National Hockey League
The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league in North America comprising 31 teams: 24 in the United States and 7 in Canada. The NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada; the Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America, is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season. The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association, founded in 1909 in Renfrew, Ontario; the NHL took the NHA's place as one of the leagues that contested for the Stanley Cup in an annual interleague competition before a series of league mergers and folds left the NHL as the only league left competing for the Stanley Cup in 1926. At its inception, the NHL had four teams—all in Canada, thus the adjective "National" in the league's name.
The league expanded to the United States in 1924, when the Boston Bruins joined, has since consisted of American and Canadian teams. From 1942 to 1967, the league had only six teams, collectively nicknamed the "Original Six"; the NHL added six new teams to double its size at the 1967 NHL expansion. The league increased to 18 teams by 1974 and 21 teams in 1979. Between 1991 and 2000, the NHL further expanded to 30 teams, it added its 31st team in 2017 and has approved the addition of a 32nd team in 2021. The league's headquarters have been in New York City since 1989 when the head office moved there from Montreal. After a labour-management dispute that led to the cancellation of the entire 2004–05 season, the league resumed play in 2005–06 under a new collective agreement that included a salary cap. In 2009, the NHL enjoyed record highs in terms of sponsorships and television audiences; the International Ice Hockey Federation considers the Stanley Cup to be one of the "most important championships available to the sport".
The NHL draws many skilled players from all over the world and has players from 20 countries. Canadians have constituted the majority of the players in the league, with an increasing percentage of American and European players in recent seasons; the current NHL Champions are the Washington Capitals, who defeated the Vegas Golden Knights four games to one in the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals. The National Hockey League was established in 1917 as the successor to the National Hockey Association. Founded in 1909, the NHA began play one year with seven teams in Ontario and Quebec, was one of the first major leagues in professional ice hockey, but by the NHA's eighth season, a series of disputes with Toronto Blueshirts owner Eddie Livingstone led team owners of the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs to hold a meeting to discuss the league's future. Realizing the NHA constitution left them unable to force Livingstone out, the four teams voted instead to suspend the NHA, on November 26, 1917, formed the National Hockey League.
Frank Calder was chosen as its first president, serving until his death in 1943. The Bulldogs were unable to play, the remaining owners created a new team in Toronto, the Arenas, to compete with the Canadiens and Senators; the first games were played on December 19, 1917. The Montreal Arena burned down in January 1918, causing the Wanderers to cease operations, the NHL continued on as a three-team league until the Bulldogs returned in 1919; the NHL replaced the NHA as one of the leagues that competed for the Stanley Cup, an interleague competition back then. Toronto won the first NHL title, defeated the Vancouver Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association for the 1918 Stanley Cup; the Canadiens won the league title in 1919. Montreal in 1924 won their first Stanley Cup as a member of the NHL; the Hamilton Tigers, won the regular season title in 1924–25 but refused to play in the championship series unless they were given a C$200 bonus. The league refused and declared the Canadiens the league champion after they defeated the Toronto St. Patricks in the semi-final.
Montreal was defeated by the Victoria Cougars of the Western Canada Hockey League for the 1925 Stanley Cup. It was the last time a non-NHL team won the trophy, as the Stanley Cup became the de facto NHL championship in 1926 after the WCHL ceased operation; the National Hockey League embarked on rapid expansion in the 1920s, adding the Montreal Maroons and Boston Bruins in 1924. The Bruins were the first American team in the league; the New York Americans began play in 1925 after purchasing the assets of the Hamilton Tigers, were joined by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The New York Rangers were added in 1926; the Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Cougars were added after the league purchased the assets of the defunct WCHL. A group purchased the Toronto St. Patricks in 1927 and renamed them the Maple Leafs; the first NHL All-Star Game was held in 1934 to benefit Ace Bailey, whose career ended on a vicious hit by Eddie Shore. The second was held in 1937 in support of Howie Morenz's family when he died of a coronary embolism after breaking his leg during a game.
The Great Depression and the onset of World War II took a toll on the league. The Pirates became the Philadelphia Quakers in 1930 folded one year later; the Senators became the St. Louis Eagles in 1934 lasting only one
Houston Baptist Huskies
Houston Baptist Huskies known as Houston Baptist, HBU or Huskies, refers to the sports teams of Houston Baptist University. HBU's official school colors are orange. With the inception of the athletics program at the university in 1960 until 1990 the Huskies were a part of the NCAA. After playing for seventeen years as a member of the NAIA, the Huskies began play as an NCAA Division I team again in 2007 and became a full member of the NCAA for the 2011–12 academic year. After one year of independent status in the NCAA, HBU joined the Great West Conference, began play as a member in 2008 for all sports but basketball, softball and women's soccer; these teams remained independent until the 2009 -- 2010 season. Men's soccer joined the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation since the Great West did not sponsor the sport. On November 9, 2011, officials from the Southland Conference visited HBU in their expansion drive. On November 21, Houston Baptist accepted an invitation to join the Southland Conference joining July 1, 2013.
