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Division I League Championships
24 regular season titles
49 tournament championships**
37 NCAA appearances

**This includes Cross Country, Swimming and Diving League Championships

Student-Athlete Academic Achievement
1,801 Academic all-league selections

Division I Championships and NCAA Appearances
Sport (regular season, tournament, NCAA)
1997-98, '98-99 were transition years from D-II to D-I

1999-00
Men's Basketball (regular season)
Women's Basketball (regular season)
Women's Soccer (regular season)
Men's Swimming and Diving
Women's Swimming and Diving (43rd at NCAA Championships, 1 point)

2000-01
Women's Basketball (regular season)
Men's Soccer (regular season)
Women's Soccer (regular season, tournament)
Men's Swimming and Diving
Women's Swimming and Diving
Softball (regular season)

2001-02
Women's Basketball (tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Soccer (regular season, tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Women's Soccer (regular season, tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Softball (tournament, NCAA tournament - 0-2)
Men's Swimming and Diving (Did not score at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (Did not score at NCAA Championships)

2002-03
Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country (no league title, Did not score at NCAA Championships)
Men's Soccer (regular season, tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Women's Soccer (tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Softball (tournament, NCAA tournament - 1-2)
Men's Swimming and Diving (27th at NCAA Championships, 17 points)
Women's Swimming and Diving (Did not score at NCAA Championships)

2003-04
Men's Soccer (regular season, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Women's Soccer (regular season, tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Swimming and Diving (Did not score at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (39th at NCAA Championships, 1 point)

2004-05
Men's Basketball (tournament, NCAA tournament - 1-1)
Men's Swimming and Diving
Women's Swimming and Diving

2005-06
Men's Cross Country
Women's Basketball (tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Soccer (regular season)
Women's Soccer (regular season)
Men's Swimming and Diving (25th at NCAA Championships, 22 points)
Women's Swimming and Diving

2006-07
Women's Basketball (regular season, WNIT appearance)
Women's Soccer (tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Swimming and Diving (35th at NCAA Championships, 3.5 points)
Women's Swimming and Diving

2007-08
Men's Soccer (regular season, tournament, NCAA tournament - 1-1)
Women's Soccer (tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Swimming and Diving (27th at NCAA Championships, 23 points)
Women's Swimming and Diving

2008-09
Men's Soccer (regular season, NCAA tournament** - 1st Round)
Women's Soccer (regular season)
Men's Swimming and Diving (35th at NCAA Championships, 5 points)
Women's Swimming and Diving
**Oakland hosted Ohio State at OU Soccer Field

2009-10
Men's Basketball (regular season, tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Soccer (regular season)
Men's Swimming and Diving
Women's Swimming and Diving
Men's Track and Field (Jason Bigelow finished 23rd in 1500 meters)
Women's Track and Field (NCAA Outdoor Regional Championships, Micah Jones, long jump) 

2010-11
Men's Basketball (regular season, tournament, NCAA tournament - 2nd Round)
Women's Cross Country
Men's Soccer (tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Women's Soccer (regular season)
Men's Swimming and Diving
Women's Swimming and Diving
Men's Track and Field (NCAA Outdoor Championships, Zack Jones finished 26th in 10,000 meters)
Women's Track and Field (NCAA Outdoor Championships, Lia Jones finished 28th in 5,000 meters)

2011-12
Women's Soccer (tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Swimming and Diving
Women's Swimming and Diving

2012-13
Men's Soccer (regular season)
Women's Soccer (regular season, tournament, NCAA tournament - 2nd Round)
Men's Swimming and Diving (DNS at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving
Women's Track and Field (NCAA Outdoor Regional Championships, Brittni Hutton, 10,000 meters, Breanna Peabody, 400m hurdles) 

Division II Championships and NCAA Appearances Sport (regular season, tournament, NCAA)
10 National Championships
159 Individual National Championships

1968-69
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA Championships)

1969-70
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA Championships)

1970-71
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA Championships)

1971-72
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA Championships)

1972-73
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA Championships)

1973-74

Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA Championships)

1974-75
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA Championships)

1975-76
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA Championships)

1976-77
Men's Soccer (GLIAC did not have men's soccer, NCAA tournament -1st Round)
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA Championships)

1977-78
Baseball (regular season)
Men's Swimming and Diving (3rd at NCAA Championships)

1978-79
Men's Tennis (regular season)
Men's Swimming and Diving (No GLIAC meet, 2nd at NCAA Championships)

