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Drexel Dragons
University Drexel University
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Eric Zillmer
Location Philadelphia, PA
Varsity teams 18
Basketball arena Daskalakis Athletic Center
Baseball stadium Ramp Playground Field
Softball stadium Vidas Athletic Complex
Soccer stadium Vidas Field
Lacrosse stadium Vidas Field
Natatorium Daskalakis Athletic Center Pool
Other arenas
Mascot Mario the Magnificent
Nickname Dragons
Fight song Drexel Fight Song
     Blue       Gold[1]
Website www.drexeldragons.com

The Drexel Dragons are the athletic teams of Drexel University.

The school's athletic program includes eighteen NCAA Division I sports including nine men's and nine women's teams, with most sports teams competing in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Drexel's athletic department was ranked first in gender equity by U.S. News.[2] The university has demonstrated a high level of student-athlete academic performance, with a 10-year NCAA graduation rate of 91% compared to a national average of 85%.

National Titles[edit]

Drexel has two recognized National Titles: the 1958 Dragon Soccer team, which was voted number one in a year end poll, and the 2013 Dragons women's basketball team, which won the 2013 Women's National Invitation Tournament.

Athletic teams[edit]


In addition to the DAC which is located inside the Main Campus, Drexel utilizes fields located at 43rd and Powelton Avenues, the Vidas Athletic Complex.[3]

Athletics history[edit]

Men's Basketball[edit]

The first Drexel basketball team (1894–1895)

In 109 years, Drexel has an all-time record of 1119 wins and 940 losses. The Dragons joined Division I in 1973. Bruiser Flint is the head coach of Drexel Men's Basketball. Drexel has received bids to four Division I NCAA Basketball tournament in 1986, 1994, 1995 and 1996. During the 1996 tournament, Malik Rose led the team to their only second round NCAA appearance after an upset of fifth-seeded Memphis.[4]

Prior to this, Drexel had appeared in four Division II NCAA tournaments in 1957, 1960, 1966 and 1967, including the very first Division II tournament in 1957. Drexel moved up to Division I play in the 1973-1974 season. Drexel's men's basketball team was ranked as high as 35th nationally in 2007, finishing the season with a 23 and 9 record while making the National Invitational Tournament tournament for the fourth time in the prior five years.

  • All Time Record - 1119 wins, 940 losses
  • Tournament Appearances - 8

Annual Record Men's Basketball

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Tournament National Rank (rpi)
2013-14 16 14 .533 4th CAA 1st round 129
2012-13 13 19 .419 8th CAA 1st round 175
2011-12 29 7 .806 1st CAA Finals, NIT Quarterfinals 63
2010-11 21 10 .677 5th CAA quarterfinals 77
2009-10 16 16 .500 6th CAA 1st round 145
2008-09 15 14 .517 6th CAA 1st round 135
2007-08 12 20 .375 10th CAA 1st round 247
2006-07 23 9 .719 4th CAA semi-finals, NIT 1st round 55
2005-06 15 16 .484 8th CAA 1st round 127
2004-05 17 11 .607 4th CAA quarterfinals, NIT 1st round 87
2003-04 18 11 .621 2nd CAA quarterfinals, NIT 1st round 87
2002-03 19 12 .613 3rd CAA Finals, NIT 1st round 89
2001-02 14 14 .500 4th CAA 1st round
2000-01 15 12 .556 4th America East 1st round
1999-00 13 17 .433 3rd America East quarterfinals
1998-99 20 9 .690 2nd America East Finals
1997-98 13 15 .464 4th America East quarterfinals
1996-97 22 9 .710 2nd America East Finals, NIT 1st round
1995-96 27 4 .871 1st North Atlantic Conference Title, NCAA 2nd round
1994-95 22 8 .733 1st North Atlantic Conference Title, NCAA 1st round
1993-94 25 5 .833 1st North Atlantic Conference Title, NCAA 1st round
1992-93 22 7 .759 1st North Atlantic Conference Finals

Women's Basketball[edit]

In 2009, Drexel women's basketball team ended Old Dominion University's NCAA record 17-year reign as CAA champion with a 62-41 victory in the conference semifinals. Behind Colonial player of the year Gabriela Marginean, Drexel captured its first-ever CAA Basketball championship with a 64-58 victory against James Madison University. This was the Dragon's first CAA tournament title in any sport since joining the conference in 2001-02 and it represented the first NCAA tournament berth for Drexel women's basketball since going Division I in 1982. The win also marked the team's 16th straight since starting off the season with an 8 and 8 record. The Dragons received a number twelve seeding in the 2009 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament where they lost to Kansas State 68-44.

