Meet the UNA lions


After going 9-3, competing in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division II and placing 14th in the AFCA poll in the 2011 season under Terry Bowden, the Lions are coming into 2012 under new leadership. Coach Bobby Wallace, who led the Lions to three consecutive national championships from 1993-1995, returned in Jan 2012 to take Bowden’s place after he resigned. Coach Wallace recruited 41 players in February, most of whom are incomoing freshmen. The team will play its first home game of the season against Harding at Braly Staduim on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.



The UNA Soccer ladies won their first Gulf South Conference tournament title on Nov. 6, triumphing over Valdosta State 5-3. The team went on to advance to the NCAA tournament, where they fell in the second round to the Tampa Spartans. Coach Graham Winkworth led the Lions to a season record of 17-4.



The UNA volleyball team had a record of 24-9 at the end of the 2011 season. The team advanced to the Gulf South Conference championship match on Nov. 12. The team lost the match to the University of West Florida, giving UWF their fourth straight GSC tournament title. Head Coach Stephanie Radecki has recruited three freshmen for the 2012 season; one from Bob Jones High School, one from Birmingham, and one from North Georgia. The team will host its first home game at Flowers Hall on Sept. 21 against Valdosta State.




The UNA Women’s basketball team, led by head coach Terry Fowler, finished the 2011-2012 season with a record of 15-13, falling to the UA-Huntsville Chargers in the GSC semi-finals on March 3.

The UNA Men’s team and head coach Bobby Champagne rounded out their year with a record of 15-12, including two wins aginst top-25 ranked teams. The team has recruited two junior college transfers for the upcoming season.

Both teams will start the 2012-2013 season in January.



The UNA Baseball team and coach Mike Keehn had a succesful season 39-16, enjoying a number one ranking at the end of March. The team defeated rival Alabama-Huntsville in the GSC baseball tournament, but lost to Delta State in the semi-final round. The Lions are expected to advance to the NCAA South Regional Tournament held May 17-21.



The UNA Softball team struggled this season, finishing with a record of 20-26 overall and a GSC record of 8-21.The team has not had a winning season since 2008. UNA Athletcis announced recently that head coach Jeremy Reece will not be renewed for the upcoming season.



The UNA Tennis teams are coached by Brice Bishop. The Women’s team finished the season with a record of 12-8, while the men finished 3-14. Both teams attended the GSC tournament. The men lost in the opening round, while the women beat out Alabama-Huntsville and advanced to the semi-final round before losing to Valdosta State in the semi-finals.



The UNA Golf team won six games this season, including their third GSC tournamtment win in the last four years April 24. The team is lead by head coach Stuart Clark.

Cross Country


The UNA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, coached by Scott Trimble, competed in the NCAA tournament held November 5. The Women placed 13th out of 16 teams, while the Men placed 12th out of 12.Coach Trimble announced recently that he has recruited three high school seniors from Alabama for the upcoming season.

Indoor and Outdoor Track


Athletic Director Mark Linder recently announced the addition of Women’s Indoor Track and Outdoor Track teams for the 2012-2013 season. The addition of these teams will bring the total number of UNA athletic teams to 14, needed to meet one of the benchmarks for going to Division 1. The two teams are the first teams that UNA has added since the addition of Women’s Soccer in 1997. Cross Country head coach Scott Trimble will be taking on the role of coach for the track teams.