Wright State Raider Update
The last three-plus years have been marked by unprecedented success in Wright State Athletics history, under the leadership of Bob Grant. This was punctuated in 2019 as the Raiders won the Horizon League All Sports Award for the first time in school history. In 2020-21, four of Wright State’s six team sports won or shared Horizon League titles. Women’s basketball and volleyball both won games in the NCAA Tournament.
The men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, volleyball, men’s soccer and golf programs have all recently enjoyed their best years in Wright State history. All accomplished under the umbrella of the greatest academic success ever accomplished by Wright State student-athletes.
- Six teams have qualified for nine NCAA Tournaments since 2018. In Wright State’s previous 30 years of being a NCAA Division I institution, only four teams had qualified for 12 total appearances.
- Women’s basketball appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2019 and 2021, has played in the postseason seven of the last eight years and is averaging 23 wins per year.
- Baseball is widely acknowledged as the top collegiate program in the state of Ohio, and has averaged 40 wins per season the last five years and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2016, 2018 and 2021.The Raiders have had 16 players drafted the last seven years.
- Volleyball won the Horizon League for the first time in program history in 2019, advancing to the NCAA Tournament as an at-large bid – the first NCAA at-large selection in Wright State athletics history. They followed that up by winning the Horizon League again and making a second straight NCAA appearance in the spring of 2021, defeating Samford in the first round for the program’s first NCAA win before falling to eventual national runner-up Texas in the second round.
- In May 2019, Wright State set a school record with four sports earning NCAA Public Recognition Awards for multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that rank among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports. In addition, eight teams posted a perfect single-year APR score for 2017-18 (the most recent available data).
- As a department, Wright State student-athletes currently have a four-year average Graduate Success Rate (GSR) of 86%, and just completed their 54th consecutive term with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.