Wayne State Warriors

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Wayne State Warriors
Logo
University Wayne State University
Conferences Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA NCAA Division II
Athletic director Rob Fournier
Location Detroit, MI
Varsity teams 8 men's & 7 women's
Football stadium Tom Adams Field
Basketball arena Matthaei Center
Baseball stadium WSU Baseball Field
Nickname Warriors
Fight song WSU Victory Song
Colors
     Green       Gold
Homepage WSUAthletics.com

The Wayne State Warriors represent Wayne State University, located in Detroit, Michigan. The university is a member of the NCAA at the Division II level, WSU competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for all sports except fencing, which competes in the Midwest Fencing Conference (MFC).

History[edit]

The school's intercollegiate athletic program was established in 1917 by director of athletics David L. Holmes. Revered by his athletes, Holmes initially coached all sports. His track teams were nationally known into the 1950s; in his first ten years, he produced two Olympians from the school's Victorian-era gym. Although he had major ambitions for Wayne and scheduled such teams as Notre Dame and Penn State in the 1920s, the lack of facilities and money for athletics kept the athletic program small.

A student poll selected the name of "Tartars" for the school's teams in 1927. In 1999, the university changed the name to the "Warriors," due to a feeling that the Tartar name was dated and that not many people knew what a Tartar was.[1][2]

Wayne State was a founding member of the Mid-American Conference in 1946, but left the conference before competition began. In 1955 the university, along with John Carroll University, Case Institute of Technology, and Western Reserve University formed the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC).[3] The University competed in the PAC until 1967 before competing as an independent program and joining the upstart GLIAC in 1975.

Sports[edit]

The Wayne State University Athletic Department sponsors the following sports:

Baseball[edit]

Wayne State has had 6 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[4]

Football[edit]

Wayne State football competes with the other sports in the GLIAC, the program also competed in the PAC from 1955-1967 and in the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference from 1990-1998. Wayne State has won three conference championships, one in the GLIAC and two PAC championships. Notable NFL alumni include: Vic Zucco, Richard Byas, Jr., Paul Butcher, Sr., Tom Beer, and Joique Bell.

Ice Hockey[edit]

Wayne State previously competed in men's and women's NCAA Division I ice hockey as a member of College Hockey America (CHA). The university dropped their men's program at the end of the 2007-08 season,[5] followed in 2011 by ending the women's hockey program.[6]

Championships[edit]

National Championships[edit]

Fencing (M) 1975, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
Fencing (W) 1982, 1988, 1989
Swimming (W) 2012
  • Note: Although WSU competes at the DII level, the NCAA combines all three divisions for its National Fencing Championships.

Conference Championships[edit]

i. GLIAC Championships:

Baseball 1980, 1981, 1982, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2010
Basketball (M) 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2010
Basketball (W) 1980, 1981
Cross Country (M) 2001
Football 1976
Golf (M) 2004, 2009
Softball 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996,
2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
Swimming (M) 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012
Swimming (W) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Track and Field (Indoor) 1976, 1977
Track and Field (Outdoor) 1975, 1976, 1977
Tennis (M) 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981
Tennis (W) 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983
Volleyball (W) 1980, 1981, 1982, 1997, 1998, 1999

ii. President's Athletic Conference Championships:

Baseball 1959
Cross Country (M) 1960, 1961, 1963
Football 1957, 1965
Golf (M) 1947
Swimming (M) 1963, 1964,
Tennis (M) 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964

iii. College Hockey America:

Ice Hockey (M) 2001, 2002, 2003
Ice Hockey (W) 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WSU adopts new athletic identity". Wayne State University Press. 1999-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Before and After: New Symbols for Old Schools". New York Times. 2000-08-06. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  3. ^ "Conference Overview: Timeline". Presidents' Athletic Conference. p. 7. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  5. ^ Wodon, Adam (March 11, 2008). "Wayne State Bids Farewell". College Hockey News. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Wayne State ends women's program". NCAA. May 30, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 

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