Northern Illinois Huskies

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Northern Illinois Huskies
Logo
University Northern Illinois University
Conference MAC
NCAA Division I FBS
Athletic director Sean T. Frazier
Location DeKalb, Illinois
Varsity teams 17 (7 men, 10 women)
Football stadium Huskie Stadium
Basketball arena Convocation Center
Baseball stadium Ralph McKinzie Field
Softball stadium Mary M. Bell Field
Soccer stadium NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex[1]
Other arenas Soldier Field
Mascot

Victor E. Huskie (Costume)[2]

Mission Huskie (Living mascot)[3]
Nickname Huskies
Fight song "Huskie Fight Song"[4]
Colors Cardinal and Black[5]
         
Website www.niuhuskies.com

The Northern Illinois Huskies are the athletic teams that represent Northern Illinois University (NIU). The Huskies are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Mid-American Conference. The athletic program is made up of 7 men's sports (baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling) and 10 women's sports (basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball). The football team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

NIU began athletic competition in 1899 and were nicknamed the Profs. In the 1920s, they were referred to as the Cardinals. During the 1930s they were called Evansmen after George "Chick" Evans. The Huskie mascot and nickname used today were officially chosen in 1940.

Sports teams[edit]

A member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference, NIU sponsors teams in seven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[6]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach
Baseball Huskies baseball Mike Kunigonis Basketball Huskies women's basketball Lisa Carlsen
Basketball Huskies men's basketball Mark Montgomery Cross Country Adrian Myers
Football Huskies football Rod Carey Golf Kim Kester
Golf Tom Porten Gymnastics Sam Morreale
Soccer Ryan Swan Soccer John Ross
Tennis Patrick Fisher Softball Christina Sutcliffe
Wrestling Ryan Ludwig Tennis Tanya Gombera
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Connie Teaberry
Volleyball Ray Gooden

Men's athletics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

NIU baseball started playing in 1900. The program was disbanded from 1983 through 1990. They currently play home games at the Ralph McKinzie Field in Dekalb, Illinois. They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament twice (1972, 1996).

Championships

Basketball[edit]

NIU men's basketball started playing in 1900. They currently play home games at the Convocation Center in DeKalb, Illinois. They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times (1982, 1991, 1996).

Championships

Football[edit]

NIU football started playing in 1899. As of 2011, they have won 10 football conference titles, appeared in 12 Division I-A and College Division Bowl Games (winning five).

Championships

Golf[edit]

NIU men's golf team currently plays its home matches at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The team won the 1976 Mid American Conference Golf title and qualified for the 1976 NCAA Golf tournament.

Soccer[edit]

NIU men's soccer started playing in 1962. They currently play their home games at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament two times (2006, 2011).

Championships

  • 1984 – Midwest Metro Conference Champions
  • 1990Mid-Continent Conference Champions
  • 2006 – Mid-American Conference Champions
  • 2011 – Mid-American Conference Champions

Tennis[edit]

NIU men's tennis team had six players qualify for the NCAA tournament, one player twice and another player three times (1963, 1968, 1970–1973, 1987).

Wrestling[edit]

NIU Wrestling started in 1931, and first started competing in the Division I (NCAA) in 1969 . The team had 9 NCAA All-Americans & 96 wrestlers qualify for the NCAA tournament, with two winning the NCAA title. Three other Huskie Wrestlers won the NAIA championship (1958 (@123), 1961 (@167), 1961 (@177))

1985 – Mid-American Conference Champions

Ryan Ludwig (three-time NAIA All-American and a national finalist at 157 pounds) is currently in his 3rd season as head coach for the Huskies.[7] Completed in the fall of 2008, the NIU Wrestling Training Complex features everything a student-athlete needs to reach the highest levels on and off the mat.[8]

Women's athletics[edit]

Softball[edit]

NIU women's softball started playing in 1959. They currently play their home games at Mary M. Bell Field. They have made two NCAA Regional appearances (1988, 1996) and one appearance in the world series (1988).

