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|University||University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|Athletic director||Tim Hall|
|Football stadium||UMBC Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Retriever Activities Center|
|Baseball stadium||The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC|
|Fight song||UMBC Riser|
|Colors||Black and Gold
The UMBC Retrievers represent the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in NCAA Division I athletics. The official colors of the Retrievers are black and gold (PMS 123). The Retrievers field 17 varsity sports, eight for men and nine for women. UMBC competes in the America East Conference (AmEast) in all sports except men's swimming and diving, and that sport will also compete in the AmEast effective in the 2017–18 season, when that conference reinstates men's swimming and diving as a sponsored sport. Previously, that team had competed in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association.
The retriever mascot is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the state dog of Maryland. There is a statue of a retriever known as True Grit that stands in front of the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). UMBC's costumed mascot has been known both as True Grit and Fever. UMBC also once had a live mascot named Campus Sam. Today, there is a live mascot named Gritty. In 2007, True revealed he had a sister, Trudy Grit, at the volleyball pep rally. She was used as a mascot as well.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of UMBC in 2006, the University held the "March of the Retrievers," a procession of 40 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers from the True Grit statue to the University Commons and then on to the UMBC Soccer Stadium, site of the Homecoming soccer match.
- Competes in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association through the 2016–17 school year, after which the America East will revive men's swimming & diving as a sponsored sport.
- The NCAA considers swimming & diving to be a single sport, holding a Division I championship meet that includes both disciplines.
- The NCAA considers indoor and outdoor track & field to be two separate sports. It holds indoor championships in its winter season and outdoor championships in its spring season.
The most recent change to the roster of supported sports was the dropping of the men's and women's tennis teams after the 2015–16 season. At the time of the tennis program's demise, the men competed in the Missouri Valley Conference and the women in the America East.
UMBC Retrievers baseball competes at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The team is led by Bob Mumma, and plays its home games at The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC on campus in Baltimore. The Retrievers are members of the America East Conference.
The Retrievers won their first regular season American East Men's Basketball title in 2007-08, and also qualified for their first NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. They had previously competed in the Division II men's basketball tournament.
Retrievers Basketball games are broadcast by Paul Mittermeier and Gary Stein as well as Troy Greene and Dan Levin.
The Retrievers Men's Soccer Team won the America East Conference in 2010, receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament. The Retrievers won their first round game against Princeton but lost in the second round in a shootout to a ranked William and Mary team. Star striker, Levi Houapeu, from that 2010 team was drafted as a 5th pick in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLS Superdraft by the Philadelphia Union. He is the first UMBC player to be drafted into the MLS. Levi is now a member of the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League. The men also won the conference again in 2012, and advanced to the NCAA tournament once again. They won their first round game against Old Dominion, but lost in penalty kicks in the second round to defending champion, UNC Chapel Hill. In 2013 the Retrievers led the country in overall record (16-1-3) and became the first team since 1997 to repeat as America East Conference Champions. They would earn a #16 seed and a first round bye as well as host UMBC's first ever NCAA Tournament match in any sport. The Retrievers would fall in a penalty shootout for the third time in four years in the second round of the tournament to UConn. In 2014, the Retrievers won their third straight America East Conference Championship and advanced the furthest of any UMBC NCAA Division I team by beating the #12-ranked Creighton 4-3 on PKs, as the Retrievers reached the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship semifinals. UMBC is the first team in tournament history to win four consecutive road games and to post shutouts in four consecutive games behind GK Billy Heavner and the back four of Jordan Becker, Oumar Ballo, Marquez Fernandez, and Spencer Williams (against Wake Forest, #4-ranked Maryland, #13-ranked Louisville and #12-ranked Creighton) to reach the College Cup.
The Retriever women's soccer team won their first American East Conference title and made their first NCAA tournament appearance in 2013, where they lost to #1-ranked VA Tech 2-0 in the first round. This was an amazing accomplishment considering the team had a cumulative record of 3-39-9 in their previous three years.
