Prospective Student-Athletes Information

To Prospective Student-Athletes and their Families: Thank you for visiting this page which is chock full of reference material to help you make an informed decision to continue your education of higher learning and athletic career. We sincerely appreciate your interest in us. Please click on the following links below for more information:

Tradition of Success

Become a Golden Bear

Recruiting Questionnaires

A Message from Western New England Athletics Director Mike Theulen

Mike Theulen presented University president Anthony Caprio for induction into the Downes Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
On behalf of our Athletic Family, I welcome and sincerely thank you for your interest in Western New England University! 

We know that choosing a college is a very important family decision. These four years are the most important four years students spend when getting prepared for their future. Families want to know if their money will be well spent…is this an investment or an expense? Let me assure you, if you choose Western New England University, it is indeed an investment. 
Western New England University enjoys a very strong academic reputation. We are a comprehensive private institution with a tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship among our Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy. The University also has a School of Law. Please take the time to examine the University’s website ( for further information on the many academic majors within our Colleges.

Western New England Athletics are in an era of unprecedented excellence. Our mission statement serves as the springboard for all of our current successes. It states: “The Western New England Department of Athletics is committed to enhancing the overall development of its students and STUDENT-ATHLETES through competent instruction and appropriate role modeling by our coaching staff. Lessons learned in the competitive environment of intercollegiate athletics and the responsibility of team membership must be applied in the present, but most importantly, are used to prepare the student-athlete for life after college.”  
We know that a true education engages the whole person. Our nationally recognized coaching staff prides itself on providing an environment that stimulates learning and performance for their players.  We are passionate about providing all of our student-athletes with a broad based experience that is second to none and one that will help for the rest of their lives. Athletics at Western New England are committed to comprehensive excellence in three major areas: Academics, Athletics, and Leadership. We refer to this commitment as "The Western New England Way!" The results have been staggering. Fifty eight percent of our student-athletes are presently at a 3.0 grade point average or greater, our athletic success is at an all time high, and 100% of our student-athletes are involved with community service. Our student-athletes are among the best and brightest of Western New England University.
If you are looking for the unique culture that has just been described to you, then please treat this as a personal invitation to visit our campus where we can answer any questions that you or your family might have.  We look forward to seeing you soon and remember…”Once a Golden Bear, ALWAYS a Golden Bear!"
Take care
Dr. Michael Theulen
Director of Athletics