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UT Arlington Mavericks
University University of Texas at Arlington
Conference Sun Belt
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Jim Baker
Location Arlington, TX
Varsity teams 14
Basketball arena College Park Center
Baseball stadium Clay Gould Ballpark
Softball stadium Allan Saxe Field
Other arenas Maverick Stadium
UTA Tennis Center
Mascot Blaze
Nickname Mavericks
Fight song UTA Fight Song
     Blue       White       Orange
Website www.utamavs.com

The UT Arlington Mavericks (abbreviated UTA, and Mavs) are the athletic teams that represent the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The Mavericks currently compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference in 14 varsity sports.[1] That number will rise to 15 in the fall of 2017 as the University announced women's golf will begin competition that year. [2]

Jim Baker is the current Athletic Director. Prior to his stint at UTA, he was an associate athletic director for events, operations and sports programs for the Texas Longhorns at the University of Texas at Austin. Baker replaced Pete Carlon, who headed the Athletic Department from 1996 to 2012, and is currently the Senior Athletics Director for Administration.

General History[edit]

UTA was a founding member of the Southland Conference in 1963 and participated in the league until the end of the 2011-12 athletic year. They joined the Western Athletic Conference for one year before they moved to the Sun Belt.

UT Arlington won the Southland Conference's Commissioners Cup three times since the award was first instituted in 1998. The Commissioner's Cup is awarded to the athletics program with the highest all-around performance in all conference events, including all men's and women's events.[3]

When the school transitioned from junior college to University status in 1959, the schools athletic teams were known as the Rebels. Controversy would surround the name after a decades time. A series of events would occur that lead to a change in mascots to the current version. The Mavericks' name selection was made in 1971,[4] predating the National Basketball Association's expansion franchise Dallas Mavericks' starting choice in 1980.

Team list[edit]

The Mavericks compete in the Division I varsity sports listed below:[5]


Men's basketball[edit]

Home games are played at College Park Center, located on University of Texas at Arlington's campus in Arlington. The team appeared in the 2008 NCAA tournament, losing against the #1 seed Memphis in the first round. Later, Memphis had to forfeit their win for "ineligible competition, impermissible benefits and failure to monitor its athletics programs."[6]

Although only 17 of 56 seasons have resulted in an overall winning record, 6 of the past 8 seasons have winning records, including a school record 24 wins in the 2011-2012 season (as of the conclusion of the 2014-15 season). They won the Southland Conference regular season championship that year, along with a tie for the 2004 regular season championship and a 2008 conference tournament championship that led to their first NCAA Tournament appearance.[7]

Overall, the team has played in four postseason tournaments and won three conference championships.

Women's basketball[edit]

The women's basketball team was established in 1972 and experienced early success with a combined 64-32 record in three seasons between 1975 and 1977.[8] The Mavericks participated in several AIAW state and regional tournaments before joining the Southland Conference beginning with the 1982-83 season.

Between 2004 and 2010, the team posted an overall record of 121-65. During this time span, highlights have included a perfect 16-0 Southland Conference record for the 2006-07 season and two NCAA tournament appearances (2005 and 2007).[9]

UTA has played in two NCAA and two NIT tournaments.


For conference championships, see: Southland Conference Baseball Tournament

The baseball team plays at Clay Gould Ballpark, located at the southwestern edge of the UT Arlington campus. The inaugural season was in 1969.[10] Highlights include Southland Conference regular season championships in 1990 and 1992 along with tournament championships in 2001, 2006 and 2012. The team also won a share of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference conference regular season title.


The first season for volleyball at UT Arlington was in 1973. The volleyball team appeared in the national rankings in the '70's during their time in the AIAW and towards the end of the 1980s in the NCAA. They advanced to the NCAA Volleyball Final Four in 1989.[11] They have appeared in 16 AIAW National and NCAA Tournaments

The team has won 12 Southland Conference regular season championships, including the first 9 from 1982 to 1990 as well as 10 Southland Tournament crowns.


UTA softball plays their home games at Allan Saxe Field, adjacent to Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks began play in 1973 and have compiled a record of 1,284–1,120-7, a winning percentage of .534 (as of the conclusion of the 2015 season). Along the way, they have won five Southland Conference regular season titles and one tournament title. Their lone appearance in the NCAA tournament came in 2003, where they went 2-2.

Prior to competing in the NCAA, the Mavericks were members of the AIAW, where they competed in two Women's College World Series tournaments.


UT Arlington began play as a junior college in 1919 and played at that level until 1958. They won Junior Rose Bowls in 1956 and 1957, as well as the Junior College National Championship, as Arlington State College.

