Holy Names Hawks

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Holy Names Hawks
University Holy Names University
Conference Pacific West Conference
Western Water Polo Association (water polo)
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Dr. Debbie Snell
Location Oakland, CA
Varsity teams 14
Basketball arena Tobin Gymnasium
Baseball stadium Laney College's Field of Dreams
Nickname Hawks
     Red       White
Website www.hnuhawks.com

Holy Names Hawks (also HNU Hawks) are the 14 varsity athletic teams sponsored by HNU Athletics that represent Holy Names University (HNU), located in Oakland, California. HNU Athletics is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a Candidacy Member, competing as transitional members of the Pacific West Conference.


In 1994 Holy Names University, then Holy Names College, elevated its club sports to intercollegiate athletics by joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). HNU began its NAIA affiliation in the fall of 1994 as part of the Pacific Coastal Conference, competing in basketball, volleyball, and cross-country.[1]

During 1995, Holy Names University competed as an independent before becoming a founding member of the California Pacific Conference (CAL PAC) in 1996.[2] As a member of the CAL PAC, HNU Athletics earned: 7 California Pacific Conference All-Sports Awards, 54 conference championships, 36 NAIA national tournament appearances, 26 regional tournament appearances, 3 regional championships, 25 conference MVPs, 35 NAIA All-Americans, 69 Academic All-Americans, and 26 conference coach of the year awards.[3]

In May 2011, HNU Athletics was accepted for membership (transitional) in the PacWest Conference, effective fall 2012, and in June 2012, HNU Athletics was accepted for candidacy membership in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The university is in the third year of the membership process.[4]

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  1. ^ HNU Hawks 2016: Mission, Vision and Goals - The Strategic Plan for HNU Athletics, 2014 version
  2. ^ Feasibility Study and Strategic Plan for HNU Athletics, 2011
  3. ^ HNU Athletics website
  4. ^ HNU Hawks 2016: Mission, Vision and Goals - The Strategic Plan for HNU Athletics

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