Northern Colorado Bears

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Northern Colorado Bears
University University of Northern Colorado
Conference Big Sky Conference
Western Athletic Conference (women's swimming and diving and baseball)
Big 12 Conference (wrestling)
NCAA Division I (FCS in football)
Athletic director Darren Dunn [1]
Location Greeley, Colorado
Varsity teams 17
Football stadium Nottingham Field
Basketball arena Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler–Hancock Sports Pavilion
Baseball stadium Jackson Field
Softball stadium Butler–Hancock Softball Field
Soccer stadium Jackson Stadium
Other arenas Butler-Hancock Swimming Pool (swimming and diving)
Mascot Klawz the Bear
Nickname Bears
Fight song "UNC Fight Song"
Colors Blue and Gold[2]
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The Northern Colorado Bears are the varsity athletic teams representing the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado in intercollegiate athletics. The university sponsors seventeen teams including men and women's basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track and field; women's-only soccer, softball, swimming and diving, and volleyball; and men's-only baseball, football, and wrestling. The Bears compete in NCAA Division I, with the football team competing at the FCS level, and most teams are members of the Big Sky Conference.[3] Three Northern Colorado teams have separate affiliations in sports that the Big Sky does not sponsor. The baseball and the women's swimming and diving teams are affiliate members of the Western Athletic Conference, and the wrestling team is a member of the Big 12 Conference.


Individual teams[edit]

Men's Women's
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Golf
Football Soccer
Golf Softball
Tennis Swimming & Diving
Track & Field Tennis
Wrestling Track & Field


From 1969–1979, Northern Colorado participated in all of the first eleven Women's College World Series (WCWS) tournaments ever held and was the only team to do so. The team compiled a WCWS record of 37-22 in those eleven years. In 1974, in its sixth trip to the tournament, the team reached the AIAW championship game (its fifth game in two days), only to lose to Southwest Missouri State by a score of 14-7.[4] In 1976, the team advanced to the championship game, losing to Michigan State, 3-0. Two years later in 1978, the team reached the title game for the third time, falling to UCLA, also by a 3-0 score.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UNC Bears Staff Directory". Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ UNC Style Guide (PDF). 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ 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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