Case Western Reserve Spartans
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.
|Case Western Reserve Spartans|
|University||Case Western Reserve University|
|Conference||University Athletic Association|
Presidents' Athletic Conference (Football only)
|Athletic director||Amy Backus|
|Football stadium||DiSanto Field|
|Basketball arena||Horsburgh Gymnasium|
|Baseball stadium||Nobby's Ballpark (Baseball)|
Mather Park (Softball)
|Other arenas||Adelbert Gymnasium|
|Fight song||Fight On|
|Colors||Navy, White, and Gray|
The Spartan's primary athletic rival is Carnegie Mellon University.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Returning 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:
- Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), 1902 (Case Tech and Western Reserve)
- Mid-American Conference (MAC), 1946 (Western Reserve)
- Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), 1955 (Case Tech and Western Reserve)
- North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), 1984 (Case Western Reserve)
- University Athletic Association (UAA), 1986 (Case Western Reserve)
|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|
|2019||Case Western Reserve||Cassandra Laios||Outdoor Track & Field||Hammer Throw|
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Soccer||Swimming & diving|
|Swimming & diving||Tennis|
|Tennis||Track & field†|
|Track & field†||Volleyball|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.|
|1907||Western Reserve||William B. Seaman||OAC|
|1908||Western Reserve||William B. Seaman||OAC|
|1915||Western Reserve||Walter D. Powell||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||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|
|2019||Case Western Reserve||Greg Debeljak||PAC & UAA|
Men's cross country
|1947||Case||Claude B. Sharer||OAC||12th Nationals|
|1969||Case||Bill Sudeck||PAC||27th Nationals|
|1971||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC||13th (All Divisions)||40th Nationals|
|1972||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC||26th Nationals|
|1973||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC||5th (All-Divisions)||12th Nationals|
|1974||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC||12th (All-Divisions)||15th Nationals|
|1975||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC||2nd (All-Divisions)||13th Nationals|
|1976||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC||3rd||20th Nationals|
|1977||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC||12th (All-Divisions)||21st Nationals|
|1985||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||NCAC||5th (All-Divisions)||2nd Regional, 18th Nationals|
|1986||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||NCAC||9th (All-Divisions)||1st Regional, 7th Nationals|
|1988||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||NCAC||15th (All-Divisions)||6th Regional|
|1992||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||All-Ohio|
|1993||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||NCAC||1st All-Ohio|
|1993||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||UAA|
|1994||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||NCAC||3rd||4th Regional|
|2008||Case Western Reserve||Kathy Lanese||All-Ohio||5th Regional, 29th National|
|1959||Guido Wernicke||Case Institute of Tech.||PAC|
|1966||John Papp||Case Institute of Tech.||PAC|
|1967||Paul Ehrlich||Western Reserve||PAC|
|1970||Jim Detweiler||Case Institute of Tech.||PAC|
|1971||Greg Williams||Case Western Reserve||PAC|
|1971||Jeff Tanchon||Case Western Reserve||PAC|
|1972||Greg Bowser||Case Western Reserve||PAC|
|1973||Greg Bowser||Case Western Reserve||PAC|
|1974||Greg Bowser||Case Western Reserve||PAC|
|1975||Peter Kummant||Case Western Reserve||PAC|
|1976||Peter Kummant||Case Western Reserve||PAC|
|1977||Peter Kummant||Case Western Reserve||PAC|
|1978||Peter Kummant||Case Western Reserve||PAC|
|1985||Mark Roshon||Case Western Reserve||NCAC|
|1989||Karl Knoll||Case Western Reserve||NCAC|
|1993||Steve Cullen||Case Western Reserve||NCAC|
|1994||Brian Casselberry||Case Western Reserve||NCAC|
|2003||Steve Hrinda||Case Western Reserve||All-Ohio|
|2004||Aaron Johnson-Peck||Case Western Reserve||UAA|
|2008||Dominic Smith||Case Western Reserve||All-Ohio|
|2016||Sam Merriman||Case Western Reserve||All-Ohio|
Since 1972 the Spartans have had fourteen All-Americans. In 1972 Greg Bowser finished 14th. In 1973 Jeff Tanchon & Greg Bowser finished 15th & 16th respectively. In 1974 Greg Bowser & Doug Leary finished 6th & 19th. In 1975 Peter Kummant finished 2nd, the best finish for any Spartan XC runner to date. In 1976 & 1977 Peter Kummant finished 6th & 10th. It took 16 years for the Spartans to put another runner on the podium. In 1993 Steve Cullen finished 16th. In 1994 teammates Steve Cullen and Brian Casselberry finished 19th & 27th. After another 10 year draught Aaron Johnston-Peck finished 7th in 2004. Most recently Sam Merriman finished 21st & 11th in 2016 & 2017.
