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Villanova Wildcats
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University Villanova University
Conference Big East / CAA
NCAA Division I / FCS
Athletics director Vince Nicastro
Location Villanova, PA
Varsity teams 24
Football stadium Villanova Stadium
Basketball arena The Pavilion (on campus)
Wachovia Center (high-attendance games)
Mascot Will D. Cat
Nickname Wildcats
Fight song "V for Villanova"
Colors Blue and Light Blue and White

                     

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The Villanova Wildcats is the name of the athletic teams of Villanova University. They compete in the Big East Conference (NCAA Division I) for every sport except football, where they compete in the Colonial Athletic Association (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA).

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Men's basketball

The Wildcats compete in the Big East Conference and are currently coached by Jay Wright. They have won one championship (1985), and have been to the Final Four of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship four times (1939, 1971, 1985, and 2009).

Football

The Wildcats compete in the Colonial Athletic Association and are coached by Andy Talley. Villanova played in bowl games following the 1936, 1947, 1948, 1961, and 1962 college football seasons. Villanova dropped its football program altogether following the 1980 season. In 1985, Villanova began playing football again at the Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) level. Since moving to I-AA, Villanova has made 7 appearances in the I-AA/FCS playoffs, and won the 2009 FCS Championship. Villanova football has produced such NFL talents as Howie Long, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, and Brian Westbrook, of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Villanova plays the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens in the "Battle of the Blue," which Villanova won in its first three years. Villanova leads the all-time series with Delaware 22-20-1. The Wildcats also have a four-year series where they will play Temple University for the Philadelphia "Mayor's Cup," which Villanova took possession of in the inaugural game in September 2009 (Villanova leads that all-time series 16-12-2).

In 2009, the Wildcats played in the NCAA Division I Football Championship game against the University of Montana Grizzlies. The Wildcats beat the Grizzlies 23–21 to win their first FCS national championship. Their recent success has fueled speculation regarding a potential promotion to the Football Bowl Subdivision and into the Big East in which they already participate for basketball.[1][2]

Track and field

Villanova University's Track and field team has a long history of athletic success that has spanned from Big East Conference Championships to NCAA Championships.[3]

The men's team has produced 69 NCAA championships, 36 indoor and 33 outdoor. The team has had 8 NCAA team championships (4 cross country, 3 indoor, 1 outdoor). Villanova has produced 28 athletes who have made appearances in the Olympics, 10 of whom have medaled (7 Gold medals, 3 Silver medals). The men's team has also won 112 Penn Relay Championships, which stands as the most wins by any school. The men's current coaches include head coach, Marcus O'Sullivan, and assistant head coach, Anthony Williams.[3]

The women's team has also had a multitude of success, producing 10 Big East team Championships and 7 NCAA team Championships. They have also produced 7 Olympians including Vicki Huber, Sonia O'Sullivan, Kim Certain, Kate Fonshell, Jen Rhines, Carmen Douma, and Carrie Tollefson. Olympic hopefuls for the 2008 Summer Olympics include alumna Marina Muncan. The Women's team has won 28 Penn Relay Championships, which is the most wins by any women's team. The current women's coaches include head coach, Gina Procaccio, and assistant head coach, Anthony Williams.[3]

At least one Villanova athlete has competed in every Summer Olympics since 1948, winning a a total of 13 medals (9 gold, 4 silver).[4]

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