USF to Celebrate Back to Back NAIA National Football Champs

January 8, 2018

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday, January 16, the University of Saint Francis invites the community to celebrate the 2017 NAIA National Champions Cougars Football team. The event will run from 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 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 and some of the Cougar championship team members.

“This season has demonstrated the power of hard work,” said USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss. “These young men and their coaches have dedicated themselves to excellence, and that is why we are back to back NAIA National Champions. We hope the community can join us to celebrate this remarkable achievement.”

USF won their second consecutive NAIA National Football Championship on December 16 in Daytona Beach, Florida, by defeating Reinhardt University (Ga.) 24-13 in the title game.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral 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 campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.