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New head volleyball coach Christina Ludwick stands in front of last season’s Heart of America Conference championship banner. Now, Ludwick says she is seeking to build on last season’s success. Photo by Chace Owen.

MNU hires new head volleyball coach

As the first full-time coaching hire since MNU lost four head coaches this winter, Christina Ludwick is looking to keep Pioneer volleyball set for success.

Shelby Frans bats in the first home game of the season against Washburn University (Kansas). Frans said she admires the fact that interim head coach Rob Wade makes an effort to build a relationship with every player. Photo by Jim Smith.

MNU softball rides coaching carousel

With two official and two interim head coaches in eight months, softball seeks to stabilize in 2017.

The MNU track and field team poses for a photo with its new banners and trophies. Both the men’s and women’s teams won the 2017 Heart of America indoor track and field conference championships in February. Photo courtesy of MNU track and field.

Inside and out, MNU track and field in the running for titles

Track and field finishes the indoor season with two conference titles and four All-Americans.

Kevin Steele (left) served as MNU’s athletic director since 2008 and was named NAIA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year in 2015. Todd Garrett (right) now takes over the AD position and has four head coaching vacancies to fill. Left photo by Jim Smith, right photo courtesy of mnu.edu.

Mass exodus in the athletics department

During winter break, four MNU head coaches and MidAmerica's athletic director resigned from their positions with the Pioneers' athletics program. On Jan. 31, Todd Garrett was appointed as MNU's new athletic director, and Garrett now faces the task of filling the vacancies within the program.

Zach Stinnett throws a pitch against Benedictine in 2016. Stinnett is a returning senior, poised to play a major role in the Pioneers’ quest to get to nationals. Photo by Jim Smith.

MNU baseball looks to complete ‘unfinished business’

Heading into the 2017 baseball season, the Pioneers are aiming to improve on last year’s 42-15 campaign. With 14 upperclassmen (including 11 seniors), the team now looks to parlay its experience into postseason success.

MNU’s Jayden Oliver shoots over a defender in a 72-61 victory over Peru State College on Nov. 19. Oliver leads the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game. Photo by Jim Smith.

Women’s basketball reloads to defend national championship

With only 10 games under its belt, the 9-1 MNU women's basketball team has jumped out to a fast start as it attempts to defend last season's national championship.

Players rally around each other to talk strategy before a 3-0 set victory against Evangel on Nov. 5. Team unity is just one of components that led to the success of the program. Photo by Jim Smith.

Volleyball serves up another conference title

The season of nationals for fall sports has come to a close with the completion of the volleyball team’s showing at the NAIA national tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.

Left to right: Breanna Barney, Brandon Velasco, Bethany Brown, Wyatt Stark and Anna Heer all ran a half marathon on Dec. 11 in Atchison, Kansas. All five athletes ran times that qualified them for nationals. Photo by Wade Watkins.

MNU sports quick updates: Dec. 14, 2016

13 track and field athletes qualify for nationals after first competition. MNU soccer teams and cross country complete their seasons.

The Pioneers celebrate after winning the conference title. The team will head to Sioux City, Iowa for the national championship tournament. Photo by Jim Smith.

Pioneers prep for postseason, basketball tips off

The end of the regular season is in the books for MNU's fall sports.

The team gathers at midfield after beating Baker University in a penalty kick shootout. The Pioneers’ next match will be at Reinhardt University (Ga.) on Nov. 19. Photo by Monique Elias.

Women's soccer makes program history with trip to nationals

After a historic season and postseason run, the women's soccer program has achieved its first national tournament berth.

The women's cross country team battles for first place at a race at Johnson County Community College on September 9, 2016. Pictured left to right: Andrea Mendez Erin Krohn and Hallie Dean. Photo by Wade Watkins.

Cross country races towards Nationals

With a year under its belt, the MNU cross country team is making long strides in the conference.

MNU football players stand around the bench during their victory over William Penn. The team is working on practicing the way they want to play and gearing up for the final stretch of the season. Photo by Kacie Vandeventer.

Pioneers determined to contend for conference title

With a 3-3 record and five games left in the regular season, MidAmerica football faces a tough road to postseason success.

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