The Ashland Eagles are the athletic teams that represent Ashland University, located in Ashland, Ohio, in Division II intercollegiate sports of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Eagles are members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).[2][3] They previously had competed in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) from 1995–96 to 2020–21, in the Heartland Collegiate Conference from 1978–79 to 1989–90, and concurrently in the Great Lakes Valley Conference from 1978–79 to 1994–95. Prior to joining the NCAA, Ashland belonged to the Mid-Ohio League (later the American Mideast Conference) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1949–50 to 1965–66, and the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) from 1931–32 to 1947–48.

Ashland Eagles
UniversityAshland University
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorAl King
LocationAshland, Ohio
Varsity teams23 (11 men's, 12 women's)
Football stadiumJack Miller Stadium
Basketball arenaKates Gymnasium
Baseball stadiumTomassi Stadium and Donges Field at the Archer Ballpark Complex
Softball stadiumDeb Miller Field at the Archer Ballpark Complex
Soccer stadiumFerguson Field
Aquatics centerMesserly Natatorium
Lacrosse stadiumFerguson Field
Outdoor track and field venueNiss Athletic Center
ColorsPurple and gold[1]

Varsity teams


List of teams


National championships



Sport Association Division Year Opponent/Runner-up Score/Points
Women's basketball (3) NCAA Division II 2013 Dowling 71–56
2017 Virginia Union 93–77
2023 Minnesota–Duluth 78–67
Men's cross country (1) NCAA Division III 1973 Albany (NY) 66–172
Men's outdoor track and field (1) NCAA Division II 2019 Angelo State 54–43


  • In the winter of 2016–17, the Eagle women's basketball team won its second NCAA Division II national championship, and became the first D-II women's hoops team to finish a season at 37–0. In addition, the men's indoor track and field team finished second in the country and saw sophomore Myles Pringle win a national title in the 400-meter dash, and the wrestling team placed sixth as a team at nationals and had its own national champion in 133-pound senior Michael Labry.
  • In 2014–15, Ashland's athletic department finished second in the final Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, its highest finish all-time. It also ends a run for AU of eight consecutive athletic seasons in which it finished in the top 10 in the Directors’ Cup.
  • 2012 was the fifth year in school history that the Ashland University Eagles football team took a trip to the postseason, the third under Coach Lee Owens. This was Ashland University's highest ranking since becoming an NCAA Division II institution. 2012 also produced the first GLIAC football championship in school history. This is only the second team in school history to win 10 or more games in a season. This team was only the fourth at Ashland to end the regular season without a loss. The Eagles record in 2012 was 11–1.
  • 2013 proved to be one of Ashland University's strongest years in athletics. Ten Ashland University Eagles became national champions between swimming and indoor track and field. The first national champions were seniors Julie Widmann and Rachel Ausdenmoore, junior Gaby Verdugo-Arzaluz and freshman Kaylyn Murphy who won the women's 200-yard freestyle relay at the national swim meet March 7, 2013. Widmann has won four national titles (3 relays, 1 individual). For track and field Richard Quick won a national title in the weight throw, 68-feet, 3.25-inches. Katie Nageotte also won a national title in pole-vault, 13-feet, 11.25-inches. The next set of national champions were the track 1600-meter relay team (Sophomore: Drew Windle, Senior: Cory Lamar, Junior: Jacob Cook, and Junior Keith Cleveland). Drew Windle also won a second national championship in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:48.75.
  • 2013 was the first year in school history for an Ashland University Team to win a national championship. The Eagles Women's Basketball team had a 71–56 victory against Dowling College in the NCAA Division II national championship game. Ashland University is the second GLIAC team to win a women's basketball Division II national championship. Kari Daugherty was selected as the 2013 Women's Division II Bulletin player of the year, as well as the most outstanding player. Daugherty is the first Ashland University player to receive the Bulletin's player of the year award.
  • 2013: This year AU also had Basketball's Kari Daugherty receive the NCAA II player of the year award for the second year in a row, and Track and Field's Drew Windle awarded the men's indoor track and field athlete of the year. 27 Ashland University Student-Athletes were recognized as All-Americans for the winter sports season.


  1. ^ Ashland University Brand Guidelines. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  2. ^ The Eagles Online Archived September 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine – The mascot of the Eagles is Tuffy. Ashland University Athletics
  3. ^ Recruiting Information for Ashland University Athletics Archived March 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine