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Utah Valley Wolverines

Utah Valley Wolverines
Logo
University Utah Valley University
Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Michael Jacobsen
Location Orem, UT
Basketball arena UCCU Center
Baseball stadium Brent Brown Ballpark
Nickname Wolverines
Colors
     Green       Gold
Website .com.cstvwolverinegreen

The Utah Valley Wolverines represent Utah Valley University in college athletics. The Wolverines participate in the Western Athletic Conference.[1]

The school mascot is the Wolverine, and the colors are green and gold.

The Wolverines joined the Great West Conference in 2008.[2] Utah Valley State College was originally a member of the NJCAA and moved to NCAA Division I in 2003. The school became Utah Valley University in 2008 and a full Division I member in the 2009–10 season following a five-year transition period as a Division I independent.[3] They have won the GWC Commissioner's Cup each year they have competed in the conference. Each year the Cup is awarded to the institution that performed best overall in GWC-sponsored sports. They joined the Western Athletic Conference July 1, 2013.

Teams

Utah Valley University currently sponsors eight men's and eight women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports:[4]

The school also fields several club teams including, men's soccer, men's volleyball, men's lacrosse, and men's and women's rugby.

The UVU student section is called the Mighty Athletic Wolverine League, or MAWL, a name created by former executive vice president of student government Justin Davies.

The Wolverines play their home basketball games in the 8,500-seat Utah Community Credit Union Center. The men's basketball team finished the 2008-09 season with a 17-11 record,[5] which capped off its 26th winning season in a row.

The baseball team plays at Brent Brown Ballpark, a 2,500-seat facility (3,000 additional fans can sit on a grass berm that wraps around third base and left field, bringing total capacity to 5,500) that opened on March 25, 2005. Brent Brown Ballpark is also the home of the Orem Owlz, a minor-league affiliate of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, that competes in the Pioneer Baseball League.

The school dropped its men's club ice hockey team in 2009,[6] it competed in ACHA Division 2, and played its home games at the Peaks Ice Arena, a 2002 Winter Olympics hockey venue. A grassroots effort by the student body and the community is underway to start an NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey team, if successful it would be the first such program in the state of Utah. As college hockey continues to grow, especially with the addition of an NCAA Division I program at Penn State to begin play in the 2012-2013 season[7][8][9] and the newly formed Big Ten Hockey Conference[10] more and more schools out west are clamoring for exposure.

UVU officially accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference in all sports (with the exception of wrestling) on October 9, 2012. They became a full member on July 1, 2013 and began WAC play in the 2013-14 school year. With this move, UVU also added men's soccer in 2014.[11] The school's wrestling team will remain a member of the Western Wrestling Conference.

Alumni

See also

References

  1. ^ Wolverines Athletics
  2. ^ New Great West Conference
  3. ^ http://www.wolverinegreen.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/hunsaker_dick00.html
  4. ^ http://www.wolverinegreen.com/
  5. ^ "Seniors Go Out with Big Win". Utah Valley Wolverines. March 4, 2009. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hemsley, Landon (2010). "UVU backs out of scheduled hockey game against Aggies". Usu-tube.com. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Penn State to Add Men's and Women's Varsity Ice Hockey". Penn State University. September 17, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hradek, E.J. (September 17, 2010). "Penn State hockey moves to D-I". ESPN The Magazine. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Big Ten considers adding men's hockey". ESPN. March 22, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  10. ^ Augustoviz, Roman (March 21, 2011). "It's official, Big Ten Hockey Conference to start in 2013-14". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Utah Valley University joyously accepts invitation to join the WAC". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
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