AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its list of academic all-district track & field/cross country athletes today in the midst of the NCAA Preliminary rounds, and Lumberjacks Brooke Andersen and Tyler Day represent Northern Arizona University as members of the district eight team.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The continued rise of Northern Arizona volleyball's national profile coupled with the ever-improving Big Sky Conference led to the uncharted territory that is the Lumberjacks' 2017 schedule – just as head coach Ken Murphy designed it. In what could very well be the most formidable non-conference schedule in program history, at least in recent history, NAU will test itself early, often and throughout its 27-match fall slate.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After one year at Nevada, Desirae Gonzalez is heading back to her home state to join the Northern Arizona women's basketball program. Head coach Loree Payne announced the addition of Gonzalez, a graduate of Kingman High School, on Monday. Gonzalez will join the Lumberjacks in the fall and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University head golf coach Brad Bedortha makes it a priority for his team to read one book each semester as part of a learning process in order to help them become better golfers and people.
OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference office announced Wednesday afternoon that Northern Arizona University Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Mike Smith was named the 2017 Women’s “Coach of the Year” for his leadership during the team’s run at their 10th outdoor title in school history over the weekend.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona head volleyball head coach Ken Murphy announced the hiring of Rachel Dunlap as assistant coach on Wednesday, providing a certified boost to the Lumberjack staff. Dunlap arrives at NAU following a year as a volunteer assistant coach at Yale this past season.
TEMPE, Ariz. – Freshman Chiara Tomasetti was named the ITA Women's Division I Mountain Rookie of the Year May 15 after being regionally ranked No. 18 throughout the season. The ITA released nine honors per region including Coach of the Year, Player to Watch, Rookie of the Year and more. Tomasetti is the only athlete from the Big Sky Conference to receive an honor from the ITA this season.
OGDEN, Utah – For the second time in four years, and the fourth time in school history, the Northern Arizona University Athletics Department swept the Big Sky Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophies, announced by the conference office on Monday. The Lumberjacks won a total of seven Big Sky Conference championships during the 2016-17 academic year and also received strong performances from several other programs.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona University women’s track & field team captured its second consecutive Big Sky outdoor title Saturday afternoon, as it threw, leaped and ran its way to victory at Hornet Stadium. For the Lumberjack men, Adam Keenan was named the Big Sky’s “Male Most Valuable Performer” for his stellar achievements in the field events.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Just one more day left in the 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the defending Northern Arizona Lumberjacks still have energy in the tank for tomorrow’s finals. The meet, which is being held at Hornet Stadium, had just enough sunshine and cloud coverage to keep all in attendance on their feet.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Among the nearly 5,000 Northern Arizona University graduates this weekend will be 44 Lumberjack student-athletes, who will receive their diplomas during the commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday in the Walkup Skydome. Along with the 17 fall semester graduates, NAU Athletics will graduate 61 total student-athletes this academic year.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The heptathlon wrapped up from the 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships Thursday afternoon, with Northern Arizona University mutli athletes Sara Murray and Helena McLeod representing the Lumberjacks well before preliminary and final events get underway tomorrow.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Conference Championships officially kicked off Wednesday morning for the Northern Arizona University track and field team, with true freshmen Helena McLeod and Sara Murray taking part in the women?s heptathlon.
The 17th Annual Lumberjack Golf Classic – hosted by the Lumberjack Athletic Association and OneAZ Credit Union – raised $32,545.96 for Lumberjack student-athlete scholarships on Saturday, April 29th! The $32,545.96 mark, a 30% increase from 2016, for NAU student-athlete scholarships was an all-time high for support generated from the Lumberjack Golf Classic.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – It is simple: to win a Big Sky Championship, a team must record the most points compared to its competitors. The last four instances, the Northern Arizona University track and field teams have done just that, with both squads sweeping outdoor conference in 2016 and, most recently, hoisting both indoor championship trophies in Pocatello, Idaho, this past February.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – In five days, the Northern Arizona women's soccer team will begin an unforgettable journey to Spain in what will be the program's fourth European trip in the last decade. The Lumberjacks will spend 11 days in a culturally rich country, with many of whom have never stepped foot outside of the United States.
ODGEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference office announced the 2017 All-Conference selections with a brand new award format today, May 5, for men's tennis. Voted on by the conference head coaches, three Lumberjacks in Tim Handel, Ruben Montano and Lucas Taylor received All-Big Sky nods. Northern Arizona made its mark on the 2017 season after going 15-8 overall and 10-1 in conference, garnering their first Big Sky regular season championship since 1982.
ODGEN, Utah – The 2017 All-Conference selections were announced today, May 5, for women's tennis with a brand new award format. Voted on by the conference's head coaches, six Lumberjacks in Chiara Tomasetti, Blanka Szavay, Hanneke Lodewijks, Brandy Walker, Marta Lewandowska and Hailey Rochin garnered All-Big Sky honors. After a historical season, back-to-back regular season champions, the Northern Arizona University Women's Tennis team went 18-5 overall with a perfect 11-0 mark in conference.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – For many, choosing a college to attend can be an apprehensive process. When it comes to junior Northern Arizona golfer Carly Akine, though, there was never really any doubt regarding what university she wanted to call “home.” From the early age of 10, Akine confesses she always had her sights set on Flagstaff and NAU.
Patrick Baldenegro, a native of Chandler, Ariz., will walk across the commencement stage next week with a degree in biomedical science. He's a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, four-time Golden Eagle Scholar Award winner and three-time Big Sky Fall All-Academic Team member.
Senior forward Ako Kaluna will be graduating in May with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. The California native played all four years with the men's basketball team and finished as the 29th member of the 1,000-point club.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior distance runner Futsum Zienasellassie and sophomore diver Tanya Kurach were among the big winners at Monday night's Fourth Annual Louie's Awards hosted by the Northern Arizona Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Zienasellassie and Kurach were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year respectively at the end-of-year awards show at NAU's Prochnow Auditorium.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Northern Arizona Coaches Caravan is coming to a town near you this May. The Lumberjacks will make appearances in South Phoenix, San Diego, Orange County, and North Phoenix to spread the Lumberjack spirit through the state of Arizona and California. The caravan will run from May 15-18.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Women's Tennis team finishes the 2017 season after falling to the University of Idaho in the Big Sky Conference Championship 4-3. The Lumberjacks end as regular season champions with an undefeated 11-0 regular season record. Despite the loss, Northern Arizona had one of its best seasons in program history finishing 18-5 overall.