After becoming a four-year University, UTA fielded a College Division (Division II today) football program as an independent from 1959-1963, joined the Southland Conference in the College Division from 1964 to 1970, a University Level (Division I) program from 1971 to 1981 and a Division I-AA program from 1982 to 1985. Home games were played in Maverick Stadium beginning in the 1980 season. UTA earned conference championships in 1966, 1967 and 1981. In 1967, the team won the Pecan Bowl against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux,[12] the only bowl game in its history.

The team was disbanded after the 1985 season due to major financial losses (nearly one million dollars per year) and low home game average attendance (5,600 with 23,100 students). By the end, the program was funded by the university's auxiliary enterprise income while the other 14 sports were under-funded, as football accounted for half the total athletic budget.[13]

In April 2004, UT Arlington students voted by a 2-to-1 margin to increase their student athletic fees by $2 per semester-credit hour should the university reinstate football and begin women's golf and soccer teams. President James D. Spaniolo, who just began his post leading the school, decided to pursue a new multi-purpose venue, which materialized when College Park Center opened in 2012. He also made the announcement to relook at adding football in five years.

Other sports[edit]

The men's golf team has won four Southland Conference Championships, while finishing as the runner-up eight times. During that time, they had the individual champion three times. In their lone season in the WAC, the team finished in second place while they claimed their fourth individual conference champion. Despite being two seasons removed from participating in the Southland, UTA is still in second place for most team championships.

The women's golf team will begin varsity play in 2017.

In track & field, the men's team has won ten outdoor and nine indoor Southland Conference championships and one indoor and two outdoor Sun Belt Conference Championships. There have been 20 Indoor All-Americans and 39 Outdoor All-American winners. The women's team has won six outdoor and seven indoor SLC championships.[14] The women have placed five Indoor All-Americans and 13 Outdoor All-Americans in their history. [15]The teams call Maverick Stadium their home. The facility has hosted numerous conference championship meets, as well as various regular season meets.

The men's cross country team lays claim to five conference titles: three SLC titles, one WAC in its first and only year there, and one SBC in its first year while finishing as the runner ups seven times. Additionally, UTA has had seven individual champions. Overall, the team has earned four runner of the year's, two freshman of the year's and four coaches of the year's. Current coach John Sauerhage has won three, all in different conferences. On the women's side, the team has earned five team conference championships, three individual titles, three runner of the year's, one freshman of the year and two coach of the year's. They have finished as runner up at the conference meet eight times.

The men's tennis team has won seven regular season championships in the Southland Conference, including a streak of 5 in 6 years from 1998 to 2003. The women's team has seen similar success, also winning seven championships with a streak of 6 in 7 years from 1999 to 2005.[16] The UTA Tennis Center is the home for the programs.

Venues and Facilities[edit]

School spirit[edit]

The school's colors are blue and white with orange becoming more prominent. The school mascot is a horse named Blaze.[21] UTA's former fight song, Dixie, coincided with the school's Rebel mascot. After the mascot became more and more controversial, the fight song was changed and the current edition, the UTA Fight Song, was born.[22]

Championship history[edit]

Conference titles[edit]

Baseball (6)
Southland Conference
  • Regular Season: 1990, 1992
  • Tournament: 2001, 2006, 2012
Western Athletic Conference
  • Regular Season: 2013*
Football (3)
Southland Conference
  • 1966*, 1967, 1981
Men's basketball (3)
Southland Conference
  • Regular Season: 2004*, 2012
  • Tournament: 2008
Men's indoor track and field (9)
Southland Conference
  • 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2014
Men's outdoor track and field (10)
Southland Conference
  • 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2007
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2014, 2015
Men's cross country (6)
Southland Conference
  • 1985, 1992, 1999
Western Athletic Conference
  • 2012
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2013, 2015
Men's golf (4)
Southland Conference
  • 1995, 1999*, 2005, 2011
Men's tennis (15)
Southland Conference
  • Regular Season: 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006*, 2009*, 2010
  • Tournament: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006
Softball (6)
Southland Conference
  • Regular Season: 1983, 1986*, 1989, 2003, 2007
  • Tournament: 2003
Volleyball (21)
Southland Conference
  • Regular Season: 1982, 1983*, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2002
  • Tournament: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2001, 2002
Women's indoor track and field (7)
Southland Conference
  • 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999*, 2000, 2001
Women's outdoor track and field (6)
Southland Conference
  • 1991, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Women's cross country (5)
Southland Conference
  • 1986, 1997, 2000, 2001
Sun Belt Conference
  • 2014
Women's tennis (14)
Southland Conference
  • Regular Season: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004*, 2005, 2008, 2011
  • Tournament: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2011
* denotes shared conference title

Bowl titles[edit]

Pecan Bowl
  • 1967


UTA currently maintains a primary rivalry with the Texas State Bobcats, a team which has been a conference rival every year since 1987, despite the two schools belonging to three different conferences in that time frame. As of the conclusion of 2014/15, UTA leads the all-time series in football (2-0), volleyball (42-31), men's basketball (32-31) and softball (59-54) while the Bobcats lead in women's basketball (28-38) as well as baseball (41-62).

