Army Black Knights

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Army Black Knights
Logo
University United States Military Academy
Conference Independent (football)
Patriot League
Atlantic Hockey
Collegiate Sprint Football League
Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association
Great America Rifle Conference
National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Boo Corrigan
Location West Point, NY
Football stadium Michie Stadium
Basketball arena Christl Arena
Baseball stadium Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field
Other arenas Tate Rink
Mascot Mule
Nickname Black Knights
Fight song On Brave Old Army Team
Colors
     Black       Gold
Website www.goarmysports.com

Army Black Knights is the name of the athletics teams of the United States Military Academy. They participate in NCAA Division I-A as a non-football member of the Patriot League, a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision independent school, and a member of Atlantic Hockey, the Collegiate Sprint Football League (men), the Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League (men), the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, the Great America Rifle Conference, and the National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association. Army is also one of approximately 300 members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

The three major service academies (Army, Air Force, and Navy) compete for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is awarded to the academy that defeats the others in football that year (or retained by the previous winner in the event of a three-way tie).

Varsity sports[edit]

Men's:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle
  • Sprint football
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Women's:

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Rifle
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

History[edit]

Since 1899, Army's mascot has officially been a mule because of the animal's historical importance in Army operations.[1][2] For many years, Army's teams were known as the "Cadets." The academy's football team was nicknamed "The Black Knights of the Hudson" due to the black color of its uniforms.[3][4] In 1999, Army adopted "Black Knights" as its official nickname in all sports.[5] The Army Black Knights also inspired a book The Black Knight's God: Horror Anthology.

U.S. sports media use "Army" as a synonym for the academy. "On Brave Old Army Team" is the school's fight song.[6] Army's chief sports rival is the Naval Academy, due to its long-standing football rivalry and the inter-service rivalry with the Navy in general. Fourth class cadets verbally greet upper-class cadets and faculty with "Beat Navy", while the tunnel that runs under Washington Road is named the "Beat Navy" tunnel. In the first half of the 20th century, Army and Notre Dame were football rivals, but that rivalry has since died out.[7][8]

Men's sports[edit]

"Beat Navy" tunnel

Football[edit]

The Army Black Knights football program are one of the few NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision independent schools (not in a conference). Army was recognized as the national champions in 1944, 1945 and 1946. The annual Army-Navy Game between the Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy at Annapolis (Navy) is among the most storied rivalries in all of college sports.

Men's golf[edit]

The men's golf team has won 19 conference championships:

Men's ice hockey[edit]

Army in action against Navy during the 2009 Day of Rivals.

Every year, Army faces the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Paladins in the annual West Point Weekend hockey game.[11] This series, conceived in 1923, is the longest-running annual international sporting event in the world.[12]

Wrestling[edit]

The Army Black Night Wrestling team host home dual meets, tournaments, workout, and practice in the state of the art facility Arvin Gymnasium on campus. Acting as coach is Indiana 2011 alumni Paul Young, in his 4th season with the team. The team currently competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA).

See also[edit]

Women's sports[edit]

Women's basketball[edit]

See footnote[13]

Women's cross country[edit]

See footnote[14]

Women's soccer[edit]

See footnote[15]

Women's softball[edit]

See footnote[16]

Women's swimming and diving[edit]

See footnote[17]

Women's tennis[edit]

See footnote[18]

Women's track and field[edit]

See footnote[19]

Women's volleyball[edit]

See footnote[20]

Co-ed sports[edit]

Rifle[edit]

See footnote[21]

Non-varsity sports[edit]

Men's rugby[edit]

Army men's rugby

Army rugby plays college rugby in the Division 1-A Eastern Conference.[22] The Black Knights play their home games at the Anderson Rugby Complex on the campus of West Point. Rugby is a relatively popular sport at West Point; for example, the 2012 game against Air Force was attended by 2,000 fans.[23] Army is led by Director of Rugby Mike Mahan.

Army has one of the most successful college rugby teams in the country. Army played in three consecutive national championship games from 1990-1992. Army reached the national semi-finals four consecutive years from 2000-2003, and twice in a row in 2009 and 2010.[24] More recently, Army reached the quarterfinals in 2013. Army also plays in the Collegiate Rugby Championship, the highest profile college rugby tournament in the US, reaching the finals in 2011. The Collegiate Rugby Championship is played every year in early June at PPL Park in Philadelphia, and is broadcast live on NBC.

Women's fencing[edit]

Alpine skiing[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Lt. Raymond Enners Award (national men's lacrosse award; named for a member of the Class of 1967)
  • Maggie Dixon Award (national women's basketball rookie coach award; named for Army women's basketball coach)
  • NCAA Award of Valor:
    • 2007 - Derek Hines (Class of 2003), who demonstrated valor in Afghanistan before being killed there.
    • 2008 - Emily Perez (Class of 2005), who died after an improvised explosive device exploded near her vehicle in Iraq and whose U.S. Army unit recognized her for her leadership after her death.
  • NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award:

Hall of fame[edit]

For a list of members by induction year, sport, and alphabetically, see footnote[25]

The Army Sports Hall of Fame consists of displays in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports, which is located within the Kimsey Athletic Center.[26] The first set of members was inducted in 2004.[26][25]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Army Mules". GoArmySports.com. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Army Mules". The Historical Marker Database. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Edson, James (1954). The Black Knights of West Point. New York: Bradbury & Sayles.
  4. ^ "Army plans games for home gridiron". The New York Times. 15 January 1947. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Quick Facts". Go Army Sports.com. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "On Brave Old Army Team". GoArmySports.com. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  7. ^ Crowley and Guinzburg, pp. 243–245.
  8. ^ Lapointe, Joe (8 September 2005). "Notre Dame and Army to Wake Up the Echoes". New York Times. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "MAAC Men's and Women's Golf Championships History". Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  10. ^ "Golf". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  11. ^ "Army-RMC Rivalry". Go Army Sports.com. Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  12. ^ Crowly, R, and Guinzburg, T: "West Point: Two Centuries of Honor and Tradition" (ISBN 0-446-53018-2), page 234. Warner Books, 2002.
  13. ^ "Women's Basketball". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  14. ^ "Cross Country". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  15. ^ "Women's Soccer". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  16. ^ "Softball". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  17. ^ "Swimming & Diving". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  18. ^ "Women's Tennis". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  19. ^ "Track & Field". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  20. ^ "Volleyball". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  21. ^ "Rifle". GoArmySports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  22. ^ College Premier Division
  23. ^ Rugby Mag, Army Beats Air Force, Nov. 2, 2012, http://www.rugbymag.com/college-premier-league-/6290-army-beats-air-force.html
  24. ^ College rugby
  25. ^ a b "Army Sports Hall of Fame Members - By Induction Class". GoARMYsports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  26. ^ a b "Army Sports Hall of Fame". GoARMYsports.com. Army Sports Properties. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 

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