West Virginia Mountaineers

West Virginia Mountaineers

Infobox college athletics
name = West Virginia Mountaineers

logo_width = 115
university = West Virginia University
conference = Big East | division = Division I
director = Ed Pastilong
city = Morgantown
state = West Virginia
stateabb = WV
teams = 17
stadium = Mountaineer Field
baseballfield = Hawley Field
arena = WVU Coliseum
mascot = The Mountaineer
nickname = Mountaineers
color1 = Old Gold
color2 = Blue
hex1 = CFB53B
hex2 = 003366
pageurl = http://www.msnsportsnet.com
pagename = www.msnsportsnet.com
The West Virginia Mountaineers are the athletic teams of West Virginia University. The school is a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the Big East Conference. The school's mascot is known as the Mountaineer. The two major sports at the university are football (played at the Mountaineer Field) and basketball (played at the WVU Coliseum), although many of the other sports have large followings as well. The West Virginia University athletic program also has the honor of being the only school in the nation in 2007 to win a BCS game, a NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament game, and a NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament game. [Blue&Gold News]

Baseball

:Playing Facility: Hawley Field (1,500):Head Coach: Greg Van Zant:Most Victories: 40 in 1994:NCAA Tournament Appearances: 22:Last NCAA Appearance: 1996:All-Americans: 20:Drafted Players: 63:Players In The Majors: 30

Notable Players

:Babe Barna who played 3-sports [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/babe_barna.htm] :Marvin Bolyard who also played basketball [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/bucky_bolyard.html] :Zac Cline 2004 15th round draft pick of the Phillies:John Doyle [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/john_doyle.htm] :Jack Gocke [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/jack_gocke.htm] :Steve Harrick [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/steve_harrick.htm] :Charley Hockenberry [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/charley_hockenberry.html] :Justin Jenkins :Steve Kline:Bill Marovic [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/bill_marovic.htm] :Dustin Nippert:Dale Ramsburg [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/dale_ramsburg.htm] :Scott Seabol :Charley Seabright [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/charley_seabright.html]

Men's Basketball

:Playing Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000):Head Coach: Bob Huggins:Most Victories: 29 in 1959:NCAA Tournament Appearances: 21:Last NCAA Appearance: 2008:NIT Appearances: 15:Last NIT Appearance: 2007:NIT Championships: 2 (1942, 2007):All-Americans: 13:Drafted Players: 28:Players In The NBA: 11

Women's Basketball

:Playing Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000):Head Coach: Mike Carey:Most Victories: 26 in 1992:NCAA Tournament Appearances: 5:WNIT Appearances: 2:Last NCAA Appearance: 2008:All-Americans: 3:Drafted Players: 2:Players In The WNBA: 1

Notable Players

:Kittie Blakemore was the first women's basketball coach at WVU [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/kittie_blakemore.htm] :Rosemary Kosiorek member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/rosemary_kosiorek.htm] :Yelena Leuchanka:Cathy Parson who was the first woman to be inducted in the WVU Sports Hall of Fame [http://www.wvu.edu/~sports/hall_fame/cathy_parson.htm] :Olayinka Sanni:Georgeann Wells who was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA Women's Basketball Game

Cross Country

:Head Coach: Sean Cleary:BIG EAST Conference Champions: 2007:NCAA Appearances: 3:Last NCAA Appearance: 2007:All-Americans: 4

Notable Players

:Carl Hatfield:Mike Mosser:Stan Romanoski who was one of the most successful coaches

Football

Gymnastics

:Competition Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000):Head Coach: Linda Burdette:Most Victories: 26 in 1992:NCAA Tournament Appearances: 3:AIAW Appearances: 1:Last NCAA Appearance: 2000:All-Americans: 4

Notable Gymnasts

:Bill Bonsall first WVU gymnastic coach:Shari Retton

Rifle

:Playing Facility: WVU Shell Building:Head Coach: Jon Hammond:Most Victories: 19 in 1964:NCAA Appearances: 24:NCAA Team Championships: 13:National Individual Champions: 20:NCAA All-Americans: 65 :Olympians: 12

