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Connecticut Huskies
University University of Connecticut
Conference American Athletic Conference
NCAA Division I FBS
Athletic director David Benedict
Location Storrs, Connecticut
Varsity teams 20
Football stadium Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
Basketball arena Gampel Pavilion
XL Center
Ice hockey arena XL Center
Baseball stadium J. O. Christian Field
Soccer stadium Morrone Stadium
Mascot Jonathan the Husky
Nickname Huskies
Fight song "UConn Husky"
Colors National Flag Blue and White[1]
Connecticut Huskies wordmark.svg

The Connecticut Huskies, also known as the UConn Huskies, are the athletic teams of the University of Connecticut in the United States. The school is a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the American Athletic Conference. The major sports at the university are football (played at Rentschler Field) and men's and women's basketball (played on-campus at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion and off-campus at the XL Center), although many of the other sports have large followings and a tradition of success. UConn is one of only 15 universities in the nation that plays Division I FBS football and Division I men's ice hockey.


Logo used from 2002 to 2013. A version of this logo had been used since the late 1980s.

The university's teams are nicknamed "Huskies", a name adopted following a student poll in The Connecticut Campus in 1934 after the school's name changed from Connecticut Agricultural College to Connecticut State College in 1933; before then, the teams were referred to as the Aggies.[2] Although there is a homophonic relationship between "UConn" and the Yukon, where Huskies are native, the "Huskies" nickname predates the school's 1939 name change to the University of Connecticut; the first recorded use of "UConn" (as "U-Conn", both separately and with "Huskies") was later in 1939.[3]

UConn's women's teams are not known as the "Lady Huskies", but simply as "UConn Huskies", the same as the men's teams.


UConn's teams participate in the NCAA's Division I and in the American Athletic Conference for all sports except field hockey, women's lacrosse, men's and women's ice hockey. UConn's football team participates in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

The Huskies have been a member of the American since its founding in 1979 as the original Big East Conference, and are the only remaining charter member of that league.

Since hockey is not sponsored by the American, the men's and women's hockey programs are now members of Hockey East. Field Hockey and Women's Lacrosse are members of the new Big East.

The club alpine skiing team competes in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association because of a stricter limit on NCAA skiing programs.


NCAA team championships[edit]

Connecticut has won 21 NCAA team national championships.[4]

Other national team championships[edit]

Below is one national team title that was not bestowed by the NCAA:

  • Men's
    • Soccer (1948):


Approximately 70% of all UConn student-athletes graduate from the university, and almost 50% maintain a 3.0 GPA. The women's lacrosse team had the second-highest team GPA in the country in 2004, and numerous UConn student-athletes, including former basketball star Emeka Okafor, have been named Academic All-Americans.

UConn is best known for having its men's and women's basketball teams consistently ranked in or near the top 10 in the nation in their respective divisions. The men's team won the NCAA Div. I title in 1999, 2004, and 2011 under head coach Jim Calhoun, and 2014 under 2nd year head coach Kevin Ollie. Kemba Walker, Emeka Okafor, Richard Hamilton, Ray Allen, Clifford Robinson, Ben Gordon, Caron Butler, Denham Brown, Charlie Villanueva, Kevin Ollie, Hilton Armstrong, Donyell Marshall, Marcus Williams, Rudy Gay, Josh Boone, Travis Knight, Jake Voskuhl, Kemba Walker, Andre Drummond, and Jeremy Lamb are among the list of professional basketball players to achieve success after attending UConn. Following the retirement of Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun, Kevin Ollie was appointed head coach and was signed to a five-year deal in December 2012.

The women's team, under coach Geno Auriemma, won the NCAA Div. I title in 1995, 2000, 2002-2004, 2009, 2010, 2013-2016 including undefeated seasons in 1995, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2016. Tamika Williams, Sue Bird, Asjha Jones, Swin Cash, Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore, and Tina Charles are among the list of professional basketball players to achieve success after attending UConn.

As of 2009, UConn has officially become a Nike sponsored school, signing a 10-year, $46 million contract.