Additionally since 1946, 119 male athletes and 16 teams have represented the university, with the best finish occurring in 1986 with a 7th-place finish. Four of those athletes sent either pre-date the All-American designation and/or would be considered All-Americans under new guidelines.
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. individually during these five years, team members earned 8 All-American Titles, including multiple by future professional marathoner Esther Erb.
|2006||Case Western Reserve||Kathy Lanese||UAA||1st Regionals, 10th Nationals|
|2008||Case Western Reserve||Kathy Lanese||UAA||2nd Regionals, 16th Nationals|
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.
|1961||Case||Philip K. "Nip" Heim||PAC|
Varsity baseball teams for Western Reserve College date back to the 1870s. 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." 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, 2014, and 2019.
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.
Conference Titles and Playoffs:
|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|
|2019||Case Western Reserve||Matt Englander||-||Won vs Otterbein, Rochester, Loss vs Wooster|
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. The team won the first regional in school history, defeating Mt. Aloysius, St. Mary's, and Ohio Northern twice. 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 2018 team finished the season 38-12.
The softball team previously had made the NCAA Division III tournament in 2001.
Conference Titles and Playoffs
|1997||Case Western Reserve||?||UAA|
|1998||Case Western Reserve||?||UAA|
|1999||Case Western Reserve||?||UAA|
|2001||Case Western Reserve||?||no title||?|
|2014||Case Western Reserve||Josie Henry||UAA|
|2018||Case Western Reserve||Josie Henry||no title||Loss vs Ohio Northern, Won vs Mt. Aloysius, Won vs St. Mary's, Won vs Ohio Northern, Won vs Ohio Northern, Won vs Hope, Loss vs Hope, Won vs Hope, Loss vs Texas-Tyler, Won vs Rowan, Loss vs Luther|
The 2006 Men's Soccer team finished the season with a 17–2–2 record, a UAA title, and first-ever playoff appearance. The team reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division III tournament appearance and concluded the season ranked 12th in the nation. In 2011, the team returned gain to the NCAA Division III tournament after winning the UAA and finishing 15–5. In 2018, the team reemerged to national prominence finishing 16–4–2 and making its deepest run in the NCAA DIII tournament making it to the "elite eight."
Conference Titles and Playoffs:
|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|
|2006||Case Western Reserve||Dan Palmer||UAA||Won vs Denison, Tie vs Ohio Wesleyan|
|2011||Case Western Reserve||Dan Palmer||UAA||Won vs DePauw, Loss vs Ohio Northern|
|2018||Case Western Reserve||Brandon Bianco||no title||Won vs Keystone, Won vs Capital, Won vs Kenyon, Loss vs Calvin|
Men's outdoor track and field
|1936||Western Reserve||Big Four|
|1937||Western Reserve||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||10th All-Ohio|
|1968||Case||Bill Sudeck||PAC||10th Regional, 17th Nationals|
|1972||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC|
|1973||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC|
|1974||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC||T-32nd Nationals|
|1975||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC|
|1978||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||PAC||T-48th Nationals|
|1994||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||NCAC||T-36th Nationals|
|1994||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||UAA|
Since 1968 the university has had 29 Outdoor All-Americans, including 5 National Champions, and an additional 26 NCAA qualifiers. The first and only relay team to qualify did so in the 4x400 in 2017, consisting of Jon Haling, Andrew Ibibo, Joe Cabral, and Nate Wahner. From 1985-1999 the Spartans had 45 NCAC individual champions.
Men's indoor track and field
|1994||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||NCAC|
|1995||Case Western Reserve||Bill Sudeck||NCAC|
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.
|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|
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.
|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
|1932||Western Reserve||M. "Flip" Rowland Wolfe||Gymnastics||Tumbling||Gold|
|1956||Western Reserve||Caldwell Esselstyn||Rowing||Gold|
|1956||Western Reserve||David Jenkins||Figure Skating||Bronze|
|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 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!
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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