The Marquette Golden Eagles, formerly known as the Marquette Warriors, Blue and Gold, Gold, Hilltoppers, and Golden Avalanche (football only), are the athletic teams representing Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. They compete as a member of the NCAA Division I level (non-football sub-level), primarily competing in the Big East Conference for all sports since its establishment in 2013. The Golden Eagles are a founding member of the current Big East, having been one of the seven members of the original Big East that broke away to form a basketball-focused league. They had joined the original Big East in 2005, having previously competed in Conference USA (C-USA) from 1995–96 to 2004–05, the Great Midwest Conference from 1991–92 to 1994–95 and the Horizon League from 1988–89 to 1990–91. They also competed as an independent from 1916–17 to 1987–88. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The men's basketball team won the NCAA national championship in 1977, and was a finalist in 1974 and a semifinalist in 2003. The 1970 team won the National Invitation Tournament; the NCAA tournament in 1970 included just 25 teams and the NIT had 16.
The nickname change to "Golden Eagles" came in May 1994. Eleven years later, the university added "Gold" to the nickname in May 2005, but it was reversed in about a week after public backlash.
On December 15, 2012, Marquette and the other six Catholic, non-FBS Big East schools (the so-called "Catholic 7") announced that they were departing the Big East for a new conference. In March 2013, it was confirmed that the "Catholic 7", along with three other schools, would begin operations that July as a new Big East Conference.
|Marquette Golden Eagles|
|Athletic director||Bill Scholl|
|Basketball arena||Fiserv Forum (men)|
Al McGuire Center (women)
|Soccer stadium||Valley Fields|
|Other arenas||Hart Park Stadium|
|Fight song||"Ring Out Ahoya"|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Cross country||Cross country|
|Tennis||Track & field†|
|Track & field†||Volleyball|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.|
The men's basketball team is ninth in the NCAA for postseason appearances all-time (45), including 30 NCAA Tournament appearances (T-11th all time). The Warriors, coached by Al McGuire, won the 1977 NCAA Tournament and were runners-up in 1974. Maurice "Bo" Ellis was a member of each of those teams, and remains the only Marquette player to appear in two Final Fours.
The 2003 team, coached by Tom Crean and led on the court by Dwyane Wade, Robert Jackson, Steve Novak, and Travis Diener, upset top-ranked Kentucky to reach the Final Four of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. In that Midwest regional final in Minneapolis, Wade became the fourth player to record a triple-double in an NCAA tournament game. He was named an AP All-American two years in a row and was the Conference USA Player of the Year.
Marquette has continued to re-emerge as a national power after 2003. The program has made seven straight NCAA tournament appearances dating back to 2006, and has made three consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Marquette experienced their best season since 2003, tying the single season school record for wins (27), finishing second place in the Big East for the first time in program history, and finishing ranked in the Top 10 of the AP and USA Today/Coaches Poll for the first time since 2003. Jae Crowder was also named Big East Player of the Year, the first such conference player of the year honor for a Marquette player since Dwyane Wade in 2003.
|Independent||1916–17 to 1988–89|
|Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League)||1989–90 to 1990–91|
|Great Midwest Conference||1991–92 to 1994–95|
|Conference USA||1995–96 to 2004–05|
|Big East Conference||2005–06 to present|
The charter of the current Big East dates only to 2013. However, the settlement between the schools that formed the current Big East and those that remained in the league now known as the American Athletic Conference gave the departing schools the "Big East" name. Additionally, The American recognizes none of the pre-2013 athletic history of the Big East—even in football and women's rowing, the only two sports sponsored by the original Big East that are sponsored by The American but not the current Big East.
The women's basketball team is coached by Carolyn Kieger. The program has experienced success in recent years under former coach Terri Mitchell's direction, including a run to the championship game of the WNIT, where the women finished as runners-up in 2006, and won the championship in 2008. Most recently, the team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2011, where they were defeated by top-seeded Tennessee. Marquette women's basketball has qualified for the NCAA tournament seven times since 1994. The team now plays in the Al McGuire Center, named after the former Marquette men's coach.
The team notably hired Tyler Summitt, the 21-year-old son of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, as an assistant effective with the 2012–13 season, the announcement coming on the same day his mother announced her retirement after 38 years leading the Lady Vols.
In 2006, Marquette traveled to St. Thomas to participate in the Paradise Jam Tournament. In the opening round Marquette defeated Western Michigan 74–61. In the second round Marquette defeated Auburn 65–61. On the final day, Marquette beat Xavier 73–53 to finish with a 3–0 record and win the 2006 Paradise Jam Championship (St. John division).
The cross-country and track teams have produced five Olympians, 13 NCAA champions and 27 All-Americans. Except for Dwyane Wade, Marquette's most successful student-athlete was track and field sprinter Ralph Metcalfe, a world-record holder and Olympic gold medalist. Olympic silver medalist Melvin "Bus" Shimek (1904–1987) was the longtime coach of both programs; he was a top distance runner at MU in the 1920s and coached until 1976, the last 29 years as head coach, a total of 52 years as athlete and coach at Marquette. Shimek set the school record in the mile in 1927 and it held up for over thirty years.
