||It has been suggested that True Grit (mascot) be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since November 2012.|
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (July 2015)|
|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|
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 19 varsity sports; nine men and 10 women. UMBC competes in the America East Conference, but has separate affiliations in two sports not sponsored by that league. The men's swimming and diving team competes in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, and the men's tennis team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
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.
Men's Intercollegiate Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Sports
- * = Mens swimming competes as a member of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.
- # = Men's tennis competes as an affiliate member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
|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)||Joe French||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: 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; Northeast Conference Champions 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
(Men & Women)
|Rob Hubbard||Tennis Center||500||2007 America East Champions (Men) (under former head coach Keith Puryear)|
|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 stadium and events center is to be built and opened sometime during the 2017-2018 school year. The new stadium 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)||Rusty Cross||Walker Field||2009 4th 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
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.
Hail alma mater! OUR UMBC,
Boldly bearing your colors, the whole world to see,
Striving together in true unity,
Black, gold forever we're reminded of thee,
Proudly we hail to thee, OUR UMBC!
Throughout the ages, OUR UMBC,
Songs and memories still echo with true clarity,
Knowledge and wisdom and truth we found here,
Friendships we treasure that will last through the years,
Proudly we hail to thee, OUR UMBC!
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Frequently Asked Questions.
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- University of Maryland, Baltimore County Official Athletic Web Site
- UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland
- UMBC Down and Dirty Dawg Pep Band