The 2012-2013 Drexel Dragons finished third in the CAA with a 13-5 conference record and were invited to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. They won six straight games in the NIT postseason tournament, beating Iona (59-50), Harvard (82-82), Bowling Green (50-47), Auburn (56-43), the Lady Florida Gators women's basketball team 67-57, and finally the Lady Utah Utes, 46 to 43, to win the WNIT Championship title.[5]

Annual Record Women's Basketball

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Tournament National Rank (RPI)
2013-14 15 16 .484 4th 117
2012-13 28 10 .676 3rd CAA Finals, WNIT National Title 55
2011-12 19 14 .576 3rd CAA Finals 66
2010-11 19 13 .594 6th WNIT 1st round 96
2009-10 17 14 .548 6th WNIT 1st round 108
2008-09 24 9 .727 1st CAA Title, NCAA 1st round 54
2007-08 18 12 .600 4th 154
2006-07 10 21 .323 9th 207
2005-06 16 14 .533 6th 115
2004-05 19 10 .655 5th 152

Field Hockey[edit]

Drexel's field hockey team won the 2012 CAA Title for the first time in program history with a 2-1 overtime victory against Northeastern, getting the automatic NCAA tournament bid. In 2009, women's field hockey reached a number of program milestones. The team won the CAA regular season title, earned its first NCAA Tournament berth and picked up its first NCAA Tournament victory. The team's 19 victories broke their 2008 record of 16 wins. The Dragon's defeated No. 5 University of Connecticut, 3-2, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Field Hockey Championship. They reached the 'round of eight' before losing to No. 1 ranked and undefeated University of Maryland. In 2008, Drexel was also ranked at 14th in the nation, before losing in the CAA semi-finals to Old Dominion.

Annual Record Field Hockey

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Playoffs National Rank
2014 10 8 .556 5th
2013 13 7 .682 2nd CAA Semi-Finals
2012 15 7 .682 1st CAA Title, NCAA 1st Round 15
2011 10 9 .526
2010 15 5 .750 2nd CAA Finals 17
2009 19 4 .826 1st CAA Finals, NCAA Elite 8 10
2008 16 4 .800 2nd CAA Semifinals 14
2007 12 9 .571 3rd CAA Semifinals

Men's Lacrosse[edit]

In 2014, Drexel scored in the third overtime as the Dragons came from behind to defeat Hofstra 11-10, to win its first Colonial Athletic Association championship and earn their first ever NCAA tournament berth. Drexel trailed by three with five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but rallied to force the overtime, earn the automatic NCAA bid and win their eighth straight game.

In 2010, men's reached their highest ever ranking at number 7 in the nation, following a win over then number three Notre Dame, the eventual NCAA Division I tournament runner up.[6] In 2008 the Dragons were ranked 15th and reached the Colonial Tournament finals before losing 10-9 in overtime to Hofstra.[7][8]

In 2007, Drexel lacrosse defeated University of Virginia, ranked number one at the time and the defending National Champion, Drexel's first victory over a number one ranked Division I team in any sport.[9] Drexel's 1998 lacrosse squad finished the year with a then school record of twelve wins against two defeats. The season included a 14 to 10 defeat of a top 20 team, Towson University, eleven straight wins to start the season and a number 19 ranking. This win total has since been eclipsed by the 2008 lacrosse team which had 13 victories. In 72 seasons, Drexel has had 44 lacrosse All-Americans since beginning the sport in 1941.[10] Prior to 2014, Drexel had not appeared in the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship, but the team did get an invitation to the 1972 and 1973 USILA small college tournament.