1979-80
Men's Swimming and Diving (No GLIAC meet, NCAA National Champions)
Volleyball (regular season)

1980-81
Men's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)

1981-82
Women's Basketball (regular season, NCAA Final Four)
Men's Swimming and Diving (3rd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (no GLIAC meet, 3rd at NCAA Championships)

1982-83
Women's Basketball (regular season, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Soccer (GLIAC did not have men's soccer, NCAA Final Four)
Men's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (no GLIAC meet, 5th at NCAA Championships)

1983-84
Men's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (no GLIAC meet, 4th at NCAA Championships)

1984-85
Men's Swimming and Diving (6th at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (no GLIAC meet, 12th at NCAA Championships)

1985-86
Men's Swimming and Diving (3rd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (no GLIAC meet, 8th at NCAA Championships)

1986-87
Men's Soccer (GLIAC did not have men's soccer, NCAA Runner-up)
Men's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (no GLIAC meet, 11th at NCAA Championships)

1987-88
Men's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (no GLIAC meet, 6th at NCAA Championships)
Volleyball (regular season)

1988-89
Women's Basketball (regular season, NCAA tournament - 1-1)
Men's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (3rd at NCAA Championships)

1989-90
Women's Basketball (regular season, NCAA Final Four)
Men's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (NCAA National Champions)

1990-91
Men's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (NCAA National Champions)

1991-92
Men's Swimming and Diving (3rd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (no GLIAC title, NCAA National Champions)

1992-93
Men's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)
Women's Swimming and Diving (NCAA National Champions)

1993-94
Men's Basketball (no GLIAC title, NCAA tournament - 1-2)
Women's Basketball (regular season, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA National Champions)
Women's Swimming and Diving (NCAA National Champions)
Volleyball (no GLIAC title, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)

1994-95
Men's Basketball (no GLIAC title, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Women's Basketball (no GLIAC title, NCAA Elite Eight)
Men's Soccer (GLIAC did not have men's soccer, NCAA Runner-up)
Men's Swimming and Diving (no GLIAC meet, NCAA National Champions)
Women's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)

1995-96
Men's Basketball (regular season, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Women's Basketball (regular season, tournament, NCAA tournament - 1st Round)
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA National Champions)
Women's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)

1996-97
Men's Basketball (regular season, NCAA Sweet Sixteen)
Women's Basketball (regular season, NCAA tournament - 1-1)
Men's Soccer (GLIAC did not have men's soccer, NCAA Runner-up)
Women's Soccer (regular season)
Men's Swimming and Diving (NCAA National Champions)
Women's Swimming and Diving (2nd at NCAA Championships)

1997-98
Transition year

1998-99
Transition year

Year-by-Year Timeline
2012-13

  • Oakland accepts invitation to join Horizon League on April 15th; Officially becomes member on July 1, 2013
  • Led The Summit League for the 8th consecutive year in Honor Roll selections, boasting 220 in 2012-13
  • Posted a department-best 3.2 grade point average for all student-athletes for the year
  • A total of 89 student-athletes earned Distinguished Scholar accolades for a 3.6 GPA or higher
  • Served as the host of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Second/Third Round Games at The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • Oakland Basketball All-Access show was nominated for an Emmy Award
  • Women's Swimming and Diving team ranked 10th in the country in team GPA (3.50) in the Fall
  • 15 of 18 varsity teams posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Women's Soccer defeated No. 4 Ohio State to advance to NCAA Tournament Second Round for the first time in program history
  • Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving captured their 14th consecutive Summit League titles
  • Men's Basketball team made its fifth consecutive NCAA postseason appearance
  • Men's Soccer won The Summit League regular-season championship
  • Women's Soccer won both the regular season and tournament Summit League championships
  • Hosted a league-high five Summit League Championships (men's and women's cross country, men's and women's swimming and diving, baseball)
  • Women's Tennis posted its highest finish in program history, fifth in The Summit League
  • Baseball and Volleyball made consecutive appearances in The Summit League tournament for the first time in program history
  • The baseball team tied its school record of 15 league wins, going a program-best 30-19 over the last two seasons in The Summit League
  • Men's Golf team won 2 of 4 tournaments played in the fall
  • Produced the most watched video that had close to 40,000 views and made top 10 best Harlem Shake videos which had over 480,000 views, most in athletics history
  • Oakland finished 4th in The Summit League Commissioner's Cup standings

