BYU Cougars

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BYU Cougars
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University Brigham Young University
Conference West Coast Conference
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
  (M/W Swimming, M/W Indoor Track, Mens Volleyball)
Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference
NCAA Division I / FBS
Athletic director Tom Holmoe
Location Provo, Utah
Varsity teams 21 (10 men's and 11 women's)
Football stadium LaVell Edwards Stadium
Basketball arena Marriott Center
Baseball stadium Larry H. Miller Field
Other arenas South Stadium
Smith Fieldhouse
Gail Miller Field
Mascot Cosmo the Cougar
Nickname Cougars
Fight song "The Cougar Song"
Colors Blue and White[1]
         
Website www.byucougars.com

The BYU Cougars are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent Brigham Young University (BYU), a major university located in Provo, Utah. BYU fields 21 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) varsity athletic teams.[2] They are a member of the West Coast Conference for most sports. Other sports compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation[3] and as independents.[4] They were a member of the Mountain West Conference from 1999 to 2011 and before the formation of the MWC, the Cougars competed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the Mountain States Conference, and the Western Athletic Conference.

History[edit]

All teams are named the "Cougars", a name that was first introduced by Eugene L. Roberts in the 1920s, initially only applied to the football team. In 1924, live cougar kittens named Cleo and Tarbo were brought to BYU and used as its mascots. In 1930, Tarbo died and Cleo was sent to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City.[5] By the 1950s all sports teams were known as the Cougars and it was decided that having a person in a costume was a better mascot form than live animals. The athletics mascot, Cosmo the Cougar, was created by Dwayne Stevenson, and made his first appearance before BYU fans on October 15, 1953.[6] The school's fight song is the "Cougar Fight Song".

BYU is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church),[7][2] and the overwhelming majority of its students are members of that church. Because many of its players serve on full-time missions for two years, BYU's athletes are often older on average than other schools' players. The NCAA allows students to serve missions for two years without subtracting that time from their eligibility period. This has caused minor controversy, but is largely recognized as not lending the school any significant advantage, since players receive no athletic and little physical training during their missions.[8] BYU has also received attention from sports networks for refusal to play games on Sunday, as well as disciplining players due to honor code violations.[9][10]

National Championships[edit]

As of the start of the 2017–18 school year, BYU claims 20 national championships. Ten are official NCAA championships, four are in a sport not governed by the NCAA, and six are in an NCAA-governed sport but stem from a non-NCAA tournament.[11]

Varsity sports[edit]

Brigham Young University sponsors teams in ten men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Golf
Football* Gymnastics
Golf Soccer
Swimming & Diving# Softball
Tennis Swimming & Diving
Track & Field (Indoor # & Outdoor ^) Tennis
Volleyball# Track & Field (Indoor # & Outdoor ^)
Volleyball
* – The football team competes as an FBS independent
† – The gymnastics team competes in the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference. – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
# – The men's and women's swimming and diving and indoor track and field teams and the men's volleyball team all compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
^ – The outdoor track and field teams compete in the IC4A (men)/ECAC (women).

Baseball[edit]

The BYU baseball team played its first game in 1895[14] and currently plays in the Larry H. Miller Field.

Men's basketball[edit]

The Marriott Center, home to the Cougars' men's and women's basketball teams

The BYU men's basketball team is ranked among top 25 NCAA programs for all-time total victories. As of 2006, BYU had 82 winning seasons, 26 conference titles, 21 NCAA tournament invites, 10 NIT invites, and 2 NIT titles (1951 and 1966). In 2005, the program was ranked 36th in Street & Smiths "100 greatest College Basketball Programs of All Time", based on NCAA tournament success, NIT success, national championships, conference regular-season and tournament titles, all-time win-loss percentage, graduation percentage, NCAA infractions, NBA first round draft picks, and mascot ferocity.[15] In the 2006–07 season, the Cougars became nationally ranked for the first time since 1994 and won the Mountain West Conference regular season championship outright.[16]

Women's basketball[edit]

The BYU women's basketball team represents the university in the West Coast Conference and is coached by Jeff Judkins. The Cougars play their home games in the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah. The team has made eight NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 30 years and has frequently been at the top of its conference.

