Western Illinois University Athletics

Tim Van Alstine
10:49 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Former AD Draws Final Paycheck From WIU

Former WIU Athletic Director Tim Van Alstine

Western Illinois University's former Athletic Director Dr. Tim Van Alstine reached a resignation agreement with Western in May of last year.

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2:10 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Student-Athlete Unions Not In WIU's Immediate Future

Western's Hanson Field
Credit TSPR's Rich Egger

Student-athlete unions won’t be coming to Western Illinois University anytime soon. But the possibility is still sparked some debate on campus.

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Men's College Basketball
1:01 am
Fri February 22, 2013

WIU Basketball Making Some Noise

One of the large crowds that have come to Western Hall to see a basketball game.
Credit Jonathan Ahl

March Madness is just around the corner. It’s a time when college basketball heats up, though that has not meant much at Western Illinois University for most of the past 20 years.

But things have changed this year.  The team has enjoyed a lot of success, and will play a special invitational game known as a “Bracketbuster” tomorrow night against Cleveland State.

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New Coach Hired
3:42 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Turning Around Leatherneck Football

New WIU Head Football Coach Bob Nielson
Credit Jonathan Ahl

Western Illinois University has a new football coach who has a history of turning around struggling programs.

Bob Nielson inherited a poor program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1999.  While there, he led the team to six playoff appearances and two national championships.  

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Biggest Fundraiser for Athletics
10:28 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

23rd Annual Purple & Gold Auction at WIU

Jerry Cremer
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Jerry Cremer

Much of the action for the Western Illinois University Athletics Department takes place on the field. But one of the highlights this weekend happens off the field.

The 23rd Annual Purple and Gold Auction will be held Saturday at Western Hall. The silent auction begins when the doors open at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. The silent auction is scheduled to conclude at 7:45 pm, which is when the regular auction starts.

Trips, sports memorabilia, and other goods will be offered.

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