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South Alabama Jaguars
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University University of South Alabama
Conference Sun Belt
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Dr. Joel Erdmann
Location Mobile, AL
Varsity teams 14
Football stadium Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Basketball arena Mitchell Center
Baseball stadium Eddie Stanky Field
Mascot South Paw
Nickname Jaguars
Fight song
Colors Red and White and Blue

                     

Homepage USAJaguars.com

The South Alabama Jaguars represent the University of South Alabama in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics.

USA participates in NCAA Division I athletics. It competes in the Eastern Division of the Sun Belt Conference. USA's athletics teams are nicknamed the Jaguars. Popular sports are baseball and men's basketball. USA sponsors 6 men's sports and 8 women's sports. The board of trustees recently voted to start a football program that began play in the fall of 2009.

Men's Sports: Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field, Football (Partial Schedule 2009, Full Sun Belt Conference play by 2013)

Women's Sports: Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Soccer

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Football

On December 6, 2007, The school's Board of Trustees approved the addition of football to the intercollegiate athletics program. The team began play in 2009 with a planned full transition to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) by 2013.[1] On February 15, 2008, President Gordon Moulton and Athletic Director Joe Gottfried announced that Joey Jones, former University of Alabama and Atlanta Falcons receiver, would be the first head football coach in the university's history. On September 5, 2009, the South Alabama Jaguars defeated Hargrave Military Academy 30-13 in their first ever game, and finished their first ever football season on November 12, 2009 with a shutout of an NCAA Division III team with a 35-0 victory over Huntingdon (Ala.) College. USA finished its season winning all seven season games for a perfect 7-0 record.

Baseball

The baseball team is typically a powerhouse in the Sun Belt Conference, and has produced a number of successful Major League players, such as Juan Pierre, Adam Lind, Luis Gonzalez, Jon Lieber and Marlon Anderson. The head coach of the baseball team is Steve Kittrell, who has coached for 25 seasons. Since the creation of the Sun Belt conference in 1978, South Alabama leads with 11 Sun Belt Tournament titles; the next highest is The University of New Orleans with 3. In addition to the 11 conference titles, Coach Kittrell has led South Alabama to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure.

The South Alabama Baseball Team plays its home games at Eddie Stanky Field, which is the largest baseball stadium in the Sun Belt Conference. The stadium is named after former coach Eddie Stanky who compiled a 488-193 (.717) record in 14 seasons as coach. Stanky Field seats 4,500 spectators, and features the Jon Lieber Clubhouse and Luis Gonzalez Hitting Facility.

Basketball

The men's basketball team has a strong history as a founding member of the Sun Belt Conference. After a successful stint in the late 1980's and 1990's, South Alabama basketball declined in the early part of the 2000's. In 2002 John Pelphrey was named coach and brought the team back to its winning ways. In 2006, South Alabama won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, beating Western Kentucky 95-70 in the championship game. They earned a bid into the 2006 NCAA Tournament. This was their first since NCAA bid since 1998 and were seeded 14th in the Minneapolis bracket. They lost to the 3rd-seeded Florida Gators, 76-50, who went on to win the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The 2005-2006 basketball season marked the best turnaround in the nation for a Division I basketball program. South Alabama was 10-18 in 2004-05 and went 24-7 in 2005-2006. This yielded a 12.5 differential to lead the nation, ahead of Brigham Young and Memphis who both had 11.5 differentials. South Alabama followed that with three more 20-win seasons in a row, and in 2008 received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, but lost to Butler University in the first round. Since the Sun Belt expansion to 13 members in the 2006-2007 season, South Alabama is second only to Western Kentucky in conference winning percentage (65.3% to WKU's 76.4%).

Other sports

  • Men's and Women's Tennis are consistently ranked among the nation's best.
  • The men's track team has been consistent in recent years. David Kimani won a Cross Country Championship in 1999 and two individual titles in 2000. Vincent Rono won the NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2006. The indoor track team captured a Conference Championship in 2007.
  • Women's Softball was added to the South Alabama's sports in 2007.

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