Mountaineer statue

May 24, 2017; The Mountaineer statue in front of the Mountainlair

On Tuesday, the WVU Athletic Department released their annual report on the success and accolades of all varsity teams representing the university.

On the surface, it was arguably the most successful years for the Mountaineers in recent memory. The University received national attention in all major sports while bringing increased success and pride to alumni and fans.

So to wrap up the 2016-17 athletic season, The Daily Athenaeum will break down the major highlights and accomplishments of the 16 teams that represent West Virginia University disclosed in Tuesday's report.

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer

  • Record: 8-7-1 (1-4 MAC)
  • Six consecutive weeks with a Top 25 ranking
  • Upset of sixth-ranked Georgetown on Aug. 28
  • Marlon LeBlanc clinching his 100th career victory against ETSU on Sep. 9
  • Jad Arslan and Joey Piatczyc picked first team All-MAC
  • Jack Elliot picked first team Academic All-American, then drafted 77th overall in MLS SuperDraft by Philadelphia Union
  • Team overall GPA above 3.0
Cross Country

Cross Country

  • Finished third at Big 12 Championship
  • Finished fourth at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals
  • Jullian Forsey and Maggie Drazba qualified for NCAA Championships
  • Academic All-American team with 3.49 cumulative GPA


  • 12-18 (3-12 Big 12)
  • improved win total by 140% from 2015
  • Taylor Cross, Gianna Gotterba, MaTia Hughes, Morgan Montgomery, Hanna Shreve and Mia Swanegan named to Big 12 All-Academic team
Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer

  • 23-3-3 (8-0 Big 12)
  • Clinched first College Cup and national championship match berth in program history
  • Earned first-ever number one ranking on Oct. 11 and remained on top until losing the national championship to USC on Dec. 4.
  • Won both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles for the third time since 2012
  • Nikki Izzo-Brown awarded Big 12 Coach of the Year, clinched 300th career victory against Buffalo on Aug. 21
  • Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence picked first team All-American
  • Michaela Abam picked second team All-American
  • Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence earned bronze medals with the Canadian national team at 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro


  • 10-3 (7-2 Big 12)
  • Best conference record since joining the Big 12
  • Ninth 10-win season in school history
  • Clinched berth in Russell Athletic Bowl (lost to Miami 31-14)
  • Dana Holgorsen picked AFCA District 4 Coach of the Year
  • Justin Crawford best in Big 12 in yards per carry
  • Top Big 12 scoring defense
  • Rasul Douglas and Tyler Orlosky picked as consensus All-Americans
  • Rasul Douglas and Shelton Gibson picked by Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 NFL Draft
Swimming & Diving

Mar. 11, 2017; The WVU rifle team celebrates their national championship

Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

  • 24-11 (8-10 Big 12)
  • Big 12 Tournament Champions
  • NCAA Second Round (West Regional)
  • Ranked 22nd in final AP Poll
  • Lanay Montgomery selected 30th overall by Seattle Storm in 2017 WNBA Draft
Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

  • 28-9 (12-6 Big 12)
  • NCAA Sweet 16 (West Region)
  • Third winningest season in school history
  • Second straight Big 12 Championship game appearance
  • Led the nation in steals, steals per game, forced turnovers and turnover margin
  • First team in five years to beat AP No. 1 team and No. 2 team in the same season
  • Ranked in AP for the entire season
  • Win over No. 6 Virginia on Dec. 3 was first Top 10 true road win since 1957
  • Win over UMKC on Dec. 17 was Bob Huggins' 800th in his career


  • Clinched first tournament victory since the program was reinstated in 2015 at East Carolina Intercollegiate on Apr. 4
  • Alan Cooke crowned 97th West Virginia Amateur Championship


  • 4-16 (0-9 Big 12)
  • Took back series against Marshall with win on Feb. 19
  • Lyn Yuen Choo and Habiba Shaker finish with 20+ match wins


  • Finished seventh in Big 12 Championships
  • Louisa Morgan selected to All-Big 12 team

Jun. 3, 2017; The WVU baseball team before their NCAA Regional game against Wake Forest

Track & Field

Track & Field

  • Amy Cashin (3,000 meter steeplechase) and Shamoya McNeil (triple jump) qualified for NCAA National Track & Field Championships
  • Three school records set in outdoor track

Sports Editor

In addition to being a sports writer for the DA, John is a freelance reporter for the Associated Press and the Dominion Post. John is also a writer and editor at the Smoking Musket (WVU's SB Nation community).