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Case Western Reserve Spartans
Logo
University Case Western Reserve University
Conference University Athletic Association

Presidents' Athletic Conference (Football only)
NCAA Division III
Athletic director Amy Backus
Location Cleveland, Ohio
Varsity teams 19
Football stadium DiSanto Field
Basketball arena Horsburgh Gymnasium
Baseball stadium Nobby's Ballpark (Baseball)

Mather Park (Softball)
Other arenas Adelbert Gymnasium
Mascot Spartie
Nickname Spartans
Fight song Fight On
Colors Navy, White, and Gray[1]
              
Website athletics.case.edu

The Case Western Reserve Spartans are the varsity intercollegiate athletic teams of Case Western Reserve University, located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Case Western Reserve University competes at the NCAA Division III level. The Spartans compete in the University Athletic Association (UAA), except in football where the team competes as an associate member of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC). The university offers 19 sports—10 men's sports and 9 women's sports.

All 19 varsity teams wear a commemorative patch on their uniforms honoring Case alumnus, M. Frank Rudy, inventor of the Nike air-sole.[2]

The Spartan's primary athletic rival is Carnegie Mellon University.

History

The Case Western Reserve Spartans' heritage stems from the combination of two long and storied sports histories of Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology.

Mascots

Case, originally known as Case School of Applied Science, carried the name Scientists from 1918 to 1939. In 1940, the mascot was changed to the Rough Riders, in honor of their head coach Ray A. Ride. Case formally updated their school name in 1947 to Case Institute of Technology.[3] Western Reserve originally used the mascot Pioneers from 1921 to 1927, until being forced to change by Marietta College, who claimed earlier usage of the namesake.[4] The famous Red Cats mascot was then used beginning in 1928. Upon the merger of the two schools, the Spartans name was adopted in 1970, as the team is now known.

Conferences

In 1902, Case Tech and Western Reserve University were both founding members of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). Western Reserve left the OAC in 1931 to compete as an independent, while Case Tech stayed in until 1948. Breaking away from independence looking to compete with larger schools, Western Reserve became a charter member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in 1946. After less than a decade, Western Reserve withdrew from the MAC in 1954, citing the need for the school to focus more energy on academics and less money and resources on athletics spearheaded by President John S. Millis.[5]

Returning back to their roots of competing in the same conference, Case Tech and Western Reserve became founding members of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) in 1955. When the athletic departments of the two universities merged in 1971 they dominated the PAC for several years. The university remained a member of the PAC until 1983. In the fall of 1984 the university joined the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), a pioneer in gender equality in sports, as a charter member. In conjunction with other top research universities in the country, Case Western Reserve became a charter member of University Athletic Association (UAA) in 1986, while maintaining joint conference membership affiliation with the NCAC until the 1998-1999 school year. In 2014 the football team, while maintaining membership in the UAA, began competing as an associate member of the PAC.

Founding charter members of five conferences:

NCAA National champions[6]

Year Winner Name Sport Event
1968 Case C.B. Crouse Outdoor Track & Field Discus Throw
1987 Case Western Reserve Vincent Van Burik Outdoor Track & Field 800-meter run
1988 Case Western Reserve John Bradshaw Swimming & Diving 100-yard butterfly
1989 Case Western Reserve John Bradshaw Swimming & Diving 100-yard butterfly
1990 Case Western Reserve Sheila Ballado Outdoor Track & Field 100-meter hurdles
1990 Case Western Reserve Kevin Luthy Outdoor Track & Field Decathlon
1991 Case Western Reserve Kevin Luthy Outdoor Track & Field Decathlon
1992 Case Western Reserve Jay Gindin Swimming & Diving 200-yard butterfly
1994 Case Western Reserve Chris Ricklic Wrestling 167 pounds
1995 Case Western Reserve Leslie Kindling Indoor Track & Field High Jump
1995 Case Western Reserve Chris Ricklic Wrestling 167 pounds
1995 Case Western Reserve Leslie Kindling Outdoor Track & Field Heptathlon
1996 Case Western Reserve Derek Messmer Wrestling Heavyweight
2003 Case Western Reserve Alicia Kendig Swimming & Diving 500-yard freestyle
2008 Case Western Reserve Esther Erb Outdoor Track & Field 10,000-meter run
2010 Case Western Reserve Isaac Dukes Wrestling 149 pounds
2010 Case Western Reserve Obinna Nwanna Outdoor Track & Field Decathlon
2014 Case Western Reserve Eric Klawitter Tennis Doubles
2014 Case Western Reserve Christopher Krimbill Tennis Doubles


