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IWU finishes fifth in NAIA Director's Cup

For the second time in three years Indiana Wesleyan University Athletics placed fifth in the NAIA Director’s Cup standings. The fifth-place finish is best in school history.

“Huge congratulations to all of our student-athletes and coaches for this accomplishment,” said Indiana Wesleyan Director of Athletics Mark DeMichael. “Their commitment to excellence athletically, academically, and spiritually is reflected in this achievement.”

Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish at NAIA National Championships. Indiana Wesleyan finished with 686.75 points and scored in the maximum 13 sports allowed, having to omit scores from three sports.

The Wildcats tallied 100 points with the men’s basketball national championship victory. IWU secured top-10 finishes in four other sports with women’s basketball, cheer team, softball, and women’s tennis.

“I want to thank President Wright, Chancellor Jones, and our entire administration for their belief in the IWU Athletic Mission and their support of our coaches and student-athletes,” DeMichael added.

Indiana Wesleyan finished fifth place in 2016 for the only two top-10 finishes in school history and the 686.75 points this year is the most in school history. IWU has achieved top-25 in the standings in each of the last 16 years.

College softball

IWU coaches earn national recognition

The Indiana Wesleyan Softball coaching staff of Steve Babinski, Kevin Juber, Evelyn Waymire, Alyssa Morris, and Lindsey Krippel earned 2018 NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year honors Monday for their success during the 2018 campaign.

“We are so incredibly humbled and appreciative for this award,” said Head Coach Steve Babinski. “God has increased His platform through our program and we give Him all the glory! My prayer is that when people look into IWU Softball, they will see a loving team serving Jesus Christ!”

Indiana Wesleyan advanced to the NAIA World Series for a second-consecutive season while finishing the season with a record of 58-12, good for most wins in the country.

“Huge congratulations to Coach Babinski and his entire staff for this well-deserved honor,” said Athletic Director Mark DeMichael. “ I am so proud of what this coaching staff has done with IWU softball in building a culture that demands excellence using their God-given gifts to be the absolute best softball players while giving all the glory to God. It’s exciting to see the NFCA recognize what they have done.”