The Yale Bulldogs are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut. The school sponsors 35 varsity sports. The school has won two NCAA national championships in women's fencing, four in men's swimming and diving, 21 in men's golf, one in men's hockey, one in men's lacrosse, and 16 in sailing.

Yale Bulldogs
UniversityYale University
ConferenceIvy League (primary)
ECAC Hockey
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges
CSA (squash)
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletic directorVictoria Chun
LocationNew Haven, Connecticut
Varsity teams35 teams
Football stadiumYale Bowl
Basketball arenaPayne Whitney Gym
Ice hockey arenaIngalls Rink
Baseball stadiumYale Field
Soccer stadiumReese Stadium
Lacrosse stadiumReese Stadium
Sailing venueYale Corinthian Yacht Club
MascotHandsome Dan
Fight song“Bulldog”
ColorsYale blue and white[1]

In 1970 the NCAA banned Yale from participating in all NCAA sports for two years, in reaction to Yale -- against the wishes of the NCAA -- playing its Jewish center Jack Langer in college games after Langer had played for Team United States at the 1969 Maccabiah Games in Israel with the approval of Yale President Kingman Brewster.[2][3][4][5] The decision impacted 300 Yale students, every Yale student on its sports teams, over the next two years.[6]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Crew
Crew Cross country
Cross country Fencing
Fencing Field hockey
Football Golf
Golf Gymnastics
Ice hockey Ice hockey
Lacrosse Lacrosse
Sailing Sailing
Soccer Soccer
Squash Softball
Swimming & diving Squash
Tennis Swimming & diving
Track & field Tennis
Track & field
Co-ed sports
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Championships edit

NCAA team championships edit

Yale has 29 NCAA team national championships.[7]

  • Men's (27)
    • Golf (21): 1897, 1898, 1902, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1943
    • Ice Hockey (1): 2013
    • Lacrosse (1): 2018
    • Swimming (4): 1942, 1944, 1951, 1953
  • Women's (2)
Notable alumni
  • Sada Jacobson (born 1983), Olympic fencing saber silver and bronze medalist, and 2-time NCAA champion.

† The NCAA started sponsoring the intercollegiate golf championship in 1939, but it retained the titles from the 41 championships previously conferred by the National Intercollegiate Golf Association in its records.

Men's sports edit

Baseball edit

Craig Breslow
Ryan Lavarnway

Major leaguers pitcher Craig Breslow (Oakland A's and Boston Red Sox) and catcher Ryan Lavarnway (Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Dodgers), among others, played baseball for the Bulldogs. Perhaps Yale's most notable baseball player, however, was future U.S. president George H. W. Bush, who played for the Bulldogs in the late 1940s.

Breslow led the Ivy League with a 2.56 ERA in 2002.[8] Lavarnway led the NCAA in batting average (.467) and slugging percentage (.873) in 2007, set the Ivy League hitting-streak record (25), and through 2010 held the Ivy League record in career home runs (33).[9] In August 2012, Breslow and Lavarnway, playing for the Red Sox, became the first Yale grads to be Major League teammates since 1949.[10]

Men's basketball edit

The men's basketball team has been named national champion on six occasions – in 1896, 1897, 1899, and 1900 by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll, which began retroactive selections with the 1895–96 season; and in 1901 and 1903 by the Helms Athletic Foundation, which began retroactive selections with the 1900–01 season.[11] Penn and Yale played in the First College Basketball game with 5 men on a team in 1897.

Yale has won seven Ivy League championships – 1957, 1962, 1963, 2002, 2016, 2019 and 2020. It also won the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League, the forerunner to the Ivy League, eight times – 1902, 1903, 1907, 1915, 1917, 1923, 1933 and 1949.

Men's crew edit

Football edit

The football team has competed since 1876. They have won nineteen national championships when the school competed in what is now known as the FBS.[12] They are perhaps best known for their rivalry with Harvard, known as "The Game". Twenty one former players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Men's golf edit

Robert Hunter

The Yale Men's Golf Team has won 21 collegiate team championships (all except 1943 were bestowed by the National Intercollegiate Golf Association): 1897, 1898 (spring),[13] 1902 (spring), 1905–13, 1915, 1924–26, 1931–33, 1936, 1943. They have crowned 13 individual champions: John Reid, Jr. (1898, spring), Charles Hitchcock, Jr. (1902, fall), Robert Abbott (1905), W. E. Clow, Jr. (1906), Ellis Knowles (1907), Robert Hunter (1910), George Stanley (1911), Nathaniel Wheeler (1913), Francis Blossom (1915), Jess Sweetser (1920), Dexter Cummings (1923, 1924), Tom Aycock (1929). Both are records. They have won 10 Ivy League championships since the League championship was started in 1975: 1984–85, 1988, 1990–91, 1996–97, 2003, 2011, 2018.[14] Both the Men's and Women's Golf Teams play out of the Yale Golf Course which has been ranked the best collegiate golf course in the country by as well as other news outlets.[15]

Men's ice hockey edit

The Yale Men's Ice Hockey team is the oldest existing intercollegiate hockey program, having played its first game in 1896 against Johns Hopkins (a 2–2 tie).[16] The team competes in the ECAC Hockey League (ECACHL); in addition the Ivy League also crowns a champion for its members that field varsity ice hockey. The Bulldogs (coached by Keith Allain) won the 2013 NCAA National Championship in Pittsburgh with a 4–0 shutout of Quinnipiac University.

