UC Davis Aggies

The UC Davis Aggies (also referred to Ags, Aggies or Cal Aggies) are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Davis. For football, the Aggies compete in Division I FCS (formerly known as Division I-AA), and are members of the Big Sky Conference, granting UC Davis the distinction of being one of only three UC campuses to field a football team (Cal and UCLA being the other two). The Aggies are also members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse, the America East Conference in field hockey,[5] and the Western Water Polo Association for Men's Water Polo.

UC Davis Aggies
Logo
UniversityUniversity of California, Davis
ConferenceBig West Conference
Big Sky Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorKevin Blue[1]
LocationDavis, California
Varsity teams25[2][3]
Football stadiumAggie Stadium
Basketball arenaThe Pavilion at ARC
Baseball stadiumDobbins Stadium
Softball stadiumLa Rue Field
Soccer stadiumAggie Soccer Field
Other arenasAggie Field Hockey Facility
Marya Welch Tennis Center
Schaal Aquatics Center
Toomey Field
MascotGunrock (Mustang)
NicknameAggies
Fight songAggie Fight
ColorsYale Blue and Gold[4]
         
Websitewww.ucdavisaggies.com
UC Davis Aggies wordmark

Nickname

The UC Davis official team nickname is the "Aggies."[6]

History

Division II (1990–2003)

The Aggies finished first in NCAA Division II six times in 2003 and won the NACDA Director's Cup 4 years in a row from 1999 to 2003. In 1998, the UC Davis men's basketball team won the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship despite being one of the few non-scholarship institutions in Division II at that time. They have also won NCAA Division II championships in Softball (2003), Men's Tennis (1992), and Women's Tennis (1990, 1993).

Division I (2004–present)

The Aggies' achievements in Division II motivated a decision (following a year of heavy discussion by campus administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the local community) in 2003 for the athletics program to reclassify to Division I.[7][8]

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Cross country
Football Equestrian
Golf Field hockey
Soccer Golf
Tennis Gymnastics
Track and field Lacrosse
Water polo Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
Water polo
† – Women's programs includes both indoor and outdoor

Baseball

The UC Davis Aggies baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate athletic baseball team of the University of California, Davis.[9] The team is a member of the Big West Conference, which is part of the NCAA Division I. The team plays its home games at the 3,500-seat Dobbins Stadium.

Basketball

Men's basketball

The UC Davis Aggies men's basketball team represents the University of California, Davis. The school's team currently competes in the Big West Conference, which is part of the NCAA Division I.[10] UC Davis' first men's basketball team was fielded during the 1910–11 season. The team plays its home games at a 7,600-seat arena called The Pavilion at ARC.

Women's basketball

The UC Davis Aggies women's basketball team represents the University of California, Davis. The school's team currently competes in the Big West Conference, which is part of the NCAA Division I.[11] The team plays its home games at a 7,600-seat arena called The Pavilion at ARC.

Football

The UC Davis Aggies football team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 1–1 through one appearance.[12]

Men's soccer

The UC Davis Aggies men's soccer team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 1–2 through two appearances.[13]

Men's water polo

The UC Davis Aggies men's water polo team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 0–6 through six appearances.[14]

Former varsity sports

On April 20, 2010, the school announced that effective July 1, 2010, four sports would be eliminated due to a financial crisis and cuts in state funding.[15] The sports were women’s rowing, men’s swimming and diving, men’s indoor track and field, and wrestling.[3][16]

Prior to 2010, the last time UC Davis had discontinued a sport was men's gymnastics in 1987.[17]

Non-varsity sports

Rugby

Colby "Babe" Slater, won gold medals with the U.S. rugby national team at the 1920 and 1924 Olympics, and was captain of the 1924 team. His gold medals are on display at the entrance to the Activities and Recreation Center.[18]

The UC Davis Aggies won the men’s 2015 DI-AA college rugby championship by defeating Central Florida in the final 18–15 at Kennesaw State University’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium.[19] The men repeated as the 2016 D1-AA as national champions by defeating the Notre Dame College of South Euclid, Ohio in the final by a score of 17–13.

