Official Blog of Misericordia University
Service, Success, and Student Athletes at Misericordia University
On behalf of our athletic department I would like to welcome you to the exciting world of Misericordia University Athletics! During our 25+ years as a member of the NCAA Division III, ECAC, former Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, and currently the MAC & MAC Freedom conferences we have enjoyed tremendous athletic and academic success. Our athletic program aligns with the mission of the university as we strive to assist in the development our student athletes as people, students, and competitive athletes. You will find Misericordia student athletes engaged as prominent leaders on our campus, including football student athletes that have held the office of vice president and president of our Student Government Association.
Service is a trademark charism of the Sisters of Mercy and Misericordia University. Our student athletes have performed over 2,000 hours of community service each year. Misericordia student athletes have joined with the NCAA Division III to promote engaged activities for Special Olympic athletes.
Honored at the conference, regional and national levels, Erin Roberts was Misericordia’s first recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 award in 2012. Amy Viti followed suit and was a two time recipient of this prestigious national award (Elite 89 & 90). Amy was the first MU and MAC NCAA Woman of the Year top 9 finalist – an incredible national honor across all three NCAA divisions for academic, athletic, and service work.
NCAA Champions – Eric Sweeny (butterfly in swimming) , Juwan Petties Jackson (200m indoor track), Ashlee Ward (indoor and outdoor high jump).
Several NCAA All Americans, Academic All Americans, countless conference titles including 7 straight MAC Freedom baseball championships, NCAA appearances, and a Final Four run in women’s soccer in 2012. I am sure that you can imagine how incredibly proud we are of our student athletes, coaches and athletic staff members!
This year is a reflection of our rich history having had a highly successful 2017 fall season by capturing MAC Freedom titles in field hockey and women’s soccer and the MAC women’s cross country title. Women’s soccer defeated Hamilton College in NCAA first round action before suffering a tough overtime loss to SUNY Geneseo. Field hockey traveled to Franklin and Marshall for their first round contest and despite a solid effort, came up on the short end of a hard fought match. Our women’s cross country team ran an outstanding MAC championship race, resulting in in a conference title. Clare Schoen, represented MU WXC by competing in the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, MO.
Last winter our men’s basketball team captured the MAC Freedom championship, earning MU alum and Hall of Famer, Will Chandler his first title as our head men’s coach! First year head coach, Jason Rhine led our women’s basketball team to the MAC semi finals and ECAC championships while earning Coach of the Year honors from 3 different basketball organizations. Juwan Petties Jackson won the NCAA 200m indoor track and field championship, Reilly Wagner finished second in the nation in the pentathlon, and Oniesha Clarke captured the bronze at the indoor nationals in the 60m.
Not to be outdone, our spring teams enjoyed great success, capped off with our 7th consecutive MAC Freedom Conference title and NCAA tournament appearance in baseball, an undefeated conference regular season and first ever MAC Freedom title in men’s lacrosse. Our lacrosse team went on to win their first ever NCAA tournament game before ending the year to the eventual NCAA Tournament champions, Salisbury State University. Juwan Petties Jackson came home from the NCAA Outdoor T&F championships with two All-American honors, while Oniesha Clarke finished second in the nation in the 100m.
These extremely noteworthy accomplishments are backed by outstanding academic achievement. For the 27th straight year, MU student athletes achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. These 500+ student athletes completed the 2016-17 academic year with a 3.32 semester GPA and a 3.26 overall GPA!
In July of 2017, we established an exciting relationship with Under Armour, as our exclusive outfitter for Misericordia University athletics! A three year deal was penned in order to enhance and continue our department’s mission of providing a high quality experience for over 500 MU student athletes!
The quality of our women and men as people even outweigh their many accomplishments. I am extremely proud, humbled and honored to be their Director of Athletics!
Chuck Edkins is in his 27th year at Misericordia University and his third year as director of athletics. He spent 25 years as head men’s soccer coach and served 13 years as associate AD and head baseball coach.
Go to athletics.misericordia.edu to read more about Misericordia's tradition of success on and off the field.
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