Seattle Redhawks

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Seattle Redhawks
University Seattle University
Conference Western Athletic Conference
West Coast (1971–1980)
NCAA Division I-AAA Division I (2009–present)
Division II (2002–2009)
Division III (2001–2002)
NAIA (1980–2001)
Division I (1950–1980)
Athletic director Bill Hogan
Location Seattle, WA
Varsity teams 20
Basketball arena KeyArena at Seattle Center
Baseball stadium Bannerwood Park
(Bellevue, WA, USA)
Mascot Rudy the Redhawk
Nickname Redhawks (2000–present)
Chieftains (until 2000)
Fight song Ol' Seattle U.
     Red       White

The Seattle Redhawks are the intercollegiate varsity athletic teams of Seattle University of Seattle, Washington.[1] They compete in the NCAA's Division I as a member institution of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).[2]


Between 1950 and 1971, Seattle competed as a NCAA Division I independent, then joined the West Coast Athletic Conference (now West Coast Conference) in 1971.[3] Seattle grabbed national headlines in the mid-1950's when it defeated the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Seattle was lead by the sensational O'Brien twins, Eddie and Johnny (South Amboy, NJ). Johnny became the first college player to score 1,000 points in a season and both were named All-Americans. The O'Brien twins lead Seattle to the NIT in Madison Square Garden and then onto its first NCAA Tournament berth. The O'Brien twins were also standouts in baseball. Upon graduation, Eddie and Johnny played together with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Seattle has 11 men's basketball NCAA tournament appearances and is the only university in the Pacific Northwest to have played in a men's basketball Final Four (1958). Seattle lost to the University of Kentucky in the title game. Seattle was lead by Naismith and NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor. Baylor was named MVP of the 1958 Final Four and went on to become one of the greatest professional players of all time. During a period in the 1960's Seattle led the nation with the number of active players in the NBA. Notable basketball alums include Eddie Miles, Tom Workman, Rod Derline, and Clint Richardson, who won an NBA title with the Philadelphia 76ers. Tennis great Tom Gorman lead Seattle before leading the USA Davis Cup teams. Janet Hopps (tennis) and Pat Lesser (golf) were trailblazers in the advancement of women's sports in the 1950's competing nationally as a part of the men's teams. In April 1980, the administration voluntarily downgraded its athletic program due to a recession that crippled the region, moving from NCAA D-I to NAIA.[4] In 2001 and under the leadership of University President Stephen Sundborg, SJ, Seattle University rejoined the NCAA and competed in Division III for a year, then in Division II from 2002 to 2009.[5]

In 2000, Seattle University changed its nickname from Chieftains to Redhawks.[6]

For the 2009–10 academic year, Seattle University's varsity teams played full schedules against Division I opponents. Although Seattle U. was then a Division I independent, the university was hoping to rejoin the West Coast Conference, since all nine current members were private, religiously affiliated institutions (seven are Catholic and four share Seattle University's Jesuit affiliation).

Seattle once again became eligible for Division I NCAA Championships beginning in 2012–13. Seattle is a full Division I-AAA member in all 20 sports.[7]

In 2012, Seattle joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for all of the sports it sponsors at the varsity level except rowing, which the WAC does not sponsor and, initially, men's swimming and diving, which the WAC did not sponsor at the time. Men's swimming and diving was added as a WAC sponsored sport in 2013.[8]


Seattle University sponsors teams in nine men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[9]

  • * = The rowing team competes as an independent.

Men's basketball[edit]


For the 2010 baseball season, Seattle University hired Donny Harrel, formerly an assistant coach at Washington, as its head coach. Drills and practices began in late 2008 to prepare the program for re-entry into Division I play.[10] In 2010, Seattle home games will be played at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. The school's schedule included Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga, Portland, Pacific, Oregon, Oregon State, Dallas Baptist, St. Mary's, BYU, Nevada, and New Mexico.[11]

Fight song[edit]

Let's give a cheer for Seattle

Ol' Seattle U
Show them the fight of the
Red and white
They will win for you
Fight, fight, fight
Over the foes we're victorious
And victory is our cheer
So let's give a cheer
For the whole gang is here
To cheer you Seattle U![12]


  • Baseball = Bannerwood Park (capacity 750)
  • Men's Basketball = KeyArena (capacity 17,000)
  • Women's Basketball = Connolly Center (capacity 1,050)
  • Men's & Women's Cross Country = Several Seattle area sites
  • Men's & Women's Golf = The Golf Club at Newcastle & other Seattle area courses
  • Rowing = Seattle Rowing Center
  • Men's & Women's Soccer = Championship Field (capacity 650+)
  • Softball = Logan Field (capacity 250)
  • Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving = Connolly Center Pool
  • Men's & Women's Tennis = Seattle University Tennis Courts & Amy Yee Tennis Center (City of Seattle)
  • Men's & Women's Track & Field = No Home Facilities
  • Volleyball = Connolly Center (capacity 1,050)


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