The UC Davis Aggies won the women's 2016 D1 college rugby national championship by defeating the University of Virginia in the final 30–25 at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA.

Championships

Team championships

UC Davis has never won a national championship at the NCAA Division I level.[20] UC Davis won 8 national championships at the NCAA Division II level.[20]

NCAA Division II National Championships

  • Men's basketball (1): 1998
  • Men's golf (1): 1979
  • Rowing (2): 2002, 2003
  • Softball (1): 2003
  • Men's tennis (1): 1992
  • Women's tennis (2): 1990, 1993

National championships that were not bestowed by the NCAA

  • Women's gymnastics – Division III: 1981 (AIAW)
  • Women's tennis – Division III: 1980, 1981 (AIAW)

Club national team championships

  • Co-ed archery (1): 2015 (USA Archery)
  • Men's archery (1): 2016 (USA Archery)
  • Women's archery (1): 2016 (USA Archery)
  • Men's boxing (1): 2013 (USIBA)
  • Co-ed cycling (4): 1994, 2001, 2006, 2009 (USA Cycling)
  • Men's polo (1): 1979 (USPA)
  • Men's rugby (2) – Division I-AA: 2015, 2016 (USA Rugby)
  • Women's rugby (2): 2016, 2017 (USA Rugby)
  • Women's ultimate (2): 1989, 2004 (USA Ultimate)
  • Co-ed water skiing – Division II (1): 2013 (NCWSA)

Note: Those with no denoted division is assumed that the institution earned a national championship at the highest level.

Team Tournament Appearances

The UC Davis Aggies competed in the NCAA Tournament across 11 active sports (5 men's and 7 women's) 32 times at the Division I level.[21]

NCAA Tournament Appearances

  • Baseball (1): 2008
  • Men's basketball (1): 2017
  • Women's basketball (2): 2011, 2019
  • Football (1): 2018
  • Women's golf (4): 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Women's gymnastics (2): 1998, 2014
  • Men's soccer (2): 2007, 2008
  • Softball (1): 2010
  • Men's outdoor track and field (2): 1941, 1974
  • Women's indoor track and field (1): 2019
  • Women's outdoor track and field (6): 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Men's water polo (6): 1974, 1975, 1996, 1997, 2016, 2017
  • Women's water polo (3): 2006, 2008, 2015

Individual Championships

UC Davis had 2 Aggies win NCAA individual championships at the Division I level.[20]

At the NCAA Division II level, UC Davis garnered 72 individual championships.[20]

Athletic facilities

Traditions

Colors, mascot, and spirit

The official school colors are blue and gold. The blue is due to the UC's early connection to Yale[24] and as a result is often referred to as "Yale Blue",[25] and[26] although UC Davis' official blue, usually called "Aggie Blue", Pantone 295[27] differs from Yale Blue (approximately Pantone 289[28]).

The official school mascot is the mustang. Students at UC Davis are referred to as Aggies in honor of the school's agricultural heritage. Unlike most colleges, there is a distinction between the name for students and the mascot. There was a movement to change the school's mascot from the mustang to the cow, but despite student support this was turned down after opposition from alumni. Many people will call the mustang mascot of UC Davis an Aggie, but this is not its proper name; the mustang mascot is named Gunrock. The name dates to 1921 when the US Army brought a horse named Gun Rock to UC Davis to supply high-quality stock for cavalry horses. The mustang mascot was selected to honor that cavalry horse.

UC Davis students gather at sporting events to rally as the Aggie Pack, the largest student-run school spirit organization in the United States. The Aggie Pack cheers on the sports team to the music of the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh! and its alumni band.

Rivalries

The highlight of the recent 4-year transition to Division I occurred on September 17, 2005, when the Aggies defeated the heavily favored Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium by a score of 20–17 on a TD pass with 8 seconds left in the game. The Aggies also pulled off an upset against Stanford in basketball just months later, beating the Cardinal 64–58 with a late rally at home on December 4, 2005. The win in these two major sports and the addition of the Aggies beating the Cardinal in soccer earlier in 2005 as well as a win in wrestling and two wins in baseball pulled the Aggies' win loss record with Stanford to 5–1 for men's sports the 05-06 year.

