The Baldwin Wallace University women's soccer team has recorded at least 11 victories in seven straight seasons, including 11 a year ago and a school-record-tying 14 in 2013. The Yellow Jackets also have qualified for the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament in nine of the past 11 seasons and advanced to the OAC Championship Game in 2005 and 2014.
"Our goal every year is to win the OAC title, advance to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and ultimately win the Division III national title," said first-year Head Coach Jim Wojtkun, who served as the assistant coach for five seasons before being promoted in the spring of 2017.
"We have continued to build our program with the goals of the OAC and NCAA titles in mind while also making sure that both the academic and athletic experience of our student-athletes is a quality experience," said Wojtkun.
The Yellow Jacket women's program claimed an OAC title and undefeated OAC record (9-0) in 1992 under the direction of Dan White. White's Yellow Jackets set the school-record for wins in 1997 with a 14-5-2 slate.That mark was equalled in 2013.
"Traditionally our women's soccer program has been solid," said Wojtkun. "Now, we are looking to take it to the next level and are looking for young women who want to make that commitment."
In addition to being solid on the soccer field, Wojtkun's team also excels in the classroom. The Yellow Jackets have earned recognition eight consecutive years for Team Academic Achievement and were awarded the Team Ethics Award of Merit by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
That commitment has stayed strong in his first season as head coach as eight Yellow Jackets earned Academic All-OAC honors and Rachel Bender '19 received both first-team CoSIDA Division III Academic All-District 7 and second-team CoSIDA Div. III Academic All-America accolades.
"We are extremely proud of our men's and women's soccer student-athletes and tradition of academic excellence," said Wojtkun. "It tells parents and young men and women who look at our program that we are seeking excellence in all areas. We hope that is a favorable trait.
"Rachel exemplifies the philosophy of the student-athlete," said Wojtkun. "She excelled on the field as the OAC forward of the Year and led off the field with a 3.93 grade average in the classroom. We are extremely proud of all eight of our Academic All-OAC student-athletes, and look forward to having many more."