Northern Michigan Wildcats

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Northern Michigan Wildcats
University Northern Michigan University
Conference Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Western Collegiate Hockey Association (ice hockey)
NCAA Division II
Division I (ice hockey)
Athletic director Forrest Karr
Location Marquette, MI
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Superior Dome
Basketball arena Berry Events Center
Soccer stadium NMU Outdoor Fields
Natatorium Physical Education and Instructional Facility
Other arenas Vandament Arena
Colors Green and Gold[1]

The Northern Michigan Wildcats are the athletic teams that represent Northern Michigan University, located in Marquette, Michigan, in NCAA intercollegiate sporting competitions. All of the teams compete at the Division II level with the exception of the men's ice hockey program, which plays at the Division I level.

The Wildcats compete as members of the North Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for 14 of 17 varsity sports, with the men's hockey team playing in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and the men's and women's skiing teams competing in the Central Collegiate Ski Association. NMU has been a member of the GLIAC since 1987.

Northern Michigan's rivals in sports action are the two other major schools in the upper peninsula: Michigan Technological University, and Lake Superior State University.[2] The winner of the annual football game between NMU and Michigan Tech is awarded the Miner's Cup.

Varsity teams[edit]

List of teams[edit]

National championships[edit]

National Championships (4):

  • 1975 – Football – NCAA Division II
  • 1991 – Men's Ice Hockey – NCAA Division I
  • 1993 – Women's Volleyball – NCAA Division II
  • 1994 – Women's Volleyball – NCAA Division II

National Runners-up (4):

  • 1980 – Men's Ice Hockey – NCAA Division I
  • 1992 – Women's Swimming and Diving – NCAA Division II
  • 1992 – Women's Volleyball – NCAA Division II
  • 1995 – Women's Volleyball – NCAA Division II

Basketball Final Four (1):

  • 1961 – Men's Basketball – NAIA Division I


The Division II football team plays in the world's largest wooden dome, the Superior Dome.[3]


The United States Olympic Training Site on the campus of Northern Michigan University is one of 16 Olympic training sites in the country. The NMU-OTS provides secondary and post-secondary educational opportunities for athletes while offering world-class training.

With more than 70 resident athletes and coaches, the NMU-OTS is the second-largest Olympic training center in the United States, in terms of residents, behind Colorado Springs. The USOEC has more residential athletes than the Lake Placid and Chula Vista sites combined. Over the years, it has grown into a major contributor to the U.S. Olympic movement.

Current resident training programs include Greco-Roman wrestling and weightlifting. Athletes must be approved by the NMU-OTS, their national governing body and NMU to be admitted into the program.

NMU-OTS athletes attend NMU while training in their respective sports. The student athletes receive free or reduced room and board, access to world-class training facilities as well as sports medicine and sports science services, academic tutoring, and a waiver of out-of-state tuition fees by NMU. Although athletes are responsible for tuition at the in-state rate, they may receive the B.J. Stupak Scholarship to help cover expenses.

On-campus NMU-OTS athletes live in NMU’s Meyland Hall, eat in campus dining halls, and train at the university’s Superior Dome.

The NMU-OTS also offers a variety of short-term training camps; regional, national, and international competitions; coaches and officials education clinics; and an educational program for retired Olympians.[4]


Lloyd Carr, former head coach at the University of Michigan, former NFL coach Jerry Glanville, and Steve Mariucci, former head coach of the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers, played football for NMU, and current Michigan State coach Tom Izzo played basketball at NMU.


  1. ^ Northern Michigan University Institutional Brand Standards Guide (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-18. 
  2. ^ "University of Michigan Athletics – Football Coaches". Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived June 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Home | United States Olympic Education Center". Retrieved 2010-07-01. 

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