Ripon Red Hawks

The Ripon Red Hawks are the athletic teams of Ripon College. A total of 21 Red Hawks athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III.

Ripon Red Hawks
UniversityRipon College (Wisconsin)
ConferenceMidwest Conference
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorJulie Johnson
LocationRipon, Wisconsin
Football stadiumIngalls Field
Basketball arenaJ.M. Storzer Center
Other arenasSadoff Field
MascotRally the Red Hawk
NicknameRed Hawks
Fight songRipon Fight Song
ColorsRed and White



Early Ripon College teams in athleticsand in other activities, such as debate—were referred to as the Crimson or Crimson and White. Crimson warriors, Crimson-clad men, and even Crimson tide were popular descriptions, just as opposing teams were referred to as Maroons and Blue and Gold or Navy, in the style of the times.

It is widely believed that the name "Redmen" was adopted because of Donald "Red" Martin, who starred in football as a quarterback, and in basketball and track from 1926 to 1929, and who became a coach of freshman football and basketball in 1930. However, a College Days article of February 7, 1928 indicates that the term Redmen had been used for "several years," and indeed, sportswriters in the Days used the term "Redmen" alongside "Crimson" as early as 1923.

It is commonly asserted that "Redmen" derived from "Red's men," following the convention that referred to teams by their coach's name—usually the coach's last name—"Rippe's men" or "Kolfmen," for instance, after coaches of 1924 to 1930. In fact, College Days articles can be found which refer to the Martinmen for Martin's basketball teams. Coach Doehling was the athletic director and coach of football and other sports when Martin was a player and coach, and those teams were often called the Doehlingmen or Doehlingites. According to George Miller, however, Coach Doehling made his objections to this practice quite clear.

A survey of the Days does not show a direct link from Red Martin to Redman (which, as stated earlier, was used in Days headlines before Martin was a student). During Martin's years, Crimson, Redmen, Doehlingmen, Doehlingites, the Reds and other phrases were used interchangeably, although the term Redmen appeared to gain in use over the term Crimson in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The Days referred to Martin as the Ripon "Redhead" and used his nickname, Red, frequently--a common practice then. The Days did not call the team "Red's men" while Martin was a player and there are only one or two instances of that while he was a coach. No published source has been found that directly links Red's men to Redmen. "Red" Martin's popularity as athlete and coach may have contributed to the increased use of the nickname Redmen, although, since Coach Doehling was the dominant figure in athletics of that period, it is likely that he influenced the adoption of the name, too. Redmen probably referred, however, simply to the traditional school colors and the name Crimson.

After attention began to be paid to women's athletic activities on campus, some problems occurred with adapting the Redman name to women's teams which might not have occurred with the use of Crimson. No satisfactory nickname for women's teams seems to have been found. "Redwomen" and "Lady Red" were both used in the 1980s and 1990s.

It is not certain when the Indian-head logo was adopted, but the association of the name Redman with stereotypical Native American imagery was well established between 1924 and 1929 in College Days sports columns, college yells, pep rallies, and homecoming events. The use of the Native American stereotypes appears to have increased as the use of the name Redman became more dominant. At that time, references to scalping the opponents, the Redmen tribe, powwows on the Square and squaws were not apparently seen as offensive, but simply added variety to a sportswriter's pool of clichés or the possibilities for Homecoming themes. Other minorities, of course, were accorded similar treatment in other contexts. These stereotypes continued in varying degrees from then through now: A publication for freshmen women published by the Women's Self-Government Association in 1945-46 was titled The Ripon Squaw; the Indian-head logo appeared on cheerleader outfits into the 1970s and that image still appears on floor mats at Storzer.

In summary, Red Martin's years as a player and coach coincide with the transition to the use of Redmen instead of Crimson for college teams, but his nickname does not appear to be the direct source of the Redman name, since it was in use before he was a student. Also, the name Redmen apparently did not originate from Native American imagery, but it did become associated with it fairly quickly. The earliest traditional college name was Crimson, a nickname that survives in the college yearbook title today, reflecting the use of Crimson for academic, social and athletic activities in the early years of Ripon College.

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In the mid-1980s, the College sought to develop a comprehensive identity program. Though the seal continues to be used as a formal icon of the College, appearing on more formal college publications, stationery, plaques and banners, a more flexible and contemporary image was in demand, according to Douglas Northrop, professor of English and chair of the department and vice president and dean of the College from 1979-94.

Northrop says there was a significant push under William R. Stott Jr., president of the College from 1985-95, to produce a coherent and consistent identity for the College. "Much of the effort was designed to create and to express a pride in the institution, which had regularly kept its light under a basket or at least hidden in the trees," says Northrop.

