Western Washington Vikings

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Western Washington Vikings
University Western Washington University
Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (rowing only)
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Steve Card
Location Bellingham, WA
Varsity teams 15
Basketball arena Sam Carver Gymnasium
Baseball stadium Viking Field
Mascot Victor E. Viking
Nickname Vikings
     Navy Blue       Slate Blue       Silver       White
Website www.wwuvikings.com

The Western Washington Vikings represent Western Washington University in intercollegiate sports in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in NCAA's Division II with the exception of the women's rowing team which is a member of the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference. WWU has been an official member of NCAA Division II since September 1998.

Western Washington sponsors six sports for men and nine sports for women with approximately 350 student athletes.

Student Athletes[edit]

The 2010 NCAA graduation rate study showed that 69 percent of Western student-athletes receive their degrees in six years or less based on the Federal Graduation Rate formula, a rate the same as that of the full student body. This is 13 percentage points higher than the average for NCAA Division II schools nationally and 15 points higher than the average for the nine U.S. schools in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Using the NCAA Academic Success Rate, which includes all freshman student-athletes from the fall of 2003 and also accounts for student-athletes who transfer into or out of the institution, Western posted an 85 percent success rate, compared to the NCAA II national number of 73 percent. The average ASR of the nine U.S. GNAC schools was 77 percent.


Varsity Teams[edit]


  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track & Field


  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Former Athletic Teams: Football, Men's Rowing, Baseball, Field Hockey, Men's Swimming, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, and Wrestling


WWU won the 2011-12 NCAA Division II men’s basketball national championship, just the second collegiate crown in that sport in state of Washington history and the first since 1976. WWU reached the national semifinals in men's basketball in 2001 and women's basketball in 2000. WWU ranks among the top 15 in women’s basketball victories among all four-year schools with that program making 12 NCAA tournament appearances in 13 years.

Wade King Student Recreation Center


In 2010-11, WWU placed seventh among 310 NCAA Division II schools in the Sports Director’s Cup national all-sports standings, the second-highest finish in school history. The Vikings were sixth in 2009-10 and 10th in 2008-09. WWU has had eight straight Top 50 finishes and been among the Top 100 in each of its first 13 seasons as a NCAA II member. In 2010-11, Western won its third straight and seventh overall Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Sports championship, taking league titles in volleyball, men’s golf and women’s golf, and the regular-season crown in women’s basketball. The Vikings, who won the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference championship, placed second in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s outdoor track, men’s indoor track and softball.

Other accomplishments include:

  • Seven straight Division II national titles in women's rowing from 2005 to 2011, the first NCAA school in any division to achieve that distinction.
  • Second nationally in volleyball in 2007, and the fourth-longest league winning streak in NCAA II of 57 from 2002-04.
  • NAIA national softball title in 1998.
  • 38-game victory string in women's soccer from 1982-84.

Club sports[edit]

Lacrosse, baseball, men's crew, cross-country, cycling (road, mountain, track, cyclo-cross), equestrian (English and Western), fencing, ice hockey, Formula SAE Racing, Baja SAE Racing, judo, rugby, sailing, swimming, tennis, water polo, Northwest grappling, Water Ski Team, Ultimate.

The WWU Water Ski Team took 3rd place at the 31st Collegiate Water Ski National Championships, Oct. 22-24[when?] hosted by Cal Poly in Arvin, Calif.[1] Individual achievements include: Carl Skerlong, 5th place in Mens Division II jump with 121 ft; Aly Howisey, 4th Place Women's Division II jump with 64 ft.

Men's Hockey[edit]

The Men's Hockey team was founded in 1980. The team has competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Hockey (NAIH) since the 2011-12 season, and previously played in the American College Hockey Association (ACHA) from 1997 to 2010.

In the 2009-2010 season, WWU finished with the best win percentage in the nation with 22 wins, 1 loss, and 1 shootout loss.[2] Western Captain Jeff Bulger finished the season second overall in points with 97 in 22 games. The Vikings repeated this feat 2010-2011, recording the highest winning percentage in the nation among ACHA Division II schools with an overall record of 23 wins, 5 losses, and 1 shootout loss,[3] including victories over nationally ranked opponents San Jose State University (3), and the University of Washington (13).[4]

WWU joined the inaugural 2011-12 season of the NAIH. Western finished the 2011-12 season with 23 wins and 2 losses, and ranked #1 in the league.[5] The season was all inter-league play (NAIH/ACHA) and included winning records against the Pac-8 Champions #10 University of Washington (2-0-0) and Boise State University (3-0-0), and splitting with the University of Oregon (1-1-0).[6]

The Western Vikings won the 2012-13 NAIH National Championship with a 2-1 decision in overtime against the LeMoyne College Dolphins. All star forward Derek Binder scored the overtime winning goal.[7]

Notable alumni of the team include Mike Bahn, who was Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes from 2005-2012.[8]

Men's Lacrosse[edit]

The WWU Men's Lacrosse team competes in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) Division 2 league with teams such as Western Oregon, Gonzaga, Pacific Lutheran, Whitman and Central Washington. Western has been considered one of the premier lacrosse club teams in the Northwest.[citation needed] In 2007 the Vikings made their first National Tournament appearance, losing to Harding University in the first round 13-10. The Vikings again made the tourney in 2010, losing to #5 Davenport University of Michigan in the first round 11-9. The Vikings have qualified for the playoffs the last 7* seasons never winning the PNCLL title. In 2011, WWU was banned from the PNCLL playoffs because of a University imposed sanction.[9]

Men's Rugby[edit]

Founded in 1955, the WWU Men's Rugby Club competes in Division 1 of college rugby in the western division of the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference against local rivals Washington, Oregon and Western Oregon. The Vikings are led by Head Coach Paul Horne, former Canadian national coach.[10] Western Washington has increased its commitment to its rugby program, and with increased alumni support, the program has achieved "almost-varsity" status on campus.[11] As a result, the Vikings rugby team is "a program on the rise,"[12] and broke into the Top 25 national ranking in March 2013.[13] The Vikings reached the semifinals of the 2013 D1-AA playoffs.

The Vikings have also been successful in rugby sevens, with wins over rivals Washington and Washington State. The Vikings played in the 2011 and 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, finishing 13th in the nation in 2011.[10]


  1. ^ 2009 Nationals
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  5. ^ "MYHockey Team Rankings". Myhockeyrankings.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  6. ^ "MYHockey - Team Information". Myhockeyrankings.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  7. ^ "NAIH Hockey - Team Information". naihockey.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Mike Bahn - Strength And Conditioning Coordinator - Phoenix Coyotes - Team". Coyotes.nhl.com. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  9. ^ "Western Washington Ineligible for 2011 Post-Season - News, Announcements & Press Releases". MCLA.us. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  10. ^ a b Bellingham Herald, WWU Vikings 7s rugby team bringing credibility to school as it prepares for national tournament, Nov. 26, 2012, http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/11/26/2780232/wwu-vikings-7s-rugby-team-bringing.html
  11. ^ Rugby Mag, Drama, Quantum Leaps in Northwest College Playoffs, April 10, 2013, http://www.rugbymag.com/men's-di-college/7701-drama-quantum-leaps-in-northwest-college-playoffs.html
  12. ^ Rugby Mag, Keep An Eye on Western Washington, March 8, 2013, http://www.rugbymag.com/men's-di-college/7235-keep-an-eye-on-western-washington.html
  13. ^ Rugby Mag, All Divisions College Top 25 March 4, 2013, March 4, 2013, http://www.rugbymag.com/cpl/7203-all-divisions-college-top-25-march-4-2013-presented-by-selective-service.html

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