West Georgia Wolves

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West Georgia Wolves
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UniversityUniversity of West Georgia
ConferenceGulf South
NCAADivision II
(Division I starting July 1st, 2024)
Athletic directorJason Carmichael
LocationCarrollton, Georgia
Varsity teams15 (5 men's, 9 women's, 1 co-ed)
Football stadiumUniversity Stadium
Basketball arenaThe Coliseum
Baseball stadiumCole Field
Softball stadiumUniversity Softball Field
Soccer stadiumUniversity Soccer Field
NicknameWolves
(formerly Braves)
ColorsBlue and red[1]
   
Websiteuwgathletics.com

The West Georgia Wolves (UWG Wolves, formerly the West Georgia Braves) are the athletic teams that represent the University of West Georgia, located in Carrollton, Georgia, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Wolves compete as members of the Gulf South Conference for all 13 varsity sports. West Georgia has been a member of the GSC since 1983. On September 8, 2023, West Georgia announced they would be joining NCAA Division I as members of the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN), effective July 1, 2024. The football team will join the United Athletic Conference, a football-only partnership between the ASUN and the Western Athletic Conference, at the same time.[2][3]

Varsity teams[edit]

List of teams[edit]

  1. ^ An all-female cheerleading discipline emphasizing acrobatics; part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.

Athletic achievements[edit]

  • Basketball: holds one National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship in 1974.[4]
  • Co-ed cheerleading: holds eight consecutive UCA Division II titles 2002-2009 and 15 total UCA division II titles for 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 wins.[5][6]
  • All-female cheerleading: has earned 6 UCA Division II National Championships in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012. And 3 UCA Division I National Championships in 2013, 2017 and 2019.[5][6]

Cross country[edit]

Tim Brooks, former member of the 1999 Gulf South Conference Championship men's cross country team, was named head coach of the men's and women's teams in 2010.[7] Coach Ryan Bailey took over the Head Coaching position in 2017.

Football[edit]

For the current season, see 2023 West Georgia Wolves football team.

Program achievements[edit]

Gulf South Conference Champions 1997, 1998, 2000, 2015
NCAA Division II Team Playoff Participants 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
NCAA Division II Regional Championships 2014, 2015
NCAA Division II National Championships
NCAA Division III Team Playoff Participants 1981, 1982
NCAA Division III Regional Championships 1982
NCAA Division III National Championships 1982

Softball[edit]

West Georgia's softball team appeared in one Women's College World Series in 1974.[8]

Men's basketball[edit]

The University of West Georgia men's basketball program has been a contender in the Gulf South since joining in 1983. They have had 40 players named to the All Gulf South Teams, 17 players named to NCAA All-American Teams, Appeared in 27 Gulf South Conference Tournaments, and 18 NCAA Tournaments. The 1974 team, coached by Roger Kaiser, won the NAIA National Championship.

Facilities[edit]

University Stadium[edit]

Home side of University Stadium.
Home side of University Stadium.

In 2003, the University of West Georgia acquired 250 acres (1.0 km2) from the city of Carrollton for the purpose of creating a stadium and athletic complex. Such a facility would serve a dual role: give the UWG sports teams a facility that they could use, and aid the university in attracting additional students. The funding for this venture was made possible through private donations and increased student fees approved by the Student Government Association.

During the summer of 2008, construction began on this facility and, in the fall of 2009, the University Stadium opened. The stadium seats roughly 9,600, providing ample space for any sporting or entertainment event.[9] Additionally, the new athletic complex includes a stadium and practice field for the Wolves’ soccer program, a new softball stadium and a women's field house with locker-room facilities for women's sports. There are plans to relocate Cole Field from its current location beside the Biology Building to the Athletic Complex.

On October 4, 2014, the University Stadium hosted its first Top-25 matchup in its 6-year history. The game was between the then #24 UWG Wolves and the #22 UWA Tigers. It was the first time that Coach Will Hall faced his former team. The final scored showed just how tough of a game it would be as UWG edged out UWA 26–17. It was UWG's first win in the series after 5 previous tries.

The Coliseum[edit]

The Coliseum is an on-campus indoor arena in Carrollton, Georgia. It is primarily used for basketball and volleyball, and is the home field of the University of West Georgia. The arena holds 6,475 spectators and opened in 2009. The total construction cost was $24.7 million.[10]

The concourse level of the facility includes a two-story lobby that offers an area for event pre-function gatherings. The concourse level also features concession stands and restrooms.

The lower level of the facility houses the floor of the arena, spacious locker rooms for the men and women basketball teams, the volleyball team, visiting teams, and referees. Additionally, this level includes a trainer's facility. The Coliseum has a maple wood floor surrounded by seating and a four-sided, state-of-the-art video scoreboard suspended over center court.

The upper level includes three large skyboxes for UWG officials, boosters, and friends to gather during events.

The Coliseum hosts UWG commencement ceremonies, concerts, and other various events. The Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA and AAAA boys' and girls' basketball quarterfinal round of the playoffs are also held at this facility annually.

In July 2021, the Coliseum floor was redone in accordance with the change in the three-point line for NCAA Basketball contests. The new design and finishing was done by CBA Sports, a company led by NBA legend Dominique Wilkins.

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of West Georgia Visual Brand Identity Guide (PDF). Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  2. ^ McCray, Vanessa. "University of West Georgia to move to NCAA Division I". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ISSN 1539-7459. Retrieved 2023-09-08.
  3. ^ Chavkin, Daniel (2023-09-08). "NCAA Division II Powerhouse Announces Move to Division I". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2023-09-08.
  4. ^ "NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-23.
  5. ^ a b "UWG Cheer History". Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  6. ^ a b Lindenberger, Brian. "Cheer Dynasty Holds Strong". University of West Georgia. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  7. ^ "West Georgia names Cross-Country head coach". UWG. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  8. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  9. ^ "University Stadium Information". Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Peterson's University of West Georgia Report" (PDF). 009 Peterson’s, a Nelnet company. Peterson's. 2009. Retrieved 2013-11-29.

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