Warren Wilson Owls
Team of Excellence

This is the inaugural class for Warren Wilson's Teams of Excellence.  This year's Teams of Excellence include:

1963 Men's Soccer
1964 Men's Soccer
1980-'81 Men's Basketball
1981-'82 Men's Basketball
2012-'13 Men's Basketball

The Teams of Excellence will be displayed on a plaque in the lobby of DeVries Gymnasium. In conjunction with the establishment of the WWC Athletic Hall of Fame, the Hall of Fame committee has established an independent effort to recognize "Teams of Excellence". Like the Athletic Hall of Fame, the "Team of Excellence" program is intended to recognize the extraordinary efforts and achievements of WWC teams; their athletes, coaches, and contributors. The intent is to honor both the achievement and the contributions required to succeed at a high level while reinforcing a sense of history and tradition for the athletic program and the school. 

The teams have been highly valued by students and alumni. Each team has a story worth telling.

 

1963 Men's Soccer Team
Class of 2013
The 1963 Soccer Team kicked their way to a "shut-out" record, allowing no defeats and no ties. As a climax to the glory-filled season, the Owls were invited to the National Junior College Playoffs held in Buffalo, NY. Although the first game was a loss, the players rallied to win the second playoff, bringing home the third place trophy. In addition to this award, five players were named to All-American teams bringing the end to a very successful season. Click here for complete bio...

   

1964 Men's Soccer Team
Class of 2013
The 1964 Soccer Team finished the regular season undefeated for nine games, with an impressive 6 goals scored against 5 of the opponents. As in 1963, the team participated in the National Junior College Playoffs held in Buffalo, NY.  They won their first game but missed the championship game by 1 goal, after playing four regulation quarters, two overtimes, and a sudden death. The soccer team was also one of the three finalists for the annual Pepsi Cola Outstanding Team Award for the team which contributed most to the sports of Western North Carolina. Click here for complete bio...

   

1980-'81 Men's Basketball Team
Class of 2013
From 1980-82 the Warren Wilson College student body was less than ½ its current size, with the number of male on-campus students numbered just over 200.  During these years, 17 of these young men put WWC Men's Basketball on the regional and national stage.  Playing in front of a packed DeVries gymnasium, the teams consistently achieved Top 10 national rankings and as high as 5th.  Playing a total of 63 games against much larger schools, the Owls achieved back-to-back 20+ win seasons, with 22 wins in 1980-81 and a school record 24 wins in 1981-82.  Coached by Dean of Work, Richard "Dick" Franklin, the teams won back-to-back South Atlantic District and Conference Championships leading to two National Championship tournament berths. Click here for complete bio...

   

1981-'82 Men's Basketball Team
Class of 2013
From 1980-82 the Warren Wilson College student body was less than ½ its current size, with the number of male on-campus students numbered just over 200.  During these years, 17 of these young men put WWC Men's Basketball on the regional and national stage.  Playing in front of a packed DeVries gymnasium, the teams consistently achieved Top 10 national rankings and as high as 5th.  Playing a total of 63 games against much larger schools, the Owls achieved back-to-back 20+ win seasons, with 22 wins in 1980-81 and a school record 24 wins in 1981-82.  Coached by Dean of Work, Richard "Dick" Franklin, the teams won back-to-back South Atlantic District and Conference Championships leading to two National Championship tournament berths. Click here for complete bio...

   

2012-'13 Men's Basketball Team
Class of 2013
After breaking news that the 2012-'13 team would be losing their Coach at the beginning of September, the men's basketball team would have to look within themselves to find the discipline and toughness to work through pre-season workouts.  At the end of September, Greg Neeley was hired as the new Warren Wilson Head Coach.  With the leadership of Coach Neeley, Assistant Coach Tiger Norman, and the determination of the men's basketball team new heights would be reached.  After a slow start, the team found themselves winning 12 straight at the end of the season.  The team's refusal to lose and their desire to overcome adversity led them to a place that no one would have guessed.  After being selected as the at-large bid and #9 seed for the USCAA men's basketball tournament in Pennsylvania, The Warren Wilson 2012-'13 team defied all odds and won the USCAA National Championship. Click here for complete bio...