New Mexico Lobos

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New Mexico Lobos
University University of New Mexico
Conference Mountain West
Conference USA (men's soccer)
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (skiing)
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Paul Krebs
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico
Varsity teams 22
Football stadium Branch Field
Basketball arena The Pit
Baseball stadium Lobo Field
Soccer stadium Soccer-Track Complex
Other arenas Johnson Gymnasium
Mascot Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy
Nickname Lobo
Fight song Hail, New Mexico
Colors Cherry and Silver[1]
Lobos wordmark.png

The athletic teams at the University of New Mexico are known as the New Mexico Lobos. UNM teams have won two national championships. The women's cross-country team won the NCAA championship in 2015. New Mexico won the National title for Division I Skiing in 2004 defeating then No. 1 ranked University of Denver. The men's soccer team was National Runner-up in Division I Soccer losing in overtime to the University of Maryland in 2005 as the No. 2 seed, the highest ranking for a UNM soccer team in school history.

The University of New Mexico participates in the NCAA Division I in the Mountain West Conference (MW). The university's athletic program fields teams in 22 varsity sports. The only varsity teams that do not compete in the MW are in sports that the conference does not sponsor—men's soccer, which plays in Conference USA (C-USA);[2] and skiing, which competes in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA).

The school colors are cherry red, silver and white, and the official fight song is "Hail, New Mexico".


The Lobos name began in 1920. A UNM Weekly student newspaper editor, George S. Bryan, came up with the teams' name, the "Lobos", which is the Spanish word for wolf. Previously the University's teams were referred to as the "University Boys" or "Varsities".[3]

Sports teams[edit]

The University of New Mexico sponsors teams in ten men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[4]

  • = Skiing in the NCAA is a coed sport with men's and women's squads. The Lobos compete in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association.
  • # = Men's soccer competes in Conference USA.
  • * = Beach volleyball is a fully sanctioned NCAA sport which had its first national championship in the spring of 2016.[5] New Mexico is currently an independent.


The University mascots are anthropomorphized wolves or "Lobos" named Louie and Lucy, they appear at every sporting and social event. For a brief period in the 1920s, a live wolf pup appeared at every football game, but UNM administrators were forced to cease the practice when a child teased the wolf and was subsequently bitten.[6]


National team championships[edit]

As of July 1, 2015, New Mexico has 2 NCAA team national championships.[7]

National runners-up[edit]

  • Division I Men's & Women's Skiing (2006)
  • Division I Men's Soccer (2005)
  • Division I Men's & Women's Skiing (1992)



The 1906 baseball team

The Lobo baseball program began in 1899.[8] Its current head coach is Ray Birmingham.

In recent years the Lobo Baseball Program has seen much success, the team competed in the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship tournament. Prior to 2010 the Lobos hadn't made an appearance in the tournament since 1962. In 2012 the Lobos captured both the Mountain West Regular Season and Conference Tournament titles. The Lobos have not made a College World Series appearance in its program's history.

UNM's baseball team plays at Lobo Field on the university's campus. They averaged 1,294 fans for the 2011 season and ranked 43rd in the NCAA per game.[9]

Men's basketball[edit]

The first men's basketball team (1903)

The Lobo basketball programs were established in 1899, but began its first competitive teams in 1903 and 1906, respectively. In 1920 a head coach would be hired, Roy W. Johnson. Its current head coach is Craig Neal.

Both men's and women's teams play in The Pit, formerly "University Arena", built in 1966. The Pit seats 15,411 spectators and ranks nationally in attendance for both men's and women's programs. Previously the Lobos played in Johnson Gymnasium and Carlisle Gymnasium, which are both still in existence on the main campus.

The Lobo men's basketball team has appeared in the NCAA tournament 14 times and have reached the second round seven times. UNM's most successful coaches in terms of wins are Dave Bliss, Bob King, and Steve Alford.

Women's basketball[edit]

Current head coach: Mike Bradbury

The Lobo women's basketball team has appeared in the NCAA tournament 8 times. Former head coach Don Flanagan (1999–2011) is the most successful coach in terms of wins.

Women's cross country[edit]

The women's cross-country team at the University of New Mexico, known as the New Mexico Lobos, won the NCAA championship in 2015. Earlier in their history, the team placed in the top 10 nationally four times. In 2015, head coach Joe Franklin was named NCAA women's coach of the year for the NCAA Mountain Region and the NCAA nationally.


Current head coach: Bob Davie
The first football team (1894)

The Lobo football program began in 1892, but compiled its first competitive team in 1894.[10]

The Lobos were previously coached by Mike Locksley, he was fired in late 2011 after a dismal 2–26 coaching record in 2 1/2 years at New Mexico. Locksley took the place of Rocky Long (1998–2008) who was the most winningest coach in the school's history.

The Lobo football program has appeared in 11 bowl games since 1939. The Lobos have captured 3 wins in bowl games, including the 1946 Sun Bowl, the 1961 Aviation Bowl, and the 2007 New Mexico Bowl.

UNM usually plays two large rivalry games each year with non-conference opponents, the Arizona Wildcats and the New Mexico State Aggies. The Rivalry with the Aggies is referred to as the "Rio Grande Rivalry", the rivalry first began in 1894. The Lobos have led the series since the 1940s, it stands at 66–31–5 in favor of the Lobos. The Rivalry with the Wildcats is referred to as the "Kit Carson Rifle" the rivalry began in the early 1920s. The Wildcats of Arizona have led the series, the last meeting with the teams was in 2008. The Lobos defeated the Wildcats 36–28.

Men's golf[edit]

The men's golf team has won 23 conference championships:[11]

Many Lobo golfers have gone on to play and win on the PGA Tour including: Tommy Armour III (two wins), Charlie Beljan (one), Brad Bryant (one), Curt Byrum (one), Tom Byrum (one), and Tim Herron (four).


Current head coach (men's team): Fredrik Landstedt

The New Mexico Lobo skiing team, a fully coeducational team, is one of only two Lobos teams that do not compete in the MW. It competes in the single-sport Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association alongside several Division I and Division II schools in the West. The team carries a rich tradition; it captured the school's first national title in 2004.[12]









Current head coach (men's team): Jeremy Fishbein
Current head coach (women's team): Kit Vela


The Lobos softball team has appeared in two Women's College World Series in 1980 and 1981.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New Mexico Artwork (PDF). 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Conference USA Adds Affiliate Members for 2012-13 and 2013-14" (Press release). September 4, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lobo Nickname". The University of New Mexico Lobos. University of New Mexico. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "New Mexico Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  5. ^ "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA. January 17, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "UNM Traditions - The Lobo Mascot". 21 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  7. ^ "ALL DIVISIONS/COLLEGIATE TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS : Championships History (through July 2, 2014)" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-04. 
  8. ^ "2015 University of New Mexico Lobo Baseball Quick Facts" (PDF). University of New Mexico. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Cutler, Tami (June 14, 2011), 2011 Division I Baseball Attendance, Wichita State Athletic Media Relations, archived from the original (Adobe Acrobat) on 2011-12-20 
  10. ^ "University of New MexicoFootball Record Book (1892-present)" (PDF). University of New Mexico. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "University of New Mexico 2011 Men's Golf Virtual Media Guide". Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ "University of New Mexico Skiing Record Book (1983-present)" (PDF). University of New Mexico. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4. 

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