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Fire of the Phoenix

Elon Phoenix is the name that denotes the 16 intercollegiate co-ed athletics played at Elon University. These men’s and women’s sports are all in the NCAA Division I. They are a part of the Southern Conference as well. Aside from the intercollegiate sports, Elon also offers 18 intramural sports and 21 club sports.[1]

Many people wonder where and how Elon became to be known as the Phoenix. Elon used to be known as the Fightin’ Christians as a response to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Duke Blue Devils. However, their mascot was changed to the Phoenix when the university's sports program joined Division 1. The nickname refers to the school's “rising from the ashes” after a very damaging fire in 1923.[2]

Southern Conference

The Elon Phoenix is a part of the Southern Conference. The Southern Conference has been lead the way as it was the first conference to install the three-point goal in basketball and establish a basketball tournament. It is commonly known as the SoCon and consists of 19 varsity sports (10 for men and 9 for women) and 12 members in 5 states. It is the nation’s 5th oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association.[3]

The Elon Phoenix is amongst the 12 members of the SoCon. It joined the association in 2003 and actually won became the 2005-2006 basketball champions.

Men’s Basketball[4]

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Head Coaches

Coach Tenure
Robert "Bob" Doak 1911-1915
C.C. “Jack” Johnson 1915-1920
Frank B. Corboy 1920-1926
William M. Jay 1926-1927
D.C. “Peahead” Walker 1927-1937
Horace “Horse” Hendrickson 1937-1942
Lacy B. Adcox 1944-1946
L.J. “Hap” Perry 1946-1947
Garland Causey 1947-1948
Harold Pope 1948- 1949
Graham “Doc” Mathis 1949-1959
William “Bill” Miller 1959- 1979
William “Bill” Morningstar 1979-1986
Robert “Bob” Burton 1986-1993
Mark Simmons 1993- 2003
Ernie Nestor 2003- Pres.

=== Conference Affiliations [5]

  • North State Conference ===
  • Carolinas Conference
  • South Atlantic Conference
  • Big South Conference
  • Southern Conference

Additional Information/ Interesting Facts

Season

  • Most Victories
25 (1951-52, 1952-53, 1955-56)
  • Longest Winning Streak
14 (1939-1940)
  • Highest Scoring Avg.
84.3 (1955-56)
  • Field Goal Pct.
50.0 (1968-69, 1977-78)
  • Rebounds
1,528 (1955-56)
  • Rebounding Avg.
47.8 (1955-56)

Game

  • Points Allowed
4 vs. Atlantic Christian (1925)
  • Field Goals Made
44 vs. Guilford (1956) and vs. DuPont (1957)
  • Field Goal Att.
85 vs. Guilford (1949)
  • Field Goal Pct.
68.9 vs. Guilford (1961)
  • Free Throws
52 vs. North Carolina A&T (1969)
  • Free Throws Att.
55 vs. North Carolina A&T (1969)

Championships

  • Conference
1932, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1952, 1971, 1974, 2006 (North)
  • Conference Tournament
1947, 1956, 1965, 1971, 1972, 1997
  • State
1914, 1915, 1921
  • District
1956, 1957

On February 9, 2009, Elon retired its first basketball Jerseys, honoring All-Americans Jesse Branson (’65) and Tommy Cole (’72).

Women’s Basketball[6]

Head Coaches

Coach Tenure
Kay Yow 1975-1985
Mary Jackson 1915-1920
Jackie Myers 1985- 1994
Brenda Paul 1994- 2008
Karen Barefoot 2008- Pres.

Conference Affiliations [7]

  • North State Conference
  • Carolinas Conference
  • South Atlantic Conference
  • Big South Conference
  • Southern Conference

All-Americans

  • 1974-75 Susan Yow
  • 1979-80 Vanessa Corbett
  • 1981-82 Vanessa Corbett

Honorable Mention All-Americans =

  • Kodak All-American
1996-97 Lakia Hayes
  • Kodak All-American
1997-98 Lakia Hayes

Championships

  • Conference
1981, 1982
  • District
1982
  • AIAW
1974

Future of Basketball and Elon Athletics

The Elon basketball program is looking forward to a promising future in the years to come. Both programs have newly hired head coaches who plan to return the Phoenix to dominance atop the Southern Conference and hopefully even the lesser schools of Division 1A basketball. Along with these coaches, Elon boasts a strong recruiting class on for the men’s and women’s teams which ultimately play a large role in the future success of the program.

References

  1. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/visit/about_elon.xhtml
  2. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/athletics/mbbmedia.xhtml
  3. http://org.elon.edu/athletics/mediaguides/mbb0809/records.pdf
  4. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/athletics/wbbmedia.xhtml
  5. http://org.elon.edu/athletics/MediaGuides/wbb0809/records.pdf

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