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Nighthawks season highlights

May 26, 2018


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The Nighthawks had a year for the books—conference titles, national tournament berths and records shattered. Celebrate these exciting accomplishments with us as we look forward to many more in the upcoming school year.

Women’s Soccer

The women’s soccer team (11-7) enjoyed the best season in program history, setting the record for most wins in a season (11), most conference wins (7), most shutouts (9) and first playoff berth as an NCAA Division II team. Mary Trigg, in her fifth year as head coach at NNU, was named the GNAC Coach of the Year.


The Nighthawks (25-5) advanced to the regional semifinals of the national tournament, tying the deepest advancement in an NCAA postseason tournament in program history. This is the third time in the last four years and fourth time as an NCAA Division II program that NNU’s volleyball team has played in the national tournament. They finished second in the GNAC regular season.

Women’s Basketball

Women’s basketball (22-5) had a record-setting season, finishing with the most wins in a season since the school moved up to Division II in 2001, the longest winning streak in that time (13 games) and their first regular-season conference title since 2000. They also made the 13th trip to a national tournament since the program began in 1974 and the first since 2013.


Nighthawks softball (31-23) also had the best season in program history. They set records for wins in a season, conference wins in a season, first regular-season conference title, first postseason berth, first conference tournament berth, first GNAC tournament title and first national tournament berth.

Track and Field

Track and Field had outstanding performances resulting in new school records and national berths. Ellie Logan (javelin) and Payton Lewis (pole vault) competed in the national championships for the third and eighth time respectively and Ellie finished third. Other achievements include Associate Head Coach Nick Collins being named the USTFCCCA West Region’s Assistant Coach of the Year and John Van Beuren setting outdoor school records in shot put, discus and hammer throw and indoor records in shot put and weight throw.

Photo of Ellie Logan courtesy of Kyle Terwillegar/USTFCCCA.