Sports

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Soccer
Football Softball
Soccer Swimming & diving
Swimming & diving Tennis
Tennis Track & field
Track & field Volleyball
Wrestling
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Football

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1902 Case Joseph Wentworth OAC
1903 Case Joseph Wentworth OAC
1904 Case Joseph Wentworth OAC
1905 Case Joseph Wentworth OAC
1907 Western Reserve William B. Seaman OAC
1908 Western Reserve William B. Seaman OAC
1915 Western Reserve Walter D. Powell OAC
1932 Case Ray Ride OAC
1933 Case Ray Ride Big Four Conference
1934 Western Reserve Sam Willaman Big Four Conference
1935 Western Reserve Bill Edwards Big Four Conference
1936 Western Reserve Bill Edwards Big Four Conference
1937 Western Reserve Bill Edwards Big Four Conference
1938 Western Reserve Bill Edwards Big Four Conference
1940 Western Reserve Bill Edwards Big Four Conference Won Sun Bowl
1941 Case Ray Ride OAC
1941 Western Reserve Tom Davies Big Four Conference
1942 Western Reserve Tom Davies Big Four Conference
1955 Western Reserve Eddie Finnigan PAC
1958 Western Reserve Eddie Finnigan PAC
1960 Western Reserve Eddie Finnigan PAC
1984 Case Western Reserve Jim Chapman NCAC
1988 Case Western Reserve Ronald Stuckey UAA
1996 Case Western Reserve Regis Scafe UAA
2007 Case Western Reserve Greg Debeljak UAA Won vs Widener, Loss vs Wabash
2008 Case Western Reserve Greg Debeljak UAA Loss vs Wabash
2009 Case Western Reserve Greg Debeljak UAA Loss vs Trine
2011 Case Western Reserve Greg Debeljak UAA
2016 Case Western Reserve Greg Debeljak UAA
2017 Case Western Reserve Greg Debeljak PAC & UAA Won vs Illinois Wesleyan, Loss vs Mount Union

Men's cross country

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1947 Case Claude B. Sharer OAC 12th Nationals
1958 Case Bill Sudeck PAC
1967 Case Bill Sudeck PAC
1968 Case Bill Sudeck PAC
1969 Case Bill Sudeck PAC 27th Nationals
1970 Case Bill Sudeck PAC
1971 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC 40th Nationals
1972 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC 26th Nationals
1973 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC 12th Nationals
1974 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC 15th Nationals
1975 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC 13th Nationals
1976 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC 20th Nationals
1977 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC 21st Nationals
1985 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck NCAC 2nd Regional, 18th Nationals
1986 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck NCAC 1st Regional, 7th Nationals
1988 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck NCAC 6th Regional
1993 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck NCAC
1993 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck UAA
1994 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck NCAC 4th Regional

Women's cross country

The women’s cross country team earned five consecutive team qualifying years to the NCAA Championship Meet from 2006-2010. In 2006 the team was undefeated up until Nationals, this included beating several DI schools during the season. During this stretch, the Spartan women finished in the top 10 twice, including 2007, when the team finished sixth in the nation.[7] individually during these five years, team members earned 8 All-American Titles, including multiple by future professional marathoner Esther Erb.

