WWU Athletics

Students who excel both academically and athletically are not only game changers in their sport, but go on to change the world after graduation. By supporting WWU Athletics, you give Western a competitive advantage in and out of the classroom and help build on our student-athletes' proven success. According to the NCAA, 85 percent of Viking student-athletes receive their degrees in six years or less, the highest rate in the 11 years of reporting data for the Federal Graduation Rate formula. (The average is 56 percent for all NCAA Division II schools.)

2016-17 Success

  • 13 student athletes earned All-America honors, including these seven First Team honors:
    • First Team Sierra Shugarts (women's soccer)
    • Taylor Peacocke (women's basketball)
    • Taylor Stafford (men's basketball)
    • Anna Paradee (indoor track & field)
    • Bethany Drake (outdoor track & field)
    • Karisa Stapp (rowing)
    • Chloe Burns (rowing)
  • 73 selections to the GNAC Academic All-Star teams
  • 14 Academic All-District
  • 2 Academic All-Americans
  • WWU student-athletes recorded an overall 3.16 GPA.

Western student-athletes are also community-minded, raising funds for organizations such as The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Bellingham's PeaceHealth Cancer Center.


Scholarships reward students for both their academic and athletic excellence and provide the resources for these young people to excel in both venues. Scholarships reward hard work, serve as a motivation tool to continue to excel and provide the financial relief needed to be both a student and an athlete.

Program Needs

Gifts to benefit the sport or program of your choice in 2016-17 saw the Vikings:

  • Finish 11th in the 2016-17 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division II standings.
  • Win two team national championships in women's soccer and rowing, the 10th and 11th in WWU history, marking the first time to win two national titles in the same season; and Bethany Drake won her second NCAA II title in the javelin, becoming a three-time First Team All-American, and was also named the GNAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and one of 117 Division II nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year.
  • Place 2nd in the overall, men's and women's standings for the GNAC All-Sports Trophy.
  • Send 13 of 15 programs to their respective NCAA Championships.
  • Win four GNAC titles: women's soccer (regular & postseason), men's basketball (regular & postseason), men's golf and softball.
  • Become one of only three Division II schools to have its women's soccer, men's soccer and volleyball programs advance to the NCAA Championships during the fall season, including the first postseason appearance by the men's soccer team.
  • Support of your team of choice provides the coaches the tools they need to do what they do best: mentor, train and motivate young people to excel in every way possible. Gifts also provide the student-athletes access to the equipment, gear and training tools they need to help bring home championships.

Viking Athletic Club Donors who give $100 or more will be entered into the Viking Athletic Club.

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Mark Bagley, Senior Director, Stewardship and Special Events and Director of Development, Athletics and Libraries

Mark is here to answer questions about how you can support the WWU Athletics at (360) 650-3612 or by email at mark.bagley@wwu.edu.