SIUE's 17 National Championships

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1972 Men's Soccer

SIUE won the first ever college division national championship, defeating Oneonta College 1-0 in the title game. SIUE, under Hall of Fame Coach Bob Guelker, went undefeated with an 11-0-3 record. One of the three ties was avenged in the opening game of the NCAA Championships when the Cougars rolled to a 3-2 victory over Akron. Chris Carenza, who scored the game-winning goal in the national title game, led the team with 12 goals and three assists. Tom Twellman, who had four goals and two assists, was named SIUE's Most Valuable Athlete. Kevin Howe was named the teams Most Valuable Player. Other valuable players for the 1972 men's soccer team where John Stremlau, Steve Cacciatore, Greg Modde, Dennis Driscoll, Tom Galati, Bob Kessen, Tim Putnam, Joe Gallagher, Steve Elliot, Bill Renaud, Mike Boland, Vince Fassi, Bill Barron, Norman Seim, Rick Benben, and Chester Kowalewski.

   

1978 Men's Tennis

It is the team which began one of the greatest dynasties in college tennis. The 1978 men's tennis team featured Juan Farrow and Arjun Fernando, both of whom were annually in the hunt for a singles and doubles national championship. SIUE secured its first national title in men's tennis after posting numerous win over Division I competition under Coach Kent DeMars. Other valuable members of the team included Brian Millar, Scott Whaley, Bill Rusick, Kent Smith, Alan Millar, and Randy Houston.

1979 Men's Tennis

Behind the duo of Juan Farrow and Arjun Fernando, the SIUE men's tennis team captured back-to-back NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championships at the Indian Rock Resort in Fairfield Bay, Ark. Farrow and Fernando swept the singles and doubles titles at the championships to lead SIUE to 21 points and were followed by San Diego with 15 points. After Farrow, the two-time defending NCAA singles champion, dominated his side of the bracket, he faced Fernando in the finals. Fernando upset his teammate 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. SIUE didn't just depend on its top two players for the team title. Bill Rusick won three matches at the nationals and Raimo O'Jala won twice. Other key members of Coach Kent DeMars' national championship team were Alan Millar, Raymond Kuzava, and Scott Whaley.

   

1979 Men's Soccer

Proving that friends work together could win a national championship, SIUE grabbed the NCAA Division I crown behind a plethora of talented players. Thirteen players eventually would move on to professional careers. It was the second national title at SIUE for Hall of Fame Coach Bob Guelker. Matt Malloy scored a hat trick as SIUE defeated Clemson 3-2 in the national championship game in Tampa, Florida. For Guelker, it was special not only to have his son, Tim Guelker, play in the game but also for son to record the assist on all three goals, including the game winner at 86:19. SIUE 19-2-3, had a difficult road as Bob Guelker required hear bypass surgery just before the season began. Assistant Coach Rick Benben led SIUE before Guelker returned. After splitting their first four games, the Cougars rallied to go undefeated in their next 20 contests, a school record. One of SIUE's best goal scorers, Don Ebert, recorded a school-record 22 goals and 10 assists. SIUE also had outstanding goalkeeper with Ed Gettemeier and Mark Downar. The other member of the 1979 men's soccer team included Bob Bozada, Jeff Cacciatore, Tuaya Chiwanga, Tim Clark, Tom Groark, Joe Howe, Dave Hummert, Dave Hundelt, Pat Malloy, George Mishalow, Morris Mwongo, Steve Schell, Stuart Stevenson, Terry Trushel, and Mike Twellman.


   

1980 Men's Tennis

With the cameras of ESPN rolling on the campus of SIUE, the heavily-favored Cougars overpowered Nicholls State 24-12 for its third consecutive NCAA Division II national championship. Coach Kent DeMars kept the Cougars on top with an impressive lineup that included Juan Farrow, Raimo O'Jala, Hugo Nunez, Garth Naumoff, Sujit Fernando, Ray Kuzava, and Jorma Leppanen. Farrow capped his career with his unprecedented third NCAA Division II singles crown. Farrow and Nunez combined for the NCAA doubles crown. Farrow became the second player in Division II history to win doubles crowns with different partners.

   

1981 Men's Tennis

SIUE easily won its fourth consecutive NCAA Division II men's tennis crown by scoring 22 points over runners-up Rollins and Southwest Texas State (now Texas State) with 12 points. Ken Flach extended SIUE's streak of national singles champions becoming the third SIUE player in five seasons to walk away with the individual title, winning all six of his national championship matches in straight sets. Flach and teammate Hugo Nunez competed in the singles final with Flach prevailing 6-4, 6-4. The duo advanced to the finals for the doubles championships. Doug Burke competed in the national singles tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals. The 1982 men's tennis team, under Coach Kent DeMars, included Marc Sluszny, Joe Vassen, Raimo O'Jala, Ray Kuzava, Randy Nistler, Jorma Leppanen, and Lange Johnson.