UTA also maintains a relatively heated rivalry with North Texas Mean Green, though they haven't been members of the same conference since 1996. Primarily because the teams are only thirty miles apart and are the only Division I public universities in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, the various sporting events between the two are some of the most attended of the year for each team. The longest standing rivalry is in men's basketball which began in 1925.

One of UTA's most anticipated baseball rivalries are with the TCU Horned Frogs. The two Tarrant County teams play annually in games that generate high attendance from both schools. 4,015 saw the UTA/TCU match-up at Globe Life Park in Arlington in 2013. Four of the top eight most attended games at Clay Gould Ballpark feature TCU as the visiting team.

With UTA beginning Sun Belt membership in 2013, they resumed conference rivalries with the Arkansas State Red Wolves, Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns and Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks, who were all members of the Southland Conference at various points during UTA's tenure.

Sports rivalries began at UT Arlington while it was a junior college known as the North Texas Agricultural College. A fierce rivalry developed in the 1930s with John Tarleton Agricultural College since both schools held junior college status in the Texas A&M system. Similar to the Aggie Bonfire tradition at the College Station campus, the host of the yearly football game between these teams built a bonfire. In 1939, two NTAC students flew a Taylorcraft Aircraft to the JTAC campus and dropped a phosphorus bomb on the bonfire to light it prematurely. While the plane was flying low after the bomb was dropped, a JTAC student was able to throw a piece of wood into the propeller and cause the plane to crash. The students were dragged from the wreckage and a 'J' was shaved into their heads.[23] Bonfires were canceled after this event.[24]

Notable athletes[edit]

The University has produced several notable athletes.




  • Doug Russell - Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder.


  1. ^ University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks to join Sun Belt Conference in 2013 - ESPN Dallas
  2. ^ http://www.utamavs.com/genrel/041315aaa.html
  3. ^ Southland Conference All Sports Trophy Record Book
  4. ^ How a Grubbworm became a Maverick
  5. ^ - Texas-Arlington
  6. ^ Memphis Forfeits Final Four Season for Violations
  7. ^ Media guide record book
  8. ^ 2009 UT Arlington women's basketball media guide section 3
  9. ^ 2009 UT Arlington women's basketball media guide section 2
  10. ^ 2010 UT Arlington Baseball Information Guide Section 5
  11. ^ UTA Volleyball records
  12. ^ Pecan Bowl results
  13. ^ Executive Summary of the Neinas Report, UT Arlington Sports Expansion Study, 2004, Accessed May 13, 2008.
  14. ^ UTA Track and Field Media Guide
  15. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/txar/sports/c-track/auto_pdf/2014-15/misc_non_event/History-Honors.pdf
  16. ^ Southland Conference Tennis Records
  17. ^ UT-Arlington College Park Center
  18. ^ UT Arlington Athletics Facilities
  19. ^ "SB: UTA opens new Allan Saxe Field Thursday night The 622-seat facility is set to host 12 games overall in the Maverick Invitational". UT Arlington Athletics. February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2015. The 622-seat facility has been a momentum builder for the Mavericks program and has been a long time coming to begin building a home field advantage for UTA. 
  20. ^ http://www.utamavs.com/facilities/txar-facilities.html
  21. ^ http://www.theshorthorn.com/sports/intramural_and_club_sports/ut-arlington-s-school-mascot-blaze-incites-pride-and-excites/article_a705322a-582c-5e8a-a988-55e39e380f3c.html?mode=story
  22. ^ http://www.theshorthorn.com/news/know-uta-s-fight-song-and-its-history/article_c70d725a-d6b1-5154-a9ac-c5008343af2a.html
  23. ^ Saxon, G.D., “Transitions: A Centennial History of the University of Texas at Arlington,” The UTA Press, Arlington, Texas, 1995.
  24. ^ Frank Yates interview by Duncan Robinson, February 28, 1973, University Archives, Special Collections Division, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.
  25. ^ Excellent Choice: A's draft college slugger
  26. ^ Steve Foster Statistics and History
  27. ^ Dillon Gee UTA Profile
  28. ^ a b c Pence named to National League All-Star roster
  29. ^ Adam Moore UTA Profile
  30. ^ Daniel Ortmeier stats and bio
  31. ^ Dave Owen Statistics and History
  32. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (August 21, 2011). "Hunter Pence's road to the majors". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-08-21. ... he hit .429 as a sophomore in 2003 and .395 the following season. 
  33. ^ Ryan Roberts UTA profile
  34. ^ Dexter Bussey statistics
  35. ^ Bruce Collie statistics
  36. ^ Tim McKyer statistics
  37. ^ Cliff Odom statistics

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