The Aggie football team plays Sacramento State in the annual Causeway Classic for a trophy made from Yolo Causeway cement (formerly the Causeway Carriage). The Classic is part of a larger competition, the Causeway Cup, that tracks head-to-head meetings between the schools in virtually all varsity sports.[29] The football team also plays Cal Poly in the annual Battle for the Golden Horseshoe.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Kevin Blue Named UC Davis Director of Athletics". Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Intercollegiate athletics". University of California, Davis. Archived from the original on December 15, 2018. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  3. ^ a b [1] Archived May 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "UC Davis Athletics Style Guide" (PDF). Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Cal, UC Davis, Pacific, Stanford Added As #AEFH Associate Members" (Press release). America East Conference. October 16, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  6. ^ "How did the Aggies get their name?". davisenterprise.com. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  7. ^ "UC Davis Takes to NCAA Division I Playing Field". UC Davis News & Information. Retrieved July 19, 2007.
  8. ^ "UC Davis Timeline: The Road to Division I". UC Davis News & Information. Archived from the original on August 5, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2007.
  9. ^ "UC Davis Baseball" (PDF). ucdavisaggies.com. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  10. ^ "Year-by-Year Records" (PDF). ucdavisaggies.com. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Women's Basketball" (PDF). ucdavisaggies.com. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Division I Men's Soccer Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Division I Men's Soccer Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  14. ^ "National Collegiate Men's Water Polo Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  15. ^ "UC Davis to drop four teams due to financial crisis". Retrieved August 23, 2010.
  16. ^ Historical Sports at UC Davis, http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/ot/discontinued-sports.html
  17. ^ UC Davis to drop four teams due to financial crisis, April 16, 2010, http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=9432
  18. ^ "Olympic Rugby Book Author's Comments" Archived 2015-06-23 at the Wayback Machine, Mark Ryan, June 22, 2015.
  19. ^ "The UC Davis Aggies are the Men's DIAA college champions". May 9, 2015.
  20. ^ a b c d "Championships Summary" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  21. ^ "NCAA Championships Statistics". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  22. ^ "NCAA Championships Records (Discontinued Sports)" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Division I Wrestling Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  24. ^ "UC Davis Spotlight". Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  25. ^ "UC Davis Football – Aggie Football General Information". Athletics.ucdavis.edu. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  26. ^ "California Davis Aggies - NCAA Basketball - CBSSports.com". Sportsline.com. 1996-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  27. ^ "Publication Standards". University Communications. Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved July 19, 2007.
  28. ^ "Yale's Visual Identity: Yale Blue". Yale University. Retrieved July 19, 2007.
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External links

1971 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 1971 UC Davis football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 1971 NCAA College Division football season. UC Davis competed in the Far Western Conference (FWC). The UC Davis sports teams were commonly called the “Cal Aggies” from 1924 until the mid 1970s.

The Aggies were led by second-year head coach Jim Sochor. They played home games at Toomey Field. UC Davis finished the season as co-champion of the FWC. This started a remarkable streak where the Aggies would win or share the conference crown for the next 20 seasons. The Aggies finished the season with a record of nine wins and one loss (9–1, 5–1 FWC). The Aggies outscored their opponents 305–184 for the 1971 season.

1973 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 1973 UC Davis football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 1973 NCAA Division II football season. UC Davis competed in the Far Western Conference (FWC). The UC Davis sports teams were commonly called the "Cal Aggies" from 1924 until the mid 1970s.

The Aggies were led by head coach Jim Sochor in his 4th year. They played home games at Toomey Field. UC Davis finished the season as champion of the FWC for the 3rd consecutive season and it was their 4th consecutive winning season. The Aggies finished the season with a record of seven wins and three losses (7–3, 4–1 FWC). The Aggies outscored their opponents 217–153 for the 1973 season.

1990 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 1990 UC Davis football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 1990 NCAA Division II football season. UC Davis competed in the Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC).