Men’s Cross Country[edit]

Two BYU runners have won individual cross country national champions; Ed Eyestone in 1985 and Josh Rohatinsky in 2006.[17]

Women’s Cross Country[edit]

The BYU women's cross-country team has won national championships in 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2002.

Football[edit]

The school's first football team won the regional championship in 1896.

The Brigham Young University Cougars football program competes at the NCAA Division I FBS (formerly I-A) level. Coached by Kalani Sitake, the team plays at LaVell Edwards Stadium. In 1984, the undefeated Cougars were voted the consensus national champion[18] BYU is known as a "quarterback factory" for producing several successful quarterbacks,[19][20] including 1990 Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.[21] Alumni who have played in the NFL include Jim McMahon, Steve Young, Gifford Nielsen, Bart Oates, Chad Lewis, Vai Sikahema, and Todd Christensen.[22][23]

Men’s Golf[edit]

The BYU men's golf team won the 1981 NCAA Championship. They have won 25 conference championships: 21 Western Athletic Conference (1966, 1968, 1970, 1972–77, 1980–84, 1986–87, 1990–92, 1995, 1999), two Mountain West Conference (2001, 2007) and two West Coast Conference (2014, 2017).

Women’s Golf[edit]

The BYU women’s golf team has had 3 Conference Coach of the year winners, 2 Conference Freshmen of the year, and 8 Individual Conference Champions.

Softball[edit]

The BYU softball team rejoined the bulk of the school's teams in the WCC in July 2013, when the conference began sponsoring softball once Pacific rejoined after an absence of more than 40 years.[24] BYU softball had returned to the Western Athletic Conference as part of the school's 2011 conference change, but played only one season in the WAC,[25] moving to the Pacific Coast Softball Conference after the 2012 season and playing there for what proved to be the PCSC's final season in 2013.[26]

Women's soccer[edit]

Since joining the NCAA in 1995, the women's soccer team has appeared in the NCAA tournament 15 times, reaching as far as the Elite Eight in 2003[27] and 2012.[28]

Swimming[edit]

The first BYU swim team, 1922

As of 2011 BYU has about 550 athletes on 21 teams including football and men's basketball.[29]

BYU has Men and Women's Swimming and Diving Teams which have produced 26 Olympians and 31 All-Americans. In the 2009–10 NCAA NCAA final ranking: Women (1) Men (3).[30]

Track and field[edit]

The BYU track team has had several national champions and Olympians. The 1970 Men's track and field team tied with Oregon and Kansas to win the national championship.[citation needed] Miles Batty won the indoor national championship in the mile. In March 2011 BYU's Leif Arrhenius won the shot put competition in the NCAA track and field national championships and men's distance relay team also won the national title in their event.[31]

Men’s Volleyball[edit]

BYU's men's volleyball has won three NCAA National Championships in (1999, 2001, and 2004) and has been the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion seven times (1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2014, and 2016).

Women’s Volleyball[edit]

The women's volleyball team is also consistently nationally ranked, reaching the regional semi-final of the 2013 NCAA tournament.[32]

In 2013, the Cougars defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 3-0 (25-21, 25–16, 25–22) in the second semi-final of the NCAA championships on May 2, 2013 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion and advanced to 2013 national championship match with UC Irvine on May 4, 2013. The Cougars lost the match 0–3 (23–25, 22–25, 24–26), unable to pick up a fourth title.

Extramural and recognized sports[edit]

BYU sponsors extramural competition in six sports:

Men's Lacrosse[edit]

The BYU Cougars Men's Lacrosse team currently competes in the Men's College Lacrosse Association (MCLA) as a member of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC).[34] The BYU Lacrosse team was founded in 1975; however, significant records of the team only date back to 1995 when Jason Lamb began his tenure as head coach.[34] The BYU Lacrosse team had four wins and five losses (4–5) in their first season under Coach Lamb, accounting for their only losing season on record. The Cougars went 13–3 in his second season and have not had a losing season since.[34] The team's worst record since 1995 came in 2006 when they went 12–8, although during the 2006 national tournament they advanced to the Final Four. The summer of 2009 brought a coaching change to the lacrosse team when long-time assistant, Matt Schneck took over the reins as the head coach. In his second season as head coach, Schneck led the Cougars to their fourth national championship. With the 2011 Championship, Schneck became the first person in MCLA History to win a national championship as both player and head coach.[34]

The Cougars won the national championship in 1997, 2000, 2007, and 2011. The Cougars have won the RMLC championship ten times, capturing the title in 1997–1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016 and 2017.[34]

Women's Lacrosse[edit]

As of October 8, 2015, Brigham Young University is adding two new women's teams to its extramural sports programs, which currently includes five teams. The two new sports are women's rugby and women's lacrosse.