The UConn baseball team is coached by Jim Penders[5] and plays home games at J. O. Christian Field.[6]

In 2010, the UConn baseball team set a program record for wins in a season with 48.[7] This eclipsed the previous mark of 39.[8] The team played as the No. 2 seed alongside No. 1 Florida State (ACC), No. 3 Oregon (Pac-10), and No. 4 Central Connecticut State (NEC). The Huskies placed third in the regional with a 1–2 and played in front of 5,684 fans in their Friday opener against Oregon.[9] The team finished the season ranked 22nd in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, 23rd in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll and 28th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.[8]

In the summer of 2010, Huskies George Springer and Matt Barnes were named to the Collegiate USA National Team.[10] Also, four players were named to their respective collegiate summer league All-Star teams- John Sulzicki of the Butler BlueSox (Prospect League), Greg Nappo of the Haymarket Senators (Valley Baseball League), Billy Ferriter of the North Fork Ospreys (Hamptons Collegiate Baseball), and Michael Zaccardo of the Riverhead Tomcats (Hamptons Collegiate Baseball).[11]

In 2011, UConn baseball was ranked 1st in the Big East Conference preseason poll. George Springer and Matt Barnes were named preseason Big East Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The team advanced to the first Super Regional in program history, spoiling a potential Super Regional derby by defeating ACC powerhouse Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in winning the Clemson regional. In the Super Regional, the chances of a Palmetto Double Sweep were ended by eventual champion South Carolina.[12]

In 2013, UConn baseball became the first 8 seed to win the Big East Tournament. UConn knocked off the 1 seed Louisville 3–2 in ten innings in the opening game, came back from a 7–0 deficit to beat South Florida 8–7, beat Rutgers 2–1 in the semifinals, and beat Notre Dame 8–1 for the championship.

Playing facility: J. O. Christian Field
Head Coach: Jim Penders
Most victories: 48 in 2010
NCAA Tournament appearances: 17
College World Series appearances: 5: 1957, 1959, 1965, 1972, 1979
Super Regional appearances: 2011
Last NCAA appearance: 2013
Big East Tournament Championships: 3: 1990, 1994, 2013
Big East Regular Season Championships: 1: 2011
All-Americans: 14
Olympians: 2
Players drafted or signed: 119

Notable players[edit]

Nick Ahmed
Matt Barnes[13]
Jesse Carlson[14]
Rajai Davis[15]
Walt Dropo[16]
Jeff Fulchino[17]
Jason Grabowski[18]
Roberto Hernández[19]
Roger LaFrancois
Charles Nagy[20]
Scott Oberg
Mike Olt[21]
Bob Schaefer[22]
Rollie Sheldon
George Springer[23]
Pete Walker[24]
Gary Waslewski

MLB umpires who attended Uconn:

Dan Iassogna[25]
Jim Reynolds[26]

Men's basketball[edit]

Playing Facilities: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion & XL Center
Head Coach: Kevin Ollie
Most Victories: 34 in 1999
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 32*
Last NCAA Appearance: 2014
National Championships: (4) 1999, 2004, 2011, 2014
Final Fours: (5) 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2014
Big East Regular Season Championships: (10) 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Big East Tournament Championships: (7) 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2011
American Athletic Conference Tournament Championships: (1) 2016
NIT Appearances: 11
NIT Championships: 1 1988
All-Americans: 13
Drafted Players: 33
Players Currently In The NBA: 13 (ranks tied for 1st amongst all colleges)
Basketball Hall Of Famers: 1 (coach Jim Calhoun)

*1996 tournament results vacated by NCAA
Because of the 2013 Big East conference split, all records are legally kept by the American Athletic Conference, which holds the legal charter.


