Shorter Hawks

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Shorter Hawks
University Shorter University
Conference Gulf South Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Bill Peterson
Location Rome, GA
Varsity teams 11 men's, 8 women's, 2 co-ed
Football stadium Barron Stadium
Basketball arena Winthrop-King Centre
Baseball stadium Ledbetter Complex
Mascot Harold the Hawk
Nickname Hawks
Fight song SU Fight Song
Colors Royal Blue and White

The Shorter Hawks are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Shorter University, located in Rome, Georgia.[1] The Shorter University athletic program is a member of the Gulf South Conference (GSC)[2] and is a provisional member of NCAA Division II.[3][4] Shorter is also an associate member of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC)[5] for track and field only.


Shorter University sponsors ten men's teams and nine women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports[6] and two coed cheerleading squads:



Shorter University Athletics was granted provisional membership in NCAA Division II in the summer of 2013, after successfully completing their second year in the Division II membership process. Formerly a powerhouse program at the NAIA level, Shorter is on track to become a full NCAA member for the 2014-2015 academic year. While Shorter will not be eligible for post-season competition in this provisional year, the Hawks will continue following all NCAA Division II rules and regulations, and the university will be allowed to use the NCAA brand for its promotional and recruiting purposes, including logos, memorabilia, and merchandise. Shorter will also play a full Gulf South Conference (GSC) schedule in all 14 conference sponsored sports and its results will count in the regular season standings.[4]


The Hawks capped their first season at the Division II level with a winning 6-5 record, in one of the nation’s toughest conferences – the Gulf South, which produced the 2012 national champion in Valdosta State and marks the 11th time a conference team has won it all. Significant at the end of the season were back-to-back wins over GSC foes West Georgia and former national titleholder Delta State.[7]


Shorter’s volleyball team turned some heads within the conference as well as the Lady Hawks finished second in the final standings that would have qualified them for GSC tournament, but still extended their season being a part of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) postseason where Shorter won a South Region crown and came within one win of collecting a national championship. Three Lady Hawks emerged with NCCAA All-American honors: Jordan Corder, Jasmine Crook and Leslie Welch.[7]


On the basketball court, Shorter’s Lady Hawks posted a fourth-place finish with a winning record, then made the most of the NCCAA door open to them as they opened the postseason winning the South Region championship and took fifth place at the NCCAA national tournament where standout Karisma Boykin was recognized as an NCCAA All-American. The Hawks, who finished fourth in the GSC and up until the final weeks were first-place contenders, first collected the NCCAA South Region crown and the national title in a thriller that saw them come-from-behind and win the championship in an overtime thriller. Just how good the team was became evident when head coach Chad Warner was named Georgia Basketball Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year, Anthony Banks earned NCCAA All-American recognition, Banks and Walter Hill were GBCA All-State picks and Dedric Ware was named the GBCA Newcomer of the Year.[7]


On the indoor track oval, the Lady Hawks emerged as the best NCCAA team in the nation when they secured their first national championship with three athletes leading the way. Sophomore Ayana Walker was part of four national championship performances, junior Lakeisha Spikes had a hand in three and junior Shea Spicher posted a clutch national championship effort in the 3,000 meters. Picking up where they left off on the indoor track, the Lady Hawks kept up the pace on the outdoor circuit and were joined by the men in reaping honors, all of it coming in a year when more than a dozen standouts were red-shirted during Shorter’s transition phase. On the national scene, Shorter’s women made a run at another title before settling for runner-up honors while the Hawks turned in a solid eighth-place finish at the NCCAA national meet where both teams saw more than a dozen athletes claim All-American status. That came on the heels of the Lady Hawks’ and Hawks’ respective third- and fourth-place outings at the Peach Belt Conference Championship that Shorter hosted at Barron Stadium. Spikes was named the PBC’s co-Female Athlete of the Year and Micah Reed was selected as the conference’s Male Freshman of the Year.[7]

Shorter won the NAIA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship in 2011 and 2012. With members of that same strong team, they also won the NAIA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship in 2012 in between.


Having captured the NAIA national title in 2012, Shorter’s softball team understood that the pressure was on for them to turn in the same kind of success, and the Lady Hawks responded by putting together a 46-11 record and emerging with the best record in the GSC that boasted defending Division II national champion Valdosta State. In the NCCAA postseason, the Lady Hawks didn’t disappoint there as well as they rolled to the South Region crown and claimed national runner-up honors, plus became the program that produced the most NCCAA All-Americans in Felicia Morris, Christina Ezell, Maddie Bray and Jackie Castanada.[7]


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