West Georgia Wolves

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West Georgia Wolves
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University University of West Georgia
Conference Gulf South Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Daryl Dickey
Location Carrollton, Georgia
Varsity teams 13
Football stadium University Stadium
Basketball arena The Coliseum
Baseball stadium Cole FIeld
Soccer stadium University Soccer Field
Nickname Wolves
(formerly Braves)
Colors Blue and Red[1]
         
Website www.uwgsports.com

The West Georgia Wolves (UWG Wolves, formerly the West Georgia Braves) are the athletic teams that represent the University of West Georgia, located in Carrollton, Georgia, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Wolves compete as members of the Gulf South Conference for all 13 varsity sports. West Georgia has been a member of the GSC since 1983.

Varsity teams[edit]

List of teams[edit]

Athletic achievements[edit]

  • Basketball: holds one National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship in 1974.[2]
  • Co-ed cheerleading: holds eight consecutive UCA Division II titles 2002-2009 and 11 total UCA division II titles for 2011, 2014, and 2015 wins.[3]
  • All-female cheerleading: has earned 7 UCA Division II National Championships in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013.[3]

Cross country[edit]

Tim Brooks, former member of the 1999 Gulf South Conference Championship men's cross country team, was named head coach of the men's and women's teams in 2010.[4]

Football[edit]

Program achievements[edit]

Gulf South Conference Champions 1997, 1998, 2000, 2015
NCAA Division II Team Playoff Participants 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2014, 2015
NCAA Division II Regional Championships 2014, 2015
NCAA Division II National Championships
NCAA Division III National Championships 1982

All-time record vs. Gulf South Conference teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current GSC opponents:

Opponent Won Lost Percentage Streak First
Delta State 13 18 .419 Won 5 1983
Florida Tech 2 2 .500 Lost 2 2013
Mississippi College 9 6 .600 Won 6 1984
North Alabama 12 22 .353 Lost 1 1983
Shorter 4 1 .800 Won 4 2012
Valdosta State 12 24 .333 Lost 1 1983
West Alabama 20 14 .588 Lost 1 1983
West Florida 1 0 1.000 Won 1 2016
Totals 73 87 .456

Softball[edit]

West Georgia's softball team appeared in one Women's College World Series in 1974.[5]

Facilities[edit]

University Stadium[edit]

Home side of University Stadium.
Home side of University Stadium.

In 2003, the University of West Georgia acquired 250 acres (1.0 km2) from the city of Carrollton for the purpose of creating a stadium and athletic complex. Such a facility would serve a dual role: give the UWG sports teams a facility that they could use, and aid the university in attracting additional students. The funding for this venture was made possible through private donations and increased student fees approved by the Student Government Association.

During the summer of 2008, construction began on this facility and, in the fall of 2009, the University Stadium opened. The stadium seats roughly 9,600, providing ample space for any sporting or entertainment event.[6] Additionally, the new athletic complex includes a stadium and practice field for the Wolves’ soccer program, a new softball stadium and a women’s field house with locker-room facilities for women’s sports. There are plans to relocate Cole Field from its current location beside the Biology Building to the Athletic Complex.

On October 4, 2014, the University Stadium hosted its first Top-25 matchup in its 6-year history. The game was between the then #24 UWG Wolves and the #22 UWA Tigers. It was the first time that Coach Will Hall faced his former team. The final scored showed just how tough of a game it would be as UWG edged out UWA 26-17. It was UWG's first win in the series after 5 previous tries.

The Coliseum[edit]

The Coliseum is an on-campus indoor arena in Carrollton, Georgia. It is primarily used for basketball and volleyball, and is the home field of the University of West Georgia. The arena holds 6,475 spectators and opened in 2009. The total construction cost was $24.7 million.[7]

The concourse level of the facility includes a two-story lobby that offers an area for event pre-function gatherings. The concourse level also features concession stands and restrooms.

The lower level of the facility houses the floor of the arena, spacious locker rooms for the men and women basketball teams, the volleyball team, visiting teams, and referees. Additionally, this level includes a trainer’s facility. The Coliseum has a maple wood floor surrounded by seating and a four-sided, state-of-the-art video scoreboard suspended over center court.

The upper level includes three large skyboxes for UWG officials, boosters, and friends to gather during events.

The Coliseum hosts UWG commencement ceremonies, concerts, and other various events. The Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA and AAAA boys' and girls' basketball quarterfinal round of the playoffs are also held at this facility annually.

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of West Georgia Visual Brand Identity Guide (PDF). Retrieved January 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ "NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-23. 
  3. ^ a b "UWG Cheer History". Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "West Georgia names Cross-Country head coach". UWG. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  5. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4. 
  6. ^ "University Stadium Information". Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Peterson's University of West Georgia Report" (PDF). 009 Peterson’s, a Nelnet company. Peterson's. 2009. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 

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