The Yellow Jackets is the name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. The teams have also been nicknamed the Ramblin' Wreck, Engineers, Blacksmiths, and Golden Tornado. There are 8 men's and 7 women's teams that compete in the NCAA Division I athletics and Division I-A football. Georgia Tech is a member of the Coastal Division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The official school colors for Georgia Tech are old gold and white. Navy blue is often used as a secondary color and for alternate jerseys while black has been used on rare occasion. The traditional rival in all sports is in-state University of Georgia. This rivalry is often referred to as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. There are also rivalries with out-of-state Auburn and conference foe Clemson.
The athletic department is run by the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, a private organization located on campus. The department dedicates about $53 million per year to its sports teams and facilities. Since 2005, the athletic director of Georgia Tech has been Dan Radakovich. Most athletic teams have on-campus facilities for competition, including Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field for football, the Alexander Memorial Coliseum at Cremins' Court for men’s and women’s basketball, and Russ Chandler Stadium for baseball.
Georgia Tech was a founding member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1895. Georgia Tech was one of the 14 schools that split to found the Southern Conference in 1921. Thirteen schools including Georgia Tech split in 1932 to form the Southeastern Conference. The Yellow Jackets left the SEC in 1964 and remained independent until becoming a founding member of the Metro-6 Conference in 1975. Georgia Tech moved to the ACC in 1978.
Georgia Tech plays an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division schedule in addition to yearly cross divisional games against Clemson and two other Atlantic Division teams. In addition, the team has a yearly out-of-conference meeting with Georgia at the end of the season known as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.
The football team is in the top 20 winningest Division I-A programs and was the first team to win all four of the historical big four bowls - the Orange (1940), Sugar (1944), Cotton (1955) and Rose (1929). Georgia Tech has won four national titles in the years 1917 going 9-0 under John Heisman outscoring opponents 419-17, 1928 going 10-0 under William Alexander outscoring opponents 221-47, 1952 going 12-0 under Bobby Dodd outscoring opponents 325-59, and 1990 going 11-0-1 under Bobby Ross outscoring opponents 379-186.
The Yellow Jackets have won a total of 15 conference titles. They won 5 SIAA titles in '16, '17, '18, '20, and '21; 3 Southern Conference titles in '22, '27, and '28; 5 SEC titles in '39, '43, '44, '51, '52, and the 1990 and 1998 ACC championships along with the 2006 ACC Coastal Division Championship. The team has played in 35 bowl games, posting a record of 22-13. The resulting win percentage of 0.629 is currently the second-highest among teams with over 20 bowl appearances.
The most recent head coach is former Dallas Cowboys head coach Chan Gailey. In five seasons, Chan Gailey posted a 37-27 record, 5 straight bowl berths, and a 2-3 record in bowl games. Chan's 5 straight bowl appearances have the Jackets at 10 in a row overall, an active streak tied for 5th longest in the nation. Chan Gailey was fired on Monday, November 26, 2007. A nation-wide search for a new head coach then began, which was ended when highly-regarded Navy coach Paul Johnson was hired on December 9, 2007.
Three Jacket players were named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team in 2002: Marco Coleman, OLB; Joe Hamilton, QB; and Ken Swilling, DB. Some notable and more recent Georgia Tech football players are three-time All-American Calvin Johnson, Keith Brooking, Joe Burns, Marco Coleman, Joe Hamilton, Tony Hollings, Dorsey Levens, and Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
The Georgia Tech men's basketball team plays its home games in Alexander Memorial Coliseum, also known as the Thrillerdome. The program saw its most sustained success under the tenure of Bobby Cremins. Bobby Cremins led his team to the first ACC tournament victory in school history in 1985, and in 1990 he took Georgia Tech to the school's first Final Four appearance ever. Cremins retired from Georgia Tech in 2000 with the school's best coaching win percentage.
Paul Hewitt is the current head coach for Georgia Tech. Helping revitalize a stagnant program in 2004, he led Georgia Tech to a Cinderella season as the school earned its second berth in a NCAA national title game in any sport. That team won the Pre-Season NIT, ended Duke's 41 game home winning streak, and finished its season losing by 9 points in the national title game to Connecticut.
Some notable and more recent Georgia Tech basketball players are Javaris Crittenton, Thaddeus Young, Stephon Marbury, Kenny Anderson, Travis Best, Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack, Mark Price, and John Salley.
Baseball is a very successful sport at Georgia Tech. The baseball team makes its home at Russ Chandler Stadium and is one of the premier baseball teams in the NCAA. Georgia Tech baseball is notable for its high-scoring offenses and stout defenses.
The team's success is guided by head coach Danny Hall. Danny Hall has coached Tech for 13 seasons and has posted 579 wins over that span. He has led Georgia Tech to 12 years of NCAA regional play and its only three College World Series appearances in 1994, 2002, and 2006.
The baseball team, under Hall, has become an annual contender for the ACC regular season and tournament titles winning each four and three times respectively.
Some notable and more recent Georgia Tech baseball players are Kevin Brown, Nomar Garciaparra, Matt Murton, Jay Payton, Mark Teixeira, and Jason Varitek. Jason Varitek's number 33 is the only number retired at Georgia Tech.
Some notable and more recent Georgia Tech golfers are David Duval and Stewart Cink. The most famous alumnus of the golf program however remains legendary amateur Bobby Jones, winner of the Grand Slam in 1930 and the founder of Augusta National.
Bond Shymansky, in four seasons, has shaped Georgia Tech volleyball into a powerful, perennial ACC title contender and NCAA tournament qualifier. Tech has been in the NCAA tournament three out of the past four years and has set several school records for victories in a season, consecutive ACC victories, and consecutive victories.
The non-NCAA sanctioned club sports include but are not limited to crew, cricket, cycling, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, ice hockey, kayaking, lacrosse, paintball, roller hockey, rowing, rugby, sailing, skydiving, triathlon, ultimate, water polo, and wrestling.
The Ramblin' Wreck was the first official mascot of Georgia Tech. It is a 1930 Ford Model A Sports Coupe. The Wreck has led the football team onto the field every home game since 1961. The Wreck features a gold and white paint job, two gold flags emblazoned with the words "To Hell With Georgia" and "Give 'Em Hell Tech", and a white soft top. The Wreck is maintained by the Ramblin' Reck Club, a selective student leadership organization on campus.
The Ramblin' Reck Club is charged with upholding all school traditions and creating new traditions such as the SWARM. The SWARM is a 900 member strong spirit group seated along the north end zone or on the court at basketball games. This is the group that typically features body painting, organized chants, and general fanaticism.
The marching band that performs at halftime and after big plays during the football season is clad in all white and sits next to SWARM at football games providing a dichotomy of white and gold in the North End Zone. The band is also the primary student organization on campus that upholds the tradition of RAT caps, wherein band freshman wear the traditional yellow cap at all band events.
It is also tradition for the band to play the "When You Say Budweiser" after the third quarter of football and during the second-to-last official timeout of every basketball game. During the "Budweiser Song", all of the fans in the stadium alternate bending their knees and standing up straight. Other notable band songs are Michael Jackson's Thriller for half-time at the Thrillerdome, Ludacris' Move Bitch for large gains in football,Outkast's Hey Ya! during television timeouts and occasionally Zombie Nation's "Kernkraft 400".
Another popular chant is called the Good Word and it begins with asking, "What's the Good Word?" The response from all Tech faithful is, "To Hell With Georgia." The same question is asked three times and then the followup is asked, "How 'bout them dogs?" And everyone yells, "Piss on 'em."