UConn men's basketball was once a regional power, winning 18 Yankee Conference championships between 1947 and 1975, including 12 by Hugh Greer. In 1979, UConn was one of the seven founding schools of the American Athletic Conference (then known as the Big East Conference), which was originally created to focus on basketball, and the last remaining school that signed the charter to remain following the 2013 split. In the early days of the Big East, UConn struggled behind national powers Georgetown and Syracuse. Prior to the 1986–87 season UConn hired Jim Calhoun to be the program's new head coach, but the Huskies difficulties continued and they finished the season with a record of 9–19, their fifth straight losing season. But in 1988, the team showed significant improvement and gained a berth in the NIT. UConn went on a run in the tournament and defeated Ohio State, 72–67, at Madison Square Garden to win the NIT, the school's first national basketball title.

Exterior view of Gampel Pavilion

The 1990 "Dream Season" would bring UConn basketball to the national stage. Led by Chris Smith, Nadav Henefeld and Tate George, UConn went from unranked in the preseason to winning the Big East regular season and tournament championships, both for the first time. 1990 also marked the opening of Gampel Pavilion, the program's new on-campus home. In the NCAA Tournament the Huskies garnered a No. 1 seed in the East Region, but trailed Clemson, 70–69, with 1 second remaining in the Sweet 16. Scott Burrell's full-court pass found Tate George on the far baseline. George spun, fired, and hit a buzzer-beater that is known in Connecticut simply as "The Shot". They would be eliminated on a buzzer-beater 2 days later by Duke, losing in overtime, 79–78.

UConn rose as a national program throughout the 1990s, winning five more Big East Regular Season and three more Big East Tournament Championships, but the Final Four still eluded Calhoun and the program until the 1999 NCAA Tournament. The Huskies were the top seed in the West region and a win over Gonzaga in the regional finals sent UConn to Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay for the Final Four. They defeated Ohio State, 64–58, in the semi-final to face off against Duke in the final. Despite having been ranked No. 1 for half of the year, the Huskies entered the national championship game as 9-point underdogs. The game was tight throughout, and when the final buzzer sounded, UConn had defeated Duke, 77–74.

The 1999 national championship would not be the last. In 2004, the Huskies returned to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. Once again, they faced Duke, this time in the National Semifinal, and used a late run to beat the Blue Devils, 79–78. Two nights later, led by Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor, UConn beat Georgia Tech, 82–73, to win the championship.

In the 2009 NCAA Tournament, UConn was awarded the No. 1 seed in the West. Led by AJ Price, Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien, the Huskies reached the Final Four by defeating No. 16 seed Chattanooga in the 1st round, No. 9 seed Texas A&M in the 2nd round, No. 5 seed Purdue in the Sweet 16 and No. 3 seed Missouri in the Elite Eight. This marked the third time in the program's history to reach the Final Four. In the two other occurrences, UConn also came out of the West region and won the national championship on both occasions.

Connecticut returned to the NCAA tournament in 2011 after an off year. Under the leadership of Kemba Walker Uconn won five consecutive games in five nights to earn the Big East Tournament championship in New York City. They headed to the NCAA as a No. 3 seed, and completed one of the most improbable runs to the Championship game defeating Butler to earn their third National championship in a 53–41 defensive affair in Houston, Texas.

In 2014 led by American Athletic Conference Player of the Year Shabazz Napier, UConn become the first #7 seed to win the NCAA Championship, getting past No. 1 seed Florida, No. 2 seed Villanova, No. 3 seed Iowa State, and No. 4 seed Michigan State, before defeating the Kentucky Wildcats, 60–54, in the championship game in Arlington, Texas.

Notable players[edit]

Notable victories[edit]

See Connecticut Huskies men's basketball notable victories

Women's basketball[edit]

Whitehouse ceremony commemorating 2010 NCAA National Champions Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team
2010 NCAA National Champions Connecticut Huskies at the White House

Strong alumni, student, and fan support for UConn's men's basketball teams helped the Huskies' women's basketball program attract Geno Auriemma as head coach. Under the tutelage of Auriemma, UConn has become one of the few schools that consistently competes for the national title in women's basketball.