Championships

  • 1988 – North Star Conference Champions
  • 1989 – North Star Conference Champions
  • 1990 – North Star Conference Champions
  • 1996 – Midwestern Collegiate Conference Champions
  • 1999 – Mid-American Conference Champions
  • 2000 – Mid-American Conference Champions

Basketball[edit]

NIU women's basketball started playing in 1957. They currently play home games at the Convocation Center in Dekalb, Illinois. They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times (1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995).

Championships

  • 1990 – North Star Conference Champions
  • 1993 – Mid-Continent Conference Champions

Soccer[edit]

NIU women's soccer started playing in 1993. They currently play their home games at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

Championships

  • 1997 – Mid-American Conference Champions
  • 1998 – Mid-American Conference Champions

Volleyball[edit]

NIU women's volleyball started playing in 1970. They currently play home games at the Convocation Center in Dekalb, Illinois. They have appeared in the NCAA Tournament six times (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2011).

Championships

  • 1997 – MAC West Division Champions
  • 1998 – MAC West Division Champions
  • 2001 – MAC West Division Champions
  • 2006 – MAC West Division Champions
  • 2011 – MAC West Division Champions
  • 2014 – MAC West Division Champions

Tennis[edit]

NIU women's tennis team started playing in 1974. They currently play their home games at the NIU West Tennis Courts.

Championships

  • 1989 – North Star Conference Champions
  • 1990 – North Star Conference Champions
  • 1991 – North Star Conference Champions
  • 1992 – Mid-Continent Conference Champions
  • 1993 – Mid-Continent Conference Champions

Gymnastics[edit]

NIU women's gymnastics started playing in 1978. They currently play home games at the Convocation Center in Dekalb, Illinois.

Golf[edit]

NIU women's golf team currently plays its home matches at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Track and field[edit]

NIU women's outdoor track and field team currently plays at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. The women's indoor track and field team plays at Convocation Center.

Cross country[edit]

NIU women's cross country team first played for one year in 1981. The program was reinstated in 1995.

Notable non-varsity sports[edit]

Hockey[edit]

NIU Hockey was founded in 1965. The Huskies play college ice hockey in the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) conference of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), ACHA Division 2 and ACHA Division 3. NIU was an ACHA D2 Regional Qualifier in 2013 and won three consecutive MACHA Bronze Division Championships, from the 2014-15 season through the 2016-17 season.

Championships

  • 2015 – MACHA Bronze Division Champions
  • 2016 – MACHA Bronze Division Champions
  • 2017 – MACHA Bronze Division Champions

Rugby[edit]

NIU Rugby Football was founded in 1968 and plays college rugby in the Mid-American Conference of Division 1-AA. The Huskies are led by Head Coach Kris Osterloh.[9] The Huskies reached the 2013 D1-AA national playoffs, but lost to Lindenwood in the round of 16.

Cheerleading[edit]

NIU Cheerleading consist of two teams, All Girl and Large Coed. Both teams perform at football games, basketball games, and at the NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 2016, both teams made it to finals with the All-Girl team Finishing in 5th while the Large Coed team place 6th in the D1A Division.

2016

All Girl: 5th

Large Coed: 6th

2015

Large Coed: 5th

Huskie Hall of Fame[edit]

The Huskie Hall of Fame first started in 1978. There was an annual class induction since 1983. Women were inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1986. There are currently 179 individuals and 14 teams enshrined in the Huskie Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site – Facilities". niuhuskies.com. 
  2. ^ iPhoto. "Gallery Dogs: 68 of 73". mascots.com. 
  3. ^ "Official NIU Mascot". myniu.com. 
  4. ^ "NIUHUSKIES.COM – The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site – Traditions". niuhuskies.com. 
  5. ^ "NIU Athletic Marks Standards Guide" (PDF). 2016-07-12. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
  6. ^ "NIU Huskies". Northern Illinois University Athletics. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "NIU Wrestling". Northern Illinois University Athletics. Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "NIU Wrestling Informational Facts". Northern Illinois University Athletics. Retrieved 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ NIU Rugby, Officers, http://niurugby.wordpress.com/officers-2/

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