Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
University Georgia Institute of Technology
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Mike Bobinski
Location Georgia
Varsity teams 17
Football stadium Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field
Basketball arena Hank McCamish Pavilion
Baseball stadium Russ Chandler Stadium
Mascot Buzz & Ramblin' Wreck
Nickname Yellow Jackets, Ramblin' Wreck
Fight song 'Up With the White and Gold
     Old Gold       White[1]
Website .comramblinwreck

The Yellow Jackets is the name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The official official conference rival Clemson.

The athletic department is run by the Mike Bobinski, who replaced Dan Radakovich after the latter left for the same position at Clemson.[2] Most athletic teams have on-campus facilities for competition, including Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field for football, the McCamish Pavilion at Cremins' Court for men's and women's basketball, and Russ Chandler Stadium for baseball.

Georgia Tech was a founding member of the [4]


  • Teams 1
  • Football 2
  • Men's basketball 3
  • Women's basketball 4
  • Baseball 5
  • Softball 6
  • Golf 7
  • Tennis 8
  • Volleyball 9
  • Other sports 10
  • Traditions 11
    • Mascots 11.1
    • Spirit organizations 11.2
    • Fight songs and chants 11.3
  • National team championships 12
  • Alumni 13
  • See also 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16


The Georgia Institute of Technology sponsors teams in nine men's and eight women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[5]


The first Georgia Tech football team
Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field

The football team is traditionally the most popular at the Institute. The games are played at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field or simply The Flats, which is the oldest on-campus stadium in Division I FBS football. The stadium was expanded in recent years, increasing the maximum capacity to 55,000.

Georgia Tech plays an Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division schedule in addition to yearly cross divisional games against Clemson[6] and two other Atlantic Division teams. In addition, the team has a yearly out-of-conference meeting with Georgia at the end of the season known as Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate.

The football team is in the top 20 winningest Division I-A programs and was the first team to win all four of the historical big four bowls - the Rose (1929), Orange (1940), Sugar (1944), and Cotton (1955). Georgia Tech has won four national titles in the years 1917 going 9-0 under John Heisman outscoring opponents 419-17,[7] 1928 going 10-0 under William Alexander outscoring opponents 221-47, 1952 going 12-0 under Bobby Dodd outscoring opponents 325-59, and 1990 going 11-0-1 under Bobby Ross outscoring opponents 379-186.[8]

The Yellow Jackets have won a total of 15 conference titles. They won 5 SIAA titles in 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, and 1921; 3 Southern Conference titles in 1922, 1927, and 1928; 5 SEC titles in 1939, 1943, 1944, 1951, 1952, and the 1990 and 1998 ACC championships along with the 2006 ACC Coastal Division Championship. Paul Johnson and Georgia Tech won the 2009 ACC Championship in Tampa Florida which was later vacated because a player accepted $75 worth of free clothes. The team has played in 35 bowl games, posting a record of 22-13. The resulting win percentage of 0.629 is currently the second-highest among teams with over 20 bowl appearances.[8]

The most recent head coach is former Dallas Cowboys head coach Chan Gailey. In five seasons, Chan Gailey posted a 37-27 record, 5 straight bowl berths, and a 2-3 record in bowl games. Chan's 5 straight bowl appearances have the Jackets at 10 in a row overall, an active streak tied for 5th longest in the nation.[9] Chan Gailey was fired on Monday, November 26, 2007. A nationwide search for a new head coach then began, which was ended when highly regarded Navy coach Paul Johnson was hired on December 9, 2007.[10]

Three Jacket players were named to the ACC 50th Anniversary Team in 2002: Jonathan Dwyer (2008).

Men's basketball

The Georgia Tech men's basketball team plays its home games in the new Cinderella season as the school earned its second berth in a NCAA national title game in any sport. That team won the Pre-Season NIT, ended Duke's 41 game home winning streak, and finished its season losing by 9 points in the national title game to Connecticut. Hewitt was fired on March 12, 2011 after having three losing seasons over the previous four years.[11]

Some notable and more recent Georgia Tech basketball players are Iman Shumpert, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, Javaris Crittenton, Thaddeus Young, Stephon Marbury, Matt Harpring, Dennis Scott, Kenny Anderson, Travis Best, Chris Bosh, Jarrett Jack, Mark Price, and John Salley.

Women's basketball

Like the men's team, the women's basketball team plays its home games in McCamish Pavilion. The current women's coach is MaChelle Joseph.


Baseball is a very successful sport at Georgia Tech. The baseball team makes its home at Russ Chandler Stadium and is one of the premier baseball teams in the NCAA. Georgia Tech baseball is notable for its high-scoring offenses and stout defenses.

The team's success is guided by head coach College World Series appearances in 1994, 2002, and 2006.

The baseball team, under Hall, has become an annual contender for the ACC regular season and tournament titles winning each four and three times respectively.

Some notable and more recent Georgia Tech baseball players are Kevin Brown, Nomar Garciaparra, Matt Murton, Kevin Cameron, Matt Wieters, Eric Patterson, Brandon Boggs, Jay Payton, Mark Teixeira, and Jason Varitek.[12] Jason Varitek's number 33 is one of two numbers retired, Coach Jim Luck's number 44 is the other.