The Huskies were also part of one of the fiercest rivalries in all of women's college sports. In the rivalry between UConn and the University of Tennessee, there is no love lost between Auriemma and Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. The two schools have faced each other seven times in the NCAA Tournament, and four times in the NCAA Championship Game. UConn leads 5–2 in those games including a 4–0 record in the finals. UConn leads the all-time series 13–8. Summitt ended the regular season series in the summer of 2007. It is unknown why the series was ended, but media outlets reported that Tennessee reported to the NCAA that UConn committed minor recruiting infractions with the recruitment of Maya Moore which included a tour of ESPN while Moore was a junior in high school.

Rebecca Lobo, Jennifer Rizzotti, Svetlana Abrosimova, Shea Ralph, Nykesha Sales, Kelly Schumacher, Swin Cash, Kara Wolters, Tamika Williams, Diana Taurasi, Asjha Jones, Sue Bird, Ann Strother, Barbara Turner, Jessica Moore, Ashley Battle, Ketia Swanier, Charde Houston, Tina Charles, Kalana Greene, Renee Montgomery, Maya Moore, Bria Hartley, and Stefanie Dolson are among the women's professional basketball players or WNBA draftees who attended UConn.

Sue Bird, on offense

In 2002, UConn became the only school ever to have four women drafted among the top 10 of the first round of the 2002 WNBA Draft, with National Player of the Year Sue Bird drafted 1st, Swin Cash drafted 2nd, Asjha Jones drafted 4th, and Tamika Williams Raymond drafted 6th. The 5th starter on the UConn 2002 NCAA championship team was future No. 1 WNBA draft choice and future two-time National Player of the Year Diana Taurasi. A total of 11 UConn alumnae play in the WNBA in the 2010 season.

In 2004, UConn became the second school ever, and the first in Division I, to win the men's NCAA National Championship and the women's basketball title in the same season and did it again in 2014. It was also the first school to ever have both teams ranked number 1 in the nation at the same time (during the 1994–95 season), and has also spent the most weeks by far with both teams holding the number one spot, with Duke being the only other team ever to achieve the feat, for a short period during the 2003–04 season.

In 2006, UConn became the third school ever to have four players drafted in Round One of the NBA Draft, and the first school ever to have five players selected in the two-round draft. In the first round, Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams and Josh Boone were selected. In the second round, Denham Brown was selected. It should also be noted that Rashad Anderson also entered the NBA draft and has played for several European, Middle Eastern and NBA-D League teams since then.

In 2008, freshman Maya Moore made history by being named Big East Player of the Year, the first time a freshman was so honored in either men's or women's basketball. She was named Big East Player of the Year again in 2009.[citation needed]

UConn women entered the 2008–09 season ranked No. 1 in all national polls. They finished the season ranked as No. 1 as well, winning the national championship, finishing the season with a perfect 39–0 record, while winning every game by 10 points or more. At the end of the year, Maya Moore swept the National Player of the Year honors, receiving the Wooden, Wade and Naismith Awards, and she, Renee Montgomery and Tina Charles were named to various All-America teams. Coach Geno Auriemma received his record sixth recognition as the National Coach of the Year.

UConn women entered the 2009–10 season ranked No. 1 in all the national polls, and remained ranked No. 1 every week for the entire season. They finished the season as the first back-to-back undefeated National Champions, beating No. 2 Stanford at the San Antonio Alamodome. UConn also set the national consecutive victory record at 78 when it won its seventh National Championship at the Alamodome.[64]

UConn women entered the 2010–11 season ranked No. 1 in all the national polls. On December 19, 2010, the UConn Huskies beat No. 10 ranked Ohio State at Madison Square Garden's annual Maggie Dixon Classic to tie the NCAA consecutive win streak to 88 games, and on December 21, 2010 they beat No. 20 ranked Florida State at the XL Center in Hartford to set a new NCAA consecutive win record at 89 games, the streak ended at 90 on December 30, 2010 with a 71–59 loss at Stanford.

