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Miami RedHawks
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University Miami University
Conference Mid-American Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Brad Bates
Location Oxford, OH
Varsity teams
Football stadium Yager Stadium
Basketball arena Millett Hall
Other arenas Goggin Ice Center
Mascot Swoop
Nickname RedHawks
Fight song
Colors Red and White

             

Homepage Miami University Redhawks Website

Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, features 18 different varsity level sports teams for men and women, all of which are known as the Miami RedHawks. All teams play in the NCAA's Division I league inside the Mid-American Conference, with the exception of the RedHawks hockey team, which plays in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.

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Football

The Miami University RedHawks football team is one with a rich tradition of history. The school boasts the longest continuous college football rivalry West of the Allegheny Mountains[1] against the Cincinnati Bearcats, and has one of the oldest football programs in the country, dating to the year 1888.

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Cradle of Coaches

Miami University is most notable for having many quality coaches start their coaching career in some capacity at its school. Some notable college football coaches who coached at Miami University include John Pont, Ara Parseghian, Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Jim Tressel, and Terry Hoeppner.

Men's basketball

Ice hockey

The RedHawks on ice play in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), and field one of the best teams in their league. In 2006, the RedHawks earned the first #1 national ranking in school history and were CCHA regular season champs. They made it to the championship game, but lost to Michigan State.

Instead of playing in the Mid-American Conference ("MAC"), the mid-major conference most Miami varsity sports play in, the RedHawks compete against the larger schools of the CCHA such as the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans, who normally compete in the Big Ten.

In 2002 Miami University replaced the old Goggin Ice Arena from 1976 with the new $34.8-million state-of-the-art Goggin Ice Center, with a capacity of around 4,000. Both buildings are named for former University vice-president Lloyd Goggin.[2]

In 2008 the RedHawks set team records for wining percentage and wins with .797 and 33 respectively. That year the RedHawks captured their first #1 seed in school history and advanced to the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament, losing to Boston College. The team was lead that year by All-Americans Ryan Jones and Alec Martinez.

The 2009 RedHawks became the first Miami team to reach the Frozen Four in the history of the program. The team made it to the championship game and carried a 3-1 lead into the final minute before giving up 2 extra attacker goals and ultimately losing in overtime, 4-3 to college hockey powerhouse Boston University.

Synchronized Skating

Miami University is also home to one of the first varsity synchronized skating teams in the country, and the team is arguably the finest varsity sport at Miami. They are the 2006 and 2009 U.S. national champions, and in 2007 won the silver medal at the 2007 International Skating Union World Synchronized Skating Championships. This is the highest finish for any US skating team, and the first medal for any US team.

Team name

Miami University Redskins logo

Before the early 1930s, the Miami University nicknames were interchangeable, including the Miami Boys, the Big Reds, and the Reds and Whites. The first glimpse of the Miami University Redskins was in 1928, when a Miami student referred to their team as the Big Red-Skinned Warriors.[3] By 1931, the Redskins had stuck as the Miami University nickname, and was the official nickname of the Miami University athletics program for nearly seventy years.

In mid-1997, at the urging from Dr. Myrtis Powell who went to the Oklahoma-based Miami Tribe for support, the Miami University Redskins officially changed their names to the RedHawks, which they remain today. Many members of the tribe were indifferent to the old name, while many others welcomed the change. The mascot of the Miami Redhawks is Swoop the Redhawk.

Notable athletics alumni

See also

Miami RedHawks men's lacrosse

External links

References


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