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
2006 Case Western Reserve Kathy Lanese UAA 1st Regionals, 10th Nationals
2008 Case Western Reserve Kathy Lanese UAA 2nd Regionals, 16th Nationals

Men's basketball

Western Reserve's first varsity team was in 1897, only six years after the game was invented by Dr. James Naismith. Case Tech played its first varsity season in 1912.[8]

The first college sporting event televised in Cleveland aired on December 18, 1947, where Western Reserve’s basketball team defeated Fenn College, now Cleveland State Vikings, at Adelbert Gym, 63-26.[9]

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1961 Case Philip K. "Nip" Heim PAC
1970 Case Bill Sudeck PAC

Baseball

Varsity baseball teams for Western Reserve College date back to the 1870s.[10] During this era, Clarence Emir Allen is famously credited as the first college baseball player to throw and perfect the curve ball, and notably never lost a game once mastering the "curve."[11] Other notable players in school history include Bob Kelly, Paul O'Dea, and Ed Andrews.

Western Reserve won the PAC in 1967 and 1968.

In recent years, the Case Western Reserve baseball team has competed in the NCAA playoffs, earning spots in 2011, 2013, and 2014.

In 2011, Spartan third baseman Chad Mullins was named the D3Baseball.com Player of the Year after hitting .437 with eight home runs and 71 RBIs. Mullins also ranked in the Division III national top ten in hits, runs scored, and total bases. The 2013 team won two NCAA playoff games and the UAA title. The 2014 team set a school record for victories with 34, won the UAA title, and won four playoff games advancing to the NCAA Mideast Regional Championship.[12]

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1967 Western Reserve Flory Mauriocourt PAC
1968 Western Reserve Flory Mauriocourt PAC
2013 Case Western Reserve Matt Englander UAA Won vs St. Scholastica, St. Thomas, Loss vs Wisc-Whitewater, Wisc-Stevens Point
2014 Case Western Reserve Matt Englander UAA Won vs Thomas More, La Roche, and Widener, Loss vs Salisbury
2018 Case Western Reserve Matt Englander UAA

Softball

During the 2018 season, Case Western Reserve softball team earned an at-large bid in the NCAA Division III tournament, making a deep run in the playoffs to nationals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, finishing the season ranked 6th nationally.[13] The team won the first regional in school history, defeating Mt. Aloysius, St. Mary's, and Ohio Northern twice.[14] The Spartans won the super regional against Hope, and achieved a win at nationals against Rowan, before being defeated by University of Texas at Tyler and Luther. The softball team previously had made the NCAA Division III tournament in 2001.

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1997 Case Western Reserve ? UAA
1998 Case Western Reserve ? UAA
1999 Case Western Reserve ? UAA
2014 Case Western Reserve Josie Henry UAA

Men's soccer

The Case Western Reserve Men's Soccer team finished their 2006 season with a 17–2–2 record and a UAA championship. The team reached the Sweet 16 in their first-ever NCAA Division III tournament appearance and concluded the season ranked 12th in the nation.

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1958 Case Claude B. Sharer PAC
1960 Case Claude B. Sharer PAC
1961 Case Claude B. Sharer PAC
1962 Case Claude B. Sharer PAC
1965 Case Claude B. Sharer PAC
1966 Case Claude B. Sharer PAC
1967 Case Philip K. Heim "Nip" and Joe Siklosi PAC
1968 Western Reserve Ronald P. "Buzz" Ellis PAC
1969 Case Eric Dobson PAC
2006 Case Western Reserve Dan Palmer UAA
2011 Case Western Reserve Dan Palmer UAA Won vs DePauw, Loss vs Ohio Northern

Men's outdoor track and field

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1936 Western Reserve Big Four
1937 Western Reserve Big Four
1941 Case Big Four
1958 Western Reserve Herbert Bee PAC
1959 Western Reserve Herbert Bee PAC
1960 Western Reserve Herbert Bee PAC
1967 Case Bill Sudeck PAC
1968 Case Bill Sudeck PAC 10th Regional, 17th Nationals
1970 Case Bill Sudeck PAC
1971 Case Bill Sudeck PAC
1972 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC
1973 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC
1974 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC
1975 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC
1978 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck PAC
1994 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck NCAC
1994 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck UAA

Men's indoor track and field

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1994 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck NCAC
1995 Case Western Reserve Bill Sudeck NCAC

Men's tennis

In 2014, the Spartan men's tennis team was ranked in the Division III Top 10 for most of the season, and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before falling to Middlebury College. That same year, two CWRU tennis players, Eric Klawitter and Christopher Krimbill, won the NCAA men's doubles title.