The current program includes men's lacrosse, men's rugby, men's soccer and men's and women's racquetball. The extramural program falls under the direction of Student Life at BYU. Teams in this program compete outside the university.[35]

Racquetball[edit]

BYU's men's racquetball team placed third at the 2008 USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Championships.[36] The BYU women's raquetball team has won nine national championships in: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2008.

Men's Rugby[edit]

Founded in 1965, the BYU men's rugby team plays college rugby in the Utah conference of Division 1-AA. BYU has been led since 2006 by head coach David Smyth, who was also head coach of the collegiate All-Americans in 2006 & 2007.[37] BYU plays its home games at South Field. Several BYU players have gone on to play for the U.S. national team.

BYU has been a major force in American college rugby. BYU reached the USA Rugby national championship match in 7 consecutive years from 2006 to 2012.[38] BYU rugby won its first national championship in 2009 by defeating the University of California, Berkeley,[39] and again won the national championship in 2012.[40] The following season, several of the top college rugby teams withdrew from the USA Rugby D1A competition and organized their own championship called the Varsity Cup, which many view as equivalent to a national championship.[41] In 2013, BYU had an undefeated season, won the Varsity Cup by beating Cal in the final, and finished the season ranked the #1 team in college rugby.[41][42]

Women's Rugby[edit]

As of October 8, 2015, Brigham Young University is adding two new women's teams to its extramural sports programs, which currently includes five teams. The two new sports are women's rugby and women's lacrosse.

The current program includes men's lacrosse, men's rugby, men's soccer and men's and women's racquetball. The extramural program falls under the direction of Student Life at BYU. Teams in this program compete outside the university.[35]

Men's soccer[edit]

The BYU Cougars men's soccer competes in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. The team plays its home games at The Stadium at South Field on the campus of Brigham Young University, where they have played since 2003.

Ice hockey[edit]

Ice hockey has been a part of BYU for many years, but at the beginning of the 2007/2008 season, the Provo IceCats, a club team composed of Brigham Young students which had been around since at least 1970, finally gained recognition as an official sport at BYU. Upon being officially recognized, the Cougar hockey team began representing their school by wearing the BYU logo on their uniforms and in their advertising. Although the team is officially recognized and sponsored by the university, it will continue to be funded by donors and private individuals. The Cougar ice hockey team now competes in the Division II Western Conference of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).

Former programs[edit]

  • Men’s Gymnastics
  • Wrestling

BYU ended its wrestling and men's gymnastics programs at the end of the 1998–1999 [43] season. This decision was officially made largely due to a lack of other teams in the region to compete with, when in actuality, it was mostly Title IX reasons. For wrestling, this reason was highly debated at the time as there were plenty of teams to compete with in the region, and a state rival was even added with Utah Valley University, albeit 4 years later.[44]

Budget[edit]

Similar to other Division I programs, football and men's basketball provide the majority of BYU's athletics revenue and profits. Revenue comes from ticket sales, corporate sponsors, broadcasting contracts, and contributions. In 2009 BYU athletics had revenue of $41 million and expenses of $35 million, resulting in a profit of $5.5 million or about 16%. That year football provided more than 60% of revenue, used 42% of total expenses, and had a profit margin of 53%. Men's basketball provided about 15% of revenue and had an 8% profit margin. Women's basketball provided less than 3% of revenue and was unprofitable, as were all other sports.[29][45]

