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UHV Jaguars

UHV Jaguars
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University University of Houston–Victoria
Conference(s) Independent
NAIA Division I
Athletics director Ashley Walyuchow
Location Victoria, TX
Varsity teams 6
Basketball arena N/A
Baseball stadium Riverside Stadium
Soccer stadium The Cage
Nickname Jaguars
Fight song
Colors Red and Gold

         

Homepage UHV athletics

The UHV Jaguars (also known as Jaguars, Jags, Houston–Victoria, or UHV) are the athletic teams of the University of Houston–Victoria. The nickname "Jaguar" originates from input by students, staff, faculty, and the local community. Playing for the first time in the 2008 season, the Jaguars field teams in baseball and softball, men's and women's golf and soccer programs. The Jaguars compete as a member of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII), which allows them a chance to compete in national championships. UHV's athletic director is Ashley Walyuchow.

Baseball

The Jaguars baseball team finished their first season nationally ranked as No. 31 by the NAIA with a 29–5 record.[1] The Jaguars baseball team plays their home games at Riverside Stadium in Victoria, Texas. The Jaguars baseball head coach Terry Puhl is a former outfielder for the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals.[2] Puhl is also a Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Texas Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, and manager for the Canada national baseball team. During the team's first season, former Astros manager and one of Puhl's teammates as a player for the club, Phil Garner became interim coach for the team as Puhl's obligation to the Canada national baseball team forced him to temporarily leave his position.[3] Puhl eventually returned as coach.

In the final 2009 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Poll, UHV was ranked No. 35.[4] The Jaguars captured their first Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference championship and earned a berth to the NAIA National Championships opening round in Lubbock.

In 2010, The Jaguars won the A.I.I.conference championship again and advance to the opening round of the National Championships coming up one win short of advancing to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, ID. In 2011, the Jaguars were runner-up at the conference tournament in Thomasville, Georgia.

Softball

The Jaguars softball team finished their first regular season nationally ranked as No. 15 by the NAIA, and received the No. 4 seed to the Region VI tournament.[5][6] The Jaguars' regular season record was 30–16. The Jaguars softball team plays their home games at Burdge Field in the O'Connor Athletic Complex located in Victoria, Texas. The Jaguars are coached by Keri Lambath who was a catcher for the Houston Cougars softball team, and former graduate assistant coach for the George Washington Colonials.[7]

The Jaguars won the A.I.I. conference championship and advanced to the NAIA National Championships in Decatur, Alabama but did not advance out of pool play. The Jaguars finished the 2009 season ranked No. 18 by the NAIA.[8]

The Jaguars did not win the conference championship in 2010 or 2011.

Expansion

In November 2008, UHV announced that two more sports would be added to the athletics department.[9] Men's and women's golf and soccer programs began in the 2010–2011 season.

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