Shirley Clements Mewborn Field

Georgia Tech fields a softball team under coach Shelly Hoerner.[13] In 2011, the team won their third straight ACC Regular Season title. Also in 2011, Sharon Perkins was named the ACC Coach of the Year; this is her third consecutive year winning that award, the first ACC coach win it in three consecutive years.[14][15] In 2009, the team moved from Glenn Field to Shirley Clements Mewborn Field.


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's golf team is one of the most consistent Yellow Jacket teams. They have won 17 conference championships:[16]

They have produced three NCAA individual champions: Watts Gunn in 1927, Charlie Yates in 1934, and Troy Matteson in 2002.[16] Their best team finish is second place in 1993, 2000, 2002, and 2005.

The men's golf team made the NCAA Championship round ten straight years (1998–2007) under Bruce Heppler, head coach since 1996. In 2005, the program was rated by Golf Magazine as the #1 collegiate golf program in the country.

Some notable Georgia Tech golfers are David Duval, Stewart Cink, Troy Matteson, Larry Mize, Bryce Molder, Cameron Tringale and Matt Kuchar. The most famous alumnus of the golf program however remains legendary amateur Bobby Jones, winner of the Grand Slam in 1930 and the founder of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, a major championship hosted annually by Augusta National.


Georgia Tech has both men's and women's Ramblin' Reck Club, a selective student leadership organization on campus.

Spirit organizations

Tech cheerleaders waving flags after a touchdown.

The Ramblin' Reck Club is charged with upholding all school traditions and creating new traditions such as the SWARM. The SWARM is a 900-member spirit group seated along the north end zone or on the court at basketball games. This is the group that typically features chants, and general fanaticism.

The marching band that performs at halftime and after big plays during the football season is clad in all white and sits next to SWARM at football games providing a dichotomy of white and gold in the North End Zone. The band is also the primary student organization on campus that upholds the tradition of RAT caps, wherein band freshman wear the traditional yellow cap at all band events.

Fight songs and chants

The band plays the fight songs Up With the White and Gold after every football score and between every basketball period. At the end of a rendition of either fight song, there is a series of drum beats followed by the cheer "Go Jackets" three times (each time followed by a second cheer of "bust their ass"), then a different drum beat and the cheer "Fight, Win, Drink, Get Naked!" The official cheer only includes "Fight, Win" but most present other than the band and cheerleaders will yell the extended version.

It is also tradition for the band to play the

National team championships

As of July 1, 2015, Georgia Tech has 1 NCAA team national championships.[22]

Below are the 4 National team titles that are not recognized by the NCAA:

  • Men's:
    • Football: 1990[23]


Despite their highly technical backgrounds, Tech graduates are no strangers to athletics; approximately 150 Tech students have gone into the NFL, with many others going into the NBA or MLB. Well-known American football athletes include former students Calvin Johnson, Daryl Smith, and Keith Brooking, former Tech head football coaches Pepper Rodgers and Bill Fulcher, and all-time greats such as Joe Hamilton, Pat Swilling, Billy Shaw, Joe Guyon, and Demaryius Thomas.

Tech's recent entrants into the NBA include Javaris Crittenton, Thaddeus Young, Jarrett Jack, Luke Schenscher, Stephon Marbury, and Chris Bosh. Award-winning baseball stars include Kevin Brown, Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra, Jason Varitek, and Jay Payton. In golf, the legendary Bobby Jones founded The Masters, David Duval was ranked No. 1 in the world in 2001, Stewart Cink the 2009 Open Championship winner, was ranked in the top ten, and Matt Kuchar won the U.S. Amateur.

See also

  • 1916 Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech football game - The most lopsided college football game of all time
  • Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech - The fight song


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External links

  • Official website
  • Georgia Tech Bands official website


and general light-hearted trickery amongst Tech and rival fans. crowd surfing. Buzz enters the football games at the sound of swarming yellow jackets and proceeds to do a flip on the fifty-yard line GT logo. He then bull rushes the goal post and has been known to knock it out of alignment before football games. Buzz is also notorious for BuzzCostumed in

Buzz, the mascot



The non-NCAA sanctioned club sports include but are not limited to crew, cricket, cycling, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, ice hockey, kayaking, lacrosse, paintball, roller hockey, rowing, rugby, sailing, skydiving, swimming, triathlon, ultimate, water polo, and wrestling.

Georgia Tech's Angelo Taylor won gold medals in 400 m hurdles at the 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics.

Georgia Tech also fields men and women's track & field,[21] men and women's swimming & diving,[21] men and women's cross country, and assorted club sports.

Other sports

Georgia Tech volleyball has become a powerful, perennial ACC title contender and NCAA tournament qualifier. Tech has been in the NCAA tournament three times in recent years and has set several school records for victories in a season, consecutive ACC victories, and consecutive victories.

Georgia Tech Women's Volleyball is one of the newer additions to Georgia Tech's athletic department, having only been started in the past twenty years. Despite the program's youth, it has been a dominant force in the ACC. O'Keefe Gymnasium has served as the home of the Georgia Tech volleyball team since 1995.[20]


The men's team has won six conference titles since 1918 (one in the SIAA, two in the SoConn, and three in the SEC). The men's tennis team is currently coached by Kenny Thorne, and assisted by Derek Schwandt.[19]

. Bryan Shelton team was coached by National Championship The 2007 [18][17]

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