Notable former athletes[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge 1981 B.A. Former second baseman for the MLB's Toronto Blue Jays and currently the President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics [46][47]
Aguilera, RickRick Aguilera 1983 B.A. Former pitcher for four MLB teams, winner of 1986 and 1991 World Series, three-time All-Star [48]
Guthrie, JeremyJeremy Guthrie (transferred to Stanford before graduating) Former pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, and Colorado Rockies, current pitcher for MLB's Kansas City Royals [49]
Hunt, KenKen Hunt 1983 B.S. Former pitcher for MLB's Cincinnati Reds, participant in 1961 World Series [50][51]
Joyner, WallyWally Joyner 1984 B.A. Former first baseman for five MLB teams, 1986 All-Star, current hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers [52]
Morris, JackJack Morris 1976 B.A. Former pitcher for five MLB teams; winner of the 1984, 1991 (MVP), 1992, and 1993 World Series; five-time All-Star [53]
Snyder, CoryCory Snyder 1986 B.A. Former outfielder for five MLB teams, 1984 Olympic silver medalist [54]
Towers, KevinKevin Towers 1982 B.A. Former general manager of the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks [55][56]

Basketball[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Ainge, DannyDanny Ainge 1981 B.A. General Manager of NBA's Boston Celtics; former Head Coach for Phoenix Suns and shooting guard for four NBA teams; winner of 1984 and 1986 NBA Finals; John R. Wooden Award winner [46]
Anderson, AmbrosiaAmbrosia Anderson 2006 B.S. Forward for European Women league's Siemens (Greece); former player for two WNBA teams [50][57]
Araújo, RafaelRafael Araújo 2004 B.S. Center for Clube de Regatas do Flamengo in Brazil; former player on two NBA teams [50][58]
Bradley, ShawnShawn Bradley 1993 B.A. Former center for three NBA teams; former player on Germany national basketball team [46]
Cosic, KresimirKrešimir Ćosić 1973 B.S. Former center and Head Coach in European basketball leagues; three-time Olympic medalist with Yugoslavia (Gold in 1980); named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors; inductee to the Naismith Memorial, FIBA, and College Basketball Halls of Fame [59][60]
Durrant, DevinDevin Durrant 1984 B.S. All-American forward at BYU in 1984, played professionally in the NBA and in Europe [50][61]
Fredette, JimmerJimmer Fredette 2011 B.A. 2011 national men's basketball college player of the year, formerly with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans; as of October 2015, with the San Antonio Spurs [62][63][64]
Fryer, BernieBernie Fryer 1972 B.S. VP and Director of Officials for the NBA; former NBA referee for 28 seasons; former player for one ABA and two NBA teams [65][66][67]
Hansen, TravisTravis Hansen 2003 B.S. Former player for NBA's Atlanta Hawks and in Real Madrid of Europe [50][68]
Kite, GregGreg Kite 1983 B.S. Former center for six NBA teams, winner of 1984 and 1986 NBA Finals, current commissioner of the Florida Basketball Association [50][69]
Nemelka, DickDick Nemelka 1966 B.S. Former ABA basketball player and All-American [70]
Roberts, FredFred Roberts 1982 B.S. Former power forward for six NBA teams [50][71]
Smith, MichaelMichael Smith 1988 B.A. All-American forward at BYU in 1988, played professionally in the NBA and Europe, currently a television broadcaster for the Los Angeles Clippers [50][72]
Thorn, ErinErin Thorn 2003 B.S. Former guard in the WNBA [50][73]