  • All Time Record - 404 wins, 419 losses and 3 ties
  • Tournament Appearances - 3

Annual Record Men's Lacrosse

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Playoffs National Rank
2014 13 5 .722 2nd CAA Title, NCAA Quarterfinals (1) 9
2013 11 4 .733 2nd CAA Semifinals 18
2012 8 8 .500 3rd CAA Finals 18
2011 8 6 .571 5th
2010 10 5 .667 3rd CAA Semifinals 13
2009 7 8 .467 3rd CAA Semifinals
2008 13 4 .764 1st CAA Finals (2) 15
2007 11 5 .688 2nd CAA Semifinals 17
2006 5 9 .357 5th
2005 9 5 .643 5th
2004 4 9 .310 5th
2003 6 8 .430 4th CAA Semifinals
2002 9 5 .643 4th
(1) Won CAA tournament finals in three overtimes over Hofstra. Defeated Penn 16-11 in First Round. Lost to Denver 15-6 in Quarterfinals.
(2) Lost CAA tournament finals 10-9 in overtime to Hofstra.

Women's Lacrosse[edit]

Women's lacrosse completed 2011 with their first ever Colonial Tournament appearance after a fourth place conference finish. The season included a total of three Colonial conference wins, the most since 2007. Charlotte Wood in 2011 was the first Drexel women's lacrosse player to be named to the Tewaaraton Trophy award list, which is composed of the top lacrosse players from all three collegiate divisions. In 28 seasons, Drexel has an all-time record of 181 wins, 260 losses and 2 ties.

Annual Record Women's Lacrosse

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Playoffs National Rank
2013 11 7 .611 4th CAA Semifinals
2012 11 6 .647 3rd CAA Semifinals
2011 9 8 .529 4th CAA Semifinals
2010 10 7 .588 6th
2009 8 9 .471 8th
2008 10 7 .588 7th
2007 12 5 .706 5th


Drexel has also had success participating in the Dad Vail Regatta, the largest regular intercollegiate rowing event in the USA, held on the Schuylkill River. At the 2000 Dad Vail, Drexel placed second in the Men's Second Varsity 8 event. Their rowing teams have won gold medals in the 1997 Men's Frosh/Novice and Men's JV Eight, silver in the 2000 Men's JV Eight, as well as bronze in the 2005 Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight. The 2005 Women's Varsity Heavyweight Eight participated in the Women's Henley Regatta competing for the Jeffries Cup. However they were eliminated in the first round of duals by Neptune Rowing Club of Ireland.

Recently, the Drexel Rowing program has made significant strides in the rowing community. In the 2010 spring season at the Dad Vail Regatta, the Men's Second Varsity eight and the Men's Varsity pair took gold medals; while the Men's Freshman eight came across the line with a silver medal. The Women's Varsity eight placed third overall and the Women's Second Varsity eight finished just shy of a medal in fourth. The Women's Varsity eight then continued their success a few weeks later at the Royal Henley Woman's Regatta on the Thames River in England, finishing in first place to claim the Elite 8 championship title and the Sports Council Cup.


In 2009, the Drexel women's rugby team won the National Women's Collegiate Division IV championship sponsored by the National Small College Rugby Organization.[11]

Shotokan Karate[edit]

From 1988 through 2004, Drexel won eleven National Collegiate Karate Association team kata and kumite championships.[12]


Drexel has one major National Championship to its credit. In 1958 with a 12-0-0 record, the men's soccer team was awarded the national title by the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association of America, then the governing body of men’s college soccer.[13] This occurred the year before the NCAA instituted a playoff system and so Drexel's championship is not officially recognized today by the NCAA. The 1963 men’s soccer team at 10-3-1 and the 1972 team at 9-5-0, subsequently earned NCAA tournament berths. Men's soccer has a Division I Record of 448-356-78 in 60 seasons.

Drexel won the CAA regular season title in 2007, finishing at 11-5-3 in a tie for first with Old Dominion and reaching then CAA tournament semifinals. It also won the CAA regular season outright in 2012, finishing 12-4-3 and earning the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since 1972.

Drexel Soccer alumni Jeff Parke currently plays for Major League Soccer's D.C. United.

In 2013, Drexel soccer won the CAA tournament, earning the conference's No. 1 seed for the first time, and also again earning an NCAA Tournament berth. Drexel lost to Old Dominion 5-1 in the NCAA's first round.

