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The UTSA Roadrunners is a collegiate athletic program that represents the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The UTSA Roadrunners are also commonly referred to as "UTSA", "Roadrunners", or simply "Runners" and are represented by the mascot Rowdy. The origin of Rowdy dates back to 1977, when the Roadrunner was chosen as the university's mascot by student election.[2] The Roadrunners compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA in 17 varsity sports. UTSA is San Antonio's only institution that competes in Division I FBS. UTSA joined the Western Athletic Conference on July 1, 2012.[3] In April 2012, it was announced that UTSA would join Conference USA on July 1, 2013.[4]

UTSA Roadrunners
Logo
UniversityUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
ConferenceC-USA
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorLisa Campos
LocationSan Antonio, Texas
Varsity teams17
Football stadiumAlamodome
Basketball arenaConvocation Center
Baseball stadiumRoadrunner Field
MascotRowdy
NicknameRoadrunners
Fight songUTSA Fight Song
ColorsNavy Blue, White, and Orange[1]
              
Websitewww.goutsa.com
Conference USA logo in UTSA's colors

Sports sponsoredEdit

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Football Soccer
Golf Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track & field Track & field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Conference AffiliationsEdit


 

FootballEdit

In December 2008, UTSA announced the planned expansion of the athletics program centered on a new football program.[5] The team is coached by former Miami Hurricanes head coach Larry Coker. UTSA began practicing in August 2010 and began competing as an NCAA Division I FCS independent on September 3, 2011.[5][6] On November 11, 2010, UTSA accepted an invitation for membership within the Western Athletic Conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision.[7] UTSA is now a member of Conference USA, joining the conference July 1, 2013. The team plays its home games at the Alamodome in Downtown San Antonio.

BasketballEdit

Men's BasketballEdit

UTSA men's basketball began as an Independent in 1981 before joining the then Trans America Athletic Conference in 1986. March 12, 1988 UTSA defeated Georgia Southern 76-69 in overtime sending the Roadrunners to their first NCAA post season appearance.[8][9] UTSA men's basketball has won 3 regular season championships, 4 conference tournaments, and has had 4 NCAA tournament appearances.[citation needed]

UTSA appeared in the College Insider Tournament (CIT) post season play in 2018. In 2019 the Roadrunners were invited to the CIT again but turned down post season play.[10]

Women's BasketballEdit

The Lady Roadrunners won their first ever Southland Conference Championship in 2008 defeating Lamar 65-56 at the Merrell Center. This also marked the UTSA women's basketball team's first NCAA Tournament berth in school history.

UTSA earned a NCAA Tournament berth for a second consecutive season[11] with a 74–63 win over top seed UT Arlington in the State Farm Southland Conference Tournament Championship Game on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the Merrell Center.

The UTSA women's basketball team has earned 2 NCAA Tournament Appearances, 2 conference championships, 1 regular season title, and the 2011 Southland West Division Championship.

BaseballEdit

The UTSA baseball team was formed in 1992 where they initially competed in the Southland Conference. Built in 1993, UTSA plays at Roadrunner Field which is commonly known as "The Bird Bath." The Roadrunners have won 5 conference tournaments and have 3 NCAA post season appearances.

SoftballEdit

The UTSA softball team plays their home games at Roadrunner Field and initially competed in the Southland Conference since 1996. UTSA shattered its own NCAA record in 2007, hitting 105 round-trippers in 51 contests for a 2.06 average, eclipsing the 1.87 mark set in 2004 (101/54). The Roadrunners own three of the top six home run seasons in NCAA history 105 (2006), 103 (2005), 101 (2004) and set a conference record with 14 home runs in four games at the 2006 SLC Tournament.[12]

The Roadrunner softball team has 2 NCAA Tournament Appearances, 3 Regular Season Conference Titles, and 2 Conference Tournament Championships.[13][14][15]

VolleyballEdit

The Roadrunners volleyball team host their home games in the Convocation Center which has been dubbed "The Historic Convo" or "Convo" for short. In 2010 the Roadrunners won their second-ever Southland Conference Tournament Championship in program history (third overall)[16] and head to the 2010 NCAA Tournament.[17] In 2014 the lady Roadrunners sweep Tulsa to win the Conference USA Regular Season Championship in 2013 (4th conference title).[18] UTSA clinched their third NCAA Tournament berth in program history in 2013 by claiming the Conference USA Tournament Championship in four sets against Tulane (25-20, 25–16, 18–25, 25–23).[19] In 2014 the Roadrunners captured the Conference USA Regular Season Championship with a sweep of Rice (25-19, 25–21, 25–22). The volleyball team has 3 NCAA Tournament Appearances, 5 Conference Championships, and 5 Regular Season Championship Titles.

