UST Growling Tigers
|UST Growling Tigers|
|University of Santo Tomas|
(NCAA founding member - 1924)
|Location||España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines|
|Juniors' team||Tiger Cubs|
Seniors' general championships
Juniors' general championships
The UST Growling Tigers is the varsity basketball team of the University of Santo Tomas that plays in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. Formerly called the Glowing Goldies, the name has been changed starting with the 1992–93 season. The women's varsity basketball team is called the UST Tigresses. The Juniors' teams are represented by the UST High School. The boys' varsity basketball team is called the Tiger Cubs and the girls' varsity basketball team, the Lady Tiger Cubs.
The University of Santo Tomas holds the most number of UAAP Overall Championships with 56 titles (40 Seniors' Division Overall Championships in the 67 seasons that the title was awarded and 16 Juniors' Division Overall Championships out of 20 seasons).
The University has an excellent athletic program in all sporting events of the league. The University also takes part in various sports leagues such as the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, the Shakey's V-League and the University Games.
- 1 Mascot and colors
- 2 Varsity teams
- 3 Basketball
- 4 Volleyball
- 5 Football
- 6 Baseball
- 7 Cheerdance
- 8 See also
- 9 References
Mascot and colors
The men's varsity team of the University of Santo Tomas used to be called the "Glowing Goldies". The change to "Growling Tigers" came after the embarrassment suffered by the UST crowd who were present during the opening ceremonies of Season 54 (1991–92). Part of the program was the parade of school mascots. Host University of the Philippines which was the producer of the program was at a loss on how to represent the Glowing Goldies concretely. Since UST is a Dominican institute, the host decided to represent the school with an old Dominican friar holding a basketball, with sweatbands on the arms as well as band-aids all over its body and limbs. This personification drew a lot of laughter from the crowd. Due to this embarrassment, a search for a new mascot was held. Athletic Director Felicitas Francisco suggested the tiger as the new mascot due to its gold and white colors.
When it was UST's turn to be host in Season 55 (1992–93), the new growling tiger mascot debuted in the opening ceremonies. Since then, Mrs. Francisco always donned her tiger-striped coat when she attends UST playoff games. The High School boy's team then called the "Golden Nuggets" likewise changed its name to "Tiger Cubs".
It should be noted that Manila Central University used the tiger mascot (with purple and gold colors) in the UAAP when it joined in 1952. It withdrew from the UAAP and is currently inactive in intercollegiate athletics.
The University of Santo Tomas is one of 4 schools that participate in all of the fifteen sporting events of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). The names of the school's collegiate varsity teams participating in these fifteen sports are shown in the table below.
|Sport||Men's Team||Women's Team||Boys' Team||Girls' Team|
|Basketball||Growling Tigers||Growling Tigresses||Tiger Cubs||-|
|Volleyball||Tiger Spikers||Golden Tigresses||Junior Tiger Spikers||Junior Golden Tigresses|
|Beach volleyball||Tiger Spikers||Lady Spikers||-||-|
|Football||Golden Booters||Lady Booters||Junior Golden Booters||-|
|Baseball||Golden Sox||N/A||Junior Golden Sox||-|
|Judo||Golden Judokas||Lady Judokas||Junior Golden Judokas||-|
|Taekwondo||Tiger Jins||Lady Jins||Junior Tiger Jins||-|
|Fencing||Tiger Fencers||Lady Fencers||Junior Tiger Fencers||Junior Lady Fencers|
|Swimming||Tiger Sharks||Lady Tiger Sharks||Junior Tiger Sharks||Junior Lady Tiger Sharks|
|Track and Field||Tiger Tracksters||Lady Tracksters||Junior Tiger Tracksters||-|
|Badminton||Tiger Shuttlers||Lady Shuttlers||-||-|
|Tennis||Tiger Tennisters||Lady Tennisters||-||-|
|Table Tennis||Tiger Paddlers||Lady Paddlers||Junior Tiger Paddlers||-|
|Chess||Tiger Woodpushers||Lady Woodpushers||Junior Tiger Woodpushers||-|
UST with 40 championships has the most number of basketball titles in the UAAP. The men's basketball team is tied with the UE Red Warriors for the number of championships won as both schools have 18 titles. The Growling Tigers won one NCAA championship in 1930.
The Tiger Cubs and the Tigresses also have successful basketball programs. The former met the Ateneo Blue Eaglets 11 times since 1986 in the Finals. The Tigresses have won the most number of women's championships at 11, with the latest coming in 2006 (Season 69), at the expense of the FEU Lady Tamaraws.
In season 57 (1994), the men's, women's and juniors' teams won the UAAP basketball championship in their respective division. This was the only time that a triple-championship feat has happened in UAAP history. In Seasons 58 (1995) and 69 (2006), UST won double championships. Both the men's and women's teams captured the basketball championships in their respective division.
Includes defeated championship opponents.
In UAAP Volleyball, the Tiger Spikers have 17 championships. The Tigresses have 14 UAAP Volleyball crowns. The Lady Tiger Cubs has 5 UAAP Junior Volleyball titles. Both the Tiger Spikers and Lady Tiger Cubs recently achieved a three-peat championship winning the 70th, 71st, and 72nd UAAP Seasons. The Tigresses also won the championship in Season 72. The Tiger Cubs has yet to win their first UAAP crown.
UAAP season 2014-15 Men's team
UAAP season 2014-15 Women's team
Records by season
Men's volleyball team
Records starting 2005:
Women's volleyball team
Records starting 1984:
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UAAP season 2013-14 Men's team roster
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Records by season
Men's rankings since 1988:
The UST Golden Sox is one of the top baseball teams in the UAAP. They have won two (2005 and 2007) of their last four titles in straight finals appearances.
The official Pep Squad and Drumline, the UST Yellow Jackets, and the official dance troupe, the Salinggawi Dance Troupe have won the UAAP Cheerdance Competition a league-leading eight times and holds the record for the longest championship run for five consecutive years (2002 to 2006). Their closest rival is the UP Pep Squad, which has been a consistent runner-up until 2007 when they snatched the title by a very thin margin from the Salinggawi Dance Troupe, which finished second.
- Salinggawi Dance Troupe
- UST Growling Tigers men's basketball team
- UST Yellow Jackets
- UAAP Overall Championship