The University of Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons (or UWRF Falcons) compete as members of the NCAA Division III. The athletic program has men's teams in football, basketball, ice hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, and cross country. There are women's teams in basketball, ice hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The University recently announced it would add the sport of women's lacrosse to begin play during the 2018-2019 academic year. The Falcons on-campus facilities include the Falcon Center, which includes Hunt Arena and Page Arena, Ramer Field, and a new complex for both softball and women's soccer. They compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in all sports. The athletic director is Crystal Lanning. The Falcons team colors are red and white, and the team mascot is named "Freddy Falcon."
|University of Wisconsin–River Falls|
|University||University of Wisconsin–River Falls|
|Conference||Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
|Athletic director||Crystal Lanning|
|Location||River Falls, Wisconsin|
|Football stadium||Ramer Field|
|Basketball arena||Page Arena|
|Other arenas||Hunt Arena|
|Colors||Red and White|
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls football program began in 1895. The Falcons compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, one of the most competitive Division three conferences in the United States. In the WIAC they have won 18 conference championships (1915, 1916, 1924, 1925, 1926 1933, 1938, 1947, 1958, 1975 1976, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985 1986, 1987, 1998). Ramer Field where the Falcons play, is the former host of the Kansas City Chiefs training camp (1992–2008).
UWRF Falcon men's basketball competes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. They are coached by Jeff Berkhof and home games are played at Page Arena, which recently opened in Fall of 2017.
UWRF Falcon women's basketball began competing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1979. They won the WIAC conference championship in 1985, 1988, and 1989. They are currently head coached by Cindy Holbrook,who has been coaching the Falcons for 17 seasons. Their home games are played at the new Page Arena.
UWRF men's hockey team has won three National Championships (1983, 1988, 1994), three Northern collegiate Hockey Association titles (1988, 1996, 2007), and 14 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships (1982–1988, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012). Steve Freeman is the current coach for the Falcons ice hockey team and has been the coach for the past 17 years, the Falcons assistant coach Bob Ritzer is also returning for his 18th year. Freeman has won 305 games with the UWRF Falcons since he started coaching in 1995. The hockey team(s),men and women, play at the W.H. Hunt Arena which was built specifically for the hockey program in 1973. The arena is also used for open skate during the season which is free for UWRF students and only costs a few dollars for the general public.
Since the Women's Hockey team was established in 1999, the Falcons have been coached by Joe Cranston. The team has participated in the NCAA playoffs in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The team won the regular season NCHA title in 2009, 2011, and 2012. They also won the NCHA playoff championships in 2009, 2010, and 2012. The Falcon's play their home hockey games at Hunt Arena.
The UWRF Falcon Women's Track and Field team competes at a Division III level in the WIAC. The head coach for the women's team is Danielle Douglas.
The UWRF Falcon Men's Track and Field team also competes at a Division III level in the WIAC. The head coach for the men's team is Danielle Douglas.
The UWRF Falcon Women's Cross Country team competes at a Division III level in the WIAC. The women's team is coached by Joseph Chebet and Danielle Douglas.
The UWRF Falcon Men's Cross Country team also competes at a Division III level in the WIAC. The men's team is coached by Joseph Chebet and Danielle Douglas.
UWRF Falcon softball competes in the WIAC as a Division III team. The Falcon's have had a women's softball team since 1983. In 2011 and 2012 the Falcons won the WIAC playoff championship. The current head coach is Amber Dohlman. From 2007 to 2011, former head coach Faye Perkins was the interim dean of the UWRF College of Education and Professional studies. Perkins, as well as the rest of the UWRF softball coaching staff, was named the NFCA Great Lakes Regional Coach Staff of the Year in 2012. On April 12, 2013, Perkins won her 400th game at UWRF after defeating Bethel University
UWRF Falcon Volleyball team competes in the WIAC as a Division III team. The Falcons have had a Women's Volleyball team since 1973. When at home their games take place at the new Page Arena.
Patti Ford has been the Falcons Volleyball Coach since 1992. She has led the team to 572 wins and 364 losses. She has led the team to 4 WIAC Championships. Ford has been the WIAC Coach of the Year three times; in 1995, 1999 and 2002. Ford currently ranks 5th in the WIAC all-time career wins and second among active WIAC coaches. She has coached 55 athletes to the All-WIAC honors, 28 athletes to the AVCA All-Midwest Region, and 14 athletes to the All-American status. Prior to her coaching career at UWRF she earned her undergraduate from Mount Marty College, South Dakota in 1983 in health, physical education and recreation. In 1994 she earned her master's degree at NDSU in education/physical education.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls women's tennis program competes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The coach for the women's tennis team is Dan Stumpf Home matches are played on the UWRF outdoor tennis courts.
To date, the University of Wisconsin–River Falls has won three national championships:
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The University of Wisconsin–River Falls (also known as UW–River Falls or UWRF) is a public liberal arts university located in River Falls, Wisconsin. It is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The 226-acre (91 ha) campus is situated on the Kinnickinnic River in the St. Croix River Valley. The university has 32 major buildings and two laboratory farms, with a total of 440 acres (178 ha) of land.
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The Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Wisconsin–River Falls located River Falls, Wisconsin. The team competes at the NCAA Division III level and is a member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). The school first fielded a football team in 1895. The Falcons wear red, white, and black. Ramer Field, where the Falcon's play their home games, was the host of the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp from 1992 to 2008.Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons men's ice hockey
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) men’s hockey team is the collegiate hockey team at the university. UWRF is a Division III hockey team, a part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Falcons are a part of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), which is also a part of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA). However, the WIAC announced in February 2012 that they would be leaving the NCHA due to budgetary reasons, effective for the 2014–15 season. The Falcons have won three national titles, one as a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1983, and two NCAA national titles in 1988 and 1994. The Falcons home arena is Hunt Arena, which opened in 1973 and is still home of the Falcons hockey teams. Freeman is currently the head coach of the Falcons and is the all time wins leader for both UWRF as well as the WIAC with over 300 total wins.Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons softball
The River Falls Falcons softball team represents the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in NCAA Division III college softball. The team participates in the WIAC Conference. The Falcons are currently led by head coach Amber Dohlman. The team plays its home games at the Ramer Field located on the university's campus.
Previous coach, Faye Perkins, coached the Falcons for 22 years and she has led the team to numerous achievements during her tenure at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls – WIAC Championships in 1993, 1994 and WIAC Playoff Championships in 1993, 1994 and 2012. She was named the WIAC Conference Coach of the Year in 1996 and has 518 career wins.Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons women's ice hockey
The University of Wisconsin–River Falls (UWRF) women's ic hockey team competes at the Division III level as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). They finished in the top four in 2003, 2009, 2014, 2015.
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