Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks

Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks
Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks
UNO Mavericks.svg
University University of Nebraska at Omaha
Conference(s) Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association*,
Western Collegiate Hockey Association
*The Summit League (beginning 2012)
NCAA Division II,
Division I (ice hockey),
Division I (All sports, beginning 2012)
Athletics director Trev Alberts
Location Omaha, NE
Varsity teams 15
Football stadium Al F. Caniglia Field
Basketball arena Omaha Civic Auditorium
Other arenas Qwest Center Omaha, HPER Building
Mascot Durango
Nickname Mavericks
Fight song UNO Fite
Colors Crimson and Black


Homepage UNO Athletics

The Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks (also called the UNO Mavericks) are the sports teams of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. They participate in the NCAA's Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, except in ice hockey. The hockey program competes in Division I as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.[1] UNO will be moving to the NCAA Division I Summit League beginning with the 2012 season.

The women's soccer and softball teams have won the NCAA's Division II's national championships, as have the wrestling team, who are seven-time national champions (1991, 2004-2006 and 2009-2011).

Formerly a long-time member of the North Central Conference, UNO joined the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association on July 1, 2008 after the NCC ceased operations. In March 2011, the school announced its intentions to move from Division II to Division I and join The Summit League. In the process it would abandon its football and wrestling programs to better fit with the sports sponsored by The Summit League and to maintain Title IX compliance. Wrestling had been the school's most successful sport with national championships in 1991, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011.[2] Football also had a long, successful history with multiple conference championships (1983-1984, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004-2007) and several NCAA Division II tournament appearances. Marlin Briscoe, first black starting quarterback in modern Professional Football (the American Football League), attended and played for UNO from 1964-1967. UNO will add men's soccer (will become the only school in the University of Nebraska system to sponsor men's soccer) and men's golf, both of which are sponsored by The Summit League. Hockey will remain in the NCAA Division I Western Collegiate Hockey Association.


Sports Teams

Men's sports

Women's sports

Ice Hockey

The men's ice hockey program competes at the Division I as a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The men's ice hockey program reached the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament in 2006 and 2011. The Mavericks are currently coached by Dean Blais.[3]


Wrestling has also been a top sport for the Mavericks, winning the Division II championships in 1991, 2004-2006 and 2009-2011.[4] However, in 2011 the school made the decision to cancel the wrestling team just a few hours after it had won its third consecutive NCAA team title.[5]


Conference champions

Baseball – 1979, 1981, 2005, 2008*
Basketball, Men's – 1979, 1984, 2004, 2005, 2008*, 2010
Basketball, Women's – 1980, 1982, 1982
Football – 19831, 19841, 1996, 19982, 2000, 2004, 20053, 20064 2007*
Golf – 2002, 2003, 2006
Soccer – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
Softball – 1981, 1985, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008*
Swimming and Diving – 2005, 2008*
Tennis – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008*
Track – 1979 (outdoor), 1981 (indoor)
Volleyball – 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 19965, 19975, 20006

* Final NCC Champions (only 7 competing teams in NCC in 2008)
1Co-champion with North Dakota State
2Co-champion with Northern Colorado
34-way Co-champions with Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota and South Dakota
4Co-champion with North Dakota
5Co-champion with Augustana
63-way Co-champion with Augustana and South Dakota State

NCAA champions

Softball – 1975, 2001
Soccer – 2005
Volleyball – 1996
Wrestling – 1991, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011

Previous mascots

From 1939 to 1971, the UNO teams were the "Indians," the switch to "Mavericks" occurred in the summer of 1971. A resolution, passed by an 18-7 vote of the student senate, a 27-0 vote of the university senate, and approved by the university president, called for UNO to "discontinue use of the name 'Indian' for its athletic teams, abolish "Ouampi" as a school mascot and end the misuse of the Native American culture at university activities, such as homecoming and Ma-ie Day. Prior to 1939, the teams were known as the Cardinals.[6]

See also


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