The 2012-2013 school year at Drury University brought success to the athletic program. The community celebrated three NCAA-II national championships from the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams and the men’s basketball team—all within one month of each other.
In April, the Drury and Springfield community got to together to celebrate this incredible accomplishment with a parade that traveled through downtown Springfield and into the heart of Drury's campus.
Clearly, celebrating one national championship for the Drury swimming and diving squads wasn't nearly as much fun as the usual two.
The Drury women made sure this season they used last year's one-point loss at nationals as a prime motivator for these NCAA-II championships at the CrossPlex Complex in Birmingham, Ala., where Coach Brian Reynolds' squads again captured both the men's and women's national titles on March 9, 2013.
The sweep included the 11th overall men's title and the ninth for the Drury women since the program moved to the NCAA-II level in 1994-95. Overall, counting their NAIA days, the totals grow to 20 men's national championships and 12 for the women.
An incredible, magical basketball season was capped, fittingly, with an unbelievable finish.
Down 17 points in the first half of the national championship, Drury rallied behind the work of its senior backcourt of Alex Hall and Brandon Lockhart to defeat Metropolitan State 74-73 for their first NCAA Division-II national basketball championship April 7, 2013 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
Coach Steve Hesser's Panthers finished the 2012-2013 season with a school-record, 23-game winning streak that made their final mark 31-4, while Metro State - ranked third nationally - finished 32-3 as the Great Lakes Valley Conference and Midwest Regional champions found a way to take their win streak into next season.