Iowa Wesleyan University Tigers

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Team Colors: Purple & White
601 N. Main Street
Mount Pleasant , Iowa 52641

Enrollment: 850
Founded: 1842
President: Dr. Steven E Titus
Athletic Director: Derek Zander

Name Title Phone Email
Derek Zander Athletic Director 319-385-6349 [email protected]
Anna Zander Sports Information Director 319-385-6386 [email protected]
BJ Wagy Volleyball Coach 319-385-6305 [email protected]
Mike Richtman Football Coach 319-385-6376 [email protected]
Natalie Taylor Women's Golf Coach 319-385-6271 [email protected]
Kurt Moon Men's Golf Coach 319-750-0195 [email protected]
Tony Odorisio Men's Soccer Coach 319-385-6378 [email protected]
Chris Early Women's Soccer Coach 319-385-6301 [email protected]
Alex Huisman Men's Basketball Coach 319-385-6307 [email protected]
Jack Bruns Women's Basketball Coach 319-385-6332 [email protected]
Mike Hampton Softball Coach 319-385-6303 [email protected]
Blake Beaber Baseball Coach 319-385-6214 [email protected]



  • [IW] Iowa Wesleyan Student-Athletes Earn SLIAC Spring All-Academic Honors
    June 11, 2018

    Mount Pleasant, IA - June 11, 2018 - The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference released the Spring All-Academic list on Friday, June 8, 2018.  Of the 197 student-athletes from the conference, Iowa Wesleyan had fourteen individuals representing three sports make the list.


    Brock Butler (SR/Palmyra, MO), Blake Forsythe (JR/Barden Ridge, Sydney, NSW, Aus), and Austin Willis (SO/Essesx, IL) earned the honors while participating in men's golf this spring.

  • [IW] Tiger Athletics Hosts Annual Golf Outing at Spirit Hollow
    June 05, 2018

    Burlington, IA - June 5, 2018 - The Iowa Wesleyan University Athletic Department held the annual Tiger Club Athletic Golf Outing yesterday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa. The event continues to grow as over one hundred-twenty golfers participated in the outing to support Tiger Athletics and the student-athletes at Iowa Wesleyan.

    "This event is always a highlight of the summer for us.  We have so many great supporters of Tiger Athletics and it is great to be able to get everyone together to enjoy a day at Spirit Hollow, one of the top public golf courses in Iowa," said Derek Zander, Director of Athletics at Iowa Wesleyan.

  • [Baseball/Softball] USCAA Announces Baseball/Softball National All-Academic Teams
    May 15, 2018

    Mount Pleasant, IA - May 15, 2018 - The United States Collegiate Athletic Association announced the Baseball and Softball National All-Academic Team award winners on Sunday, May 13 at the All-American Championship banquet which was held in DuBois, Pennsylvania.  Iowa Wesleyan University had eleven individuals earn honors for the 2017-18 season.

  • [Baseball] Payne Earns All-Sportsmanship Honors
    May 11, 2018

    Mount Pleasant, IA - May 11, 2018 - The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference released their Baseball All-Conference awards last night during the opening rounds of the conference tournament.  Iowa Wesleyan had one member earn a spot on the All-Conference list.

    This year's awards featured Co-Pitcher of the Year with Jimi Keating of Spalding and Luke Summers from Fontbonne taking the honors.  There were also Co-Coach of the Year awards with Matt Downs of Spalding and Bill Kurich of Webster earning the honors this season.

  • [Softball] McIlwain, Carney Earn All-Conference Honors
    May 04, 2018

    St. Ann, MO - May 4, 2018 - The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) announced the 2018 Softball All-Conference award winners during the first day of the conference tournament. Iowa Wesleyan had two individuals receive All-Conference recognition.

  • [Softball] Iowa Wesleyan Names McIlwain April Student-Athlete of the Month
    May 03, 2018

    Mount Pleasant, IA - May 3, 2018 - The Iowa Wesleyan athletic department has named Samantha McIlwain (SR/Boone, IA) as the April Student-Athlete of the Month. McIlwain was the top pitcher for the Tiger Softball team this season, leading the team with 103 innings pitched.  She also earned four of the team's six wins during the month of April.

  • [Softball] McIlwain Sets Career Strikeout Record in Loss to Webster
    May 01, 2018

    Mount Pleasant, IA - May 1, 2018 - Iowa Wesleyan University hosted Webster University in their final games of the season last night. The Tigers were hoping to end the season on a high note, and although IW could not end the season with wins, Samantha McIlwain (SR/Boone, IA) capped her senior year by breaking the IW career strikeout record.  Iowa Wesleyan dropped both games to the Gorloks by scores of 3-1 and 12-0.

    The first game of the night proved to be a battle for both teams.  The defenses kept each other in check through most of the game. Webster struck first, scoring the first run in the top of the third inning.  Iowa Wesleyan was able to bounce back with a run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game up at 1-1. Emmy Rodriguez (JR/Oro Grande, CA) singled up the middle to bring home McKenzie Copher (JR/Worth, IL) for the tying run.

  • [IW] Iowa Wesleyan Honors Past and Present Student-Athletes
    April 30, 2018

    Mount Pleasant, IA - April 30, 2018 - Iowa Wesleyan University held the Athletic Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 27, to recognize the accomplishments of past and present members of Tiger Athletics.  Nearly 350 people gathered in Ruble Arena as IW inducted three new members into the 2018 Hall of Fame Class. Student-athletes were honored for their achievements in the classroom and in their fields of competition.

    "The Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony is always an exciting event for the athletic department.  We have the privilege to welcome back outstanding members of Tiger Athletics and recognize them for their accomplishments during their time on campus and in life after IW," said Derek Zander, Director of Athletics at Iowa Wesleyan. "We also have many remarkable student-athletes on campus right now and this event allows us to lift up their accomplishments on and off of their respective playing fields, as well as recognize the dedication they show to the University."

  • [Baseball] Gile and Belarde Hit Home Runs on Senior Day against Webster
    April 29, 2018

    Mount Pleasant, IA - April 29, 2018 - In the final series of the season, the Tigers hosted Webster University. Iowa Wesleyan recognized their seniors players before the start of the games, and although the outcome of the games were not what the team had hoped (7-9 loss in game one and 18-6 loss in game two) for, the team would have several plays they will remember.

    Webster took an early lead, scoring a run in the first inning of play.  The Tigers didn't trail long, however, as Joseph Belarde (SR/Fountain, CO) hit a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.  Travis Gile (SR/Oskaloosa, IA), who has been unable to play the past two seasons due to a back injury, got the start on senior day and made the most of it.  Gile hit a solo home run to right field to give Iowa Wesleyan a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning. It was his first home run of his career at IW.

  • [Softball] Softball Falls in Non-Conference Action against St. Ambrose
    April 29, 2018

    Mount Pleasant, IA - April 29, 2018 - Iowa Wesleyan hosted St. Ambrose University this afternoon. The non-conference game was added to the schedule to make up for past games that were canceled due to weather.  The Fighting Bees topped the Tigers in both games, defeating IW 6-1 and 15-1 on the day.

    In the opening game of the doubleheader, Iowa Wesleyan gave up a run in the first inning to fall behind.  The Fighting Bees added two more runs the third to take a 3-0 lead over the Tigers.