Of the six times women's programs having perfect season and tournament records, UConn has accomplished the feat four times, and is the only team to do it in consecutive seasons.[citation needed]

UConn is not only a pipeline to both the NBA and the WNBA, but to coaching ranks throughout the sport of basketball. UConn alumnae in the coaching ranks include head coaches Jennifer Rizzotti at the University of Hartford, Jamelle Elliott at the University of Cincinnati, Tonya Cardoza at Temple University, and Carla Berube at Tufts University and assistant coaches Shea Ralph at UConn, Stacy Hansmeyer at the University of Oklahoma, Morgan Valley at the University of Washington and Willnett Crockett at Temple University. Mel Thomas is the Director of Basketball Operations at Florida Gulf Coast University. Tamika Williams is head coach of India's national women's team,[65] and a former assistant coach at The Ohio State University and the University of Kansas.

Six American female basketball players have attained the Triple Crown "plus one" — an NCAA national title, a WNBA title, a World Championship, and an Olympic gold medal. Of those six, four are UConn alumnae: Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Kara Wolters and Diana Taurasi.[citation needed]

Playing facility: Gampel Pavilion and XL Center
Head Coach: Geno Auriemma
Most victories: 40 in 2014[66]
NCAA Tournament appearances: 29
Last NCAA Tournament appearance: 2017
Undefeated seasons: (6) 1995, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016
National Championships: (11) 1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Final Fours: (17) 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Big East Regular Season Championships: (19) 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Big East Tournament Championships: (18) 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
American Athletic Conference Regular Season Championships: (4) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
American Athletic Conference Tournament Championships: (4) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
All-Americans: 11 (19 appearances), including Maya Moore, only the 2nd freshman nationally named an All-American
National Players of the Year: 6
Drafted players: 19
Players in the WNBA: 23 (present or former)
Basketball Hall Of Famers: 1 (Geno Auriemma)
Women's Basketball Hall of Famers: 2 (Auriemma and Rebecca Lobo)
Only women's basketball program to have had every game in a season televised, an annual feat since the 1994–1995 season.
Most consecutive victories in NCAA history, with 111 wins.


UConn football started in 1896. The program's progression lead to an undefeated season in 1924. Three players who attended UConn that year went on to play in the NFL, with one winning a world title with the Providence Steam Roller in 1928.

UConn football finally reached Division 1-A status in 2000, was included in official Division 1-A statistics for the first time in 2002, and became a full Big East member in 2004. UConn has been recognized as having the fastest progression out of I-AA in NCAA history, as it was invited into a BCS conference only two years after becoming a full I-A member, was bowl-eligible in its first season in I-A, and was invited to a bowl game in its first season as a conference member. The Huskies defeated the University of Toledo in the 2004 Motor City Bowl by a score of 39–10, with quarterback Dan Orlovsky being named Most Valuable Player. In 2003, the team was also honored for being one of only 7 schools in the U.S. to graduate 80% or better of its members; it was the only public school on the list. In 2007, the Huskies had their best year as they went 9–3, finished 7–0 at home and earned a berth in the 2007 Meineke Car Care Bowl, where they were defeated by Wake Forest, 24–10. In 2008, the Huskies finished 7–5 and defeated Buffalo in the 2009 International Bowl in Toronto.

During the 2009–2010 football season, cornerback Jasper Howard was stabbed to death on campus after celebrating the win early that day against the Louisville Cardinals. UConn honored Jasper for the remainder of 2009 and 2010, which would have been his Senior year. The Huskies would defeat SEC opponent South Carolina in the 2010 Bowl. The next year, Connecticut made its first major bowl by winning the Big East Conference and going to the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.

Playing facility: Rentschler Field
Head Coach: vacant[67]
Most victories: 10 in 1998
NCAA Appearances (I-AA): (1) 1998
Bowl Game victories: 3
Bowl Game appearances: 6
Last Bowl Game appearance: 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl
Big East Championships: 2007 (shared with West Virginia), 2010 (shared with West Virginia and Pittsburgh)
First Team All-Americans: 9
Drafted players: 31
Players currently in the NFL: 21
All-time NFL players: 46

History and coaches[edit]