Both programs were dropped with football in December 1960, but cross country was reinstated within weeks so the athletic program could retain its NCAA membership, which required a varsity intercollegiate sport in each season. Track missed three spring seasons (1961–1963) and returned in March 1964, initially without scholarships.
The varsity football team was known as the "Golden Avalanche" prior to the program being terminated in 1960. Marquette football posted several successful seasons in the 1920s and 1930s including undefeated seasons in 1922, 1923, and 1930. From 1922 to 1923 Marquette held a 17–0–1 record and outscored its opponents 374–15. The 1930 Marquette squad posted seven shutouts and held a 155–7 scoring margin. From 1920 to 1936 Marquette held a 90–32–6 (.727) record. 1936 Golden Avalanche had a 7–1 regular season record with a top 20 ranking and played in the inaugural Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas Christian University, led by quarterback Sammy Baugh; TCU won 16–6.
After accumulating several years of budget deficits for the university, the football program was dropped after a 3–6 season in 1960 under second-year coach Lisle Blackbourn, along with track and cross country programs. Their last successful season was 1953 and the last seven seasons had a combined 10–44–3 (.202) record, including two straight winless seasons (1956 and 1957), under new head coach Johnny Druze. At the time, Marquette had a 78-year football tradition and was the largest Catholic university in the United States. Cross country was immediately reinstated and track returned in 1964; football at Marquette returned at the club level in 1967.
Marquette Stadium, the football team's home since 1924, was dismantled in 1978. Located in the Merrill Park neighborhood west of the university, the stadium had a seating capacity of 24,000 at its peak. It was used by Green Bay Packers of the NFL for three home games in 1952; the Packers played several home games in Milwaukee every season from 1933 through 1994; previous games were played State Fair Park in West Allis and succeeding years at the new County Stadium. Marquette played a majority of its home schedule at County Stadium in 1957 and 1958.
Marquette University fields only a men's team for golf. Former head coach, Tim Grogan, was honored as the Big East Conference Men's Golf Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008. The golf team holds Marquette's only Big East Championships, which were won in 2008 and 2015. Mike Van Sickle, class of 2009, was named to the PING Division I All-American Honorable Mention list in 2007 and 2008. He was a first-team All-American in 2009. Van Sickle currently holds the school record for single-season average at 70.00 strokes per eighteen holes, and most sub-par rounds at 86.
On December 16, 2010, the university announced that it would be adding men's and women's lacrosse teams to begin play as independents in the 2012–13 academic year, before becoming full members of the Big East Conference in men's and women's lacrosse in 2013–14. The team's home field is Valley Fields.
The men's and women's soccer programs have achieved varying degrees of success. In 2006, the men's team won just one game and finished last in their conference while the women made a run into the NCAA postseason tournament.
Coach Louis Bennett recently joined the men's program after years of accomplishment at nearby Milwaukee to help the team match the women's success.
In June 2007, alumnus Dennis Klein donated $1 million to spearhead a new, $5 million European-style soccer stadium for Marquette. The new stadium is set to open in September 2008.
Both teams currently compete at Valley Fields.
Marquette has one NCAA team national championship.
The 2002–03 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in NCAA Division I competition in the 2002–03 season. The Golden Eagles, coached by Tom Crean, were then a member of Conference USA; they did not join their current conference, the Big East, until the 2005–06 season.
Since their national championship in 1977, this is Marquette's sole Final Four appearance.2008–09 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2008-09 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represents Marquette University. The head coach is Buzz Williams, serving his first season as head coach, and second with Marquette. The team plays its home games at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Key contributors include seniors Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and Wesley Matthews, and juniors Lazar Hayward, Maurice Acker and Jimmy Butler.2009–10 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2009–10 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2009–2010 NCAA Division I basketball season. Marquette was coached by Buzz Williams and played their home games at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. The Golden Eagles are members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 22–12, 11–7 in Big East play. They advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament before losing to Georgetown. They received an at–large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning a 6 seed in the East Region, where they were upset by 11 seed Washington in the first round.2010–11 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2010–11 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Marquette was coached by Buzz Williams in his second year at the school and played their home games at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 22–15, 9–9 in Big East play to finish in a three-way tie for ninth place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament to Louisville. They received an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Xavier and Syracuse to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they were defeated by North Carolina.2011–12 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2011–12 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Marquette was coached by Buzz Williams and played their home games at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Golden Eagles were members of the Big East Conference. The Golden Eagles finished the season 26–7, 14–4 in Big East play to finish in second place. (Syracuse, the winner of the Big East regular season, was forced to vacate its wins from the season due to NCAA violations.) The Eagles received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated BYU and Murray State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive year. There they lost to Florida.2012–13 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2012–13 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Marquette was coached by Buzz Williams and played their home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI as were members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 26–9, 14–4 in Big East play to earn a share of Big East Conference regular season championship. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament against Cincinnati. The Golden Eagles received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Davidson, Butler, and Miami, before losing to Syracuse in the Elite Eight.2013–14 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2013–14 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their coach Buzz Williams served in his sixth year as head coach. Marquette played its home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette was a member of the newly reorganized Big East Conference after the split of the old Big East because they are part of the Catholic 7. They finished the season 17–15, 9–9 in Big East play to finish in sixth place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament to Xavier. They did not participate in a postseason tournament.