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Anders Jensen qualified for the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, competing in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events
  • Brittni Hutton and Breanna Peabody qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Regional Championships
  • Men's Soccer player Johnny Dreshaj named Academic All-American third team
  • Brittni Hutton became the second OU runner to win a Summit League women's cross country championship; She was named The Summit League Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year
  • Amr el Sayed and Sandra Czerska were named Summit League Swimmers of the Championships
  • Tricia Grant was named The Summit League Diver of the Championships
  • Karin Tomeckova earned Summit League Newcomer of the Championships
  • Head Basketball Coach Greg Kampe earned his 500th career win vs. Western Illinois (1/26/13), becoming just the fifth active D-I coach to win 500 games at one school
  • Travis Bader led the country with a school and league record 139 3-pointers made en route to earning D-I AAA Scholar-Athlete recognition (Also finished 5th in the country in scoring average, 22.1)
  • Bader was named Mid-Major All-American by CollegeInsider.com
  • Bader was named Capital One Peak Performer of the Week after scoring 47 points vs. IUPUI, making a school record 11 3-pointers (second-best scoring output in the country)
  • Duke Mondy led the nation in steals with a school record 100 (5th-best in league history)
  • Oakland had two coaches earn Summit League Coach of the Year, Pete Hovland (men's swimming) and Eric Pogue (men's soccer)
  • Evan Bowser became the first men's golfer to win a tournament as a freshman, earning a pair of medalist honors
  • Kyle Bethel and John Timm were named Summit League Men's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year
  • Kyla Kellerman and Kara Weber were named Summit League Women's Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year


2011-12

  • Oakland completes 13th year of Division I competition
  • The Golden Grizzlies led The Summit League for the seventh consecutive year in Academic All-League selections with 215
  • 64 percent of OU student-athletes (212) earned a 3.0 grade point average or higher in the fall
  • Four Oakland student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall while taking at least 16 credit hours; Spencer Marentette (Baseball, Business), Jenna Lange (Volleyball, Elementary Education), Jocelyn Odom (Swimming and Diving, Health Sciences) and Caymen Novak (Track and Field, Engineering)
  • Men's Basketball made its fourth straight postseason appearance and won 20 games for the fourth straight time
  • Oakland broke a Summit League men's basketball record with three postseason wins, advancing to the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.comPostseason tournament
  • The Grizzlies' men's hoops team was the final Michigan school to be eliminated from NCAA postseason play
  • Reggie Hamiltonbecame the first-ever Summit League men's basketball player to earn an NCAA scoring title after scoring 26.2 points per game; He set a new league record with 942 points
  • The men's and women's swimming and diving programs captured their 13th consecutive Summit League titles
  • Head Swim coach Pete Hovland won his 300thcombined dual meet this season
  • Women's Soccer advanced to the NCAA tournament after winning The Summit League tournament title; The Golden Grizzlies have appeared in six NCAA tournaments in just 11 years of eligibility (Summit League did not have an automatic berth in 1999 or 2000)
  • The baseball team finished second in The Summit League at 15-6, their best-ever record and finish since moving Division I
  • OU hosted The Summit League Women's Soccer Championship and The Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships
  • Hamilton and Travis Bader became just the third tandem in NCAA Division I history to make over 100 threes each, finishing with 118 and 124, respectively; They join La Salle's Randy Woods (121) and Jack Hurd (113) in 1991-92, and Duke's Jason Williams (132) and Shane Battier (124) in 2000-01
  • Greg Kampe and Pete Hovland became the first two current head coaches to be inducted in to the Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor during Oakland's Silver Anniversary of the Hall of Honor in January 2012
  • Former basketball standout Keith Benson (2007-11), former soccer Gold medal winner Anita Rapp (1997-01) and current swim coach Pete Hovland (1982-present) were all named to The Summit League Top 30 Distinguished Contributors List

