Northern Iowa Panthers
|Northern Iowa Panthers|
|University||University of Northern Iowa|
|Conference(s)||Missouri Valley Conference
Missouri Valley Football Conference
|Athletic director||Troy Dannen |
|Location||Cedar Falls, IA|
|Basketball arena||McLeod Center|
|Fight song||UNI Fight|
|Colors||Purple and Gold
The Northern Iowa Panthers are the athletic teams of the University of Northern Iowa. The university is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and competes in NCAA Division I, (Division I FCS in football).
Men's Intercollegiate Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Sports
- Note = The football team competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
The school's mascot is the Panther. They participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-FCS for football) in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (formerly the Gateway Football Conference), as an associate member of the Mid-American Conference in wrestling, and in the Missouri Valley Conference for all other sports. Northern Iowa previously competed in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, North Central Conference, and the Mid-Continent Conference.
The University of Northern Iowa Wrestling team, founded in 1923, won the NCAA Division I national championship in 1950 and the NCAA Division II national championships in 1975 and 1978. They competed in the Western Wrestling Conference until 2012, when UNI became an associate member of the Mid-American Conference since the MVC is a non-wrestling conference.
Doug Schwab is the current Head Coach for the Northern Iowa Wrestling Team. Mission Statement - To communicate with UNI wrestling fans to support, encourage, promote a successful UNI wrestling tradition.
- NCAA Division I Team Champions in 1950 
- NCAA Division II Team Champions in 1975 
- NCAA Division II Team Champions in 1978 
- NCAA Division I Team Runner-Up in 1946, 1947, 1949 and 1952
- NCAA Division II Team Runner-Up in 1970, 1972, 1974 and 1980
- NCAA Division I Team Third Place in 1937
- NCAA Division II Team Third Place in 1963, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1977 and 1979.
- Olympic Gold Medalist (1952) Bill Smith wrestled for Iowa State Teachers College (1949 and 1950 NCAA champion)
- Olympic Silver Medalist (1948) Gerald Leeman wrestled for Iowa State Teachers College (1946 NCAA champion)
- Pan American Games Gold Medalist (1975) Mike McCready
- Pan American Games Gold Medalist (1993) Justin Greenlee
- Three-time NCAA Champion (1946-47-48) Bill Koll and member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic team, finishing 5th
- Three-time NCAA Champion (1947, 1949-50) Bill Nelson and member of the 1948 U.S. Olympic team
- Three-time NCAA Champion (1949-50-51) Keith Young
- Three-time NCAA Division II Champion (1976-77-78) Gary Bentrim
- Three-time NCAA Division II Champion (1978-79-80) and six-time All-American Kirk Meyers 
NCAA Tournament history
|Teams Defeated||Lost to|
|1962 (College Division)||N/A||2nd Round||Hamline||Nebraska Wesleyan|
|1964 (College Division)||N/A||4th Place||Washington University
North Carolina A&T
|1979 (College Division)||N/A||2nd Round||Nebraska-Omaha||Wisconsin-Green Bay|
|1990||(14)||2nd Round||(3) Missouri||(6) Minnesota|
|2004||(14)||1st Round||—||(3) Georgia Tech|
|2005||(11)||1st Round||—||(6) Wisconsin|
|2006||(10)||1st Round||—||(7) Georgetown|
|2009||(12)||1st Round||—||(5) Purdue|
|2010||(9)||3rd Round(Sweet 16)||(8) UNLV
|(5) Michigan State|
- NAIA National Tournament appearances: 1946, 1948, 1949, and 1953 (2-4 combined tournament record)
- Competed in the 2007 World University Games as Team USA (finished ninth)
|Coach||Record||When Coached||No. of Years|
|Tony DiCecco||183-161||1995–2007||12 years|
|Wanda Green||78-59||1968–1978||10 years|
|J.D. Anderson||59-55||1980–1984||4 years|
|Kim Mayden||36-96||1984–1989||5 years|
|Terri Lasswel||35-125||1989–1995||6 years|
|Sandra Williamson||7-40||1978–1980||2 years|
NCAA Tournament history
|Teams Defeated||Lost to|
|2010||(16)||1st Round||—||(1) Nebraska|
|Teams Defeated||Lost to|
|2013||N/A||2nd Round||Marquette||Ball State|
UNI's men's baseball program was discontinued after the 2008-2009 season.
History of UNI nickname
On September 8, 1931, the following appeal appeared in the student newspaper, the College Eye, under the headline "Contest Started for School Name":
"Who wants to be called Tutors, Pedagogues, and Teachers all the time? Every leading school in the country has some name by which they are known in the realm of sport. Iowa is known as the Hawkeyes, Minnesota as Gophers, Chicago as Maroons, and so forth. Why not give Iowa State Teachers College a name which signifies something characteristic about the school besides the fact that it is a teachers college?"
The article goes on to note that entries would be judged by a member of the Department of Physical Education, other faculty, and students.
When the contest was announced, the Iowa State Teachers College had already been participating in intercollegiate athletics on a regular and organized basis for over thirty-five years. Teachers College teams had participated in contests with other Iowa colleges, and occasionally with teams from outside the state, in baseball, football, basketball, and track and field. Until the end of World War I, students certainly did get excited about these contests, but they probably took just as much pleasure in the success of the school's debate and oratorical teams. The school's sole mission, the preparation of teachers, tended to attract many more women than men to the Teachers College. And, consequently, the school did not have an abundance of material from which to draw its athletes in the days when only men participated in intercollegiate athletics. Following the war, however, the college made a distinct effort to attract men to the teaching profession. An important part of this effort was the addition of physical education courses to the curriculum that would help to prepare men for teaching positions that included athletics coaching responsibilities. Improved athletics facilities, including the construction of the West Gymnasium, showed that the school was taking a more serious attitude toward intercollegiate athletics.
On September 18, 1931, the College Eye announced that Paul Bender, acting head of the Department of Physical Education for Men; George Holmes, professor of journalism; Robert Burley, president of the Student Council; and the sports editor of the College Eye would judge entries. The winner would receive a leather briefcase from the Berg Drug Company. Second place would be a dresser alarm clock from Chase Jewelry Store. Third place would be a season football pass.
- "Facts of UNI Wrestling". University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 2014.
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- "University of Northern Iowa Wrestling 1953-1964". Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 02-25-2014.
- "University of Northern Iowa Wrestling 1965-1982". Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 02-25-2014.
- "University of Northern Iowa Wrestling 1950 Championship Team". Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 02-25-2014.
- "University of Northern Iowa Wrestling 1975 Championship Team". Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 02-25-2014.
- "University of Northern Iowa Wrestling 1978 Championship Team". Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 02-25-2014.
- "University of Northern Iowa Wrestling NCAA Divison I Champions". Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 02-25-2014.
- "University of Northern Iowa Wrestling NCAA Divison II Champions". Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 02-25-2014.
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- "Six-Time All-Americans (Div. I and Div. II)". University of Northern Iowa. Retrieved 02-27-2014.
- Katz, Andy (2009-07-10). "U.S. to play Israel for bronze". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
- "Panthers to Represent USA at World University Games". Cedar Falls, Iowa: University of Northern Iowa. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2013.