA, Western Oregon won multiple NAIA national titles in women’s basketball. The Baseball team on campus has experienced much success in the GNAC, winning ten consecutive conference titles since 2001. The Track and Field teams have also performed well within the conference, with the men's team winning four consecutive GNAC Indoor Track titles since 2008. In the fall of 2010, the men's and women's cross country teams earned their first berths in school history to the NCAA National Championships where they placed 20th and 21st, respectively.
On April 26, 2008, Sara Tucholsky, a reserve outfielder on the Wolves softball team (2005–08), hit the first home run of her college career in a victory over Central Washington University, but injured her knee rounding first base; Central Washington's Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace carried Tucholsky around the rest of the bases to home plate. This act of sportsmanship was heavily covered by national media outlets, and resulted in Tucholsky, Holtman, and Wallace's winning the Best Moment award at the 2008 ESPY Awards.
Pertaining to club sports on campus, not regulated by the NCAA or NAIA, the Western Oregon Men's Lacrosse Club has won the Division II PNCLL championship trophy in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Western Oregon Men's Rugby Club won the Division II Pacific Northwest Rugby Football Union (PNRFU) championship in 2005, 2009, and 2010.