- Gonzaga Bulldogs
Infobox college athletics
name = Gonzaga Bulldogs
university = Gonzaga University
founded = 1887
West Coast Conference| division = Division I
director = Mike Roth
city = Spokane
state = Washington
stateabb = WA
teams = 16
stadium = Patterson Baseball Complex
arena = McCarthey Athletic Center
mascot = Spike the Bulldog
nickname = Bulldogs (official)/Zags
color1 = White
color2 = Blue
hex1 = ffffff
hex2 = 000066
pageurl = http://gozags.cstv.com/index.html
pagename = Gonzaga AthleticsThe Gonzaga Bulldogs (also known unofficially as the Zags) are the athletic teams at
Gonzaga University; the term applies to any of the school's varsity teams. Gonzaga University is a member of the West Coast Conference, which participates in the NCAA Division I. The athletic program comprises 8 women's sports: volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country, track, crewand golf; and 8 men's sports: basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, tennis, cross country, track and crew. The school also offers various intramural sports.
At one time, Gonzaga went by the nickname of
Fighting Irishin the 1910s to early 1920s. This name was dropped in 1921 favor of the current "Bulldogs" mascot. Although the school's official mascot is the Bulldog, marketing materials, fans and television announcers often use the term "Zags" as a mascot, which puts the school in the unique position of having a mascot sharing a name with the school, hence the "Gonzaga Zags."
Men's basketball has been the most successful sport for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga home games have been played at the
McCarthey Athletic Centersince 2004. The Bulldogs opened the arena with a 38-game win streak, the longest at the time in the NCAA, eventually snapped in February 2007 by the Santa Clara Broncos.
Despite playing in a
mid-majorconference, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are generally considered to be a major program. Gonzaga is one of only nine schools to have reached each of the past ten NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournaments, and is the only school not from a major conference to do so.
Notable alumni of Gonzaga basketball include
J. P. Batista, Dan Dickau, Richie Frahm, Adam Morrison, Paul Rogers, Blake Stepp, John Stocktonand Ronny Turiaf.
* [http://gozags.cstv.com/ Gonzaga Bulldogs Official Athletic Site]
* [http://www.gonzaga.edu/ Gonzaga University Official Site]
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