  • All Time Record - 448 wins, 356 losses, 78 ties
  • Tournament Appearances - 4

Annual Record Men's Soccer

Year Wins Losses Ties Percent Conference Playoffs National Rank (rpi)
2014 5 10 3 .361 5th 150
2013 9 8 4 .524 2nd CAA Title, NCAA 1st Round (1) 79
2012 12 4 3 .711 1st CAA Semifinals, NCAA 1st Round (2) 33
2011 5 10 3 .361 5th 126
2010 7 10 1 .417 4th 99
2009 5 10 3 .500 5th
2008 5 10 3 .500 5th
2007 12 4 3 .711 1st CAA Semifinals 38
(1) Won CAA tournament finals 1-0 over William & Mary. Lost to Old Dominion in NCAA 1st round 5-1.
(2) Lost to Brown in NCAA 1st round 2-0.


Squash is an emerging sport at Drexel University, with the men's and women's varsity squash program established in 2011.[14] The men's club team was founded in 2005 by Evan Cyrkin and Justin Burkholder and the women's by Violetta Shubayeva in 2007. Both, the Drexel Men's and Women's Squash teams, compete in the intercollegiate circuit (governed by the College Squash Association) as well as the Philadelphia Squash Racquets Association. On April 25, 2011, the Drexel Athletics Director, Dr. Eric Zillmer, announced the addition of men's and women's squash as varsity programs that will begin competing in the 2011-12 academic year. It was also announced that John White (squash player) will lead both the men's and women's programs as Head Coach.[14]

The Drexel Squash Club also has strong ties through volunteer work with Squash Smarts, a Philadelphia Youth Enrichment Program, which combines the sport of squash with academic tutoring and mentoring of under-served urban youth, in order to develop self-esteem and discipline through academic, athletic and personal achievement.[15]


In Wrestling, Coach Jack Childs became just the fifth coach in NCAA history to reach 500 career wins, spending more than 30 years at Drexel. Childs coached the school's first NCAA All-American in 2004 when Rob Rebmann placed 7th at the NCAA Tournament. In 2013, Drexel's wrestling team joined the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association after the CAA ceased sponsorship of the sport.


Drexel fielded a football team from 1895 to 1973, with the sport being discontinued after the 1973 season in order to increase funding for other sports teams. In 1927, Drexel hired W.H. Halas as their coach for football, basketball, and baseball. Halas had been a backfield coach under Knute Rockne and George Gipp at Notre Dame, and was younger brother was the Hall of Fame coach and founder of the Chicago Bears George Halas. In Halas’s second year as coach in 1928, the team won eight out of nine games.[16]

Notable athletes[edit]

  • Drexel basketball teams have included both locally and nationally known players such as Michael Anderson and Malik Rose. Rose and Anderson are the only Drexel alumni to play in the NBA. Several other Drexel alumni have been drafted by NBA teams including: Randy Burkert (9th round of 1982 draft by Philadelphia 76ers), Rich Congo (7th round of 1984 draft by Philadelphia 76ers), Michael Mitchell (9th round of 1984 draft by Philadelphia 76ers), and Leonard Hatzenbeller (8th round of the 1981 draft by the Indiana Pacers).[17]
  • Nicole Hester – 2008 Philadelphia Sports Writers Association "Most Courageous" Award
  • Gabriela Marginean – 2009 Philadelphia Sports Writers Association "Outstanding Amateur Athlete"
  • In March 2012, Bashir Mason, a four-year starter on the men's basketball team was named the 18th head coach of the Wagner Seahawks basketball team. At the time of the announcement, this made Bashir Mason the youngest head coach in the NCAA at 28 years of age.[18]
Field Hockey
  • Head Coach Denise Zelenak was a member and captain of the United States Women's Indoor Field Hockey Team, leading them to a silver medal in the Pan American games. After retiring as a player she was named head coach in 2011.
  • Former Drexel lacrosse head coach Chris Bates played professionally for the Philadelphia Wings tallying 29 goals and 49 assists in 73 games, winning NLL championships in 1994, 1995 and 1998 with the club, and making the All-Pro team in 1996. In 2009, Bates was named head lacrosse coach at Princeton University, replacing legendary coach Bill Tierney.[19]
  • Scott Stewart, who played one year of lacrosse at Drexel and graduated in 2001, was the third overall pick in the 2001 NLL draft and had tabulated 151 goals with 162 assists in his career through 2012. Also Jeff Spano, another 2001 graduate, played professionally from 2003 to 2008 with the Philadelphia Wings and the New York Titans, accumulating 28 goals and 78 assists for 106 points in 80 games.
  • Robert Church was the fifth overall selection in the 2013 NLL entry draft.
  • Ben McIntosh was the first overall selection in the 2013 Western Lacrosse Association Draft.
  • In the sport of rowing, Mark Gerban (who swam for Drexel) was the first person in history to represent Palestine at the 2005 World Championships in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Competing in the Lightweight Men’s Single, he also had the highest placed World Championship finish (16th) of a Palestinian Athlete in any sport.
Swimming & diving
  • In 2008, Kate Hynes became Drexel’s first women’s swimming & diving All-American when she placed 13th on the three-meter board at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. On the one-meter board, Hynes finished 20th at the national championships.
In general
  • Other notable athletes include Lynn B. Ferguson, who was an All-American in both football and lacrosse during his time at Drexel; as well as Dennis Fink who earned the University’s first-ever Division I All-America honor for lacrosse, was the first Drexel player to lead the nation in scoring, and currently remains among the all-time leaders in several NCAA Men's Division I Lacrosse Records categories. Also, Ray Greene who played on one of the first Drexel lacrosse teams is one of only two Dragons in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Fight song[edit]

