Flor-Ala sports top 10

1. DIVISION I MOVE, OVC REJECTION UNA athletics decided to move to Division I athletics in June 2011. The momentum was halted because the OVC chose not to extend an invitation to the university Nov. 16, 2011

2. BOWDEN OUT,WALLACE IN After a disappointing end to the 2011 football season, head coach Terry Bowden opted out of his contract Dec. 22, 2011 to accept the head coaching position with University of Akron. On Jan. 2, 2012, UNA announced former head coach Bobby Wallace as Bowden’s successor.

3. JANORIS JENKINS Former Florida Gators All-American Janoris Jenkins decided to leave Florida and signed with UNA June 22, 2011. ESPN’s Mel Kiper said Jenkins is expected to go within the first two rounds of the April 26, 2012, NFL Draft.

4. CHLOE ROBERTS Junior forward Chloe Roberts was named the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year, scoring 16 goals, with 15 assists. She helped lead the soccer team to its first Gulf South Conference title in school history.

5. UNA REACHES NO. 1 UNA football was ranked No. 1 in the American Football Coaches Association poll Oct. 3, 2011, for the first time since Sept. 9, 1996. UNA baseball was ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association March 27, 2012.

6. CHAD BOUGHNER Junior pitcher Chad Boughner set a school record with his 16-strikeout performance against Quincy Feb. 26, 2012. Boughner allowed only one run on three hits over the course of eight innings.

7. DANA JACKSON On Feb. 2, 2012, Dana Jackson became the new career 3-Pt. FGs leader, making two three-pointers against West Georgia. She finished her career with 190 3-Pt. FGs.

8. LIONS GOLF EARNS RECORD-BREAKING WIN UNA golf was the first team in history to finish under par at the Southeastern Collegiate Tournament March 12 through 13, 2012. The team finished with a record 23 under par, 841 three-round total. This was also the first Southeastern Collegiate Tournament win for UNA golf. Ty Chandler, Jake Greer and Blaise Wilson claimed three of the top-four spots in tournament results.

9. LIONS PLAY AT COWBOYS STADIUM The UNA football team traveled to play at one of the largest stadiums in sports, Cowboys Stadium. UNA beat Abilene Christian Sept. 17, 2011, with a 23-17 victory.

10. COACH REACHES MILESTONE Head volleyball coach Stephanie Radecki reached a career milestone with her 200th win Sept. 17, 2011, against the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Radecki has been with the UNA volleyball team since 2003.