North Dakota Fighting Hawks

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North Dakota Fighting Hawks
UniversityUniversity of North Dakota
ConferenceSummit League (primary)
Missouri Valley (football)
NCHC (Men's hockey)
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletic directorBill Chaves
LocationGrand Forks, North Dakota
Varsity teams17
Football stadiumAlerus Center
Basketball arenaBetty Engelstad Sioux Center
Ice hockey arenaRalph Engelstad Arena
NicknameFighting Hawks
Fighting Sioux (1930–2012)
Fight songIt's For You, North Dakota U
Stand Up and Cheer
ColorsKelly green and white[1]

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks (formerly known as the Flickertails and the Fighting Sioux) are the athletic teams that represent the University of North Dakota (UND), located in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Originally in the Division II North Central Conference, UND began transitioning to NCAA's Division I in 2008 with the football program participating in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). North Dakota is a member of the Summit League for most sports, the Missouri Valley Football Conference in football, and the National Collegiate Hockey Conference for men's hockey. The Fighting Hawks competed in the Western Athletic Conference in baseball, plus men's and women's swimming & diving, before dropping all three sports. Baseball was dropped after the 2016 season, and the swimming & diving teams were dropped after the 2016–17 season.[2] Women's ice hockey competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association before also being dropped after the 2016–17 season.[2]

On January 24, 2017, reports stated that North Dakota would leave the Big Sky Conference to join the Summit League in all sports but football beginning in 2019.[3] The school would join the Missouri Valley Football Conference for football in 2020.[4] The rumored changes became official on January 26, when UND, the Summit League, and the MVFC announced the Fighting Hawks' move to the Summit in 2018 (instead of 2019)[5] and the MVFC at the reported 2020 date. During UND's transition to the MVFC, it will continue to play a full Big Sky football schedule due to contractual commitments; while the Fighting Hawks will not be eligible for the Big Sky title, games against them will count in the Big Sky football standings.[6]

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross country Cross country
Football Golf
Golf Soccer
Ice hockey Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track and field Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
Summit League logo in North Dakota's colors

Ice hockey (men's)[edit]

Having won eight national championships, the men's hockey team is easily the most recognized of UND teams. A charter member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, the Fighting Hawks play in the $100+ million Ralph Engelstad Arena.


The men's football home games are held in the Alerus Center.


Men's basketball[edit]

Former sports[edit]

The baseball program dating to 1889 was cancelled at the conclusion of the 2016 season.[7] The women's hockey program was cancelled at the conclusion of the 2016–17 season.[8]

Athletics hall of fame[edit]

The Letterwinners Hall of Fame recognizes the efforts and achievements of former UND student-athletes, coaches, and other supporters of UND athletics. Inductees are selected by the UND Letterwinners Association and representatives of the UND athletic department. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony, sponsored by the UND Letterwinners Association, is held each fall in conjunction with a football game. The Hall of Fame is located on the upper concourse at the south end of the Ralph Engelstad Arena.[9]


UND's nickname was originally The Flickertails, but was unofficially changed to "The Sioux" in 1930. UND's former athletic logo, revealed in 1999, a Native American figure, was designed by Bennett Brien, a local artist and UND graduate of Ojibwa ethnicity. After more than a decade of controversy, the name and logo were retired in 2012. On November 18, 2015, it was revealed at a press conference held by President Robert Kelley that Fighting Hawks, with 57.24% of the vote, would become the new university nickname.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ UND Athletics Brand 22 Media (PDF). April 10, 2023. Retrieved June 4, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Deep budget cuts force UND to eliminate three varsity sports" (Press release). North Dakota Fighting Hawks. March 29, 2017. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "North Dakota to Join Summit League, Missouri Valley Football Conference". ESPN 99.1 – Sioux Falls Sports Leader – Sioux Falls Sports. Archived from the original on 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  4. ^ KSFY. "Sources: UND Set to Join Summit League and MVFC". Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  5. ^ "The Summit League Adds The University of North Dakota" (Press release). The Summit League. January 26, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "UND to Join Missouri Valley Football Conference" (Press release). Missouri Valley Football Conference. January 26, 2017. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "North Dakota baseball team being cut plays final home game". USA Today. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  8. ^ Cimini, Kate (5 April 2017). "After program cut, North Dakota women's hockey left reeling". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Hall of Fame Home". Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Fighting Hawks selected as new nickname for the University of North Dakota". University of North Dakota. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  11. ^ "Fighting Hawks selected as new nickname for the University of North Dakota". North Dakota Fighting Hawks. November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2015.

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