   

1982 Men's Tennis

With its fifth straight national team championship, SIUE set a new NCAA record. The five consecutive team titles broke the record for most consecutive national titles in any NCAA division. The old record was four titles when Southern California accomplished it from 1966 to 1969. The Cougars achieved its latest national title with the same type of flair, winning the team title 22-13 over runner-up California State-Bakersfield. Ken Flach repeated as the nation's top singles player and continued his own streak of national tournament singles matches won to 12, defeating teammate Robert Seguso in the finals 6-2, 6-4. Flach added a national title in doubles with teammate Doug Burke. The 1982 men's tennis team, coached by Kent DeMars, featured a deep lineup that included Hugo Nunez, Marc Sluszny, Ray Kuzava, Joe Vassen, Gary Levins, and Glenn Stephan.

   

1983 Men's Tennis

SIUE's charge to tennis supremacy continued in 1983 at San Marcos, Texas, when the Cougars won a sixth consecutive NCAA Division II team championship for Coach Kent DeMars. SIUE defeated Southwest Texas State 5-4 in the championship match of the tournament. Doug Burke and Joe Vassen would collect the winning point for SIUE at No. 2 doubles, winning a thrilling three-set match. SIUE possessed a stunning lineup of players with Ken Flach at No. 1 singles and Robert Seguso at No. 2 singles. Flach would go on to win his third consecutive NCAA Division II singles title, despite losing the first four games of the final set. He and Seguso captured the NCAA Division II doubles crown. Other key members of the sixth straight national crown were Ernie Mitropoulos, Raimo Ojala, Monty Oppenheim, and Johan Sjogren.

   

1984 Wrestling

With a team featured just one senior in 126-pounder Don Stevens, the SIUE wrestling program vaulted to national championship status with four individual national champions and eight All-Americans under NCAA Coach of the Year Larry Kristoff. Stevens, Tim Wright, Booker Benford, and Ernie Badger all finished as national championships. Alan Grammer, Maurice Brown, Mark Kristoff and Al Sears also gained All-American status for a team which won the national title over five-time defending champion Cal State-Bakersfield by an astounding 48.5-point advantage. SIUE's 14-5-1 dual meet included members of victories over Division I competition, including No. 10-ranked Missouri. Other valuable members of the national championship squad were Ray Garcia, John Eichelberger, Robert Ervin, Bob Lacefield, Dan McGinnis, Bob Dahm, Doug Zinzer, Brian McTague, Lewis Reed, John Ruffu, and John Borror.

   

1984 Men's Tennis

SIUE captured its record seventh consecutive national championship for Coach Kent DeMars with a repeat of the previous year's championship. SIUE defeated Southwest Texas State 5-4 in the title match. Johan Sjogren stepped up as the team's top singles player, advancing to the national semifinals. Sjogren and doubles partner Dave Delsini won the national doubles crown. Other key members of the 1984 squad include Doug Burke, Monty Oppenheim, Peter Moore, Young Min Kwon, Jon Sorbo, and Joe Vassen.

   

1985 Wrestling

Coming off its first NCAA Division II crown, Coach Larry Kristoff and his Cougars were out to prove something at the 1985 Championships. The Cougars won by 48.5 points over Nebraska-Omaha with three champions (Tim Wright at 118 pounds, Alan Grammer at 134 pounds, and Booker Benford at 177 pounds). SIUE also produced six more All-Americans that season. The list includes Steve Stearns at 126 pounds, Maurice Brown at 142 pounds, Brian McTague at 150 pounds, Dan McGinnis at 158 pounds, Ernie Badger at 190 pounds, and Al Sears at heavyweight. SIUE made a splash at the NCAA Division I Championships with three All-Americans. Benford and Grammer each placed third while Sears took eighth. Other key members of the national championship team included Bob Dahm, Robert Clarkston, Sean Wilkus, Steve Apicella, Robert Briggs, Robert Hall, David Crowe, Mark Kenny, Troy Juden, David Hansen, Mark Kristoff, Michael Parker, Todd King, John Ruffu, Robert Ervin and Assistant Coach Norm Dahm.

