Montana Tech Makes the Grade



Montana Tech ranks first in the Frontier Conference on the Champions of Character Scorecard

BUTTE, MT - When it comes to advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics, NAIA members are making the grade, according to results of the 2009-10 NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard released by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). And, the Montana Tech Orediggers are right at the head of the class. The Orediggers are listed as the leading school in the Frontier Conference and are among the top 10 schools overall on the Champions of Character Scorecard.

Montana Tech’s ranking was due to high points for exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and strong focus on making the community a better place. “Our high score is a testament to our First Choice student-athletes and coaches at Montana Tech,” announced Joe McClafferty, Montana Tech Athletic Director. “Being a student-athlete is not an easy job. I am very proud of how hard our student-athletes work in the classroom, on the court or field, and in our community. This scorecard demonstrates our athletic department’s success in fostering leadership in our student-athletes. The leadership our coaches provide is second-to-none. We will continue to stay on path and work hard.”

The Association, which boasts a proud reputation as an arena that promotes competitive athletics, academic excellence, and character values simultaneously, will recognize 204 colleges and universities and 20 conferences with the Champions of Character Five Star Award. To receive the award members scored 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and conferences named to the list had at least 60% of its member schools making the grade with 60 or more points.

The Scorecard was crafted to convert the NAIA’s vision and strategy into measurable goals and to monitor progress towards advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics. The initiative supports performance-driven athletics while defining expectations and standards that drive successful teams and athletics departments.

“We are proud of the commitment and character of our student-athletes and coaches,” said Montana Tech Chancellor Frank Gilmore. “Our high ranking proves our student-athletes work hard on and off the field. We are committed to academic excellence and instilling a sense of character and community into our student-athletes.”

Institutions were measured based on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in each of the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.

The Scorecard process is based on the NAIA’s flagship program Champions of Character, which emphasizes the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. To learn more about the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard and Five Star Award visit

To view a list of all Champions of Character Five Star Institutions, go to