Athletes in Action


Student-Athletes Excel On and Off the Field

Northwood student-athletes demonstrated their dedication to both sports and studies in 2016. On Jan. 25, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced that the Northwood University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics placed a total of 99 student-athletes on the All-Academic and All- Academic Excellence teams in seven sports.

To earn All-Academic or All-Academic excellence honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, an active member on the team roster at the end of the season, and cannot be a first-year transfer student. All-Academic Team students must carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Students named to the Academic Excellence Teams have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0.


For the second time in his career with the Northwood Timberwolves, Michael Fisher is the recipient of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner's Award. The award is presented to athletes who excel in the classroom and on the field.

Fisher finished his career by leading the GLIAC in total tackles for the third straight year, totaling 115 stops. He also had 5.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two interceptions. Fisher finished his career with 430 tackles, 58 more than any other player in school history. He earned All-GLIAC honors three times – First Team (2014, 2016), Second Team (2015) – and finished the year ranked fourth among active players in all of Division II in career tackles. He was twice named Second Team Academic All-American.

One of the best student-athletes in the GLIAC over his four-year career, Fisher earned GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honors four times. He was also named the male recipient of the David & Daniel Goetz Scholar- Athlete Award, given annually to a student-athlete who combines outstanding athletic and academic achievements.


One of the greatest players in Northwood women’s basketball history closed out her career with another big honor. Jordyn Nurenberg was named to the First Team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) team. The award marks the second straight season Nurenberg has earned the honor.

One of the finest players in Northwood history, Nurenberg finished ranked fifth in school history with 1,419 points and second with 801 rebounds. This season, Nurenberg ranked fourth in the GLIAC in both scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg), while standing fifth in the league in field goal percentage (55.8 percent). She also finished her career ranking among the best in Northwood history in field goals made (fifth with 489), blocked shots (sixth with 84), free throw attempts (first with 605) and free throws made (second with 437). Over the final two seasons of her career, Nurenberg had 947 points and 523 rebounds.

She accomplished all of this despite having to overcome injuries in her career, which included a medical redshirt one season.

Nurenberg also is an excellent student – she will earn GLIAC All-Academic Excellence four times in her career, which signifies having a grade point average above 3.5. She currently is earning a master’s degree from the DeVos Graduate School of Management.

With Nurenberg’s help, Northwood finished the season 16-11 overall and reached the GLIAC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.