   

1986 Wrestling

Coach Larry Kristoff and the Cougars repeated for a third straight season as the NCAA Division II team champions in 1986. The Cougars beat Edinboro by 13 points with three champions -- Tim Wright (Rock Island) at 118 pounds, Alan Grammer (Evansville, Ind.) at 126 pounds, and Steve Stearns (Oak Lawn) at 134 pounds. SIUE finished the season with an overall record of 11-8. During the season, SIUE produced eight All-Americans. This includes Wright, Grammer, Stearns, Kip Kristoff (Bethalto) at 142 pounds, Brian McTague (Morris) at 150 pounds, Bob Dahm (Millstadt) at 158 pounds, Mark Kristoff (Bethalto) at 167 pounds, and Ernie Badger (Mt. Vernon) at 190 pounds. In addition, Grammer earned All-American status at the NCAA Division I Championships where he placed fifth. Other members of the national championship team included Steve Apicella (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Kurt Bednar (Willowbrook), Rob Clarkston (Hebron, Ky.), Robert Ervin (Morganfield, Ky.), Steve Flucas (Mascoutah), Dave Hansen (Mascoutah), Eric Morgan (Miami, Fla.), James Smith (Morganfield, Ky.), Joel Surprenant (Bourbonnais), and Jon Wagner (West Allis, Wis.).

   

1986 Women's Tennis

SIUE's national championship in women's tennis in 1986 would be the first of four under Coach Bob Meyers. Portia George, who led the team with 35 victories, advanced to the national quarterfinals in singles. As a team, the Cougars defeated Abilene Christian 7-2 and California Poly-Pomona 6-3 en route to the finals against California State-Northridge. Along with singles and doubles points from George and Christina Bokelund in the national championship match, Jennifer Reuter collected a No. 4 singles and a No. 3 doubles victory to lift SIUE over California State-Northridge 5-4 for its first NCAA crown. Other valuable members of the national championship squad are Michele Wreen, Lisa Schuito, Nicki DeMuro, Jill David and Maura Carriel.

   

1987 Women's Tennis

The Cougars lifted its second straight NCAA Division II championship trophy after Jennifer Reuter and Nicky Demuro were victorious at No. 3 doubles in a three-set match over Abilene Christian. The Cougars needed one victory in the doubles matches after taking four of six singles matches in the national championship finals. With the championships hosted by California State-Northridge, SIUE also walked away highly-successful in the singles and doubles events. Christina Bokelund and Portia George won the NCAA Division II doubles crown while George advanced to the finals of the singles tournament. Other key members of the team for Coach Bob Meyers were Michele Wreen, Lisa Schuito, Jill David, and assistant coach Russ Morris.

   

1988 Women's Tennis

SIUE women's tennis traveled to Rohnert Park, California, for the finals in search of a third consecutive national team championship under Coach Bob Meyers, who, ironically, would be honored as the men's tennis national Coach of the Year. Tied 4-4 in the national championship dual match, the No. 2 doubles match was the only action left on the court. SIUE prevailed 5-4 when Michelle Wreen and Sandi Stace toppled Cal Poly-SLO's Vicki Kanter and Susan Norman 6-4, 7-5. SIUE's one-two punch of Christina Bokelund and Portia George cruised through the doubles championship, winning the national title for the second straight season. George advanced to national finals in singles. Bokelund and Wreen, both whom would be named Senior of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association (ITCA), earned All-American honors for the Cougars. SIUE's national title team included Jennifer Reuter, Nicki DeMuro, and Leslie Jones.

   

1989 Women's Tennis

It was the culmination of four years of success. SIUE, the host of the 1989 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championships, won its fourth consecutive national championship at Forest Park in St. Louis. The national individual title came down to the duo of players who had practiced together and played side by side for four seasons. Christina Bokelund defeated Portia George in the all-SIUE finals. Kim Gidley, the No. 3 singles player, was named an All-American for the Cougars. Bokelund and George would go on to advance to the quarterfinals of the doubles championship. Coach Bob Meyers and Assistant Coach Russ Morris put together a strong team which included Sandi Stace, Nicki DeMuro, and Michelle Giacomini. DeMuro was a standout, earning her unprecedented third GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.

   

2007 Softball

The national championship game was the longest of the season, a 12-inning, 3 1/2 hour marathon. Ashley Price drove in the winning run in the top of the 12th as SIUE defeated Lock Haven 3-2. The 49-8 Cougars won its last 16 games of the season, including the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament and the NCAA Regionals. All-American Kaitlin Colosimo threw two-hitters during the NCAA Tournament and a third during the regular season. She finished with 29 wins overall. SIUE's pitching staff of Colosimo, Sabra McCune and Lindsey Laas combined for 408 strikeouts and just 74 walks. Left fielder Jodie Ohlau led the SIUE offense with 11 home runs, 39 runs batted in, 54 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases. Catcher Libby Lenart joined Colosimo and Ohlau as All-Region picks after hitting .339 with two home runs. Shortstop Kaeleigh Rousey was the top hitter for the season with a .340 average.