The university's mascot and logo is based on a Rhodesian Ridgeback breed of dog. The idea of relating the infamous Ridgeback to the university's athletic program is that the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large and well muscled hunting dog that is legendary for its ability and use in hunting down lions. Strong and extremely competitive by nature, the Ridgeback is also lightning quick and deftly alert while constantly paying attention to its surroundings. Known as a dominant dog with aggressive instincts, the Ridgeback moves, not only like a hunting dog, but like a dog of prey. It is strong willed and confident and thrives on vigorous exercise and athletic activities. It is equally as tough in the water as it is on land.
Ridgebacks' goalie lining up for face-off (September 2013).
Ridgebacks' warming up the goalie (September 2013).
The current Head Coach of the team is Craig Fisher, joining his staff for the 2014-15 season will be; former Interim Head Coach Justin Caruana in the role of Associate Head Coach, Brad Gauld and former Ridgeback player Luke VanMoerkerke as assistant coaches, Mark Fitzgerald returning as strength and conditioning coach, and former Ridgeback Scott Baker in the role of head scout.
The UOIT Ridgeback Men's Ice Hockey program began with Head Coach Marlin Muylaert, the first head coach of the program to be hired for the inaugural season. Muylaert ended his seventh season behind the bench early and was let go mid way through the '13-14 campaign. Assistant Coach Justin Caruana would be given the Interim Head Coach tag and complete the season with the rest of Muylaert's coaching staff, composed of Assistant Coaches; Rob Whistle, and David Brown, Goaltending Coach Ian Young, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Mark Fitzgerald. The University announced two weeks before the start of 13-14 OUA playoffs that Craig Fisher had been hired as the new Head Coach for the 2014-15 season.
The Ridgebacks rowing team was first established in 2005 and currently operate out of Durham Rowing Club in Port Perry, Ontario. Currently the team competes in Ontario level Regetta's during the months of September and October. Complete with Men's and Women's rowing Novice and Varsity levels.