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1965 Western Reserve Arthur I. Rosenberg PAC
1970 Western Reserve Arthur I. Rosenberg PAC
1971 Western Reserve Arthur I. Rosenberg PAC
1972 Case Western Reserve Douglas E. Mooney PAC
1973 Case Western Reserve Douglas E. Mooney PAC
1974 Case Western Reserve Douglas E. Mooney PAC
1975 Case Western Reserve Douglas E. Mooney PAC
1976 Case Western Reserve Douglas E. Mooney PAC
1977 Case Western Reserve Douglas E. Mooney PAC
1978 Case Western Reserve Douglas E. Mooney PAC
1979 Case Western Reserve Douglas E. Mooney PAC

Women's Tennis

In 2018, doubles pair Nithya Kanagasegar and Madeleine Paolucci were named the first All-Americans in program history. Nationally-ranked, they advanced to the quarterfinals of NCAA Women's Division III Doubles Championships in Claremont, California.[15]

Women's Soccer

The women's soccer team played their first season in 1984.[16]

Wrestling

Case Western Reserve wrestling has won four individual NCAA Division III national titles and produced Olympic wrestler, William Kerslake.

Conference Titles:

Year Winner Coach Conference Postseason
1961 Western Reserve Edward W. Lewis PAC
1988 Case Western Reserve Bob Del Rosa UAA
1991 Case Western Reserve Bob Del Rosa UAA
1993 Case Western Reserve Bob Del Rosa UAA
1994 Case Western Reserve Bob Del Rosa UAA
1996 Case Western Reserve Bob Del Rosa UAA

University Athletic Association championships

  • Football: 1988, 1996, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017
  • Wrestling: 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996
  • Softball: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2014
  • Baseball: 2013, 2014, 2018
  • Men's Soccer: 2006, 2011
  • Women's Cross Country: 2006, 2008
  • Men's Track & Field (Outdoor): 1994
  • Men's Cross Country: 1993

Olympians[17]

Year Winner Name Sport Event Medal
1932 Western Reserve M. "Flip" Rowland Wolfe Gymnastics Tumbling Gold
1952 Case William Kerslake Wrestling Heavyweight
1956 Western Reserve Caldwell Esselstyn Rowing Gold
1956 Case William Kerslake Wrestling Heavyweight
1956 Western Reserve David Jenkins Figure Skating Bronze
1960 Case William Kerslake Wrestling Heavyweight
1960 Western Reserve David Jenkins Figure Skating Gold
1964 Western Reserve Sandra Knott Outdoor Track & Field 800-meter run
1980 Case Western Reserve Walter “Ty” Danco Luge
1996 Case Western Reserve Matt Ghaffari Wrestling Greco-Roman Silver

Fight song

John F. Anderson, a Case Tech alum of 1933, composed the music and lyrics of the Case Western Reserve fight song.[18]

Fight On
Fight on, you men of Case Reserve
Make foemen fear your strength and verve
Display the old unflinching nerve—
Go, Case Reserve, fight on!
In days of yore in annual bout
Across the fence, we fought it out
The fence is down, today we shout:
Go, Case Reserve, fight on!
The blue and white team we'll uphold
Old Case Reserve will never fold
So, on to vict'ries yet untold
Go, Case Reserve, fight on!

Facilities

DiSanto Field

DiSanto Field is a 2,400-seat multi-purpose stadium home to the football, men's soccer, women's soccer, and track and field teams.

