The Ottawa University athletic department had 14 teams, the most in school history, named NAIA Scholar Teams. For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.
For the first time in program history, baseball has been named a scholar team. "Being a student-athlete poses some real challenges, which is why I'm extremely proud of the guys for their commitment to the classroom," said OU baseball coach Cory Blaine. "They earned the right to be a NAIA Scholar Team through their hard work and dedication. It's a great achievement and they should be proud."
The men's tennis team, competing for the first time since 1993, and women's tennis, a first year program, have earned the honor for the first time. "We are proud that our team has demonstrated a determination to excel academically as well as athletically," said OU head men's and women's tennis coach Lance Lysaught. "We had almost all freshman, so I am pleased with the way our players handled the transition into college level classes while balancing all the rigors of tennis competitions."
The women's basketball program leads the athletic department in this category, having earned NAIA Scholar Team recognition six times, followed by men's cross country, who are earning the honor for the fifth time. "It's a great accomplishment for our program and young ladies to earn this team award for the sixth straight year," said OU head women's basketball coach Bruce Tate. "The basketball season demands seven out of the nine months of the academic year, so give credit to our players that have the ability to balance both basketball and academics. We've made academics one of the top five priorities in our program and have a goal to be named a NAIA Scholar Team. It has been rewarding to see our team achieve that year after year." Women's cross country, women's soccer, volleyball, and track have earned the honor four times each, followed by men's basketball, women's golf and softball at three. It is the fifth time that men's cross country has been selected.
2012-13 NAIA Scholar Teams
Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country
Men's Indoor Track and Field
Women's Indoor Track and Field
Women's Outdoor Track and Field