The Drexel Fight Song was written by Gay V. Piercy 1939 and Todd Groo 1941 and first appeared in print in a 1938 edition of the Drexel Athletic News. In the 1950s, the song was recorded by the Drexel Bands and combined Glee Clubs; this recording was lost but rediscovered in 2006, sparking a revival of its use.

DAC Pack[edit]

The DAC Pack is the student cheering section for men's and women's basketball games at Drexel University. "DAC" refers to the Daskalakis Athletic Center, the arena in which the men's and women's home games are played. Founded in 2002, the DAC Pack has grown from 10 people its first year, to a group that consistently fills the sideline and baseline student seating areas at home games. In the final months of basketball off-season, a contest is held for Drexel students to design the official DAC Pack T-shirt for the upcoming season, with the winning design then printed on over 3,000 shirts given out for free to students at basketball games. The DAC Pack also funds and organizes the annual Midnight Madness concert event to kick off the season. Previous performers at Midnight Madness have included Dev, and rap-duo Chiddy Bang.[20] In addition to filling the stands for home games, the DAC Pack also organizes road trips for away games, such as at rivals Penn and Delaware, as well as the CAA tournament in Richmond, Virginia.

For the 2011-2012 basketball season, the DAC Pack was named one of the top 16 student sections in the country as a semi-finalist in the national Naismith Student Section of the Year Award.[21] Additionally, the DAC Pack was picked as the top student section in Philadelphia.[22]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "The fairness factor". U.S. News. March 10, 2002. Retrieved 2007-09-04. 
  3. ^ 39°57′38″N 75°12′29″W / 39.96057°N 75.20817°W / 39.96057; -75.20817Coordinates: 39°57′38″N 75°12′29″W / 39.96057°N 75.20817°W / 39.96057; -75.20817
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  5. ^ "Women's Basketball Captures the 2013 WNIT Championship". Drexel Dragons Online. April 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "First Place on the Line When No. 7 Drexel Visits Towson on Saturday". Drexel Archives. 2010-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Hofstra Tops #11 Drexel in OT to Win CAA Championship". LaxPower. May 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  8. ^ "2008 Matrix for USILA Coaches' Poll for Division I". LaxPower. May 5, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Drexel basketball ranked 35th in nation". The Triangle. January 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  10. ^ LaxPower: All American list
  11. ^ "National Small College Rugby Organization: Brackets & Results". Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  12. ^ "Current and Past Journals of the National Collegiate Karate Association". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  13. ^ "The Year in American Soccer - 1958". USA Soccer Archives. 
  14. ^ a b Drexel Adds Men's and Women's Squash as Varsity Sports
  15. ^ Squash Smarts
  16. ^ "Football records". Drexel University. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  17. ^ "Players Drafted From Drexel University". Basketball-Reference.com. 
  18. ^ "Bashir Mason Named Wagner College Head Men's Basketball Coach". http://www.wagnerathletics.com. 
  19. ^ "Chris Bates Named Head Lacrosse Coach at Princeton". Laxpower.com. 2009-06-29. 
  20. ^ October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07). "Childish Gambino to Headline Drexel Midnight Madness". Philahoops.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  21. ^ "Timeline Photos - I Love College Hoops". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  22. ^ February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17). "Drexel's Williams wins CAA Rookie of the Week". Philahoops.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 

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