2010-11

  • Oakland completes 12th year of Division I competition
  • Oakland captured The Summit League Food Fight title for the second time in three years, raising over 11,000 pounds of food that were donated to Lighthouse of Oakland County
  • OU finished second in the NIKE Campus Roar Campaign, a national initiative by NIKE to find the best school slogan using the phrase, "OH YEAH, OU!"
  • After capturing its second consecutive Summit League regular season and tournament championships, the men's basketball team finished with its best-ever ranking of No. 8 in the final Mid-Major Poll
  • Men's Basketball matched its league record 17-1 mark and .944 league winning percentage
  • Keith Benson garnered Associated Press All-America honors for the second straight season, becoming the first OU player to accomplish that feat
  • Benson became the first-ever Summit League player to earn Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season
  • Both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs captured their 12th consecutive Summit League titles
  • Swimmers Vanessza Balogh, Sandra Czerska, Amr el Sayed, Nick Evans, Johanna Gustafsson, Tobias Hansen and Marcin Unold earned Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention honors
  • Balogh and Unold captured Summit League Swimmers of the Year awards, while Chelsea Oates and Jordan Zendejas were named Divers of the Year
  • Women's Basketball advanced to its seventh Summit League tournament championship game
  • Men's Cross Country and Track and Field standout Zack Jones was named CoSIDA Academic All-District first team
  • Women's Soccer posted an unbeaten record (8-0-1) in league play to capture its eighth Summit League regular-season title and went undefeated for the fourth time in program history in the league
  • Pete Hovland (women's swimming and diving), Greg Kampe (men's basketball), Nick O'Shea (women's soccer) and Paul Rice (women's cross country) were all named Summit League Coach of the Year
  • Men's Soccer captured its third league tournament title and advanced to its fifth NCAA tournament
  • The Golden Grizzlies hosted the NCAA Great Lakes Cross Country Regional Championships for the first time in program history at Katke-Cousins Golf Course
  • OU also hosted The Summit League Men's Soccer Championship
  • Women's Tennis boasted their highest-ever finish in The Summit League with a tie for fourth-place standing, just missing qualifying for their first-ever tournament championship
  • Zack Jones and Lia Jones (only brother and sister combination at the meet) both advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship Semifinals
  • Women's Golf finished third at The Summit League Championship after being seeded eighth
  • Baseball defeated Central Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan in the same season for the first time in program history and went 5-2 against Mid-American Conference teams

2009-10

  • Oakland completes 11th year of Division I competition
  • OU led The Summit League for the fifth consecutive year in Academic All-Summit League selections, posting 202 in 2009-10
  • Women's golf received public recognition award from the NCAA after posting a perfect score of 1000 in the Academic Progress Report (APR) for the second consecutive year
  • The Golden Grizzlies finished third in the final Commisioner's Cup Standings with 92.5 points, behind Oral Roberts (109) and South Dakota State (100.5). OU finished second in the Men's All Sports standings and fourth in Women's All Sports standings. The third-place finish is the highest since joining the league in 1999-2000
  • Women's basketball finished No. 24 in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll for Division I. OU hosted Summit League Championships in men's soccer and men's and women's outdoor track and field
  • Men's basketball makes second appearance in NCAA tournament (2005, '10) and wins school record 26 games
  • Men's basketball set league records in winning percentage (.944) and wins (17-1) en route to capturing regular season and tournament championships. The Grizzlies finished No. 9 in final Mid-Major Top 25 Poll
  • Both men's and women's swimming and diving teams capture 11th straight Summit League titles
  • Women's golfers Alanna Gerber and Laura Kwiatkowski were named to the NGCA All-America Scholar team
  • Men's basketball player Keith Benson becomes second player to earn AP All-America honorable mention honors since moving to D-I (Mike Helms, 2003)
  • Benson was named Mid-Major Player of the Year and Summit League Player of the Year
  • Derick Nelson was named Summit League Tournament MVP after scoring 36 points in title game
  • Greg Kampe was Summit League Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career and was a finalist for the Mid-Major Coach of the Year Award
  • Men's basketball posted the highest-ever Rating Percentage Index (RPI) in Summit League history at No. 53. The Golden Grizzlies finished higher than all but one Michigan school, Michigan State (19).
  • Anders Jensen, Agnes Solan and Mike Templeton all were named Mid-Major All-America honorable mention after swimming NCAA 'B' standard times during the season
  • Jensen and Solan were tabbed Summit League Swimmers of the Meet; Chelsea Oates and Adam Ralph were named Divers of the Meet and both qualified for NCAA Zone Diving Championships, along with Marcella Barretta. Sandra Czerska and JulieAnne Stears were Co-Newcomers of the Meet. Coach Pete Hovland earned Summit League Women's Coach of the Year
  • Men's soccer captured its eighth Summit League regular season championship
  • Eric Pogue was named The Summit League Coach of the Year and Mitch Hildebrandt was named The Summit League Defensive Player of the Year in men's soccer
  • Men's track athlete Jason Bigelow became first track athlete to qualify for NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, doing so in the 1,500 meters. Bigelow captured the Summit League title in the 1500 meters
  • Women's basketball player Melissa Jeltema was named to Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete Team
  • Track athlete Zack Jones was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team and Jeltema garnered all-district second team honors
  • After a 2-9 start, the women's basketball team won 15 of its last 19 games, finishing the season at 17-13 and finished 14-4 in Summit League play. The Golden Grizzlies have not had a losing season in league play since 1985-86
  • OU has finished in the top three inside The Summit League in 9 of 11 seasons, four straight years as a top-two seed at the league tournament
  • Volleyball posted its best season in D-I history with 17 wins, finishing in a tie for fourth place at 10-8. Ashley Nevelle broke the single-season school record in assists
  • Women's cross country runner Lia Jones earned all-region honors after finishing 18th at the NCAA Great Lakes Cross Country Regional. Her brother Zack Jones just missed all-region honors on the men's side with a 26th-place finish, one spot out of all-region accolades
  • Baseball pitcher Aaron Wick tossed the program's first no-hitter against Southern Utah on May 21, 2010 since moving D-I. The baseball team went on to make The Summit League Tournament for the fourth time in school history and first since 2006, while also surpassing 700 all-time victories in the program

