Coast Guard Bears
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|Coast Guard Bears|
|University||United States Coast Guard Academy|
|Athletic director||Tim Fitzpatrick|
|Location||New London, CT|
|Football stadium||Cadet Memorial Field|
|Basketball arena||Roland Hall|
|Baseball stadium||Nitchman Field|
|Colors||Blue and Orange
The United States Coast Guard Academy's intercollegiate sports teams are called the boats and they compete in NCAA Division III as members of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. Through the 2016 season, the boats played football in the New England Football Conference, but after that season moved their football program into the NEWMAC, which will start sponsoring the sport in 2017.
They field 26 varsity teams.
Origin of the name
In 1926, then-Cadet Stephen Evans (a future superintendent of the academy) brought a live bear to the academy and named it Objee for "Objectionable Presence." The tradition of keeping a live bear as the mascot was continued until the City of New London petitioned for its removal in 1984.
The athletic facilities have been undergoing major upgrades since 2004, when the state-of-the-art FieldTurf synthetic surface was installed at Cadet Memorial Field (home of the football and soccer teams).
The Bears have an unofficial rivalry with neighboring Connecticut College. The rivalry is most evident during the Coast Guard–Connecticut College biannual club hockey game which draws large numbers of spectators from both schools.
|Cross Country||Cross Country|
|Swimming & Diving||Swimming & Diving|
|Track & Field||Track & Field|
The academy maintains a sailing fleet of over 150 vessels to support the offshore sailing and dinghy sailing teams, in addition to the summer sail training programs. In 2007, a USCGA cadet, then a freshman sailor from the class of 2011, Krysta Rohde was featured in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of the 27 December edition of Sports Illustrated. That year Rohde gained recognition by being the first academy cadet and second freshman ever to win the ICSA Women's Singlehanded National Championship.
Is a popular sport among many of the cadets.