I-35 Orange vs. Maroon RivalryEdit

The I-35 Rivalry Orange vs. Maroon Rivalry series is the name given to the athletic competitions between the Roadrunners and the Texas State Bobcats. The name is derived from the Interstate highway that essentially links the two schools, which are in relatively close proximity to each other. In the beginning of the rivalry, a trophy was awarded to the winner of the men's basketball game. It has grown, however, to include all common sports the two schools compete with each other in throughout the academic year. A point system is used to crown a winner after the last competition between the schools in that year. The trophy is then inscribed with the annual winners and the winning institution retains the trophy for one year until the next winner is crowned.[20][21]

Athletic AchievementsEdit

BasketballEdit

Men'sEdit

Women'sEdit

  • The women's basketball team qualified for the 2008 Women's NCAA Tournament and 2009 Women's NCAA Tournament.
  • The women's basketball team wins the regular season Southland Conference (SLC) championship in 2002–03.[23]
  • The women's basketball team wins first-ever Southland Conference Championship in 2008.[24]
  • The women's basketball team wins Southland Conference Regular Season Title in 2009.[25]
  • The women's basketball team wins Southland Conference Championship in 2009.[26]
  • The women's basketball team clinches the 2011 Southland Conference West Division Championship.[27]

BaseballEdit

  • The baseball team won the Southland Conference tournament in 1994
  • The baseball team won the Southland Conference tournament in 2004
  • The baseball team won the Southland Conference tournament in 2007
  • The baseball team won the Southland Conference tournament in 2008
  • The baseball team won the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in 2013.

Cross Country/Track and Field (Indoor/Outdoor)Edit

  • The men's Track and Field team won the 1996 cross-country championships.
  • The women's Track and Field team won the 1996 cross-country championships.
  • The men's Track and Field team won the 1997 cross-country championships.
  • The women's Track and Field team won the 1997 cross-country championships.
  • UTSA wins their 6th consecutive Men's Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship in 2011.[28]
  • The men's Track and Field won the Conference USA Outdoor Championship back to back years in 2014 and 2015.
  • The women's Cross Country team won the 2013 Conference USA Championship.

FootballEdit

  • UTSA set the record for the highest-attended game for an NCAA Division I inaugural game with 56,743 fans in attendance[29][30][31]
  • UTSA Football makes inaugural bowl game appearance in 2016 season.
  • UTSA Football team beats Baylor for first win over a Power 5 opponent.
  • UTSA Football team becomes bowl eligible for second straight season in a row.

GolfEdit

Woman'sEdit

  • The women's golf team won the 2011 Southland Conference Championship.[32][33]
  • The women's golf team won the 2018 Conference USA Championship.
  • The women's golf team won the 2019 Conference USA Championship.[34]

SoccerEdit

SoftballEdit

  • The softball team won their first Southland Conference tournament in 2004.[14]
  • The softball team makes their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2004.[14]
  • The softball team wins their third consecutive Southland Conference Tournament Regular Season Championship.[15]
  • The UTSA softball team beats UTA, 8-3, for the SLC Tournament Championship title in 2006.[13]
  • The UTSA softball team earns 2nd NCAA Tournament berth.[13]

VolleyballEdit

  • The women's volleyball team wins the 2010 Southland Conference Championship and make appearance in the 2010 NCAA tournament.
  • The women's volleyball team wins the 2013 Regular Season Championship Title and 2013 Conference USA Championship.
  • The women's volleyball team wins the 2014 Regular Season Championship Title

Commissioners CupsEdit

  • UTSA wins the Southland Conference 2007–2008 Commissioners Cup.[35][36]
  • UTSA wins the Southland Conference 2010–2011 Commissioners Cup[37]
  • UTSA wins the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Commissioners Cup in 2013.

Final Four host siteEdit

  • UTSA hosted the NCAA Men's Final Four at the Alamodome in 1998, 2004, 2008, and 2018.
  • UTSA hosted the NCAA Women's Final Four in 2002 and 2010.
  • UTSA hosted the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship[38]
  • UTSA Roadrunners host 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament[39]
NCAA Men's Final Four NCAA Women's Final Four NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament/Final Four
1998 2002 2003[38]
2004 2010 2011[39]
2008
2018

ReferencesEdit

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