North Dakota Fighting Hawks

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North Dakota Fighting Hawks
University University of North Dakota
Conference Big Sky Conference
NCHC (Men's hockey)
WCHA (Women's hockey)
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Brian Faison
Location Grand Forks, North Dakota
Varsity teams 21
Football stadium Alerus Center
Basketball arena Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
Ice hockey arena Ralph Engelstad Arena
Baseball stadium Harold Kraft Memorial Field
Mascot none
Nickname Fighting Hawks
Fight song Fight On Sioux
It's For You, North Dakota U
Stand Up and Cheer
     Green       White[1]

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks (formerly known as the Fighting Sioux) program fields the varsity athletic teams of the University of North Dakota (UND), which is located in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Originally in the Division II North Central Conference, UND began transitioning to NCAA's Division I in 2008 with the football program participating in Division I's Football Championship Subdivision. North Dakota is a member of the Big Sky Conference for football and most other sports, the Western Athletic Conference for baseball and men's and women's swimming & diving, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference for men's hockey, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for women's ice hockey.

Varsity sports[edit]

Ice hockey (men's)[edit]

Having won seven national championships, the men's hockey team is easily the most recognized of UND teams. They play in the $100+ million Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Ice hockey (women's)[edit]

The women's ice hockey team is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and competes in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I women ice hockey. The current women's head coach is Brian Idalski in his sixth season.


The men's football home games are held in the Alerus Center.



Athletics hall of fame[edit]

The Letterwinners Hall of Fame recognizes the efforts and achievements of former UND student-athletes, coaches, and other supporters of UND athletics. Inductees are selected by the UND Letterwinners Association and representatives of the UND athletic department. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony, sponsored by the UND Letterwinners Association, is held each fall in conjunction with a football game. The Hall of Fame is located on the upper concourse at the south end of the Ralph Engelstad Arena.[2]


UND's nickname was originally The Flickertails, but was unofficially changed to "The Sioux" in 1930 ("Fighting" was added later circa 1999). UND's former athletic logo, revealed in 1999, a Native American figure, was designed by Bennett Brien, a local artist and UND graduate of Ojibwa ethnicity. After more than a decade of controversy, the name and logo were retired in 2012. On November 18, 2015 it was revealed at a press conference held by President Robert Kelley that Fighting Hawks, with 57.24% of the vote, would become the new University nickname.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Color Identity: University of North Dakota". UND Office of University Relations. October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 11, 2015. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Fighting Hawks selected as new nickname for the University of North Dakota". University of North Dakota. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fighting Hawks selected as new nickname for the University of North Dakota". North Dakota Fighting Hawks. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 

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