Avila Athletics History
For the second consecutive year, fundraising efforts within the department allowed for a significant purchase to enhance the athletic facilities at Avila . An outdoor sound system was purchased for the three playing areas on the Zarda Athletic Complex to allow for a public address system and music entertainment for the sports of Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Baseball, and Softball. The volleyball team under the direction of first year head coach Amy Carlson suffering through a difficult vehicle accident earlier in the season, still managed to qualify for the Heart of America Athletic Conference playoffs for the second consecutive year losing to William Jewell in the first round. Coach Carlson, who was selected HAAC Coach of the year, resigned her position at season's end and was replaced by Jan Madlock. The Athletic Hall of Fame inducts former Men's Soccer standout Craig Kasten, Avila 's only back-to-back first team All-American in school history. Under the direction of first year head coach Larry Williams, the Women's basketball team qualifies 6 th overall and loses at Missouri Valley College in round one of the playoffs. The Men's basketball team also qualifies for post season play, traveling to MidAmerica Nazarene and losing in round one. The spring season sees the Avila softball team finish the year with an overall record of 30-15 and qualifying for the HAAC post season tournament in Springfield , MO where their season came to a finish. The baseball team finished with an overall record of 38-17, third in the HAAC and runner-up in the Region V tournament. Senior outfielder Willie Keene was named the Region player of the year and was selected as a first team NAIA All-American. The women's golf team in only their fourth year of existence made their strongest showing ever at the HAAC/Region V tournament finishing 3 rd in the conference and 4 th in the region. Head coach Jerry Krause was selected HAAC coach of the year for his team's effort.
2005 - 2006
Through fundraising efforts, the Athletic Video room is renovated and outfitted with a projection video unit to be utilized by all athletic teams. The volleyball team, under the direction of second year coach Fredrick Wagner qualifies for the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament - the first time ever since Avila became a member of the HAAC. At season's end, Coach Wagner announced his resignation and Amy Carlson is hired to lead the program. The Athletic Hall of Fame honors women's basketball alumnus Kari Donnell - Clevenger as the only inductee of the 2005-06 class. Women's basketball coach Greg Mittlesteadt resigns at the conclusion of the season and is replaced by Larry Williams. Head Cheer coach Jason Sack leaves Avila for a similar position at an NCAA Division 2 school and is succeeded by Assistant Coach Brittany Baber.
2004 - 2005
The football team opens the season as one of two teams invited to participate in the NAIA kick-off classic, The Wheat Bowl. Avila loses to Midland Lutheran College (NE) by a score of 31-9. Due to a lack of participants the Men's Volleyball program is discontinued after just one season. Head Coach Fredrick Wagner is retained to continue leading the Women's program as well as head-up Athletic Development. Head Football Coach Tim Johnson resigns his post after serving as the first and only coach of the Avila football program. Assistant Coach Bruce Young is named as the next football coach at Avila. The Dance team competes at the UDA National Dance Competition in Orlando, Florida where they win the National Title in the Hip-Hop category. The Athletic Hall of Fame inducts the 1982 Men's Soccer Team during the winter Alumni weekend ceremonies.
2003 - 2004
Men's and Women's Soccer both won the 1st ever Dr. Fred Geer Academic Cup for their teams' academic performance during the 02-03 school year. Nick Totta resigns mid-season as the Head Men's Basketball coach. Assistant Anthony Hall takes over on an interim basis and is later named to be the next Head Men's Basketball Coach. Men's Volleyball represents Avila for the first time as a club team. Men's Soccer Coach Patrick Phillips resigns and is replaced by Head Women's Coach Paul McNally who will direct both programs. Women's Golf makes its' debut as a Varsity program for Avila. Head Volleyball Coach Brett Talcott resigns at the conclusion of the Men's season and is replaced by Fredrick Wagner. The baseball team earns a share of the HAAC title for the second year in a row. The Hall of Fame inducts two new members, Sr. Olive Louis Dallavis and Jessica Pankey. The football team earns an invitation to the 10th annual Wheat Bowl, which serves as the kick-off to the 2004 NAIA football season.
2002 - 2003
Avila University passed resolution to begin two new sports in the 2003-04 school year. Women's golf will be coached by Jerry Krause, and men's volleyball will be coached by Brett Talcott. The baseball team completed a great season winning both the regular season Heart of America Conference title as well as the Conference Tournament title. Hired the first full-time assistant athletic trainer, Amy Roberts. Cindy Freeman moved from the Athletic Office Manager position into the full-time position of dance coach. JoAnn Immele was hired as the new Athletic Office Manager. Jason Sack's position as the cheer coach was elevated to full-time status. Our Spirit Squad won Heart of America Conference honors.
2001 - 2002
Mabee Fieldhouse renovation completed. A new Director of Athletics was hired, Mike Sharpe. Jason Means was hired as a full-time Athletic Trainer. Every women's sport at Avila took on a new head coach: Greg Mittlesteadt (basketball), Brett Talcott (volleyball), Paul McNally (soccer), and Steve Keel (softball). The men's basketball team earned a national ranking for the first time in school history. The first intercollegiate football game took place and the first victory for the football team came vs. Central Methodist. Cindy Freeman took the glitter girls (dance team) to the UCA/UDA College Nationals Dance Championships and had a remarkable 2nd place finish!
Jim McMurray, women's basketball, is hired to head both the volleyball and women's basketball programs. Spirit squad is added to the athletic program, which will include competitive cheerleading and a dance squad. Cindy Freeman, athletic office manager, will coordinate these programs. Scott Frear is hired as director of sports information and assistant football coach.