|Baseball||Bob Mumma||Alumni Field||1,000||2001 NEC Tournament Champions (as assistant coach under former head coach John Jancuska)|
|Basketball (Men)||Aki Thomas||RAC Arena||4,024||2008 America East Tournament Champions, 2008 America East Regular Season Champions (as assistant coach under former head coach Randy Monroe)|
|Basketball (Women)||Phil Stern||RAC Arena||4,024||2007 America East Tournament Champions, 2011 America East Regular Season Champions, 2011 WNIT|
(Men & Women)
|Matt Gittermann||No home course||N/A||2013 America East Champions (Men); 2005 America East Champions (Men) (under former head coach Murray Davis)|
|Lacrosse (Men)||Don Zimmerman||UMBC Stadium||4,500||America East Champions 2006, 2008, 2009; America East Regular Season Champions 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009; 2007 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinalist, 1980 Division II National Champion|
|Lacrosse (Women)||Amy Appelt||UMBC Stadium||4,500||NEC Tournament Champions 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 (under former head coach Monica Yeakel); 2006 America East Regular Season Co-Champions (under former head coach Courtney Connor)|
|Soccer (Men)||Pete Caringi Jr.||Retriever Soccer Park||1,500||1999 NEC Regular Season Champions; 1999 NEC Tournament Champions; NCAA College Cup First Round 1999; America East Regular Season Champions 2003, 2013, 2014; America East Tournament Champions 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014; NCAA College Cup Second Round 2010, 2012, 2013, NCAA College Cup Final Four 2014|
|Soccer (Women)||Leslie Wray||Retriever Soccer Park||1,500||America East Regular Season Champions 2013, America East Tournament Champions 2013|
|Softball (Women)||Heather Gelbard||UMBC Softball Stadium||1,000||2000 NEC Tournament Champions (under former head coach Michelle Neveling); 2002 NEC Tournament Champions; 2003 NEC Regular Season Champions|
|Swimming & Diving
(Men & Women)
|Chad Cradock||UMBC Aquatic Complex||500||Men: CCSA Conference Champions 2015, 2016 America East Champions 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013; Northeast Conference Champions 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Women: America East Champions 2007, 2008, 2011, 2015, 2016; Northeast Conference Champions 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
|Track & Field
(Men & Women)
|David Bobb||UMBC Stadium||4,500|
|Volleyball (Women)||Ian Blanchard||RAC Arena||4,024||1995 Big South Champions; 1998 Northeast Conference Champions (under former head coach Catherine Lavery)|
In Spring of 2014, UMBC announced that a brand new, $85 million arena and events center was to be built and opened sometime during the 2017–18 school year. The new arena will host Retriever basketball and volleyball games, as well as host convocations, speaker events, and other community events.
The UMBC Dance Team, cheerleading squad, mascot, and the "Down and Dirty Dawg" Pep Band also are supported through UMBC Athletics.
|Wrestling (Men)||Luke Broadwater||RAC Arena||NCWA National Championship- 10th place team: 2010, 9th place team: 2011. Individual National Champions: Alex Broadwater (149 lbs) 2008. Individual All Americans: Alex Broadwater 2007, 2008, 2009; Michael Hornzell 2007; Angelo Ambridge 2010; Zach Coe 2010; Daniel Carr 2011; Kekura Musa 2011|
|Ice Hockey (Men)||Jeff Pelus||Reisterstown IcePlex||ACHA National Tournament 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014. ACHA National Semifinalist 2010, 2014. Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Champions 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014. Individual All-Americans: Nik Jost 2012, 2013.|
|Volleyball (Men)||RAC Arena||2014 NCVF Quarterfinalist|
|Rugby (Men)||Hannibal||Walker Field||2015 3rd in Region|
- Zach Clark - Major League Baseball pitcher
- Wayne Franklin - former Major League Baseball pitcher
- Dan Marohl - National Lacrosse League forward for the Minnesota Swarm.
- Steve Marohl - former National Lacrosse League forward for the Baltimore Thunder and the Pittsburgh Crossefire; Major League Lacrosse attack for the Baltimore Bayhawks.
- Brendan Mundorf - National Lacrosse League forward for the New York Titans; Major League Lacrosse attack for the Denver Outlaws.
- Jeff Ratcliffe - National Lacrosse League forward for the New York Titans.
- Drew Westervelt - National Lacrosse League forward for the Philadelphia Wings; Major League Lacrosse attack for the Denver Outlaws.
- Jay Witasick - Major League Baseball pitcher
- Pete Caringi III - recently drafted Major League Soccer forward for Montreal Impact
True Grit is the name of the mascot at UMBC. True Grit appears in two forms: Both as a statue in front of the Retriever Activities Center of a Chesapeake Bay retriever and as a costumed mascot, an anthropomorphized Chesapeake Bay retriever. The latter can typically be seen in attire of whatever sport he is currently attending; this is most often basketball or lacrosse.
The Chesapeake Bay retriever is the state dog of Maryland and has been the mascot of UMBC since weeks after its founding in 1966. The costumed mascot was alternately known as "Fever the Retriever" in the late 1990s. The University also once had a live mascot, upon whom the True Grit statue is based, named Campus Sam. At the beginning of the 2008 fall semester, a Chesapeake Bay retriever puppy was chosen as a new mascot. He attends many athletic events and an online poll was held on the Retriever Activities Center website to choose his name, which was ultimately decided as "Gritty".
The costumed mascot has been fairly consistent throughout the years, with one notable exception. At convocation at the beginning of the 2002-2003 academic year, a new mascot costume was unveiled that was quite different from the previous costume. This mascot was active throughout the rest of the school year, but following that year a familiar-looking mascot returned--the new costume was similar to the first edition with a slightly darker brown coat.
The UMBC Riser is the official fight song of the UMBC Retrievers, and was written by Dr. George LaNoue, a professor of policy sciences
Stand up and cheer, UMBC
Forward we go, to another victory.
Retrievers, be bold,
We back you as we stand,
Black and gold, the best in Maryland.
Rise up and sing!
Stand up and roar!
Make echoes ring from the mountains to the shore.
Baltimore's pride, our alma mater grand,
UMBC, the best in any land!
UMBC's alma mater debuted in 2006 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary festivities. The tune is American Hymn by Matthias Keller, and the lyrics and arrangement are by Jari Villanueva, former director of UMBC's pep band.
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