USF to Recognize NAIA National Football Champion Cougars

January 9, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — On Thursday, January 19, the University of Saint Francis invites the community to celebrate the 2016 NAIA National Champions Cougars Football team. The event will run from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Hutzell Athletic Center on the USF main campus, just off Leesburg Road.

Fans and supporters will hear from USF Head Coach Kevin Donley, President Sister M. Elise Kriss, Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey and some of the Cougar championship team members.

“This football team’s outstanding season has demonstrated the power of hard work, persistence and integrity,” said USF Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey. “We’re excited to celebrate our national championship and the excellence of our student athletes, coaches and staff!”

USF won the NAIA National Football Championship on December 17 in Daytona Beach, Florida, by defeating Baker University 38-17 in the title game. This is the university’s first national football championship since the creation of the program in 1998.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.