In 1985, the College hired Rotelli Design, Inc. of Chicago to design a logo that would distinctively convey the traditional image of Ripon College yet be flexible. Rotelli worked with campus officials to produce recommendations to assist Ripon in presenting a consistent, well-defined image to the public. The Ripon College logo type, or Carolus Roman, was adopted at the recommendation of Rotelli and is still used on college publications.

"We worked for a consistent typeface and colors of ink on stationery, posters, brochures and other college objects, including plant department vehicles and other equipment," says Northrop.

Ripon has consistently had a historic affiliation with the color red. At Rotelli's recommendation, a deep red, specifically Pantone Matching System (PMS) color number 201, was adopted as the College's official color.

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A. C. Hoffman

Arthur Charles Hoffman (? – January 31, 1920) was an American football coach. He served as the head football coach at Tulane University for one season in 1913, compiling a record of 3–5.

Hoffman was a 1910 graduate of the University of Chicago where he starred on five conference championship teams in basketball and football. He was a member of 1907–08 basketball team that won the Helms Foundation national championship.Hoffman was the head football coach and athletic director at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin for one year.

Al Jarreau

Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) was an American singer and musician. He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more. Jarreau is perhaps best known for his 1981 album Breakin' Away. He also sang the theme song of the 1980s television series Moonlighting, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song "We Are the World."

Bill Connor (American football, born 1939)

Bill Connor (born 1939) is a former American football, baseball, and wrestling coach. He served as the head football coach Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin from 1974 to 1975, Lock Haven State College—now known as Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania—from 1976 to 1977, the Montana State School of Mines—now known as Montana Tech of the University of Montana–from 1978 to 1980, Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon from 1981 to 1984, and the University of Wisconsin–Superior from 1988 to 1989, compiling a career college football coaching record of 43–76–4. Connor also coached baseball and wrestling at Ripon.

Connor graduated from Messmer High School in Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. He joined the football coaching staff at Ripon as an assistant in 1967.

Bob Nielson

Bob Nielson (born September 28, 1959) is an American football coach. He is the current head football coach at the University of South Dakota. Nielson has also served as the head football coach at Ripon College (1989–1990), Wartburg College (1991–1995), the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (1996–1998), University of Minnesota–Duluth (1999–2003, 2008–2012), and Western Illinois University (2013–2015). His Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs won the NCAA Division II Football Championship in 2008 and 2010.

Nielson grew up in Marion, Iowa, and is a 1982 graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He received his master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1988.

Boob Darling

Bernard "Boob" Darling (November 18, 1903 – March 5, 1968) was an American football player. He played his entire five-year career with the Green Bay Packers and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1970. Bernard received his nickname from his younger sister who always called him 'booboo' which was eventually shortened to just 'boob'. Darling died at Milwaukee in March 1968, of cancer.

Carl Doehling

Carl Herman Doehling (April 17, 1896 – May 21, 1985) was an American football coach. He was the head football coach at the Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin from 1924 to 1955. During his 32-year reign, Doehling coached teams to 15 conference championships, nine in the Midwest Conference and six from the old Wisconsin state conference known as The Big Four.

Champ Seibold

Champ C. Seibold (December 5, 1911 – November 1971) was a professional American football player who played offensive lineman for seven seasons for the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers.

Charles Rutkowski

Charles Robert Rutkowski (January 17, 1938 – July 19, 2013) was a player in the American Football League for the Buffalo Bills in 1960 as a defensive end. He played at the collegiate level at Ripon College.

Dave Smith (fullback)

Dave Smith (born March 23, 1937 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former American collegiate and professional football player. A fullback, he attended Greendale High School in Greendale, Wisconsin before playing collegiately for Ripon College and professionally from 1960 through 1964 for the American Football League's Houston Oilers, where he was a member of the AFL's first two championship teams, in 1960 and 1961. He was selected by Sporting News as the first All-AFL fullback in 1960. The league did not play an All-Star game that first year, but Smith's 154 carries for 643 yards and 5 touchdowns earned him a berth on the All-League Team. Smith later became a scout for the Buffalo Bills.

Ewald O. Stiehm

Ewald O. "Jumbo" Stiehm (April 9, 1886 – August 18, 1923) was an American football player, coach of football and basketball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin (1910), the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (1911–1915), and Indiana University (1916–1921), compiling a career college football record of 59–23–4. Stiehm was also the head basketball coach at Nebraska from 1911 to 1915 and at Indiana from 1919 to 1920, tallying a career mark of 69–22.

