New Mexico Lobos
|University||University of New Mexico|
Conference USA (men's soccer)
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (skiing)
|Athletic director||Paul Krebs|
|Football stadium||Branch Field|
|Basketball arena||The Pit|
|Baseball stadium||Lobo Field|
|Soccer stadium||Soccer-Track Complex|
|Other arenas||Johnson Gymnasium|
|Mascot||Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy|
|Fight song||Hail, New Mexico|
Cherry Silver White
The athletic teams at the University of New Mexico are known as the New Mexico Lobos. The University of New Mexico participates in the NCAA Division I in the Mountain West Conference (MW). The university's athletic program fields teams in 19 varsity sports. The only varsity teams that do not compete in the MW are in two sports that the conference does not sponsor—men's soccer, which plays in Conference USA (C-USA); and skiing, which competes in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA).
The school colors are cherry red, silver and white, and the official fight song is "Hail, New Mexico".
The Lobos name began in 1920. A UNM Weekly student newspaper editor, George S. Bryan, came up with the teams' name, the "Lobos", which is the Spanish word for wolf. Previously the University's teams were referred to as the "University Boys" or "Varsities".
The University mascots are anthropomorphized wolves or "Lobos" named Louie and Lucy, they appear at every sporting and social event. For a brief period in the 1920s, a live wolf pup appeared at every football game, but UNM administrators were forced to cease the practice when a child teased the wolf and was subsequently bitten.
- Kit Carson Rifle (Arizona Wildcats)
- Rio Grande Rivalry (New Mexico State Aggies)
- The Bowl Showdown (Utah Utes)
- Division I Men's & Women's Skiing (2004)
- Division I Men's & Women's Skiing (2006)
- Division I Men's Soccer (2005)
- Division I Men's & Women's Skiing (1992)
The Lobo baseball program began in 1899. Its current head coach is Ray Birmingham.
In recent years the Lobo Baseball Program has seen much success, the team competed in the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship tournament. Prior to 2010 the Lobos hadn't made an appearance in the tournament since 1962. In 2012 the Lobos captured both the Mountain West Regular Season and Conference Tournament titles. The Lobo's have not made a College World Series appearance in its program's history.
UNM's baseball team plays at Lobo Field on the university's campus. They averaged 1,294 fans for the 2011 season and ranked 43rd in the NCAA per game.
The Lobo basketball programs were established in 1899, but began its first competitive teams in 1903 and 1906, respectively. In 1920 a head coach would be hired, Roy W. Johnson. Its current head coach is Craig Neal.
Both men's and women's teams play in The Pit, formerly "University Arena", built in 1966. The Pit seats 15,411 spectators and ranks nationally in attendance for both men's and women's programs. Previously the Lobos played in Johnson Gymnasium and Carlisle Gymnasium, which are both still in existence on the main campus.
The Lobo men's basketball team has appeared in the NCAA tournament 14 times and have reached the second round seven times. UNM's most successful coaches in terms of wins are Dave Bliss, Bob King, and Steve Alford.
- Current head coach: Yvonne Sanchez
The Lobo women's basketball team has appeared in the NCAA tournament 8 times. Former head coach Don Flanagan (1999–2011) is the most successful coach in terms of wins.
- Current head coach: Bob Davie
The Lobo football program began in 1892, but compiled its first competitive team in 1894.
The Lobos were previously coached by Mike Locksley, he was fired in late 2011 after a dismal 2–26 coaching record in 2 1/2 years at New Mexico. Locksley took the place of Rocky Long (1998–2008) who was the most winningest coach in the school's history.
UNM usually plays two large rivalry games each year with non-conference opponents, the Arizona Wildcats and the New Mexico State Aggies. The Rivalry with the Aggies is referred to as the "Rio Grande Rivalry", the rivalry first began in 1894. The Lobos have led the series since the 1940s, it stands at 66–31–5 in favor of the Lobos. The Rivalry with the Wildcats is referred to as the "Kit Carson Rifle" the rivalry began in the early 1920s. The Wildcats of Arizona have led the series, the last meeting with the teams was in 2008. The Lobos defeated the Wildcats 36–28.
- Current head coach (men's team): Fredrik Landstedt
The New Mexico Lobo skiing team, a fully coeducational team, is one of only two Lobos teams that do not compete in the MW. It competes in the single-sport Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association alongside several Division I and Division II schools in the West. The team carries a rich tradition; it captured the school's first national title in 2004.
|NEW MEXICO SKIING|
- Current head coach (men's team): Jeremy Fishbein
- Current head coach (women's team): Kit Vela
The men's golf team has won 23 conference championships:
- Border Conference (3): 1948–50 (co-champion in 1948)
- Mountain States Conference (6): 1957–62
- Western Athletic Conference (8): 1963–65, 1967, 1979, 1989, 1993, 1996
- Mountain West Conference (5): 2003–06, 2013–14
Many Lobo golfers have gone on to play and win on the PGA Tour including: Tommy Armour III (two wins), Charlie Beljan (one), Brad Bryant (one), Curt Byrum (one), Tom Byrum (one), and Tim Herron (four).
- "Conference USA Adds Affiliate Members for 2012-13 and 2013-14" (Press release). Conference USA. September 4, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
- Cutler, Tami (June 14, 2011), 2011 Division I Baseball Attendance (Adobe Acrobat), Wichita State Athletic Media Relations, archived from the original on 2011-12-20
- "University of New Mexico 2011 Men's Golf Virtual Media Guide". Retrieved June 20, 2013.