The Aggies were led by second-year head coach Bob Foster and played their home games at Toomey Field. UC Davis finished the season as champion of the NCAC for the 20th consecutive season. They stretched their conference winning streak to 51 games, dating back to the 1981 season. The Aggies record was seven wins and three losses (7–3, 5–0 NCAC). This was the 21st consecutive year UC Davis finished with a winning record. The team outscored their opponents 234–166 for the season.

1991 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 1991 UC Davis football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 1991 NCAA Division II football season. UC Davis competed in the Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC).

The Aggies were led by third-year head coach Bob Foster and played their home games at Toomey Field. UC Davis finished the regular season with a record of seven wins and three losses (7–3, 3–2 NCAC). This was the 22nd consecutive year UC Davis finished with a winning record. The Aggies outscored their opponents 238–215 for the season.

The 1991 season was the first time in 21 years the Aggies had not won the NCAC championship. They had won or shared the championship every year from 1971 to 1990. The loss against Chico State broke a streak of 52 consecutive conference wins that started in the 1981 season. And it ended a remarkable string of 90 conference wins in 91 games stretching back to the 1973 season.

1992 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 1992 UC Davis football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 1992 NCAA Division II football season. This was the last season UC Davis competed in the Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC). In 1992 they moved to the American West Conference (AWC).

The Aggies were led by fourth-year head coach Bob Foster and played their home games at Toomey Field. UC Davis finished the regular season with a record of eight wins, one loss and one tie (8–1–1, 5–0 NCAC). They were champion of the NCAC again, the 21st time in 22 seasons. This was the 23rd consecutive year UC Davis finished with a winning record.

At the end of the season, the Aggies qualified for the Division II playoffs. In the first playoff game they were defeated by Portland State. That brought their final record to eight wins, two losses and one tie (8–2–1, 5–0 NCAC). The Aggies outscored their opponents 395–320 for the season.

1993 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 1993 UC Davis football team represented the University of California, Davis, in the 1993 NCAA Division II football season. This was the first and only season that UC Davis competed in the American West Conference (AWC).

While the AWC was formed at the Division I-AA level, the Aggies were listed in Division II polls during the season, and participated in the Division II postseason. Apparently, this was due to a decision by the program not to offer scholarships. In 1994, they became an independent program in Division II.

The Aggies were led by first-year head coach Bob Biggs and played their home games at Toomey Field. UC Davis finished the regular season as co-champion of the AWC (3–1 in conference), with an overall record of 9–1. This was the 24th consecutive year that UC Davis finished with a winning record.

The Aggies qualified for the Division II playoffs, defeating Fort Hays State in a first round game. In a quarterfinal playoff game, they were defeated by Texas A&I. That brought the Aggies' final overall record to 10–2. The Aggies outscored their opponents 460–297 for the season.

2009 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 2009 UC Davis football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 2009 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They competed in the Great West Conference (GWC).

The 2009 Aggies were led by head coach Bob Biggs in his seventeenth year and played home games at Aggie Stadium. UC Davis finished the season as champion of the GWC, with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5, 3–1 GWC). The Aggies were outscored by their opponents 272–300 for the season.

2010 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 2010 UC Davis football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 2010 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They competed in the Great West Conference (GWC).

The 2010 Aggies were led by head coach Bob Biggs in his eighteenth year and played home games at Aggie Stadium. UC Davis finished the season with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5, 3–1 GWC). The Aggies were outscored by their opponents 233–295 for the season.

2011 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 2011 UC Davis football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Aggies were led by 19th year head coach Bob Biggs and played their home games at Aggie Stadium. They were a football only member of the Great West Conference. This was UC Davis' final year as a member of the Great West as they became a football only member of the Big Sky Conference in 2012. They finished the season 4–7, 1–3 in Great West play.

2012 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 2012 UC Davis Aggies football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 20th year head coach Bob Biggs and played their home games at Aggie Stadium. This was their first year as a member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 4–7, 3–5 in Big Sky play to finish in a three way tie for eighth place.

2013 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 2013 UC Davis Aggies football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by first year head coach Ron Gould and played their home games at Aggie Stadium. They were a member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 5–7, 5–3 in Big Sky play to finish in a four-way tie for fourth place.