2008-09

  • Oakland completes 10th year of Division I competition
  • Men's basketball participates in inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament after winning a Division I era record 23 games
  • Women's basketball makes second appearance in WNIT, winning a Division I era best 26 games
  • Both men's and Women's Swimming and Diving capture 10th straight Summit League Championship titles
  • Anders Jensen earns All-America honorable mention honors with his 12th-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke at NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship
  • Jensen tabbed Summit League Newcomer and Swimmer of the Year
  • Women's Swimming and Diving performer Sophia Gustafsson tabbed Summit League Swimmer of the Year
  • Women's soccer player Jessica Boyle tabbed Summit League Offensive Player of the Year
  • Men's soccer goalkeeper Steve Clark named Summit League Defensive Player of the Year
  • Men's soccer captures seventh Summit League regular season title and earns second at-large NCAA Tournament bid and fourth NCAA postseason appearance in Division I
  • Women's soccer wins sixth regular season league title
  • Men's basketball player Johnathon Jones led the nation in assists per game with 8.1, breaking a Summit League single-season record with 290. Jones is the first NCAA statistical champion and became just the second OU player to garner CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-America accolades
  • Women's basketball player Jessica Pike tabbed Division I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Men's track and field athlete Jeff Decator wins 100-meter dash, becoming just the second-ever OU competitor at NCAA Mideast Regional Championship
  • Oakland led the fall with 65 Academic All-Summit League selections and led the winter/spring with 183 honorees. The Golden Grizzlies had a total of 208 selections, tops in the league
  • Women's golf receives public recognition award from NCAA after posting a perfect score of 1000 in Academic Progress Report (APR)
  • Track and Field had a program-best total of 15 all-league awards at indoor and outdoor championships.
  • OU went on to score the most points ever at the outdoor meet for both men and women
  • Men's cross country posted a runner-up finish at the league championship for the third consecutive year, after winning its second title in 2005.

2007-08

  • Men's and Women's Indoor Outdoor Track added
  • Men's track and field athlete Mike Craze becomes first league champion in school history by winning 3,000-meter Steeplechase, also becoming first outdoor track and field competitor to make NCAA Regionals
  • Tracy Huth is named Director of Athletics in September 2007
  • Golden Grizzlies continue their winning streak at league championships by sweeping the men's and women's titles

2005-06

  • Men's and Women's Outdoor Track added
  • Men's swimming and diving finishes tied for 25th at NCAA Championships (22 points)

2004-05

  • Pierre Dukes makes the shot made around the country to lift Oakland to its first-ever men's basketball NCAA tournament
  • The Golden Grizzlies defeated Alabama A&M in the opening round before falling to eventual national champion North Carolina
  • Rawle Marshall (men's basketball) signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA

2002-03

  • Mike Helms (men's basketball) became Oakland's first men's basketball player to earn Division I All-America recognition by the Associated Press with his honorable mention selection

