North Dakota Fighting Hawks

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North Dakota Fighting Hawks
University University of North Dakota
Conference Big Sky Conference
NCHC (Men's hockey)
WCHA (Women's hockey)
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Brian Faison
Location Grand Forks, North Dakota
Varsity teams 20
Football stadium Alerus Center
Basketball arena Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
Ice hockey arena Ralph Engelstad Arena
Mascot none
Nickname Fighting Hawks
Fight song It's For You, North Dakota U
Stand Up and Cheer
Colors Kelly Green and White[1]
ND Fighting Hawks wordmark.png

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks (formerly known as the Fighting Sioux) are the athletic teams that represent the University of North Dakota (UND), located in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Originally in the Division II North Central Conference, UND began transitioning to NCAA's Division I in 2008 with the football program participating in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision. North Dakota is a member of the Big Sky Conference for football and most other sports, the Western Athletic Conference for men's and women's swimming & diving, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference for men's hockey, and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for women's ice hockey. The Fighting Hawks also competed in the WAC in baseball until dropping the sport after the 2016 season.

On January 24, 2017, reports stated that North Dakota would leave the Big Sky Conference to join the Summit League in all sports but football beginning in 2019.[2] The school would join the Missouri Valley Football Conference for football in 2020.[3] The rumored changes became official on January 26, when UND, the Summit League, and the MVFC announced the Fighting Hawks' move to the Summit in 2018 (instead of 2019)[4] and the MVFC at the reported 2020 date.[5]

Varsity sports[edit]

  1. ^ For budgetary reasons, North Dakota announced the discontinuation of baseball and men's golf after the 2015–16 season.[6] After outside funding was secured, men's golf was reinstated.[7]

Ice hockey (men's)[edit]

Having won eight national championships, the men's hockey team is easily the most recognized of UND teams. A charter member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, the Fighting Hawks play in the $100+ million Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Ice hockey (women's)[edit]

The women's ice hockey team is a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and competes in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I women ice hockey. The current women's head coach is Brian Idalski in his sixth season.


The men's football home games are held in the Alerus Center.



Athletics hall of fame[edit]

The Letterwinners Hall of Fame recognizes the efforts and achievements of former UND student-athletes, coaches, and other supporters of UND athletics. Inductees are selected by the UND Letterwinners Association and representatives of the UND athletic department. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony, sponsored by the UND Letterwinners Association, is held each fall in conjunction with a football game. The Hall of Fame is located on the upper concourse at the south end of the Ralph Engelstad Arena.[8]


UND's nickname was originally The Flickertails, but was unofficially changed to "The Sioux" in 1930 ("Fighting" was added later circa 1999). UND's former athletic logo, revealed in 1999, a Native American figure, was designed by Bennett Brien, a local artist and UND graduate of Ojibwa ethnicity. After more than a decade of controversy, the name and logo were retired in 2012. On November 18, 2015, it was revealed at a press conference held by President Robert Kelley that Fighting Hawks, with 57.24% of the vote, would become the new University nickname.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Color Identity: University of North Dakota". UND Office of University Relations. 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  2. ^ "North Dakota to Join Summit League, Missouri Valley Football Conference". ESPN 99.1 – Sioux Falls Sports Leader – Sioux Falls Sports. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  3. ^ KSFY. "Sources: UND Set to Join Summit League and MVFC". Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  4. ^ "The Summit League Adds The University of North Dakota" (Press release). The Summit League. January 26, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  5. ^ "UND to Join Missouri Valley Football Conference" (Press release). Missouri Valley Football Conference. January 26, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ "UND to reduce number of sports after 2015-16 season" (Press release). UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA. 2016-04-12. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Men's golf program to be reinstated at UND" (Press release). UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
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  9. ^ "Fighting Hawks selected as new nickname for the University of North Dakota". University of North Dakota. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Fighting Hawks selected as new nickname for the University of North Dakota". North Dakota Fighting Hawks. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 

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