Men's lacrosse edit

Men's soccer edit

Before the NCAA began its tournament in 1959, the annual national champion was declared by the Intercollegiate Association Football League (IAFL) — from 1911 to 1926 — and then the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association (ISFA), from 1927 to 1958. From 1911 to 1958, Yale won four national championships.

Men's squash edit

Men's swimming and diving edit

Men's tennis edit

Irvin Dorfman played tennis for Yale (1947), and was later ranked No. 15 in singles in the United States in 1947, and No. 3 in doubles in the U.S. in 1948.[17][18] In 1946 he won the Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Title.[19]

Richard Raskind, later known as Renée Richards, was captain of the 1954 men's team and later became a professional female tennis player.[20]

Women's sports edit

Women's basketball edit

Women's crew edit

In 1976, the nineteen members of the Yale women's crew wrote "TITLE IX" on their bodies and went into athletic director Joni Barnett's office and took off their clothes, and then rower Chris Ernst read a statement about the way they were being treated.[21][22] This protest was noted by newspapers around the world, including The New York Times.[22][21] By 1977, a women's locker room was added to Yale's boathouse.[23] (Previously, there was no bathroom available for the women's crew team, so they had to wait on the bus after practice while the men showered before they could return to campus.[24]) This protest was chronicled in the 1999 documentary A Hero For Daisy.[23][25]

Women's ice hockey edit

Women's soccer edit

The Bulldogs women's soccer team won the NCAA College Cup in 2002, 2004 and 2005.[26] In 2005, the team won a school record 15 games.[26] That year it also won the first outright team Ivy League title in Yale history.[26]

Former coach Rudy Meredith was indicted as part of the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, for allegedly accepting bribes totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars to facilitate the admission of students to Yale as soccer players recruited to the Yale women's soccer team, despite their never having played competitive soccer.[27] He pled guilty.[27] Because he is cooperating with prosecutors, he may avoid the maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fines each of the charges carry, but he will have to forfeit the $850,000 in bribes he took in the scheme.[27]

Women's swimming and diving edit

Notable non-varsity sports edit

Rugby edit

Yale rugby plays college rugby in Division 1 in the Ivy Rugby Conference. Yale Rugby was founded in 1875, making it one of the oldest rugby teams in North America.[28][29] President George W. Bush played rugby for Yale during his student days.[30]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Yale Athletics Brand Guidelines" (PDF). December 17, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Cross Campus". Yale Daily News. January 15, 2009.
  3. ^ "YALE STORM CENTER QUITS BASKETBALL". The New York Times. October 9, 1970.
  4. ^ Gordon S. White Jr. (January 16, 1970). "RULING TO EXTEND TO ALL ELI SPORTS; Penalty Stems From Yale's Unwavering Stand to Use an Ineligible Player". The New York Times.
  5. ^ President's Commission on Olympic Sports (1977). The Final Report of the President's Commission on Olympic Sports, U.S. Government Printing Office.
  6. ^ “Rationale for the Student-Athletes Bill of Rights”, June 25, 2002.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on March 20, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ "Ryan Lavarnway". April 6, 2007. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  10. ^ "Bulldogs in Beantown". Yale Daily News. September 5, 2012. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
  11. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 529. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.
  12. ^ "Early Football Style Championships". Archived from the original on February 11, 2010.
  13. ^ "Golf Team Defeated". The Crimson. May 6, 1898. Archived from the original on May 31, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  14. ^ "The Ivy League Men's Golf Records Book 2012–13" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  15. ^ Lusk, Jason (October 19, 2020). "Golfweek's Best 2020: Top 30 Campus Courses". Golfweek. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  16. ^ [1] Archived January 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Dorfman, Irv: Jews In Sports". Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  18. ^ "The Deseret News". Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  19. ^ Wechsler, Bob (May 3, 2018). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. ISBN 9780881259698. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018 – via Google Books.
  20. ^ "Renée Richards | Sport | The Observer". February 13, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "How a naked protest changed women's rowing forever". August 13, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  22. ^ a b "YALE HEARD NAKED TRUTH IN PROTEST". Hartford Courant.
  23. ^ a b Wulf, Steve (June 14, 2012). "ESPN The Magazine - The 1976 protest that helped define Title IX movement". Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  24. ^ O'Connor, Karen (August 18, 2010). Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook. SAGE. p. 855. ISBN 978-1-4129-6083-0.
  25. ^ 40 minutes. "A Hero for Daisy - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival". Retrieved March 11, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  26. ^ a b c "General". Yale University.
  27. ^ a b c "Ex-Yale soccer coach pleads guilty in admissions scandal". March 29, 2019.
  28. ^ E Digby Baltzell, "Goodbye To All That," Society 31, no. 2 (January 1994): 62–71.
  29. ^ "Yale University Rugby Football Club – Ivy Rugby Conference". Archived from the original on July 16, 2015.
  30. ^ George W. Bush, left, playing rugby [2]

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