After 2017 Pivot, UND Athletics Poised To Build On Successes

With new UND Director of Athletics Bill Chaves coming on board in March and a reset of the department’s financial situation, there’s renewed energy in the Hawk’s Nest and an opportunity to soar higher and farther. UND Archives.

Using the analogy that Athletics is the “front porch” of a university — the eye magnet that enhances curb appeal – it’s safe to say UND is well on its way to becoming the envy of the block.

That’s thanks, in large part, to the success of Fighting Hawks student-athletes in the classroom and on the playing field.

Last year, UND won its first Big Sky Conference President’s Cup for academic and athletic excellence and had the league’s highest academic progress rate for the fifth-straight year.

UND also captured its eighth national championship in hockey in early 2016, and then over the next several months, won four Big Sky championships in the conference’s high-draw sports of football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. Volleyball, for its part, is coming off its second-straight trip to the NCAA National Tournament as the Big Sky’s one and only auto-bid.

The cherry on top came last March when UND men’s basketball made a first-ever appearance in the NCAA National Tournament and took the highly-seeded Arizona Wildcats down to the wire in front of a national TV audience of 1.4 million.

Clearly, UND’s front porch already is much more than a fixer-upper. Still, there’s always room for improvement.

With new UND Director of Athletics Bill Chaves coming on board in March and a reset of the department’s financial situation, there’s renewed energy in the Hawk’s Nest and an opportunity to soar higher and farther.

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