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Why "Battling Bishops?"
The North Coast Athletic Conference
LOCATION: Delaware, Ohio
FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT: 1895
NICKNAME: Battling Bishops
COLORS: Red and Black
PRESIDENT: Dr. Rock Jones
DIRECTOR : Roger Ingles
AFFILIATION: NCAA Division III
CONFERENCE: North Coast Athletic Conference
SPORTS : 23 (11 men, 12 women)
DEPARTMENT MAILING ADDRESS:
Ohio Wesleyan University
105 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware, OH 43015
Why Battling Bishops?
"The Battling Bishops" dates to 1925; before then Ohio Wesleyan
University's teams were simply known as "The Red and Black,"
or sometimes as "The Methodists." Ohio Wesleyan is affiliated
with the United Methodist Church, and long has produced many of its bishops.
By April, 1925, according to that issue of the alumni Magazine,
the present name had finally been derived. "Ohio sports writers have
been at a loss," the magazine reported. "There are countless
colleges throughout the country claiming red and black as their colors,
and 14 Methodist colleges in Ohio alone." Pi Delta Epsilon journalism
fraternity therefore sponsored a contest, and the winning nickname, "The
Battling Bishops," was "placed before the sports writers of
the state as the teams' official title." Senior Harold Thomas of
Lima submitted the winning entry.
The new nickname must have provided inspiration. The 1925 football team,
under George Gauthier, "The Little Giant," went 7-1-1. Its only
loss came to Ohio State by a 10-3 score, and it tied Syracuse, 3-3, en
route to winning Ohio Conference and Big Six championships.
Ohio Wesleyan University athletic events are open
to the public. Admission charges are $6 for adults and $3 for students for football, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, and men's lacrosse regular-season games, as well as any Ohio Wesleyan tournaments.
Coast Athletic Conference championship events, as well as
Division III postseason events, require paid admission.
North Coast Athletic Conference
Wesleyan University is a charter member of the North
Coast Athletic Conference, which began competition in the 1984-85
academic year. Other charter members are Allegheny
Western Reserve University, Denison
University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College and the College of Wooster. Wittenberg
University joined the NCAC in 1988 and began championship competition
in the 1989-90 academic year, Earlham
College joined in 1988 and remains an affiliate member in field hockey, Hiram
College and Wabash College joined the NCAC in 1998 and began championship competition in the 1999-2000
academic year, and DePauw University joined the NCAC in 2010.
The NCAC’s 10 members believe academic and athletic excellence can co-exist, with no undue overemphasis on athletics. They also believe the principle of balance is important in athletic programs at the Division III level, with no “major” or “minor” sports in comparison with any other, but all equally worthwhile. Equity for both men’s and women’s sports is a founding and standard principle. The NCAC’s 23 championship sports includes 11 for men and 12 for women, the latter figure leading all Division III conferences in the country. When at least 5 Conference institutions sponsor a varsity sport, the NCAC conducts championship play and honors the champion.
During the NCAC’s 26 years of competition, the league has established itself as one of the most competitive in the nation. A total of 52 teams in all 22 sports were represented in national competition last year, with 1 team winning an NCAA Division III championship to raise the conference’s 26-year total to 57. In addition, 180 student-athletes from around the league earned All-America and/or Academic All-America® honors.
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Assistant Director: Keri Alexander Luchowski
Assistant Director: Sue Penicka
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