A Tradition of Excellence

15 out of the last 16 years finishing in the Top 25 in the Learfield Sports Division III Directors’ Cup standings. Wartburg has placed as high as seventh and was 21th in 2015-16. 

22 consecutive years winning individual or team national championships, including the wrestling and women’s outdoor track and field titles in 2014. 

17 of last 19 Iowa Conference men’s all-sports championships. 

14 Iowa Conference women’s all-sports championships. 

14 consecutive Iowa Conference all-sports championship trophies for overall men’s and women’s programs. 

2015-16 Achievements

Qualified for 11 NCAA Division III national tournaments: men’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, wrestling, baseball, women’s soccer, football, women’s golf, and women’s basketball. 

Women’s Soccer Advances to Sweet 16 
The Knights advanced to the NCAA tournament, where they won their first- and second-round games.

Martin wins NCAA Championship, Wrestling Finishes as National Champs 
Junior Kenny Martin (Omaha, Neb.) won the national championship at 149 pounds for the second straight year and Wartburg took won the NCAA Championships. The Knights have had an individual national champion every year since 2003 and have been the team national champion or runner-up in 14 of the last 15 years. 

Women’s Basketball Advances to Final Four
Wartburg received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Final Four for the first time in program history.

Outdoor Program Highlights


  • 15 Iowa Conference championships in the last 19 seasons
  • Two-time NCAA Division III Central Region champions
  • Two College World Series berths

Cross Country 

  • 14-time Iowa Conference men’s champions
  • 14-time Iowa Conference women’s champions
  • Four top-10 national finishes for men
  • Eight top-10 national finishes for women
  • NCAA Division III Central Region women’s champions in 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014


  • 2014 squad unbeaten and untied in regular season for the fifth time in school history
  • 11 national playoff qualifiers, including six since 2002
  • 14 Iowa Conference championships
  • 23 consecutive winning seasons, ranks fifth in all NCAA divisions


  • 11-time NCAA Division III women’s team national tournament qualifiers (2005-06 and 2008-16)
  • 11-time women’s Iowa Conference team champions
  • Six-time men’s Iowa Conference team champions


  • Three All-Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference selections in inaugural season (2015)


  • Four overall Iowa Conference women’s titles
  • Six overall Iowa Conference men’s titles
  • Six men’s conference tournament championships
  • Nine men’s national tournament appearances in last 11 years
  • Five women’s national tournament appearances since 2007


  • Three-time Iowa Conference champions
  • 30 wins in seven of last 13 seasons
  • Three regional top-three finishes overpast seven seasons (runners-up in 2006 and 2007)
  • College World Series berth in 2003


  • Nine men’s All-Conference selections in the last five years

Track and Field 

  • Eight top-20 finishes for men at outdoor nationals since 2001
  • 14 top-10 finishes for women at outdoor nationals since 1999
  • 17-time defending women’s Iowa Conference outdoor champions
  • Seven men’s outdoor conference titles since 2002
Track Champs

Indoor Program Highlights


  • Six men’s national tournament qualifiers
  • 10 women’s national tournament qualifiers
  • 21 men’s Iowa Conference titles
  • Five women’s Iowa Conference titles

Track and Field 

  • Five top-20 placings at men’s indoor nationals since 2003
  • 10 top-10 placings at women’s indoor nationals since 2002
  • 19-time defending women’s indoor conference champions
  • 10 men’s indoor conference titles since 2002


  • 10 national tournament qualifying teams, including 2015
  • 20 or more wins in 12 of last 18 years
  • Two or more All-Conference selections in each of the last 18 years


  • 12 national titles since 1996, 10 national duals titles since 2003
  • First or second in nation in 14 of last 15 years
  • 24-time defending Iowa Conference champions
  • 188 conference dual meet winning streak dates to 1993-94
  • One individual national champion in the last 14 seasons


Wartburg student athletes enjoy some of the best NCAA Div. III athletic facilities in the country.