The press box includes the Coach Bill Edwards president's suite, named after the College Football Hall of Fame inductee coach.[19] In 2008, the eight-lane track surrounding the field was named Coach Bill Sudeck Track. In 2014, the Wyant Field House opened, which included the 4500-square foot Steve Belichick Varsity Weight Room, gifted by Bill Belichick in honor of his father.[20]

Nobby's Ballpark

Home to the Case Western Reserve Spartans baseball team, Nobby's Ballpark, seats 500 fans and sit between the streets of East 115th and East 118 along Wade Park Ave and Finnegan's Way. The ballpark opened in 2006 thanks to the contribution of alumnus Nobby Lewandowski. In 2009, the new public address system and naming of the press box was provided by Tom and Cynthia Friedberg. In 2013, Nobby Lewandowski gifted a state-of-the-art scoreboard. An Astroturf infield was installed prior to the 2018 season, increasing playability in poor weather, while the outfield consists of natural grass.[21]

Mather Park

Mather Park is home to the Spartan softball team and seats 250 fans. The park sits along Mistletoe Drive near its intersection with Wade Park Ave. In April 2008, the facility was officially renamed after the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association, after its endowment was transferred to Case Western Reserve University. In 2009, Vice President for Student Affairs, Glenn Nicholls, made a donation in honor of his late wife, Peggy, for a new press box. The field was dedicated on April 15, 2009. A state-of-the-art scoreboard was added during the 2012 season by the Mather Alumnae Association.[22]

Horsburgh Gymnasium

Home to the Spartan basketball, wrestling and volleyball, Horsburgh Gymnasium, holds a capacity of 1,600 fans. Named after alumnus Robert G. Horsburgh (1914), the gymnasium opened May 24, 1957, being refurbished and physically incorporated into the Veale Center complex rededicated on April 22, 1998.[23]

Adelbert Gymnasium

The original Adelbert Gymnasium was constructed in 1888, followed by the much larger armory expansion being erected between 1918 and 1919, dedicated on June 1, 1919. Originally built for use in World War I, the war ended before construction was finished, so it was used only for athletics. Basketball played there for over 50 years, ending during the 1969-1970 season. In 2013, the facility was upgraded with a refurbished playing court. Adelbert Gym is most commonly used for varsity athletic practice as well as intramural, club sport, and campus recreational functions. For variety athletics official contests, it is still used for heritage-type basketball games and wrestling matches.[24]

References

  1. ^ "Visual Guidelines | UMC | CWRU - University Marketing & Communications - Case Western Reserve University". Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Case Western to Wear Patch Honoring Air-Sole Inventor". 4 September 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Team colors, mascots, names". 
  4. ^ "Case Western Reserve University to debut new 'Spartie' mascot". 
  5. ^ John Sayle Watterson (2002). "College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy". JHU Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-7114-6.
  6. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/information/ncaa_champions
  7. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mxc/coaches/Lanese_Kathy?view=bio
  8. ^ Cramer, C. H. (1976). Case Western Reserve: A History of the University 1826-1976. The World Publishing Company. p. 367. 
  9. ^ https://case.edu/its/archives/180th/180th1940.htm
  10. ^ Cramer, C. H. (1976). Case Western Reserve: A History of the University 1826-1976. The World Publishing Company. p. 163. 
  11. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=CdyMqAs9Cm4C&pg=PA75&lpg=PA75&dq=%22Clarence+Emir+Allen%22+baseball&source=bl&ots=5U1VjuHzuF&sig=ZLYG6T7zgHCPOQEv6ZKtv7E9A3s&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwifpM-0yrrWAhVS-lQKHQn7AO4Q6AEISjAL#v=onepage&q=%22Clarence%20Emir%20Allen%22%20baseball&f=false
  12. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2013-14/schedule
  13. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2017-18/releases/20180601fxh6ys
  14. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2017-18/releases/20180513sdbntm
  15. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2017-18/releases/201805260vdajt
  16. ^ http://blog.case.edu/archives/Places/index
  17. ^ http://thedaily.case.edu/past-meets-present-spartans-who-became-olympians/
  18. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/information/fight-song_alma-mater
  19. ^ http://issuu.com/cwruathletics/docs/cwru_football_media_guide_updated
  20. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/tipoff/index.ssf/2012/12/bill_belichick_makes_donation.html
  21. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/facilities/nobbys_ballpark
  22. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/facilities/mather_park
  23. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/facilities/horsburgh_gymnasium
  24. ^ http://athletics.case.edu/facilities/adelbert_gymnasium

External links

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