The year 2014-15 was a historic one for Blugold athletics.
The men's indoor track and field team won the program's first team national title with several individuals earning All-American honors and head coach Chip Schneider being named NCAA Coach of the Year.
The Blugolds continued their success into the outdoor season, with the men's and women's track and field teams finishing as the national runners-up. Senior Carly Fehler broke several school records on her way to five national titles in the two seasons and also was named the track and field nominee for the Division III Honda Woman of the Year award. She finished the year as one of the fastest athletes in NCAA Division III history.
Amanda Fischer had a historic season on the softball field as well. The senior broke several school records and is the first three-time All-American in program history. She also was named Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second time in her career. The Blugolds won their sixth WIAC regular season title before falling in the conference tournament.
Director of athletics Dan Schumacher has announced the hiring of 2002 UW-Eau Claire graduate Erik Strand as the head women’s hockey coach. Strand has been an assistant coach for the men’s hockey team for the past eight seasons and replaces Mike Collins, who was the women’s hockey program’s first and only coach in its 15-year history.
The athletics program is partnering with campus TV10 and UW-Eau Claire’s Learning and Technology Services to enhance the live video stream of athletic events, adding commentary and high definition to the broadcasts for multiple events with plans to expand coverage beginning this fall.
The program also has entered into a partnership with Nike and Eastbay. The five-year agreement allows Eastbay to supply Nike apparel, footwear, equipment and athletic accessories to all Blugold sports teams. As part of the agreement, UW-Eau Claire will have access to premium Nike game and practice uniforms, training gear and equipment through Eastbay’s team sales group.
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