Notable Riflemen

:Michael Anti - 2004 Olympic silver medalist:Marsha Beasley - Previous head coach:Edward Etzel - Previous head coach, 1984 Olympic gold medalist.:Christian Helle - Swedish Olympian (1984):David Johnson - 1992 Olympian:Bruce Meredith - 4 time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000):Ann-Marie Pfiffner - 1992 Olympian:John Rost - 1984 Olympian:Stefan Thynell - Swedish Olympian (1976, 1980):Webster Wright - 1988 Olympian:John Writer - 1972 Olympic gold medalist, 1968 Olympic silver medalist

Men's Soccer

:Playing Facility: Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium (1,600):Head Coach: Marlon LeBlanc:Most Victories: 15 in 2006:NCAA Tournament Appearances: 10:Last NCAA Appearance: 2007:All-Americans: 5:Mountaineer Professionals: 12

Notable Men's Soccer Players

:Pat Carroll:Devon McTavish:Nick Noble:Joe Okhakhu:Aaron Pitchkolan:Jarrod Smith:Dan Stratford:Andrew Wright

Women's Soccer

:Playing Facility: Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium (1,600):Head Coach: Nikki Izzo-Brown:Most Victories: 18 in 2002, 2007:BIG EAST Conference Champions: 2007:NCAA Tournament Appearances: 8:Last NCAA Appearance: 2007:All-Americans: 3:Academic All-American: 4:Mountaineer Professionals: 2

Men's Swimming

:Playing Facility: WVU Natatorium (500):Head Coach: Vic Riggs:Most Victories: 13 in 2007:Big East Conference Champions: 2007:NCAA Qualifiers: 19:NCAA All-Americans: 2:Olympians: 1

Women's Swimming

:Playing Facility: WVU Natatorium (500):Head Coach: Vic Riggs:Most Victories: 9 in 1990:NCAA Qualifiers: 14:NCAA All-Americans: 4:Olympians: 1

Notable Women's Swimmers

:Kim Kaufman

Women's Tennis

:Playing Facility: Mountaineer Tennis Courts:Head Coach: Marc Walters:Most Victories: 21 in 1990

Women's Track

:Playing Facility: Mountaineer Track, Shell Indoor Track:Head Coach: Sean Cleary: Assistants: Shellyann Galimore:Olympians: 2:NCAA National Champions: 2:NCAA All-Americans: 13

Notable players

:Connie Ellerbe - [http://www.msnsportsnet.com/page.cfm?section=12136] :Patience Itanyi - 1995 NCAA outdoor long jump champion:Megan Metcalfe - 2005 NCAA outdoor 5,000 meter champion:Kate Vermeulen - 1999 NCAA indoor mile champion

Women's Volleyball

:Playing Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000):Head Coach: Veronica Hammersmith:Most Victories: 35 in 1979:NCAA Tournament Appearances: 0:Last NCAA Appearance: NA:NIT Appearances: 1:All-Americans: 0:All-East: 2

Wrestling

:Playing Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000):Head Coach: Craig Turnbull:Most Victories: 14 in 1976 and 1990:NCAA Individual Appearances: 67:Best NCAA Finish: 6th in 1991:All-Americans: 16:National Champions: 3:EWL Champions: 18

Notable wrestlers

:Dominic Black:Scott Collins:Steve Harrick: Nate Lingle:Floyd Schwartzwalder:Greg Jones:Vertus Jones:Brandon Rader: Mike Mason

Pageantry

:Team Colors: Old Gold and Blue:Fight Song: Hail West Virginia! (Take Me Home, Country Roads is played at Mountaineer Field following WVU victories and is famous around the world):Nickname: Mountaineers:Mascot: The Mountaineer:Marching Band: Mountaineer Marching Band, known as "The Pride of West Virginia." Well-known for their formation of the West Virginia state outline.

References

* [http://wvustats.com/ WVUStats.com]
* [http://www.wvuband.org The Pride of West Virginia]

External links

* [http://www.WVMountaineerSports.com WV Mountaineer Sports] Your Source For WVU Mountaineer Football and Basketball
* [http://www.wvutalk.com WVUTalk] A West Virginia University Sports Forum


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