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 UOIT Ridgeback Men's Ice Hockey program is led by Head Coach Marlin Muylaert, first head coach of the program having been hired for the inaugural season. Muylaert enters his seventh season behind the bench. Muylaert's coaching staff is composed of Assistant Coaches; Rob Whistle, Justin Caruana and David Brown, Goaltending Coach Ian Young, and Strength and Conditioning Coach Mark Fitzgerald.
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.