Steve Poston and Dr. Rhett Brown with the Echols Award

Wingate made it a dozen consecutive Echols Athletic Excellence Awards during the 2017-18 season, extending their league record. In the national overall-athletics-program competition, Wingate placed eighth in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, just two spots behind its best-ever finish.

Wingate volleyball players celebrate after winning the regional tournament

Wingate's volleyball team not only won the regionals to advance to the Elite Eight last season, but the Bulldogs also led the nation in winning percentage. Wingate finished 32-2 and had two players named All-American and another named Academic All-American.