Hillsdale Chargers

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Hillsdale Chargers
UniversityHillsdale College
ConferenceGreat Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (until 2017)
Great Midwest Athletic Conference (from 2017)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorDon Brubacher
LocationHillsdale, Michigan
Varsity teams14
Football stadiumFrank D. "Muddy" Waters Stadium
Basketball arenaDawn Tibbetts Potter Arena
Baseball stadiumSimpson Field
Softball stadiumJohnny Williams Field
NatatoriumJack McAvoy Natatorium
Other arenasKen Herrick Track
Hayden Park
Margot V. Biermann Center
ColorsBlue and White

The Hillsdale Chargers are the athletic teams that represent Hillsdale College, located in Hillsdale, Michigan, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sporting competitions. The Chargers are currently members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference as of 2017. The Chargers had been members of the GLIAC since 1975.[2]

The college also has club teams and intramural sports that vary from year to year.[3]

Varsity teams[edit]

List of teams[edit]

Individual sports[edit]


The Chargers of Hillsdale College in the 2016 spring game

The Hillsdale College Chargers football teams play their home games at Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium. The stadium has an official seating capacity of 8,500 spectators.[4] Football coach Muddy Waters was the head coach at Hillsdale from 1954 to 1973. The football stadium is named in his honor.[5]


The men's and women's basketball programs of Hillsdale College play their home games in the newly renovated Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena. The arena is located within the Roche Sports Complex and is adjacent to Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium. It has a maximum seating capacity of 2,200 spectators.[6] However, additional standing room is available.


The women's volleyball team of Hillsdale College play their home games in the newly renovated Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena, formerly known as the Jesse Phillips Arena.[6]


The Chargers baseball team plays their home games at Simpson Field, located near Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium. Currently Eric Theisen serves as the head coach. The Chargers made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2016 where they fell to the Grand Valley State Lakers and the Indianapolis Greyhounds. After the Chargers move to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, the Chargers secured their first conference championship since 1960 with a 15-2 over the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers.


At Hillsdale, the varsity softball team competed at their home Johnny Williams Field. The team won the Great Midwest Athletic Conference championship in 2018. This win earned them a berth in the NCAA regional tournament where the Chargers went on to beat the nationally ranked Lakers if Geand Valley State University before falling to that year’s national champion University of Southern Indian. The Charger softball team has recently acquired a new coach, Kyle Gross, after previous head coach Joe Abraham took the position at University of Toledo.

National championships 1960-2015[edit]

The home seating in the newly renovated Dawn Tibbetts Potter Arena
  • 1960: Baseball – NAIA
  • 1985: Football – NAIA Division I[7]
  • 1993 and 1994: NAIA Men's Indoor Track & Field, High Jump Champion: Jim McHugh
  • 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track & Field, 35# Weight Throw Champion: Jason Stomps
  • 2012: NCAA Division II Women's Indoor Track & Field, 800 Meter and 1 Mile Champion: Amanda Putt[8]
  • 2012: ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Division III Champions[9] Combined High Overall Team[10] in American Skeet, American Trap, International Skeet, International Trap, Five Stand, Sporting Clays
  • 2015: NCAA Division II Women's Indoor Track & Field, Distance Medley Relay (DMR) Champions: Kate Royer, Corinne Zehner, Amy Kerst, Emily Oren; 3000 Meter Champion: Emily Oren[11]
  • 2015: NCAA Division II Women's Outdoor Track & Field, 3000 Meter Steeplechase[12] and 5000 Meter Champion:[13] Emily Oren
  • 2015: NCAA Division II Men's Outdoor Track & Field, 400 Meter Hurdles Champion: Maurice Jones[14]

National Runners-up[edit]

  • 1957: Football – NAIA[7]
  • 1992: Men's Cross Country – NAIA[15]
  • 1994: Men's Cross Country – NAIA[15]
  • 1992: NAIA Men's Outdoor Track & Field, High Jump : Jim McHugh
  • 1994: NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field, High Jump : Jim McHugh
  • 2014: NCAA DII Women's Cross Country,[16]
  • 2015: NCAA DII Women's Indoor Track & Field[11]
  • 2015: NCAA DII Women's Indoor Track & Field, 3000 Meter and 5000 Meter: Kristina Galat
  • 2015: NCAA DII Men's Indoor Track & Field, Pole Vault: Jared Schipper[11]

Basketball Final Four[edit]

  • 1981: Men's Basketball – NAIA Division I[17]


Chargers athletes have enjoyed numerous accolades in their respective sports, and many have moved on to the professional level:

  • Football – Chester Marcol (Green Bay Packers, Houston Oilers), Jared Veldheer (Arizona Cardinals), Andre Holmes (Oakland Raiders)
  • Basketball – Cory Coe (United States, Portugal and Germany), Tim Deselski (Luxembourg), Tony Gugino (Bulgaria, Switzerland), Brad Guinane (United Kingdom), Michael Lake (Germany), Tim Martin (Canada), Nick Washburn (Spain).[18]


  1. ^ "Hillsdale College Athletics: Quick Facts". Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  2. ^ "Hillsdale College Athletics: Official Homes of the Chargers". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  3. ^ "About Hillsdale College: Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  4. ^ "Hillsdale College Athletic Facilities". Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Hillsdale College Athletics: Facilities". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  6. ^ a b "Sports facilities: revamped and renamed". Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "NAIA Football: Championship History". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  8. ^ "2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  9. ^ "Hillsdale College Youth Conference : NSSA-NSCA". nssa-nsca.org.
  10. ^ ACUI. "2012 Clay Target Championship Results". acui.org.
  11. ^ a b c "2015 DII Indoor". Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  12. ^ "NCAA Division II Championships – FloTrack". results.flotrack.org. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  13. ^ "NCAA Division II Championships – FloTrack". results.flotrack.org. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  14. ^ "NCAA Division II Championships – FloTrack". results.flotrack.org. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
  15. ^ a b "NAIA Cross Country: Championship History". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  16. ^ name="cross"."NCAA Cross Country Women's Championship". Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  17. ^ "NAIA Men's Basketball: Championship History". Retrieved 2010-12-23.
  18. ^ "Hillsdale College basketball".

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