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IUP Crimson Hawks


IUP Crimson Hawks

IUP Crimson Hawks
University Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Conference Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Frank Condino
Location Indiana, PA
Varsity teams 19
Football stadium George P. Miller Stadium
Basketball arena Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex
Baseball stadium Owen Dougherty Field
Soccer stadium South Campus Soccer Field
Other arenas Podbielski Field (softball)
S&T Bank Arena
Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (opening 2011)
Mascot Norm
Nickname Crimson Hawks
Fight song Crimson Express
Hail IUP
     Crimson       Slate
Website .com.iupathleticswww

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks, commonly known as the IUP Crimson Hawks and formerly called the IUP Indians are the varsity athletic teams that represent Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The university and all of its teams compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference within the NCAA Division II. The university sponsors 19 different teams, including eight for men and eleven for women: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, football, men's golf, women's lacrosse, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, and women's volleyball.


  • Mascot 1
  • Facilities 2
  • Men's sports 3
    • Football 3.1
    • Golf 3.2
    • Baseball 3.3
    • Men's basketball 3.4
  • Women's sports 4
    • Women's basketball 4.1
    • Field hockey 4.2
    • Soccer 4.3
    • Softball 4.4
    • Volleyball 4.5
    • Lacrosse 4.6
    • Tennis 4.7
  • Co-ed sports 5
    • Cross country 5.1
    • Swimming 5.2
    • Track & field 5.3
  • Club sports 6
  • Notable alumni 7
  • References 8


IUP bear logo

IUP originally dubbed its sports teams the "Indians", in reference to the town and school's name, and used a costumed student as a mascot. Following movements to eliminate Native American-related mascots, the university eliminated the Indian mascot in 1991, replacing it with an American black bear named Cherokee - deriving from the name of the university's fight song, though it retained the Indian nickname.[1]

In the early 2000s, the university actively moved to change the nickname as well. A campus poll in 2002 indicated the students favored the "Fighting Squirrels" as a nickname.[2] In May 2006, the NCAA ruled that IUP would be prohibited from hosting postseason championship games and using the Indian nickname in postseason events, a year after the university was placed on a list of 18 schools whose mascots were non-compliant with NCAA policies.[3] Suggestions following the NCAA ruling included hellbenders, "Ridge runners", and mining-related nicknames, all relevant to the university's location in Western Pennsylvania.[4]

In December 2006, the Council of Trustees adopted the "Crimson Hawk"[5] The mascot was introduced during the 2007 season-opening football game against Cheyney. In 2008, the hawk was named "Norm", in reference to the university's former name as the Indiana Normal School.[6]

With the change of the mascot, it was for the best that IUP would change its fight song, "Cherokee", as well since it makes references to a Native American tribe. In 2007, Dr. David Martynuik, director of the marching band, composed "Crimson Xpress", the new fight song that would replace "Cherokee" and would bring in a whole new era to IUP athletics.

When a local sportswriter researched what a "Crimson Hawk" was, it was discovered that the domain name was the site of an adult cartoon character named "Crimson Hawk". Some criticized the university's lack of research prior to making the decision. The site owner moved his content to a different domain name without the university asking or the issue being brought to court.[7]


University athletic facilities are roughly divided into two sections. On campus near the Eberly College of Business is artificial turf stadium that serves as the venue for football, field hockey, and track & field. Adjacent to Miller Stadium is the Memorial Field House, which used to be the host to men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball, and additionally houses athletic department offices. Also inside the Field House is the Pidgeon Natatorium, which is used by the men's and women's swimming team.[8] The South Campus Athletic Complex holds other sports venues: Owen Dougherty Field, home of the baseball team, Podbielski Field for the softball team, a soccer field and a rugby pitch.

Beginning in 1999, a construction project for a university convocation center was authorized by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Construction began near Miller Stadium in late 2008 for the 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2) complex that will hold a 6,000 seat arena. The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, which opened in the fall of 2011, is the current home of the men's and women's basketball teams and women's volleyball, replacing the Memorial Field House as these teams primary venues.[9]

Men's sports


The university's football program dates back to the 1890s when the team competed against regional athletic clubs and other universities. In the early years, the team featured Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference was formed in 1951 by the members of the Pennsylvania state university system, and the university has been a member since then, winning 17 West Division titles through 2010. In 1968 the team competed and lost to heavily favored Delaware in the Boardwalk Bowl. Under Frank Cignetti, Sr., the Crimson Hawks regularly appeared in NCAA post-season competition, including two appearances in the NCAA Division II National Football Championship in 1990 and 1993. In 2012, under Curt Cignetti, the Crimson Hawks earned the PSAC title and another appearance in the NCAA Division II National Football Championship. They ultimately lost to the top seed in Super Region One, Winston-Salem State University.


