West_Virginia_Mountaineers

West Virginia Mountaineers

The West Virginia Mountaineers are the athletic teams of West Virginia University. The school is a member of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and the Big East Conference. The school's mascot is known as the Mountaineer. The two major sports at the university are football (played at the Mountaineer Field) and basketball (played at the WVU Coliseum), although many of the other sports have large followings as well. The West Virginia University athletic program also has the honor of being the only school in the nation in 2007 to win a BCS game, a NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament game, and a NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament game.

Baseball

Playing Facility: Hawley Field (1,500)
Head Coach: Greg Van Zant
Most Victories: 40 in 1994
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 22
Last NCAA Appearance: 1996
All-Americans: 20
Drafted Players: 63
Players In The Majors: 30

Notable Players

Babe Barna who played 3-sports
Marvin Bolyard who also played basketball
Zac Cline 2004 15th round draft pick of the Phillies
John Doyle
Jack Gocke
Steve Harrick
Charley Hockenberry
Justin Jenkins
Steve Kline
Bill Marovic
Dustin Nippert
Dale Ramsburg
Scott Seabol
Charley Seabright

Men's Basketball

Playing Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000)
Head Coach: Bob Huggins
Most Victories: 29 in 1959
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 21
Last NCAA Appearance: 2008
NIT Appearances: 15
Last NIT Appearance: 2007
NIT Championships: 2 (1942, 2007)
All-Americans: 13
Drafted Players: 28
Players In The NBA: 11

Women's Basketball

Playing Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000)
Head Coach: Mike Carey
Most Victories: 26 in 1992
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 5
WNIT Appearances: 2
Last NCAA Appearance: 2008
All-Americans: 3
Drafted Players: 2
Players In The WNBA: 1

Notable Players

Kittie Blakemore was the first women's basketball coach at WVU
Rosemary Kosiorek member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame
Yelena Leuchanka
Cathy Parson who was the first woman to be inducted in the WVU Sports Hall of Fame
Olayinka Sanni
Georgeann Wells who was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA Women's Basketball Game

Cross Country

Head Coach: Sean Cleary
BIG EAST Conference Champions: 2007
NCAA Appearances: 3
Last NCAA Appearance: 2007
All-Americans: 4

Notable Players

Carl Hatfield
Mike Mosser
Stan Romanoski who was one of the most successful coaches

Football

Gymnastics

Competition Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000)
Head Coach: Linda Burdette
Most Victories: 26 in 1992
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 3
AIAW Appearances: 1
Last NCAA Appearance: 2000
All-Americans: 4

Notable Gymnasts

Bill Bonsall first WVU gymnastic coach
Shari Retton

Rifle

Playing Facility: WVU Shell Building
Head Coach: Jon Hammond
Most Victories: 19 in 1964
NCAA Appearances: 24
NCAA Team Championships: 13
National Individual Champions: 20
NCAA All-Americans: 65
Olympians: 12

Notable Riflemen

Michael Anti - 2004 Olympic silver medalist
Marsha Beasley - Previous head coach
Edward Etzel - Previous head coach, 1984 Olympic gold medalist.
Christian Helle - Swedish Olympian (1984)
David Johnson - 1992 Olympian
Bruce Meredith - 4 time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
Ann-Marie Pfiffner - 1992 Olympian
John Rost - 1984 Olympian
Stefan Thynell - Swedish Olympian (1976, 1980)
Webster Wright - 1988 Olympian
John Writer - 1972 Olympic gold medalist, 1968 Olympic silver medalist

Men's Soccer

Playing Facility: Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium (1,600)
Head Coach: Marlon LeBlanc
Most Victories: 15 in 2006
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 10
Last NCAA Appearance: 2007
All-Americans: 5
Mountaineer Professionals: 12

Notable Men's Soccer Players

Pat Carroll
Devon McTavish
Nick Noble
Joe Okhakhu
Aaron Pitchkolan
Jarrod Smith
Dan Stratford
Andrew Wright

Women's Soccer

Playing Facility: Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium (1,600)
Head Coach: Nikki Izzo-Brown
Most Victories: 18 in 2002, 2007
BIG EAST Conference Champions: 2007
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 8
Last NCAA Appearance: 2007
All-Americans: 3
Academic All-American: 4
Mountaineer Professionals: 2

Men's Swimming

Playing Facility: WVU Natatorium (500)
Head Coach: Vic Riggs
Most Victories: 13 in 2007
Big East Conference Champions: 2007
NCAA Qualifiers: 19
NCAA All-Americans: 2
Olympians: 1

Women's Swimming

Playing Facility: WVU Natatorium (500)
Head Coach: Vic Riggs
Most Victories: 9 in 1990
NCAA Qualifiers: 14
NCAA All-Americans: 4
Olympians: 1

Notable Women's Swimmers

Kim Kaufman

Women's Tennis

Playing Facility: Mountaineer Tennis Courts
Head Coach: Marc Walters
Most Victories: 21 in 1990

Women's Track

Playing Facility: Mountaineer Track, Shell Indoor Track
Head Coach: Sean Cleary
Assistants: Shellyann Galimore
Olympians: 2
NCAA National Champions: 2
NCAA All-Americans: 13

Notable players

Connie Ellerbe -
Patience Itanyi - 1995 NCAA outdoor long jump champion
Megan Metcalfe - 2005 NCAA outdoor 5,000 meter champion
Kate Vermeulen - 1999 NCAA indoor mile champion

Women's Volleyball

Playing Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000)
Head Coach: Veronica Hammersmith
Most Victories: 35 in 1979
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 0
Last NCAA Appearance: NA
NIT Appearances: 1
All-Americans: 0
All-East: 2

Wrestling

Playing Facility: WVU Coliseum (14,000)
Head Coach: Craig Turnbull
Most Victories: 14 in 1976 and 1990
NCAA Individual Appearances: 67
Best NCAA Finish: 6th in 1991
All-Americans: 16
National Champions: 3
EWL Champions: 18

Notable wrestlers

Dominic Black
Scott Collins
Steve Harrick
Nate Lingle
Floyd Schwartzwalder
Greg Jones
Vertus Jones
Brandon Rader
Mike Mason

Pageantry

Team Colors: Old Gold and Blue
Fight Song: Hail West Virginia! (Take Me Home, Country Roads is played at Mountaineer Field following WVU victories and is famous around the world)
Nickname: Mountaineers
Mascot: The Mountaineer
Marching Band: Mountaineer Marching Band, known as "The Pride of West Virginia." Well-known for their formation of the West Virginia state outline.

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