Fred Luehring

Frederick William Luehring (1892 – February 1, 1981) was a prolific athlete and coach.As a college athlete, he excelled at North Central University and then at the University of Chicago under head coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.He served as the head football coach at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin from 1906 to 1909 and also as the school's basketball coach during the same period.Luehring then served as the head basketball coach at Princeton University from 1913 to 1920.He was credited with starting the swim team at the University of Nebraska in 1921, and later served as a committee member of the US Olympic Swimming team.

Guy Sundt

Guy M. Sundt (February 18, 1898 – October 25, 1955) was an American athlete, coach, and college athletics administrator. He played football and basketball and ran track at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After graduating from Wisconsin in 1922, Sundt spent two years at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, where he served as athletic director and coached football, basketball, and track. He returned to Wisconsin in 1924 as freshman football and basketball coach and assistant track coach. From 1924 until 1948, Sundt coached the backfield on the varsity Wisconsin Badgers football team. From 1948 until 1950, he served as the head track coach for the Badgers before taking the job as athletic director at Wisconsin, a role he filled until his death in 1955.

Harold Ofstie

Harold B. Oftsie (born May 5, 1891) was an American college football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Ripon College from 1915 to 1916 and at Centre College in 1925.

Harold Olsen

Harold G. Olsen (May 12, 1895 – October 29, 1953) was a college men's basketball coach. The Rice Lake, Wisconsin native was the head coach of the Ohio State University from 1922 to 1946. That year, he became the first head coach of the BAA's Chicago Stags, where he coached almost three seasons before being replaced by Philip Brownstein. Olsen also coached at Northwestern University (1950–1952).

While playing at University of Wisconsin–Madison (1914–1917), Olsen was named two-time All-Big Ten. After graduating from Wisconsin, he began his coaching career at Bradley University and Ripon College. In 1922 Olsen followed George Trautman as head coach of the Ohio State University. In 24 years he guided the Buckeyes to a 259–197 record, as well as five Big Ten championships (1925, 1933, 1939, 1944, 1946). In 1939, Olsen spearheaded efforts to create the NCAA postseason national playoffs, now known as the NCAA Tournament. Olsen also helped initiate the 10-second rule. In 1959 he was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor.

Jack Ankerson

Jack Ankerson (born March 1, 1942) is an American sports executive.

A native of Neenah, Wisconsin, attended Ripon College, where he played football, tennis, and basketball, earning all-conference honors in 1963 and 1964 and ranked as one of the small school's all-time leading scorers.

He was drafted as a quarterback in the 16th round of the 1964 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. After a brief football career with the Cardinals, Ankerson worked in the front office of the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association (ABA). He was later hired as general manager of the San Antonio Spurs, where in 1974, The Sporting News named him ABA Executive of the Year.

In May 1974, Ankerson was hired as the general manager of the ABA's Virginia Squires, who would finish the 1974-75 season with a record of 15-69, the worst in the league.

Ankerson served as head coach of the Squires for two games, going 1-1, after taking over for Bill Musselman on January 21, 1976. Ankerson was replaced by Zelmo Beaty two days later.

Ankerson worked for several years as a sports and program director at WTAR radio station in Norfolk, Virginia

In 1995, at the age of 53, Ankerson joined the Norfolk Tides, then the Triple A affiliate of the New York Mets, as the team's director of broadcasting and sales.

Since February 2000, Ankerson has served as Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Sports Commission in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is also the "Voice of the Monarchs," the public address announcer for Old Dominion University football and men's and women's basketball games.

In 2010, he was selected for induction into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame.

Jerry Thompson (American football)

Herman Jerome Thompson (March 25, 1923 – December 23, 2010) was an American football player and coach. He was a collegiate player at St. Olaf College and the University of Wisconsin. He served as the head football coach at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from 1948 to 1950.Thompson later served as the head football coach at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin from 1956 to 1957.

John Storzer

John McClain Storzer (May 31, 1920 – 1973) was an American football and baseball player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin from 1958 to 1973. He also served as the head baseball coach at Ripon from 1958 to 1970 and in 1973.

Russell Young (American football)

Russell Young (born March 19, 1912) was an American football and basketball coach. He served as the head men's basketball coach at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin from 1956 to 1958 and the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from 1962 to 1964.

Tiny Croft

Milburn Russell "Tiny" Croft (November 7, 1920 – January 22, 1977) was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers. He played college football at Ripon College and the University of Alabama. Croft was drafted in the 20th round of the 1942 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

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