  • Conference championships: 1957, 1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004 (spring), 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012[10]
  • Team national championship:
  • Individual national champions:
    • 1968 – Rick Hrip (NAIA)[12]
    • 2009 – Gavin Smith[13]


  • Conference championships: 1960, 1973, 1980, 1988, 1990.[14]
  • NCAA Tournament appearances: 1988, 1990.[15]
  • NAIA District 18 Champions: 1971, 1977.[15]
  • NAIA District 30 Champions: 1960, 1964.[15]
  • NAIA Area 8 Champions: 1960, 1971.[15]
  • NAIA Baseball World Series appearances: 1960, 1971 (third place).[15]

Men's basketball

Through 2010, the men's basketball team has made nine appearances in the NCAA tournament. In the first in 1994 the team advanced to the Elite Eight, after winning their regional competition. In total, the team has advanced to the Elite Eight five times, the Final Four three times, and their first national championship game in 2010, where they were defeated by the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos. In 2010, Joe Lombardi was named the Basketball Times Division II Coach of the Year, following the team's finish as national runner-up.[16]

  • Conference championships: 1974, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2013.[17]
  • NCAA playoff appearances: 1994 (Elite Eight), 1995 (Final Four), 1996, 2000 (Elite Eight), 2002 (Final Four), 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010 (National runner-up), 2011 (Atlantic Region final/Sweet Sixteen), 2012, 2013 (Atlantic Region final/Sweet Sixteen).[18]

Women's sports

Women's basketball

  • Conference championships: 1988, 2007, 2008, 2009.[19]
  • NCAA playoff appearances: 1988, 1998 (Elite Eight), 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013.[20]

Field hockey

  • Conference championships: 2007.[21]
  • NCAA tournament appearances: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006 (National semifinals), 2007 (National semifinals), 2008.[22][23]


  • Conference championships: 1995, 2004.[24]
  • Division championships: 2005, 2006.[24]
  • NCAA playoff appearances: 2004, 2006, 2009.[24]


The women's softball team began play in 1979. Beginning in 2009, they compete in a Central Division of the PSAC. They have made appearances in the NCAA tournament in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2010.[25]


  • Conference championships: 2002.[26]


The women's lacrosse program began play in 1999, and achieved their first winning season in 2001 with an 8–7 record.[27]


In the 2010-2011 season, the women's tennis team defeated Slippery Rock placing 2nd in their division just behind California University of Pennsylvania. The team lost in the first round to Armstrong Atlantic 5-0. The women also had the most wins ever in a season (21-8).

Co-ed sports

Cross country

  • Men's conference championships: 1972, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1996.[28]
  • Women's conference championships: 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1967, 1987, 1990.[29]
  • Women's individual championships: 1986, 1987, 1991, 1991, 2001, 2002, 2003.[30]


  • Women's conference championships: 1999.[31]

Track & field

The PSAC offers both indoor winter and outdoor spring track & field seasons.

  • Women's conference championships: 1988
  • Individual national champions[32]
    • 2011 – Nafee Harris, long jump (indoor)
    • 2010 – Nafee Harris, long jump (outdoor)
    • 2010 – Nafee Harris, long jump (indoor)
    • 2009 – Nafee Harris, long jump (outdoor)
    • 2008 – Sean Strauman, 800 metres
    • 2002 – Mark Bridge, javelin
    • 2001 – Amber Plowden, 100 meters
    • 2001 – Derek Brinkley, 400 meter hurdles
    • 1993 – Bob Vranich, javelin
    • 1992 – Alan Pugh, discus
    • 1990 – Bob Babiak, decathlon
    • 1990 – Jeffrey Neral, javelin
    • 1987 – Dave Maudie, javelin
    • 1986 – Tammy Donnelly, 10,000 meters
    • 1973 – John Elliot, javelin (NAIA)

Club sports

The university offers many club sports that compete intercollegiately but are not sponsored by the athletic department include:[33]

The IUP orienteering team won three intercollegiate national championships (1973, 1975, 1976). In 1999, Samantha Zipp of IUP was the women's individual orienteering national champion.[38]

Notable alumni

John Brallier played for Indiana Normal School in 1893 and 1894 before becoming the first professional football player.

Notable alumni that have played for IUP teams include:


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