The school started a football program in 2013 and began Southland play in 2014. There are plans for a new basketball arena. With the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation dropping men's soccer after the 2012 season, the HBU team moved to the Western Athletic Conference, which began sponsoring the sport from 2013 onwards. Official website
Franklin Pierce University
Franklin Pierce University is a private university in rural Rindge, New Hampshire. It was founded as Franklin Pierce College in 1962, combining a liberal arts foundation with coursework for professional preparation; the school gained university status in 2007 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The university has an enrollment of 1,400 students and overlooks Pearly Pond, just a few miles from Mount Monadnock; the campus covers 1,200 acres. Kim Mooney is the current president of Franklin Pierce University, replacing outgoing president Andrew Card in August 2016; the university operates the College of Graduate and Professional Studies with campuses in Manchester and Lebanon, New Hampshire, as well as Goodyear, Arizona. The College at Rindge houses three institutes: the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, named for Marlin Fitzwater; the school was founded by Frank S. DiPietro in 1962 as Franklin Pierce College, named after Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States and the only U.
S. president from New Hampshire. The school opened its doors to its first set of students in the winter of 1963, they began with six full-time professors. The campus consisted of four older buildings known as the Manor, Rindge Hall, The White House, Ravencroft Theatre. Many classes were conducted in downtown Rindge, while other buildings there were used as residence halls. In the winter of 1964, Crestview Hall was built, by the college had 150 students; that building was used for both dorms and classrooms, enabling the college to move to its current location. In the winter of 1965, Monadnock Hall was built for more classrooms on the ground floor and residence halls on the above floor; that year Edgewood was built. At that time the cafeteria moved from the Manor to the ground floor with residence halls on the two upper floors; that year, the DiGregorio building was built and housed a post office along with student lounges, a snack bar, book store. Still, despite the additional buildings, the campus remained overcrowded as the student body grew to over 500 students.
The school still lacked a library, so in 1967 a resource center was built. The library moved from one of the classroom/dorm buildings to the resource center along with academic and administrative offices; the television production center, radio station, computer labs, the cable TV system headend would be located there. In the fall of 1968, Granite Hall opened as a dormitory with health services in the basement; that year, the Fieldhouse was built to accommodate sports programs. In 1969, New Hampshire Hall opened for more dormitories with the fire department in the basement. Mt. Washington Hall was built as an extension to New Hampshire in 1969 and housed the music department. In 1971, Marcucella Hall was built for classrooms, enabling most of the classrooms in Crestview and Monadnock to relocate there; the Manor remained a student center as Rindge Hall became financial registration offices. Franklin Pierce held its first graduation in 1967 and became accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 1968.
While the college was overcrowded by 1970 despite building projects, the student body began to shrink by 1972. The college stayed the same size throughout the 1970s. In 1975, Frank DiPietro stepped down as college president, former New Hampshire governor Walter Peterson took over. Under Peterson, the college returned to financial solvency. In the late 1970s to the early 1980s, the focus was maintenance of the student body rather than growth. By the early'80s, the college was ready for expansion. In 1985, the Emily Flint Campus Center began to be built and opened in the fall of 1986; this would house the post office, Student Activities, conference centers, snack bar, book store, among other uses. The former cafeteria became residence halls on a workout room on the other side; the Degregorio building became bursar's office. A cable television system was installed in 1986. In 1987, trailers were added to house students. In 1988, apartment-type residences called. Throughout the'70s and'80s, satellite campuses were added around New Hampshire for adult education.
In the mid-1990s, Northwoods were built for more apartments replacing the 1987 trailers. In 1995, Walter Peterson stepped down and George Haggerty took over as college president; that year North Fields Activity Center, an athletic building known as "the Bubble", was built, Crestview was converted into classroom buildings. In 1998, Cheshire Hall was built with apartment-style housing. In 2002, the library building added a new floor, this became the Fitzwater Communication Center. In 2007, the college was renamed Franklin Pierce University. In 2008, the White House was torn down, a new classroom building called Petrocelli Hall was built in its place. In 2009, James F. Birge became the university's fourth president. In 2012, the university welcomed 550 freshmen, the largest group in its 50-year history, as well as 56 transfer students and 10 part-time students, for a total of 616 new students. In the same year, the university completed $1 million in renovations to its dining hall as well as completed construction of the Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Health Science and Athletic Training Center to support its new Health Sciences program.
