The 2013-14 season saw many accomplishments from the Blugolds but also marked a time of change. The Blugolds finished the year in 22nd place out of more than 430 NCAA Division III schools in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, which measures success based on NCAA finishes. Men's indoor track &field captured the highest national finish, taking second place at the NCAA championship in March. Academically, the department's 537 student-athletes achieved a 3.136 grade-point average, and 342 were recognized on the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll for earning a 3.0 or better with at least 24 credits. A big change for the Blugolds came in May when Dan Schumacher was announced as the new director of athletics. He began his duties on June 16, replacing Scott Kilgallon, who had served in the position for 10 years.
- Twenty-five Blugolds earned a total of 28 various All-American honors.
- Nine Blugolds earned a total of 14 individual WIAC titles.
- Four relay teams won WIAC titles.
- Thurgood Dennis won indoor 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash national titles.
- Carly Fehler won the outdoor 100-meter dash national title.
- Thurgood Dennis (track & field) was named NCAA Division III U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Indoor Track National Athlete of the Year. He also was selected as the WIAC Indoor Track Performer of the Meet for the third straight year and Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Division III indoor championship.
- Brandon Zarnoth was named WIAC Indoor Field Performer of the Meet.
- Alex Card (men’s swimming) was named WIAC Swimmer of the Meet for the second year in a row.
- Sara Axness (women’s swimming) was named WIAC Diver of the Meet.
- WIAC Players of the Year were Kate Engler (women’s golf) and Katie Gillman (women’s tennis).
- WIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Nikki Kothenbeutel (women’s hockey).
- Danielle Schulzetenberg (women’s gymnastics) was UW-Eau Claire’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.Kate Engler
Blugold coaches and staff
- Annie Ryder was named men’s and women’s swimming & diving head coach, replacing Art Brandt, who retired after six years as head coach.
- Steve Wozniak was named wrestling head coach.
- Mike Greer was named women’s golf head coach, replacing Meghan Sobotta, who served as head coach for four years.
Blugold teams/national championship participants and finishes
- Men’s hockey won its second straight WIAC title.
- Women’s golf won the WIAC title, the team’s fourth in the last five years.
- Men’s indoor track & field took second at the NCAA championship.
- Men’s cross country finished ninth at nationals, its highest NCAA finish ever.
- Men’s outdoor track & field tied for ninth at the NCAA championship.
- Women’s golf tied for 13th place at nationals.
- Women’s outdoor track & field tied for 13th at the NCAA championship; the indoor team tied for 23rd.
- Men’s swimming & diving finished 27th at nationals.
- Women’s swimming & diving tied for 28th at nationals.
- Two wrestlers combined to give the Blugolds a tie for 51st place at the NCAA championship.
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