St. Bonaventure Bonnies

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St. Bonaventure Bonnies
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University St. Bonaventure University
Conferences Atlantic 10 Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Steve Watson
Location Allegany, NY
Varsity teams 14 (7 men's, 7 women's)
Basketball arena Reilly Center
Baseball stadium Fred Handler Park
Soccer stadium McGraw-Jennings Field
Mascot The Bona Wolf
Nickname Bonnies
Fight song "Unfurl the Brown and White"
Colors
     Brown       White       Light Brown
Homepage GoBonnies.com

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies (formerly the St. Bonaventure Brown Indians, from 1927 to 1992[1]) are the varsity intercollegiate athletic programs of St. Bonaventure University, based in Allegany, New York, USA. The Bonnies compete in the National Collegiate Athletics Association's Division I Atlantic 10 Conference,[2] of which it has been a member since 1979.[3] The school's athletic director is Steve Watson.[4] The programs' mascot is the Bona Wolf and colors are brown and white.[5]

Teams[edit]

St. Bonaventure University sponsors teams in seven men's and seven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[6]

Men's sports[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

The men's basketball program has enjoyed success on and off throughout its history, including an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1970,[7] and an NIT Championship in 1977.[8] St. Bonaventure's most recent NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2012, a 66-63 loss to Florida State. Currently, St. Bonaventure's head men's basketball coach is Mark Schmidt.[9]

NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier played at St. Bonaventure, leading them to the 1970 Final Four.[7] The men's and women's basketball teams play at the 6,012-seat Reilly Center.[10] The playing surface was renamed Bob Lanier Court in a dedication ceremony on October 12, 2007. Lanier attended along with his mother, sister, and daughter.[11]

Men's cross country[edit]

Men's golf[edit]

The Bonnies men's golf team is coached by John Powers, a 2010 graduate of Bowling Green University. Powers took over the team in the summer of 2011.[12] The team hosts the annual Leo Keenan Invitational at Bartlett Country Club in Olean, New York, where it has been held since the late 1980s.[13]

Men's soccer[edit]

Men's swimming and diving[edit]

Men's tennis[edit]

Women's sports[edit]

Women's basketball[edit]

In the 2011–2012 season, the Bonnies women's basketball team had the best season in their history. They accumulated a record of 31-4 in the regular season, including a perfect 14-0 record in the Atlantic 10 conference. They were ranked as high as 16th in the national polls and earned a 5th seed in the NCAA Tournament. They beat Florida Gulf Coast and Marist in the Tallahassee Regional to advance to the Sweet 16, where they lost to eventual national runner-up Notre Dame.

Women's cross country[edit]

Women's lacrosse[edit]

Women's soccer[edit]

Softball[edit]

Women's swimming and diving[edit]

Women's tennis[edit]

Former sports[edit]

Football[edit]

St. Bonaventure fielded an American football team sporadically from 1895–1970.

Mascot and colors[edit]

The school's current mascot is the Bona Wolf, the third mascot in school history.[5] From 1927-1992, St. Bonaventure's mascot was the Brown Indian. As part of an ongoing debate over Native American mascots, however, this was changed to the Bona Fanatic.[14] This new mascot was poorly received, so much so that costume wearers were assaulted by St. Bonaventure fans. After only a few years (1996–1998) in existence, the Fanatic was dropped in favor of the current Bona Wolf.[15]

The school's colors, brown and white, reflect the colors of Franciscan friar robes. The university is closely affiliated with this religious order.[16]

Facilities[edit]

Source: [17]

Sport Facility
Baseball Fred Handler Park
Basketball Reilly Center
Golf Bartlett Country Club
Lacrosse McGraw-Jennings Field
Soccer McGraw-Jennings Field
Softball St. Bonaventure Softball Diamond
Swimming & Diving Reilly Center Pool
Tennis St. Bonaventure Outdoor Tennis Courts

Accolades[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

Conference championships[edit]

  • Men's Swimming and Diving 1993[21]
  • Women's Swimming and Diving 1996[22]
  • Women's Swimming and Diving 1997[22]
  • Women's Swimming and Diving 1998[22]
  • Men's Swimming and Diving 1999[21]
  • Men's Tennis 2001[23]
  • Men's Tennis 2003[23]
  • Baseball 2004[24]
  • Men's Swimming and Diving 2006[21]
  • Men's Basketball 2012[25]

Fight song[edit]

The school fight song is "Unfurl the Brown and White," the lyrics of which are shown below.[26]

Unfurl the Brown and White
Into the breeze;
Snow of the mountain height;
Brown of the trees!
Emblem of loyalty,
Manhood, and might,
We love thy shining folds of Brown and White!

Hark! The trumpets are calling.
Drums like thunder resound.
Feet in rhythm are falling-
Armies shaking the ground!
Rise to the march.
Fill the sky with a throaty cheer. Rah!

Unfurl the Brown and White
Into the breeze;
Snow of the mountain height;
Brown of the trees!
Emblem of loyalty,
Manhood, and might,
We love thy shining folds of Brown and White!

The song was written by St. Bonaventure graduates L.G. O'Brien (Class of 1925) and C.R. Kean (Class of 1924).[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patt, David (4 April 2008). "The St. Bonaventure Brown Indian". SBU.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 11 March 2012. "The Brown Indian represented St. Bonaventure University athletics from Fall 1927, its earliest mention in The Laurel, to 1992." 
  2. ^ "St. Bonaventure University". NCAA. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "About Atlantic 10". Atlantic 10. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "St.Bonaventure Athletics Staff". Go Bonnies. Archived from the original|archiveurl= requires |url= (help) on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Patt, David. "The Athletic Symbols of St. Bonaventure University". The Symbols of St. Bonaventure University. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  6. ^ http://gobonnies.sbu.edu/
  7. ^ a b "1970 Final Four team to be honored on Jan. 16". Go Bonnies. January 11, 2010. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "NIT Champions". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "2010-11 Men's Basketball Roster". Go Bonnies. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Reilly Center". Go Bonnies. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "New Reilly Center Court To Be Named For Bob Lanier". CSTV. July 25, 2007. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "John Powers". Go Bonnies. St. Bonaventure University. Archived from the original on 2011-11-15. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Golf Opens Season Sunday at St. Bonaventure Leo Keenan Invitational". Cornell Big Red. Cornell University Athletic Department. September 16, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-11-15. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Patt, David (April 4, 2008). "The St. Bonaventure Brown Indian". The Symbols of St. Bonaventure University. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Patt, David (March 23, 2005). "The Bona Fanatic". The Symbols of St. Bonaventure University. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  16. ^ Patt, David (April 27, 2010). "Franciscan Friars and University Colors". The Symbols of St. Bonaventure University. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  17. ^ "St. Bonaventure Athletic Facilities". Go Bonnies. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c "1960's Men's Basketball All-Americans". Hickok Sports. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "1970 Men's Basketball All-Americans". Hickok Sports. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Nicholson, Watt on All-America list". The Buffalo News. March 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  21. ^ a b c "Sean McNamee". Go Bonnies. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  22. ^ a b c "A-10 Swimming & Diving Championships Set For Feb. 15-18". Atlantic 10. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  23. ^ a b "Men's Tennis Set For A-10 Championship Action Beginning Friday". Go Bonnies. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  24. ^ "Larry Sudbrook". Go Bonnies. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  25. ^ "St. Bonaventure Captures 2012 A-10 Men's Hoops Crow". atlantic10.com. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  26. ^ a b "Cheers and Fight Songs". The History of St. Bonaventure University Football. September 6, 2004. Archived from the original on 06-01-2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.