CHICAGO – Out of over 1,000 NCAA institutions from three divisions and nearly 300 NAIA member schools, the Saint Xavier University Athletics Department can boast what only one other four-year college or university in the nation can for the 2011-12 campaign. The Cougars compiled 12 or more wins in football (14-1), 30 or more victories in women's volleyball (30-5), 20 or more wins in both men's and women's basketball (23-9 & 24-9, respectively) and 30 or victories in both baseball and softball (35-23 & 37-16, respectively). Only NCAA Division III member University of St. Thomas (Minn.) in St. Paul, Minn., can also make that claim. The unique milestone is a testament to the overall success of both athletic programs, since it highlights a pair of sports from each of the three playing seasons (fall, winter and spring).
"This is truly an amazing feat and a shining example of just how fortunate we are at Saint Xavier University to have such talented student-athletes, professional coaches and staff and a supportive administration," said Saint Xavier University Athletics Director Bob Hallberg. "Not only did all six of these teams have great seasons, but we also had our men's soccer team as well as our women's cross country and track teams qualify for the national tournaments, so it was a memorable year for everyone associated with our program."
The 2011-12 campaign was highlighted by the Cougar football team capturing the school's first national championship in any sport with its 24-20 victory over defending national champion Carroll College (Mont.) on December 17, 2011. The 30 wins for the Saint Xavier volleyball team was one of the highest season win totals in the program's history.
Special thanks to University of St. Thomas Sports Information Director Gene McGivern for his role in researching this rare achievement.