|Appalachian State Mountaineers|
|University||Appalachian State University|
|NCAA||Division I (FCS)|
|Athletics director||Charlie Cobb|
|Football stadium||Kidd Brewer Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Holmes Center|
|Baseball stadium||Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium|
|Soccer stadium||ASU Soccer Stadium|
|Other arenas||Varsity Gymnasium|
|Fight song||Hi Hi Yikas|
|Colors||Black and Gold
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are the athletic teams that represent Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, United States. The Mountaineers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and have been a member of the Southern Conference since 1972. Appalachian fields varsity teams in 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women. The football team competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly I-AA.
Appalachian's football program has been successful with the Mountaineers winning three straight national championships in 2005, 2006, and 2007. They are the only team in North Carolina, public or private, to win an NCAA national championship in football. The Mountaineers are the first FCS team to win three straight national championships since the creation of Division I-AA in 1978, and are the first Division I program to win three consecutive national championships since Army accomplished the feat in 1944, 1945, and 1946.
Football home games are played at Kidd Brewer Stadium, while basketball, volleyball, and indoor track and field events are held at the George M. Holmes Convocation Center. The school's baseball team plays at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
Appalachian sponsors 20 varsity sports teams. The Mountaineers are the only institution to sponsor all 19 sports offered by the Southern Conference. The women's field hockey team competes in the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac).
The 2009 season will see the Mountaineers participating in their 80th year of college football. The 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons were arguably the most successful in Appalachian history with the Mountaineers winning three consecutive national championships. Head coach Jerry Moore will be entering his 21st year at the helm of the Mountaineers. Appalachian has developed intense rivalries with fellow conference members Furman, Georgia Southern, and Western Carolina The Mountaineers and Catamounts play annually for the Old Mountain Jug.
The Mountaineers got off to a fast start in 2007 with perhaps the biggest win in program history with a road upset of the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 34–32, on September 1, 2007. With the win Appalachian became the first ever FCS (I-AA) team to defeat an AP nationally ranked FBS (I-A) team. This victory was seen by some analysts to be one of the greatest upsets in NCAA football history. Following the win, they were featured on the cover of the following week's issue of Sports Illustrated.
Numerous players from ASU have gone on to play in the National Football League. They include Harold Alexander, Kerry Brown, Dexter Coakley, Mike Frier, Derrick Graham, Dino Hackett, Larry Hand, Jason Hunter, Dexter Jackson, Corey Lynch, Rico Mack, Marques Murrell, Mark Royals, John Settle, Matt Stevens, Troy Albea, and Daniel Wilcox. Additionally, players such as DaVon Fowlkes, Wayne Smith, and Richie Williams have found homes in the Canadian Football League.
|Year||Conference||Overall Record||Conference Record||Coach|
|1931||North State||9–2–2||3–0||C. B. Johnson|
|1937||North State||8–1–1||5–0||Kidd Brewer|
|1939||North State||7–1–2||3–0–1||Flucie Stewart|
|1948||North State||8–1–1||7–0–1||E. C. Duggins|
|1950||North State||9–2–1||7–0–1||E. C. Duggins|
|1954||North State||8–3||6–0||E. C. Duggins|
|♦ Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion|
The head coach of the Mountaineers is Buzz Peterson, who returned to ASU in April 2009 for his second stint as head basketball coach. Previously, Peterson was the head coach of the Apps from 1996–2000. Notable past coaches include Press Maravich and Bobby Cremins. The Mountaineers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament twice, 1979 and 2000, and appeared in the National Invitation Tournament in 2007. The Apps play home basketball games at the George M. Holmes Convocation Center which opened in 2000 to replace Varsity Gymnasium.
|1939–1940||North State||19–3||Flucie Stewart|
|1940–1941||North State||22–3||Clyde Canipe|
|1942–1943||North State||16–5||Belus Smawley|
|1947–1948||North State||20–8||Francis Hoover|
|1949–1950||North State||21–9||Francis Hoover|
|1997–1998♦*||Southern||13–2 (North)||Buzz Peterson|
|1998–1999||Southern||13–3 (North)||Buzz Peterson|
|1999–2000||Southern||13–3 (North)||Buzz Peterson|
|2002–2003♦||Southern||11–5 (North)||Houston Fancher|
|2006–2007||Southern||15–3 (North)||Houston Fancher|
|2007–2008♦||Southern||13–7 (North)||Houston Fancher|
|♦ Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion
* The Southern Conference split into North and South divisions beginning with the 1994–95 season
The Appalachian State women's basketball team is one of the top teams in the Southern Conference, laying claim to six tournament championships in an admittedly shorter span than their male counterparts. Their most recent title was in 1999.
Appalachian's first baseball team took the field in 1903. However, complete records prior to the 1955 season are not available. The Mountaineers consider the 1955 season as the starting point for record keeping purposes.
|Coach||Years||Seasons||Record||Pct.||Conf. Record||Pct.||Conf. Titles|
|Frank Lovrich||1967–73||7||125–76||.622||26–24||.520||1 (1973)|
|Jim Morris||1974–98||25||611–475–4||.563||218–203–1||.518||4 (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987)|
The Commissioner's and Germann Cups are awarded each year to the top men's and women's program in the Southern Conference. The Commissioner's Cup was inaugurated in 1970. The Germann Cup, named for former conference commissioner Ken Germann, was first awarded in 1987. The Mountaineers earned their 29th Commissioner's Cup in 2009.
|1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009|
|1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2006, 2007|
|ASU Soccer Stadium||Soccer||1,000|
|ASU Softball Stadium||Softball||1,000|
|Don Kennedy Trails||Cross Country|
|George M. Holmes Convocation Center||Basketball, Indoor Track and Field, Volleyball||8,325|
|Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium||Baseball||2,000|
|Kidd Brewer Stadium||Field Hockey, Football, Track and Field||21,650|
Yosef is the mascot for Appalachian State. The origin of the name Yosef comes from mountain talk for "yourself", the idea being that if you are a fan, friend or alumnus and have a heart of black and gold, you are Yosef. Yosef first appeared in the 1942 edition of The Rhododendron, Appalachian's annual yearbook. He was presented as a member of the freshman class with the name Dan'l Boone Yoseff from Appalachian. The second "f" was dropped from Yoseff in January of 1947. Since his inception, Yosef has gone through many appearance changes with the current design being adopted prior to the 1983–84 year. The 2006 football season saw the return of Yosef's musket which was fired after every Appalachian touchdown.
The ASU fight song, Hi Hi Yikas, is sung to the tune of the German folk song Bergvagabunden (Mountain Vagabond).
Nobody like us,
We are the
Always a-feeling fine
You bet, hey
Go, fight, win Apps! ('win Apps!' is sometimes changed to 'kick ass!')
Cherished Vision is the Appalachian alma mater.
Cherished Vision of the Southland
Alma Mater in the Hills
Let us point our minds to wisdom
Til the truth our spirit thrills
Appalachian Alma Mater, through our heart the joy and pride
Lead us ever, lead us onward
Vanguard of the heroes' side