Football[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Ansah, ZiggyZiggy Ansah 2012 B.A. Defensive end for the NFL's Detroit Lions [74]
Beck, JohnJohn Beck 2006 B.A. Former quarterback for the NFL's Washington Redskins; former quarterback for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League [50][75]
Billick, BrianBrian Billick 2006 B.A. Former head coach for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, leading team to Super Bowl XXXV win in 2001 [50][76]
Buck, JasonJason Buck 1986 B.A. Former defensive lineman for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins, winner of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992, winner of the Outland Trophy in 1986 [50][77]
Cahoon, BenBen Cahoon 1998 B.S. Former slotback for the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, 2002 and 2003 CFL Most Outstanding Canadian, winner of 91st Grey Cup (2003–MVP), CFL all-time receptions leader [50][78][79]
Christensen, ToddTodd Christensen 1978 B.S. Former tight end for the NFL's Oakland Raiders and New York Giants; winner of Super Bowl XV in 1981; former ESPN commentator for 23 years [50][80]
Collie, AustinAustin Collie (never graduated) Former wide receiver for the NFL, 2009 AFC Champion [81]
Crowton, GaryGary Crowton 1983 B.A. Former head coach for BYU and Louisiana Tech University; former offensive coordinator for the University of Oregon, Louisiana State University, and the Chicago Bears [82]
Denney, RyanRyan Denney 2002 B.S. Former defensive end for the NFL's Buffalo Bills [50][83]
Detmer, TyTy Detmer 1990 B.S. Former quarterback for six NFL teams, 1990 Heisman Trophy winner [50][84]
Edwards, LaVellLaVell Edwards 1978 Ed.D. Former head coach for BYU, leading university to 1984 NCAA Division I-A national football championship; College Football Hall of Fame inductee [85]
Fua, AlaniAlani Fua 2014 B.S. Linebacker for the NFL's Arizona Cardinals [50][86]
Gouveia, KurtKurt Gouveia (never graduated) Former linebacker for the NFL's Washington Redskins, winner of Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXVI, current linebacker coach for the Sacramento Mountain Lions [87]
Hall, TravisTravis Hall 1995 B.S. Defensive tackle for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, winner of Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999, founder of ProSpot Fitness [88]
Hoke, ChrisChris Hoke 2001 B.A. Former defensive tackle and Super Bowl XL winner [50][89]
Holmoe, TomTom Holmoe 1983
1995
B.S.
M.S.
Former defensive end for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers where he won Super Bowls XIX, XXIII, and XXIX; former head coach for the University of California, Berkeley; current athletic director at BYU [50][90]
Howard, PaulPaul Howard 1972 Former offensive guard for the NFL's Denver Broncos [91]
Johnson, LeeLee Johnson 1985 B.S. Former punter for six NFL teams, winner of Super Bowl XXIII in 1989 [50][92]
Jolley, DougDoug Jolley 2002 B.A. Former tight end for the NFL's Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers [50][93]
Keisel, BrettBrett Keisel 2001 B.A. Defensive end for the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers; Pro Bowl player in 2010, winner of Super Bowls XL and XLIII [94]
Kaufusi, BronsonBronson Kaufusi 2016 B.A. Defensive end for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens; Drafted in 2016 NFL Draft 70th overall [95]
Leach, MikeMike Leach 1983 B.A. Head coach at Washington State University [50][96][97]
Lewis, ChadChad Lewis 1997 B.A. Former tight end, winner of Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, three-time Pro Bowl selection [50][98]
Mahe, RenoReno Mahe 2003 B.S. Former running back for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, All-Pro selection in 2005 [50][99]
Macmahon, JimJim McMahon 2014 B.A. Former quarterback for seven NFL teams, winner of Super Bowl's XX (1986) and XXXI (1997), Pro Bowl selection, Davey O'Brien Award winner [100][101]
Mathews, JasonJason Mathews 1993 B.A. Former offensive tackle for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans [102]
Morris, RobRob Morris 2000 B.A. Former linebacker for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, winner of Super Bowl XLI in 2007 [50][103]
Patera, DennisDennis Patera 1968 B.S. Former placekicker for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers [50][104]
Oates, BartBart Oates (never graduated) Former center for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars; led team to Super Bowl XXI win in 1986, Super Bowl XXV win in 1990, and Super Bowl XXIX win in 1994 [50]
Olsen, OrrinOrrin Olsen 1976 B.A. Former center for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs [50]
Pilgrim, EvanEvan Pilgrim 1994 B.A. Former offensive guard for the NFL's Chicago Bears, Tennessee Oilers, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, played in Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999 [105]
Pitta, DennisDennis Pitta 2009 B.A. Starting tight end for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl XLVII champion [106]
Reid, AndyAndy Reid 1982 B.S. Head Coach of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, participant in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004 with the Philadelphia Eagles, AP Coach of the Year in 2002 [citation needed]
Richards, GoldenGolden Richards (never graduated) Former wide receiver for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, winner of Super Bowl XII in 1978 [107]
Sarkisian, SteveSteve Sarkisian 1997 B.A. Former Head coach at the University of Southern California [108]
Sitake, KalaniKalani Sitake 2000 B.A. Head coach at the Brigham Young University [109][110]
Sikahema, VaiVai Sikahema 2002 B.A. Former kick returner for three NFL teams, two-time Pro Bowl selection [50][111]
Tait, JohnJohn Tait 1999 B.S. Former offensive tackle for the NFL's Chicago Bears [50][112]
Titensor, GlenGlen Titensor 1980 B.S. Former offensive guard for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys [113]
Unga, UaniUani Unga (never graduated) Linebacker for the NFL's New York Giants [114]
Van Noy, KyleKyle Van Noy 2013 B.A. Outside linebacker for the NFL's Detroit Lions [115]
Whittingham, FredFred Whittingham 1963 Former defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders [116]
Whittingham, KyleKyle Whittingham 1984
1987
B.S.
M.A.
Head coach for the University of Utah [50][117]
Young, SteveSteve Young 1983
1994
B.A.
J.D. (Clark)
Former quarterback for the NFL and USFL; winner of Super Bowls XXIII (1989), XXIV (1990), and XXIX (1995–MVP); seven-time Pro Bowl selection; Davey O'Brien Award winner; Pro and College Football Hall of Fame inductee [118]