2014 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 2014 UC Davis Aggies football team represented the University of California, Davis in the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by second year head coach Ron Gould and played their home games at Aggie Stadium. They were a member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 2–9, 1–7 in Big Sky play to finish in last place.

2015 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 2015 UC Davis Aggies football team represented the University of California, Davis during the 2015 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by third year head coach Ron Gould and played their home games at Aggie Stadium. They were a member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 2–9, 2–6 in Big Sky play to finish in 11th place.

2016 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 2016 UC Davis Aggies football team represented the University of California, Davis during the 2016 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fourth year head coach Ron Gould and played their home games at Aggie Stadium. They are a member of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 3–8, 2–6 in Big Sky play to finish in a four way tie for ninth place.

On November 21, head coach Ron Gould was fired. He finished at UC Davis with a four year record of 12–33.

2017 UC Davis Aggies football team

The 2017 UC Davis Aggies football team represented the University of California, Davis during the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Aggies were led by first–year head coach Dan Hawkins and played their home games at Aggie Stadium as members of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 5–6, 3–5 in Big Sky play to finish in eighth place.

List of UC Davis Aggies head football coaches

The UC Davis Aggies college football team represented University of California, Davis. The Aggies currently compete in the NCAA Division I AA Big Sky Conference. The Aggies conference affiliations have been:

1915–1924: Independent

1925–1992: Northern California Athletic Conference

1993: American West Conference

1994–2003: NCAA Division II Independent

2004–2011: Great West Football Conference

2012–present: Big Sky ConferenceThrough the 2017 season, the program has had 17 identifiable head coaches since 1915, including three who have had multiple tenures.

UC Davis Aggies baseball

The UC Davis Aggies baseball team represents the University of California, Davis in the sport of baseball. The team competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and in the Big West Conference. They are currently led by head coach Matt Vaughn, who has held the position since 2012.

The Aggies competed at the NCAA Division II level through 2005. At that level, they appeared in the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship 7 times, including two appearances in the College World Series, where they earned fifth-place finishes each time. At the Division I level, the Aggies have made one appearance in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, in 2008, where they finished 1–2 in regional competition.In 2008, future major leaguer Ty Kelly led the Big West Conference with a .397 batting average as a sophomore, and was #2 in the Big West Conference in hits with 94; his career batting average and hits total rank second and third, respectively, in Aggies history.

UC Davis Aggies football

The UC Davis Aggies football team represents the University of California, Davis in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) intercollegiate competition. The UC Davis football program began competing in 1915, and has fielded a team each year since with the exception of 1918 during World War I and from 1943 to 1945 during World War II, when the campus, then known as the University Farm, was shut down. UC Davis competed as a member of the NCAA College Division through 1972. From 1973 to 2006, the Aggies competed within the NCAA Division II. In 2007, UC Davis promoted its football program to the Division I FCS level, and joined the Great West Conference. UC Davis has secured a total of 30 conference championships. Between 1929 and 1992, the Aggies captured 27 outright or shared Northern California Athletic Conference championships, including 20 in a row from 1971 to 1990. In 1993, UC Davis shared the American West Conference title, and in 2005 and 2009, the Aggies have won the Great West Conference.

UC Davis Aggies men's basketball

The UC Davis Aggies men's basketball team represents University of California, Davis in Davis, California, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Big West Conference. The current coach of the Aggies is Jim Les. While a member of NCAA Division II, they were National Champions in 1998.

Year Round Opponent Result
2018 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Northern Iowa
Eastern Washington
W 23–16
L 29–34
Year Round Opponent Result
2007 First Round California L 1–2
2008 First Round
Second Round
Denver
Michigan
W 4–0
L 1–2
Year Round Opponent Result
1974 First Round CSU Fullerton L 4–7
1975 First Round UC Irvine L 4–19
1996 Semifinals UCLA L 6–18
1997 Semifinals Pepperdine L 8–13
2016 Quarterfinals Harvard L 15–16
2017 Quarterfinals Pacific L 12–13
NCAA individual championships
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1 1940–41 Elton Tobiasson Boxing [22]
2 2006–07 Derek Moore Wrestling [23]
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