Green Bay may have the moniker of “Titletown, USA,” but the city of Whitewater currently has a monopoly on championships in the Badger State.
In our latest one-on-one, A Lot of Sports Talk‘s Adesina O. Koiki caught up with Amy Edmonds, athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, one of the most – if not the most – successful athletics programs in college sports today, regardless of division. With their baseball team winning its second national championship in school history on Tuesday, the Warhawks became the first program in NCAA history at any level to win the football, basketball and baseball national championships in the same calendar year. (The basketball team won its fourth national title, and second in the last three seasons, this past March.) And all this has happened with Edmonds less than a year into her post as AD.
Edmonds talks with us about the gratifying aspects, as well as the challenges, of running a Division III athletics program (DIII schools do not offer athletic scholarships), how the football team’s exposure on national television during its national championship game run has helped other sports – as well as enrollment – at the school, and the difficult adjustment period the athletics office had to navigate when she first took over the AD job this past August.
This interview will also be part of our latest podcast, to be released on Thursday. Click here to download any and all “The ‘A Lot of Sports Talk’ Podcast” episodes from the past, and stay tuned for more coverage of NCAA and professional athletics.