At the end of the season, head coach Buzz Williams resigned to take the head coaching job at Virginia Tech. He was replaced by Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski.2014–15 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2014–15 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their coach was Steve Wojciechowski, serving in his first year as head coach. Marquette played its home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette was a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 13–19, 4–14 in Big East play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament where they lost to Villanova.2015–16 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2015–16 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Golden Eagles, led by second-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski, played their home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and were members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 20–13, 8–10 in Big East play to finish in seventh place. They defeated St. John's in the first round of the Big East Tournament to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost to Xavier. Despite having 20 wins, they did not participate in a postseason tournament.2016–17 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2016–17 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Golden Eagles, led by third-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski, played their home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and were members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 19–12, 10–8 in Big East play to finish in a four-way tie for third place. As the No. 4 seed in the Big East Tournament, they lost to Seton Hall in the quarterfinals. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 10 seed in the East region where they lost to South Carolina in the First Round.2017–18 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2017–18 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Golden Eagles, led by fourth-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski, played their home games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 21–14, 9–9 in Big East play to finish in a tie for sixth place. As the No. 7 seed in the Big East Tournament, they defeated DePaul in the first round before losing to eventual tournament champion Villanova in the quarterfinals. They received an at-large bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Harvard in the first round and Oregon in the second round before losing to Penn State in the quarterfinals.
This season was the last for the men's team playing at the Bradley Center, as they will open the new Fiserv Forum for the 2018–19 season.2018–19 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team
The 2018–19 Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team represents Marquette University in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Golden Eagles, led by fifth-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski, play their home games for the first time at Fiserv Forum as members of the Big East Conference.Brian Wardle (basketball)
Brian Wardle (born October 9, 1979) is an American college basketball coach and the current men's basketball coach at Bradley University.Eddie Hickey
Edgar S. Hickey (December 20, 1902 – December 5, 1980) was a basketball and American football coach. He coached basketball at his alma mater of Creighton University (1935–1943, 1946–1947), St. Louis University (1947–1958) and Marquette University (1958–1964), compiling a 429–230 record. Hickey also served as the head football coach at Creighton in 1934, tallying a mark of 2–7. After retiring from coaching, Hickey managed the American Automobile Association headquarters in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Hickey died of a heart attack on December 5, 1980 in Mesa, Arizona.Marquette Golden Avalanche football
For information on all Marquette University sports, see Marquette Golden EaglesThe Marquette Golden Avalanche football program was the intercollegiate American football team for Marquette University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The first team was fielded in 1892, and the name was changed in 1954 to the Warriors. Citing financial issues, the program was discontinued by the university in December 1960.
"Hilltoppers" was an informal nickname attached to Marquette football.Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball
The Marquette Golden Eagles
men's basketball team (formerly the Marquette Hilltoppers, Marquette Warriors, and Marquette Gold) represents Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette currently competes in the Big East. It last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2017. Marquette maintains rivalries and highly anticipated games with several other schools, including the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Villanova University, Georgetown University, and DePaul University. The team plays its home games at Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee, where the Milwaukee Bucks NBA team also plays, which opened in September 2018 as the replacement for both teams' home of the previous 30 seasons, the Bradley Center. Despite only having 8,000 undergraduates, Marquette was ranked 10th in average attendance among NCAA Division 1 teams in 2009 and 2010.Marquette Golden Eagles men's soccer
The Marquette Golden Eagles men's soccer program represents the Marquette University in all NCAA Division I men's college soccer competitions. Founded in 1964, the Golden Eagles compete in the Big East Conference. The Golden Eagles are coached by Doug Hill. Marquette plays their home matches at Valley Fields.Marquette Golden Eagles women's basketball
The Marquette Golden Eagles women's basketball team represents Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Big East after moving from Conference USA following the 2004–05 season. The Golden Eagles first competed in the North Star Conference from 1986–87 until it joined the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) for the 1989–90 and 1990–91 seasons. The Golden Eagles changed conferences again, joining the Great Midwest Conference, where it competed for four season until joining Conference USA beginning with the 1995–96 season. The women’s basketball team began competing in 1975–1976 under coach Tat Shiely, earning a 12–4 record in its first year. The Golden Eagles are currently coached by Carolyn Kieger in her fifth year.Steve Wojciechowski
Steven Michael Wojciechowski (born August 11, 1976), also known as Wojo, is an American basketball coach and former player who is currently the head coach at Marquette University, having previously served as associate head coach at Duke under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He played point guard at Duke University from 1994 until 1998.
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