In the late 1990s, UConn decided to go from I-AA, where it had sporadic success, including making the 1998 I-AA playoffs, to I-A. UConn played as an I-A Independent from 1999 to 2003. During this time, the Huskies went from 2–9 to 9–3, and moved from Memorial Stadium to Rentschler Field. In 2004, the Huskies were admitted as full football members of the Big East, and went 3–3 in conference play, en route to a 7–4 regular-season record. The school made its first-ever appearance in a bowl game, winning the 2004 Motor City Bowl over Toledo by a score of 39–10. 2007 was a breakout year for the UConn Football team. They achieved a national ranking for the first time, becoming the second fastest team ever to attain a ranking after moving to division I-A, shared the Big East Championship with a 5–2 conference record, went 7–0 at home (only the second Big East team to ever do so), finished the season 9–3, and climbed as high as 13th in the BCS standings. The team was rewarded for their efforts with an invitation to the Meineke Car Care Bowl. In 2008 the Huskies earned their second-straight 7+ win season, and on January 3, 2009 in Toronto, Canada they made their school record, second-straight bowl appearance in the 2009 International Bowl, playing against the University at Buffalo. The Huskies struggled with turnovers, but managed a 38–20 win over the Bulls, behind RB Donald Brown's MVP performance. The win gave the Huskies their second Bowl Win in three attempts.

Current NFL players[edit]

Former NFL players[edit]


Other alumni[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Men's cross country/track and field[edit]

Head Coach: Greg Roy
American Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships: (1) 2014
American Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships: (1) 2015
Penn Relays Championship of America Titles: (1) 2000
Big East Indoor Track and Field Championships: (9) 1987, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships: (4) 1982, 2002, 2011, 2013
Big East Relay Championships: 2
All-Americans: 32

Women's cross country/track and field[edit]

Head Coach: JJ Clark
Olympians: 1 (in women's bobsled)
Big East Indoor Track and Field Championships: (2) 2008, 2009
Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships: (1) 1995
NCAA All-Americans: 9

Field hockey[edit]

Playing facility: George J. Sherman Sports Complex
Head Coach: Nancy Stevens
Most victories: 23 in 1999
NCAA Tournament appearances: 26
NCAA National Championships: (4) 1981, 1985, 2013, 2014
NCAA Runner-Up: (2) 1982, 1983
Final Fours: (13) 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Big East Regular Season Championships: (15) 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Big East Tournament Championships: (15) 1992, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
All-Americans: 46
Olympians: 2

Men's golf[edit]

Head Coach: Dave Pezzino
NCAA appearances: (1) 1980
Big East Championships: (1) 1994

Men's ice hockey[edit]

On June 21, 2012 Connecticut announced the program will join Hockey East as the conference's 12th member beginning in the 2014-15 season. As part of the move from Atlantic Hockey to Hockey East, the university will add 18 scholarships for the men's ice hockey team and additional scholarships to existing women's sports programs to meet Title IX gender equity requirements. The university is also investigating options to build a new, larger ice arena on-campus as its current venue, the Freitas Ice Forum, has a seating capacity of only 2,000 and is to small for the jump up to Hockey East. Until then the team will play home games at the 15,635-seat former NHL venue, the XL Center, in downtown Hartford with other select (home) games at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

Playing facility: XL Center
Head Coach: Mike Cavanaugh[141]
Most wins at D-I: 20 in 1998–99
Most wins overall: 22 in 1991–92 (UConn played in Division III for men's ice hockey only until 1998–99)
MAAC Hockey League Championships: (1) 2000 (league is now known as Atlantic Hockey)
All-Americans: 9


Todd Krygier

Women's ice hockey[edit]

Playing facility: Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum
Head Coach: Christopher MacKenzie
Most wins: 16 in 2004–05

Women's lacrosse[edit]

Playing facility: Sherman Sports Complex
Head Coach: Katie Woods
Most wins: 13 in 2013
NCAA Tournament appearances: (1) 2013
ECAC Championships: (1) 2006
All-Americans: 2

Women's rowing[edit]

Home surface: Coventry Lake
Head Coach: Jennifer Sanford

Men's soccer[edit]

