Walla Walla University

Athletic Program Timeline

Tim Windemuth was hired at Walla Walla College in 1983 – He became the first Athletic Director and still holds that position, along with other responsibilities.

Walla Walla College Joined Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) in men’s and women’s Basketball and men’s Flagball in 1983. They put on clinics, played club teams and junior varsity teams.

         Walla Walla College added the following sports over the next few years.              
                -Women’s Volleyball                      -Men’s Softball Slow-Pitch
                -Men’s Soccer                                   -Women’s Softball Fast-Pitch
                -Men’s Volleyball                             -Men’s & Women’s Golf

Athletic Council established guidelines for athletic program - W.G. Nelson was President of WWC at that time.

Our Mission: “Running in such a way as to win the prize.” -1 Corinthians 9:24

Our Vision: The purpose of athletics at Walla Walla University is to promote a life-changing experience in a Christian context. The varsity program is committed to the following values:
        -Excellence in sport
        -Fair competition
        -Commitment to God
        -Sharing of faith

Philosophy: As a Seventh-day Adventist comprehensive institution, Walla Walla University provides education with a Christian purpose, as outlined by our objectives. Intercollegiate athletics are an integral and visible part of that education and commitment to spiritual life.

Objectives: The objectives of WWU’s varsity athletic program are to develop the following in campus athletes:
        -Commitment to God
        -Excellence in sport
        -A spirit of teamwork and a sense of community
        -Superior athletic and leadership skills
        -A balanced lifestyle
        -A positive Christian attitude     
        -Sharing of faith

Activities associated with varsity athletics also support the development of school spirit in on- and off-campus communities by fostering:
        -Enthusiasm for good competition
        -Appropriate sportsmanship
        -School spirit
        -Fun for all who attend

Cut back on club/varsity sports over the next few years.
Men’s Softball – slow pitch club team
        -Men’s Flagball  - club team
        -Men’s Volleyball  - club team
        -Men’s & Women’s Golf – cost effective

Current Varsity Sports at WWU
Men’s Soccer
        -Men’s Basketball
        -Women’s Volleyball
        -Women’s Basketball
        -Women’s Softball

         Walla Walla University made sure we were in Compliance with SDA Guidelines 2003

         Pacific Northwest College Conference (PNCC)- 1994-2000
                League Championships

Men Women
1996 - Basketball -
1998 - Basketball 1998 - Basketball
1999 - Basketball 1999 - Volleyball
2000 - Basketball 2000 - Basketball

         National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)- Division I member from 1997-2008
                National Championships
                                1998 - Men’s Volleyball - 2nd Place
                                2000 - Men’s Volleyball -WWC Hosted National Invitational - 2nd Place
                                2005 - Basketball - 4th Place
                                2008 - Basketball - 8th Place, Pete Marovich Award (#1 Player in America) to                                                                             WWU Player

         United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) – Fall 2004-present
                National Championships
                                2005 -Volleyball - 4th Place
                                2006 -Volleyball - 5th Place
                                2008 -Soccer - 3rd Place

         National Association of Interscholastic Athletics (NAIA) – Fall 2008-present
                Conference Championships (Associated Independent Institutions)
                                2009 - Men’s Basketball – 3rd Place
                                2010 - Women’s Volleyball -4th Place

         2008 New Men’s Soccer Complex - $100,000

         2010 New Women’s Softball Field - $75,000

         Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC)  – Fall 2009-present - Men’s Basketball Only

         We have had many student athletes awarded All- American, All-Academic, and Honorable Mention All-Conference awards.

         To this day WWU is still following the original guidelines that were set up at the inception of the Athletic Program in conjunction to SDA Guidelines.

Page maintained by Don Hepker
Last update on February 27, 2013