Weber State Wildcats

The Weber State Wildcats are the varsity athletic teams representing Weber State University in Ogden, Utah in intercollegiate athletics, sponsoring 16 teams. The Wildcats compete in NCAA Division I FCS and are members of the Big Sky Conference.[2] Their mascot is Waldo the Wildcat and team colors are purple and white, with black used as a number color.

Weber State Wildcats
Logo
UniversityWeber State University
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
NCAADivision I / FCS
Athletic directorJerry Bovee
LocationOgden, Utah
Varsity teams16 (7 men's and 9 women's)
Football stadiumElizabeth Dee Shaw Stewart Stadium
Basketball arenaDee Events Center
Soccer stadiumWildcat Soccer Field
Other arenasSwenson Gymnasium (indoor track)
MascotWaldo the Wildcat
NicknameWildcats
ColorsPurple and White[1]
         
Websiteweberstatesports.com

Sports sponsoredEdit

Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross country Cross country
Football Golf
Golf Soccer
Tennis Softball
Track and field Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
 
Big Sky Conference logo in Weber State's colors

FootballEdit

The football team plays in the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The football team recently changed leadership, with the addition of new head coach Ron McBride, former head coach of the University of Utah, who began coaching the Wildcats in 2005. Coach "Mac" went 6-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play his first year with the ‘Cats. The 2008 season, the 'Cats finished 7-1 in conference which is the best single season record in school history. Overall they finished 10-4 and lost in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Playoff Quarterfinals. Ron McBride retired after the 2011 season. John L. Smith was hired in his place, but left to take the head coaching job in Arkansas before coaching even one game. Weber State hired Jody Sears as an interim head coach for the 2012 season, and was fired at the end of the 2013 season. The Wildcats hired coach Jay Hill at the start of the 2014 season.

BasketballEdit

Weber State's Men's basketball team (1,004-572), long hailed as a powerhouse in the Big Sky Conference, acquired new head coach Randy Rahe for the 2006-2007 season. WSU Men's basketball team has the 24th highest winning percentage in NCAA Division I history. In 2005, Street and Smith magazine compiled a list of the greatest basketball programs in college basketball history, WSU made #51. The Men's basketball team won its 18th overall Big Sky Conference championship in 2009. WSU's Men's basketball is also famous for 1st Rd NCAA Tournament upsets. In 1995 Weber beat #3 seed Michigan State, in '99 WSU beat #3 seed North Carolina.

The women's team has made the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2002, along with a Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) appearance in 2016.

SoftballEdit

Weber State's softball team has appeared in four Women's College World Series, in 1973, 1974, 1975 and in 2019. WSU got their first NCAA Tournament win in 2019 over Cal State Fullerton. [3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weber Athletics logos" (PDF). Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.bigskyconf.com/sports/2008/6/9/MemberInst060908.aspx?
  3. ^ 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.

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