Wayne State Warriors

The Wayne State Warriors are the athletic teams that represent Wayne State University, located in Detroit, Michigan, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sporting competitions. The Warriors compete as members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) for all 16 varsity sports. The Warriors have been members of the GLIAC since 1975.

Wayne State Warriors
Logo
UniversityWayne State University
ConferenceGLIAC
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorRob Fournier [1]
LocationDetroit, MI
Varsity teams8 men's & 9 women's
Football stadiumTom Adams Field
Basketball arenaWayne State Fieldhouse
Baseball stadiumHarwell Baseball Field
MascotW the Warrior
NicknameWarriors
Colorsgreen & gold
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Websitewsuathletics.com

HistoryEdit

The Wayne State intercollegiate athletics program was established in 1917 by director of athletics David L. Holmes, when the school was known as Detroit Junior College. Revered by his athletes, Holmes initially coached all sports. His track teams were nationally known into the 1950s; in his first ten years, he produced two Olympians from the school's Victorian-era gym. Although he had major ambitions for Wayne and scheduled such teams as Notre Dame and Penn State in the 1920s, the lack of facilities and money for athletics kept the athletic program small.

In 1927, three years after the school was renamed the College of the City of Detroit, a student poll selected the name of "Tartars" for the school's teams, which were generally known as the Detroit Tartars. In 1934, the college became Wayne University, with athletic teams known as the Wayne Tartars until 1956 when the school became Wayne State University and athletic teams were called the Wayne State Tartars. The Tartars nickname lasted until 1999 when the university changed it to "Warriors" due to a feeling that the Tartar name was dated and that not many people knew what a Tartar was.[3][4]

As the Detroit Tartars, the school competed in the Michigan Collegiate Conference from 1927 to 1931. In 1946, Wayne University was a founding member of the Mid-American Conference in 1946, but only played one season in the conference before leaving in 1947.[5][6] In 1955 the university, along with John Carroll University, Case Institute of Technology, and Western Reserve University formed the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC).[7] The University competed in the PAC until 1967 before competing as an independent program and joining the upstart Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in 1975.

Since September 2000, Rob Fournier has served as athletic director.[8] Erika Wallace, who came to WSU in July 2019, serves as Chief of Staff.[9]

Varsity sportsEdit

The Wayne State University Athletic Department sponsors the following sports:

Men's athletic teams Women's athletic teams
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Fencing
Fencing Softball
Football Swimming and Diving
Golf Tennis
Swimming and Diving Track and field[10] (Indoor and Outdoor)
Tennis Volleyball

BaseballEdit

Wayne State has had 6 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[11]

Year Player Round Team
1970 Terence Cupples 42 Twins
1973 John Shupe 10 Yankees
1974 Gregory Boos 30 Mets
2005 Steven Squires 49 White Sox
2008 Anthony Bass 5 Padres
2011 Brett Shankin 28 Mariners

FencingEdit

Fencing for Wayne State, future two-time Olympican Byron Krieger was Wayne State's first Intercollegiate Fencing Association/NCAA champion in foil in 1942.[12] Future three-time Olympian Allan Kwartler also fenced at Wayne State.[13]

FootballEdit

Wayne State football competes with the other sports in the GLIAC, the program also competed in the PAC from 1955-1967 and in the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference from 1990-1998. Wayne State has won three conference championships, one in the GLIAC and two PAC championships. The Warriors played in the Division II National Championship game in 2011, losing to the Pittsburg State Gorillas, 35-21.

Notable NFL alumni include: Vic Zucco, Richard Byas, Jr., Paul Butcher, Sr., Tom Beer, and Joique Bell.

Ice HockeyEdit

Wayne State previously competed in men's and women's NCAA Division I ice hockey as a member of College Hockey America (CHA). The university dropped their men's program at the end of the 2007-08 season,[14] followed in 2011 by ending the women's hockey program.[15]

Notable non varsity sportsEdit

RugbyEdit

Founded in 2002, the Wayne State women's rugby team won the NSCRO 15s National Championship in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.[16] Wayne State won the NSCRO Rugby Sevens Championship in 2014 and again in 2015.[16] Wayne State rugby is led by Head Coach Darrin Barner.

ChampionshipsEdit

National ChampionshipsEdit

Fencing (M) 1975, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
Fencing (W) 1982, 1988, 1989
Swimming (W) 2012
  • Note: Although WSU competes at the DII level, the NCAA combines all three divisions for its National Fencing Championships.

Conference ChampionshipsEdit

i. GLIAC Championships:

Baseball 1980, 1981, 1982, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2010
Basketball (M) 1984, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2010, 2020
Basketball (W) 1980, 1981
Cross Country (M) 2001
Football 1976
Golf (M) 2004, 2009
Softball 1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996,
2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
Swimming (M) 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Swimming (W) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Track and Field (Indoor) 1976, 1977
Track and Field (Outdoor) 1975, 1976, 1977
Tennis (M) 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 2019
Tennis (W) 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983
Volleyball (W) 1980, 1981, 1982, 1997, 1998, 1999

ii. President's Athletic Conference Championships:

Baseball 1959
Cross Country (M) 1960, 1961, 1963
Football 1957, 1965
Golf (M) 1947
Swimming (M) 1963, 1964,
Tennis (M) 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964

iii. College Hockey America:

Ice Hockey (M) 2001, 2002, 2003
Ice Hockey (W) 2008

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Staff Directory". Wayne State Warriors. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  2. ^ Identity guidelines - Marketing and Communications - Wayne State University
  3. ^ "WSU adopts new athletic identity". Wayne State University Press. 1999-07-29.
  4. ^ "Before and After: New Symbols for Old Schools". New York Times. 2000-08-06. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  5. ^ Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Record Book (PDF). Mid-American Conference. 2018–19. p. 4. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  6. ^ Mid-American Conference Men's Golf Record Book (PDF). Mid-American Conference. 2016. p. 20. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Conference Overview: Timeline" (PDF). Presidents' Athletic Conference. p. 7. Retrieved May 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "Rob Fournier". WSUAthletics.com. Wayne State University. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  9. ^ "Erika Wallace". WSUAthletics.com. Wayne State University. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  10. ^ "2015-16 Women's Track & Field Schedule". Wayne State University. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-09-09.
  12. ^ "Ex-Fencing Champion Dies in Havdalah Candle Fire" – The Forward
  13. ^ "May 17, 1980 - City of Yonkers, NY". www.yonkersny.gov.
  14. ^ Wodon, Adam (March 11, 2008). "Wayne State Bids Farewell". College Hockey News. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  15. ^ "Wayne State ends women's program". NCAA. May 30, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  16. ^ a b "The Wayne State Success Story", Rugby Today, Clara Lefton, May 14, 2015.

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