Track and field[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Eyestone, EdEd Eyestone 1985
1990
B.S.
M.S.
Marathon runner for American Samoa in the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics; former Head Coach for BYU cross-country team [50][119]
Fredericks, FrankieFrankie Fredericks 1987 B.A. Namibian sprinter and four-time Olympic silver medalist [120]
Lott-Hogan, TiffanyTiffany Lott-Hogan 1998 B.S. World record holder in the 55-meter hurdles [50][55]
Marsh, HenryHenry Marsh 1978 B.A. Long-distance runner for the United States and three-time Olympian [50][121]
Myles-Mills, LeonardLeonard Myles-Mills 1999 B.A. Sprinter for Ghana in the 2004 Summer Olympics [122]
Padilla, DougDoug Padilla 1983 B.S. Long-distance runner for the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics [50][123]
Ward, JaredJared Ward 2015 B.S.
M.S.
Long-distance runner, multiple-time national champion, and qualifier for 2016 Olympics in the marathon [50][124]

Other sports[edit]

Name Class year(s) Degree(s) Notability Reference
Hoeger, WernerWerner Hoeger 1978 Ed.D. Olympic luge athlete, 2002 Winter Olympics, 2006 Winter Olympics [125]
Jennings, CaseyCasey Jennings 2000 B.S. Professional beach volleyball player, four-time AVP champion [50][126]
Lisonbee Cutshall, LindsiLindsi Lisonbee Cutshall 2012 B.S. Professional soccer player for Sky Blue FC, National Women's Soccer League [127]
Martin, ArielleArielle Martin 2007 B.S. Professional BMX rider [128][129][130]
Marx, TravisTravis Marx (never graduated) 3rd in NJCAA for wrestling; current mixed martial artist [131]
McCutcheon, HughHugh McCutcheon 1993
1998
1999
B.S.
M.S.
EMBA (Marriott)
Head Coach of USA Men's Volleyball Team [50][132]
Miller, JohnnyJohnny Miller 1969 B.A. Former professional golfer; winner of 1973 U.S. Open, 1976 British Open, 1977 PGA Championship, and 1980 Masters Tournament [50][133]
Parker, EdEd Parker 1956 B.A. Founder of American Kenpo karate and 10th degree black belt [134]
Patera, KenKen Patera 1987 B.S. Former professional wrestler and Olympic weightlifter [50][135][136]
Rohbock, ShaunaShauna Rohbock 1999 B.S. Bobsled silver medalist at 2006 Winter Olympics, former professional soccer player for WUSA's San Diego Spirit [50][137]
Saubert, JeanJean Saubert 1967 MRE U.S. alpine skier who won silver and bronze medals at the 1964 Winter Olympics [50][138]
Sonnen, ChaelChael Sonnen (attended) Mixed martial artist, retired fighter previously competing for the Ultimate Fighting Championship [139]
Weir, MikeMike Weir 1992 B.S. Professional golfer; winner of 2003 Masters Tournament and Lou Marsh Trophy [50][140]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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