Loyola Marymount Lions
The Loyola Marymount Lions are the athletic teams that represent Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution in Los Angeles, California. The school competes in NCAA Division I and the West Coast Conference.
|Loyola Marymount Lions|
|University||Loyola Marymount University|
|Conference||West Coast Conference|
|Athletic director||Craig Pintens|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|Basketball arena||Gersten Pavilion|
|Baseball stadium||George C. Page Stadium|
|Softball stadium||Smith Field|
|Soccer stadium||Sullivan Field|
|Other arenas||Burns Aquatics Center|
Jane Browne Bove Boathouse
LMU Tennis Center
|Mascot||Iggy the Lion|
|Fight song||"Fight on Loyola"|
|Colors||Crimson and Blue|
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Cross country||Cross country|
|Tennis||Swimming and diving|
|Track and field†||Tennis|
|Water polo||Track and field†|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor|
The Lions burst onto the national basketball scene in the late 1980s under coach Paul Westhead. His teams led Division I in scoring in 1988 (110.3 points per game), 1989 (112.5) and 1990 (122.4). LMU's 122.4 point per game in 1990 was still a record as of October 2010. As of October 2010, Loyola Marymount held the five highest combined scoring games in Division I history. Four of the five occurred during Westhead's career, including a record 331 in the 181–150 win over United States International University on January 31, 1989.
The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 1990, where they advanced to the Elite Eight. They would lose to eventual national champion UNLV. Prior to the tournament, Lions star player Hank Gathers died during the WCC conference tournament from a heart condition.
LMU's current men's head coach is Stan Johnson.
The Lions won their first ever West Coast Conference title in 2004, going 24-6 (13-1) while beating Gonzaga to go to the NCAA Tournament.
The Lions have produced 30 future Major Leaguers, including Billy Bean, MLB's Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner, First-Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year Billy Traber, two-time Major League Baseball All-Star CJ Wilson, and David Fletcher.
The Lions have been to the College World Series once, in 1986, and also recorded 9 NCAA appearances, and 10 West Coast Conference Championships (three Championship Series and seven regular season).
The Lions play home games at George C. Page Stadium, a 1,200 seat stadium which has been home to the program since 1983.
The women's water polo team was the WWPA Champion in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007.
At the conclusion the 2004 season, Loyola Marymount's women's water polo team lost to the University of Southern California (USC), 10-8, in the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship game at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center.
Former varsity sportsEdit
- Men's Ice Hockey
- Men's Volleyball (Reid Priddy, LMU Class of 2000 graduate, played volleyball for the Loyola Marymount Lions. He went on to win Olympic gold & bronze medals for the USA.)
- NCAA (November 10, 2010). "2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Records - Division I Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. NCAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 8, 2011.