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La Salle Explorers
University La Salle University
Conference A-10
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Dr. Thomas Brennan
Location Philadelphia, PA
Varsity teams 23
Football stadium McCarthy Stadium
Basketball arena Tom Gola Arena
Baseball stadium Hank DeVincent Field
Mascot Explorer Q. Entourage
Nickname The Explorers
Fight song Fight On, Explorers
Colors Blue and Gold



La Salle University's 23 varsity sports teams, known as the Explorers, compete in the NCAA's Division I and are a member of the Atlantic Ten Conference. The American football team previously played in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League and competed in the Division I-Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA). The men's and women's basketball teams are also part of the Philadelphia Big 5. The Explorers nickname derives from a famous mistake made by a local Philadelphia sportswriter. The writer thought the university was named after the French explorer Sieur de La Salle, when in fact it is named after St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle. However, the nickname caught on, and has remained ever since. La Salle's teams have won two national championships: The 1954 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and the 1980 AIAW Field Hockey Championship. The school also won the 1952 National Invitation Tournament before the tournament became considered "second rate". La Salle's major historic rival has been the Hawks of the Saint Joseph's University, especially in men's basketball. Not only are both schools situated in Philadelphia, but they are also both Catholic, private institutions.

Despite La Salle's small undergraduate enrollment, the university has had quite a bit of success with its men's basketball program. The team has won eight City Championships (four were shared) and only Duke (7) has had more National Players of the Year than La Salle (3 - Lionel Simmons, Michael Brooks, and Tom Gola). Tom Gola was listed on "ESPN's Countdown to the Greatest" College basketball players as #17. In addition to the National Championship and NIT Championship, La Salle was also a national finalist in the 1955 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and was named the 53rd "Greatest College Basketball Program of All-Time" by Street & Smith's in January 2005.

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