The Hofstra Pride (formerly the Hofstra Flying Dutchmen) are composed of 17 teams representing Hofstra University in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women’s basketball, cross-country running, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. Men’s sports include baseball and wrestling. Women’s sports include volleyball, field hockey, and softball. The Pride compete in the NCAA Division I and have been members of the Colonial Athletic Association in most sports since 2001. They were previously members of the America East Conference.
|Conference||Colonial Athletic Association |
|Athletic director||Rick Cole Jr.|
|Location||Hempstead, New York|
|Basketball arena||Hofstra Arena|
|Baseball stadium||University Field (Hofstra)|
|Soccer stadium||Hofstra University Soccer Stadium|
|Other arenas||Mack Sports Complex (5,000+)|
|Fight song||March On, Hofstra|
|Colors||Blue, White, and Gold|
|Cross Country||Field Hockey|
The men’s basketball team experienced its most successful period in 2000 and 2001, winning back-to-back America East Men's Basketball Tournament titles and making their first appearances in the Division I championship since the 1970s.
In 1977, Hofstra wrestler Nick Gallo won the NCAA National Championship in the 126 lb weight class and was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling teams, he was also given the title "Most Outstanding Wrestler" in the 1977 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Dennis Papadatos is the current head coach. The Pride wrestling team competes on campus in the Mack Sports Complex. Former Pride wrestler Chris Weidman was a 2-time NCAA Division I All-American (6th in 2006 & 3rd in 2007, both at 197 lb) and is now the current UFC Middleweight Champion. Hofstra can claim 30 All-American honors among 19 wrestlers through 2018.
Hofstra’s wrestling team was formerly a member of the CAA like all other Pride teams until the CAA ended sponsorship of wrestling in 2013.
The school fielded a football team from 1937 to 2009, when the sport was cancelled due to costs and declining attendance. The team was an associate member of the Atlantic 10 Conference from 2001 until 2009. Funds previously used for the football program went into the creation of the medical school, and enhancing a variety of programs, including hard sciences and engineering.
References in popular cultureEdit
Two of Bill Cosby's early comedy albums include routines about a game between the now-defunct Hofstra football team and Temple University. The routines are "TV Football" (from I Started Out as a Child) and its expanded re-telling "Hofstra" (from Why Is There Air?).
An entire episode of Everybody Loves Raymond was devoted to a main character, Frank Barone, catching a record-setting field goal ball kicked by a Hofstra player at a game against Northeastern that Ray Barone predicted to be a "tickle fight."
- Hofstra Licensing Standards Guide (PDF). July 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
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- Armstrong, Kevin (2009-12-03). "Hofstra Drops Its 72-Year-Old Football Program". The New York Times.
- "Bill Cosby – Hofstra – Listening & stats at". Last.fm. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2011-11-26.