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|University||University of Dayton|
Pioneer Football League
MAAC (women's golf)
Division I FCS (football)
|Athletic director||Tim Wabler|
|Football stadium||Welcome Stadium|
|Basketball arena||University of Dayton Arena|
|Baseball stadium||Woerner Field|
The Dayton Flyers are the intercollegiate athletic teams of the University of Dayton of Dayton, Ohio. All Flyers intercollegiate sports teams participate at the NCAA Division I level. The football team competes in the Division I FCS non-scholarship Pioneer Football League, and women's golf plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while all other sports compete in the non-football Atlantic 10 Conference.
The Flyers name
The name is a reference and homage to Daytonians Orville and Wilbur Wright who pioneered heavier than air flight. Orville and Wilbur Wright designed the Wright Flyer I and fabricated many of its components, including the propellers and engine, at their bicycle shop in Dayton. The Wright Flyer I was the first powered aircraft to achieve sustained, controlled flight.
Men's Intercollegiate Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Sports
- * = The football team competes as a member of the Pioneer Football League, a non-scholarship Division I (FCS) league.
- † = The women's golf team competes as an associate member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
University of Dayton athletic teams enjoy considerable support from an energized fan base. The men's basketball team is perennially among the top 25 programs nationally in attendance. The student fan base is known as the "Red Scare" and provides support for the Flyers from behind the east goal during basketball games.
Red Scare is a highly visible student organization present at many University of Dayton athletic contests. Since its inception in 1996, the Red Scare has grown from 50 members to the current membership of over 1300 UD undergrads.
The Flyers' traditional rivals in most sports are regional schools such as Xavier, Cincinnati, and Miami University. Dayton and Xavier vie for possession of the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy during regular season men's basketball games. Other historical rivals of note include Butler University, Duquesne University, University of Detroit, Marquette University, DePaul University, Temple University, and the University of Notre Dame. The latter three schools formed an informal basketball league with Dayton during the 1970s and 1980s, prior to formal league association for each school. The Gem City Jam, an annual game with crosstown rival Wright State University, is currently suspended.
On an ESPN all-time ranking of NCAA basketball programs the University of Dayton placed No. 48 overall. Dayton recently won the 2010 NIT championship. In March of 2014, Dayton upset state-favorite Ohio State, and the #3 seed Syracuse Orange in the NCAA Tournament with close victories. The Flyers then beat Stanford to reach the Elite Eight where they played the overall #1 seed Florida. They lost 62-52.
|1989||Stagg Bowl||Dayton||17||Union (NY)||7|
Sports Network Cup Results
|1993||Sports Network Cup||Dayton||27||Iona||3|
|1996||Sports Network Cup||Dayton||27||Duquesne||3|
|1997||Sports Network Cup||Georgetown||28||Dayton||3|
|1999||Sports Network Cup||Dayton||14||Robert Morris||6|
|2001||Sports Network Cup||Sacred Heart||21||Dayton||7|
|2002||Sports Network Cup||Dayton||17||Albany||7|
Rudy Flyer is the mascot of the Dayton Flyers. He is dressed in early pilots attire including a scarf and goggles. Each year two or three students share the responsibility of wearing the Rudy suit.
- Don Meineke (1952) - Former NBA player of the Fort Wayne Pistons, Rochester Royals, and Cincinnati Royals. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1952–53.
- Chuck Noll (1953) - Played football for the Flyers. Played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns. He won four Super Bowls as the Head Coach of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jim Paxson, Sr. (1956) - Former NBA player of the Minneapolis Lakers and Cincinnati Royals
- Jim Katcavage (1956) - Former NFL defensive lineman who played for the New York Giants. His 96.5 career sacks is tied with Michael Strahan for second most in Giant's team history.
- Gerry Faust (1957) - Former head football coach for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Akron Zips
- Fred Dugan (1958) - Former NFL tight end who played for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins
- Bucky Bockhorn (1958) - Former NBA player of the Cincinnati Royals
- Emil Karas (1959) - Former NFL and AFL linebacker who played for the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers
- Harold Schoen (1963) - Dr. Schoen played on the 1962 NIT Champion Flyers team that finished 24-6. He is a professor of Mathematics and Education at the University of Iowa.
- Tom Costello (1964) - Former NFL linebacker who played for the New York Giants
- Hank Finkel (1966) - Former NBA and ABA player of the Los Angeles Lakers, San Diego Rockets, and Boston Celtics
- Mike Ciccolella (1966) - Former NFL linebacker who played for the New York Giants
- Roger Brown (1967) - Former ABA player of the Indiana Pacers, Utah Stars, and Memphis Sounds
- Don May (1968) - Former NBA player of the New York Knicks, Buffalo Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Kansas City-Omaha Kings.
- Michael DeForest Wilson (1969) - Former NFL and CFL offensive lineman who played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, and Edmonton Eskimos
- Don Smith (1974) - Former NBA player of the Philadelphia 76ers
- Johnny Davis (basketball) (1976) – Former NBA player for the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, and Cleveland Cavaliers, former head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic
- Jim Paxson Jr. (1979) - Former NBA player for the Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers, former General Manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers
- Roosevelt Chapman (1984) - The all-time leading men's basketball scorer. Drafted in the third round of the 1984 NBA draft by the Kansas City Kings
- Sedric Toney (1985) - Former NBA player for the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Cleveland Cavaliers
- Jon Gruden (1986) - Played football for the Flyers. He was the head coach of the Super Bowl winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also of the Oakland Raiders.
- Anthony Grant (basketball) (1987) - Head basketball coach of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide
- Negele Knight (1990) - Former NBA player for the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, and Detroit Pistons
- Mark Schulte (1999) - Professional soccer player. He has played for the Cleveland City Stars, Minnesota Thunder, and Columbus Crew.
- Jerry Blevins (2004) - Major League Baseball relief pitcher for Oakland Athletics
- Chris Rolfe (2005) - Striker with Chicago Fire
- Craig Stammen (2005) - Major League Baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals.
- Dasan Robinson (2006) - Former defender for the Chicago Fire in the MLS.
- Isaac Kissi (2010) - Forward for Rochester Rhinos in the USL Pro.
- Chris Wright (2011) - Professional Basketball Player formally playing with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, now with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League
- Michael Nsien (2005) - Defender for Los Angeles Galaxy MLS Cup Champions also played for Portland Timbers (2006) USL