In addition to its basketball success, UConn is known for its championship soccer teams. The men's team has won two NCAA national championships, in 1981 and 2000, and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America named the undefeated 1948 team the national champion. The 2000 team was known for its stellar depth on the bench including the likes of Garrett Grinsfelder, Michael Rueda, and Ryan Brown, who exuded the team's "never say die" attitude. The men's team won back to back Big East championships in (2004 and 2005). As of 2011 UConn led the nation in total attendance in eight of the preceding 12 seasons. No program can match it for having drawn better on-campus support for more than 30 years.[142] In the early 1980s, before the NCAA kept soccer attendance records and before Morrone Stadium was downsized, the Huskies drew huge crowds. Total attendance in 1983 was 64,535—a record that held until 2010. Major League Soccer players Maurizio Rocha, Chris Gbandi, Damani Ralph, Bobby Rhine, Julius James, Shavar Thomas, O'Brian White, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Toni Ståhl, Cyle Larin, and Chukwudi Chijindu each attended UConn.

Playing facility: Joseph J. Morrone Stadium
Head Coach: Ray Reid
Most victories: 21 in 1980
NCAA Tournament appearances: 28
Last NCAA appearance: 2010
National Championships: (3) 1948, 1981, 2000
College Cups: (6) 1960, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 2000
All-Americans: 33
National Players of the Year: 3
Big East Regular Season Championships: (11) 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009
Big East Tournament Championships: (7) 1983, 1984, 1989, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
MLS Draft picks: 14


Women's soccer[edit]

Playing facility: Morrone Stadium
Head Coach: Len Tsantiris
Most victories: 23 in 1997
NCAA Tournament appearances: 28
Last NCAA appearance: 2010
NCAA Championship Game appearances: (4) 1984, 1990, 1997, 2003
College Cups: (7) 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2003
All-Americans: 26 Players Awarded 44 Times
Big East Regular Season Championships: (8) 1995,1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
Big East Tournament Championships: (2) 2002, 2004
All-Big East Selections: 81



Playing facility: Connecticut Softball Stadium
Head Coach: Jennifer McIntyre
Most victories: 45 in 1993
Women's College World Series appearances: (1) 1993
Big East Regular Season Championships: (6) 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Big East Tournament Championships: (7) 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2001
All-Americans: 47

Men's and women's swimming & diving[edit]

Playing facility: Wolf-Zackin Natatorium
Head Coaches: Swimming – Chris Maiello[149] | Diving – John Bransfield
Big East Champions: 5
Olympians: 1

Men's tennis[edit]

Playing facility: UConn Tennis Courts
Head Coach: Glenn Marshall
Most victories: 20 in 2000

Women's tennis[edit]

Playing facility: UConn Tennis Courts
Head Coach: Glenn Marshall
Most victories: 14 in 2002

Women's volleyball[edit]

Playing facility: Gampel Pavilion
Head Coach: Kristopher Grunwald
Most victories: 35 in 1979
Big East Regular Season Championships: 2 1994 & 1998


Gampel Pavilion: A prospective student tour group is shown the women's basketball championship banners.

The most notable athletic facilities are:

  • Harry A. Gampel Pavilion on the Storrs campus, the regular home for both men's and women's basketball
  • XL Center in Hartford, the second home for both basketball teams and the primary venue of the men's hockey team
  • Rentschler Field in East Hartford, home to the football team
  • Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on the Storrs campus, the regular home for both men's and women's soccer and lacrosse.
  • Burton Family Football Complex on the Storrs campus, serves as the on-campus home of UConn football and complements Rentschler Field in East Hartford; opened in 2006 [150]
  • Mark R. Shenkman Training Center on the Storrs campus, adjacent to the Burton Family Football Complex, "an 85,000-square-foot (7,900 m2) training complex, featuring a 120-yard long state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface, an 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) strength and conditioning area, and state-of-the-art video capabilities, the indoor training center provides UConn's football team with the most technologically advanced training equipment"; [151] also serves as a home to UConn club and intramural sports


Mascot: Jonathan the Husky
Outfitter: Nike
Marching band: University of Connecticut Marching Band, known as "The Pride of Connecticut"
Fight songs: "UConn Husky" and "Fight On Connecticut"


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