2001-02

  • Anita Rapp (women's soccer) and Sarah Judd (women's basketball) earn All-America honors
  • Nick O'Shea (women's soccer) was the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year
  • Two baseball players were chosen in the Major League Baseball draft - Jared Thomas (11th round) and David Viane (20th round)

1999-00

  • Anita Rapp (Norway/women's soccer) and Haitham Hassan (Egypt/Men's Swimming and Diving) compete at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Norway beat the USA 3-2 to win the gold making Rapp the first OU athlete to win a gold medal
  • Erick Swanson (baseball) was chosen in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft.
  • Softball added after 20-year layoff
  • Georgi Kinsela became the first D-I swimmer to garner All-America honors in 200-yard breaststroke

1998-99

  • Athletics Center completed
  • The Recreation and Athletic Center (RAC) pool is opened in September
  • The first basketball game at the O'rena occurs on November 17, 1998 against No. 4 Michigan State

1997-98

  • Oakland makes the move from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I
  • Joins the Mid-Continent Conference
  • Changes nickname from Pioneers to Golden Grizzlies

1996-97

  • Men's Soccer advances to championship game for third time, losing 3-1 to Grand Canyon
  • Ground is broken for the expansion of the athletic center
  • Men's basketball advances to Sweet Sixteen

1995-96

  • Men's and Women's Basketball both win the GLIAC Championships, the first sweep in 11 years

1994-95

  • Men's Soccer loses in overtime in the national championship game, 3-0 to Tampa
  • Men's Basketball earns first of three straight NCAA Tournament bids
  • Women's Basketball team advances to the Elite Eight
  • Women's Golf and Women's Soccer added

1993-94

  • Women's Cross Country added
  • Men's Swimming and Diving captures second-ever national championship
  • Women's Swimming and Diving wins fifth straight national title
  • Volleyball earns first NCAA Tournament berth

1992-93

  • Men's Tennis dropped at the end of the school year
  • Women's Swimming and Diving captures national championship

1991-92

  • Women's Swimming and Diving captures third consecutive national championship

1990-91

  • Women's Swimming and Diving wins back-to-back national championships

1989-90

  • Women's Swimming and Diving wins first of five straight national championships
  • Women's Basketball makes second trip to NCAA Division II Final Four

1988-89

  • Women's Swimming and Diving wins first GLIAC title, starting a streak of seven in eight years

1986-87

  • Men's Soccer advances to championship game (losing 4-1 to Seattle Pacific), first of nine straight appearances in the NCAA tournament

1984-85

  • Wrestling dropped at end of school year

1982-83

  • Men's Soccer team earns first of six trips to the NCAA semi-finals

1981-82

  • Women's Swimming and Diving team finishes third at the first NCAA Division II championship meet
  • Women's Basketball team wins first of seven GLIAC Championships, advances to the Final Four

1980-81

  • Softball dropped as intercollegiate sport

1979-80

  • Men's Swimming and Diving wins the school's first NCAA Championship
  • Volleyball and Men's Tennis win GLIAC titles

1977-78

  • Baseball wins GLIAC title
  • Tim Dieters was drafted in the 32nd round of the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Board of Trustees approves student fee supporting intercollegiate athletics
  • Softball added

1976-77

  • Tom McWilliams becomes the first-ever MLB draft pick, taken in the 7th round by the Baltimore Orioles
  • Men's Soccer team earns first NCAA Tournament berth in the fourth year of the program
  • Men's Swimming and Diving team wins first of 19 GLIAC Championships
  • Volleyball and Women's Tennis added

1974-75

  • Men's Swimming and Diving is seventh at the NCAA Division II Championships, starting a streak of 23 straight top-seven finishes
  • Former baseball standout Don Kirkwood makes debut for the California Angels to become the only OU player to make the Major Leagues
  • Women's Basketball begins competition

1973-74

  • The Board of Trustees approves membership into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
  • Men's Soccer added

1972-73

  • President Donald O'Dowd institutes athletic scholarships for men and women

1971-72

  • Men's Golf and Wrestling added

1968-69

  • Baseball added

1967-68

  • Men's Basketball begins competition

1966-67

  • Faculty Athletic Committee recommends the addition men's and women's basketball

1965-66

  • Women's Swimming and Diving is added

1964-65

  • Mr. Lepley authorized to begin the following men's intercollegiate sports: soccer, cross country, tennis and swimming and diving

1963-64

  • Intramural building completed

1959-60

  • Hollie Lepley hired as Director of Athletics.
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