Andrew Card began his tenure as the fifth president of Franklin Pierce University in December 2014. On August 28, 2015, President Card announced the demolition of the Ravencroft Theat
Westmont College, founded in 1937, is an interdenominational Christian liberal arts college in Montecito near Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California. Ruth Kerr, owner and CEO of the Kerr Glass Manufacturing Company, established the school as the Bible Missionary Institute in 1937 on the former Westlake School for Girls campus near Downtown Los Angeles, it was renamed the Western Bible College in 1939. During these early years and the other founders decided that a liberal arts curriculum was the best direction for the school. In 1940 Dr. Wallace Emerson, the first president, renamed the school Westmont College, derived from a college in the west and in the mountains, he envisioned a Christian liberal arts college that would take its place among the best in the nation. By 1944, Westmont College had outgrown its facilities in Los Angeles. After a failed attempt to move the campus to Altadena in early 1945, the desperate search for a new campus led Mrs. Kerr and the trustees to "El Tejado", the former 125-acre Dwight Murphy estate in Montecito.
Westmont purchased this property and moved to the Santa Barbara area in the fall of 1945. Set in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Westmont's wooded and scenic acres provide an environment for a residential college; the campus includes buildings and land from two former estates and the historic Deane School for Boys. The grounds still feature the pathways, stone bridges, garden atmosphere typical of Montecito, a suburb of Santa Barbara. While Westmont has sought to preserve and use the original structures, it has built new facilities, including Voskuyl Library, the restored Westmont Art Center, the A. Nelson Science Building, the Murchison Gymnasium Complex, the Ruth Kerr Memorial Student Center. In 2008 Westmont broke ground for the construction of the Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics and the Adams Center for the Visual Arts. In 2006, Westmont received a gift pledge of $75 million from an anonymous donor, the second largest gift to a national liberal arts college at the time.
In September 2009 Westmont was informed that the donor withdrew the pledged $75 million gift, which caused the college to put off construction of two new buildings. Westmont emphasizes the intellectual and spiritual growth of students. With 1300 undergraduate students, Westmont attempts to provide a rigorous academic program along with a personalized, residential Christian undergraduate experience. Westmont College is located a few miles off of U. S. Route 101 just to the east of Santa Barbara; the city of Santa Barbara is on the central California coast and is 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 330 miles south of San Francisco. The campus itself resides in the hills of Montecito and features 110 acres of hills and trees. A small creek runs though the campus dry during summer and autumn months and full during the rainy spring months, it has flooded campus buildings in El Niño years. The campus has five on-campus dorms; the two freshman dorms are Clark which are located at the upper corners of campus.
Armington is at the lowest point on campus, is the sophomore dorm. Emerson, has ocean views in many of its rooms. Van Kampen, the most popular dorm for upper-classmen, is located in the center of the campus and was renovated and modernized in the summer of 2006; some upper classmen students live in the Ocean View Apartments, a college-owned apartment building on the east side of Santa Barbara. Westmont is ranked 108th in the U. S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges 2019" list of liberal arts colleges. In 2016 Forbes ranked Westmont No. 158 out of the 660 best private and public colleges and universities in America. The Templeton Foundation has recognized Westmont as one of the nation's top 100 colleges committed to character development. Westmont offers 26 majors, including: alternative major, biology, communication studies, computer science and business, education program, engineering physics, history, European studies, liberal studies, modern languages, music education, physical education, political science, religious studies, social science, sociology / anthropology, theatre arts.
The student/faculty ratio is 12 to 1. The average class size is 18 students; the students come from 25 states, 11 countries, 33 Christian denominations. The graduation rate in 4 years is 87 percent; the majors are not impacted, therefore students are able to change majors easily. Students aren't required to declare their major until the end of their sophomore year so as to graduate on time; the weekly student newspaper is the "Horizon." It can be found online on its website. Each summer, Westmont hosts a number of summer programs. From 2010 through 2015, this included the Summer Science Program, which teaches astronomy to high school students; the Westmont campus features a 24-inch telescope. For the class of 2015, Westmont received 2,319 applications and accepted 1,424; the number enrolling was 332. Of the 56% of entering freshmen who submitted class rank, 40% were in the top 10% of their high school classes; the middle 50% range of SAT scores for enrolled freshmen were 540–650 for critical reading, 540–650 for math, 540–650 for writing.
The middle 50% range ACT Composite score was 23–29. Off-campus programs are an important part of the Westmont experience with over 60 percent of students participating in a p
University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming is a land-grant university located in Laramie, situated on Wyoming's high Laramie Plains, at an elevation of 7,220 feet, between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountains. It is known as UW to people close to the university; the university was founded in March 1886, four years before the territory was admitted as the 44th state, opened in September 1887. The University of Wyoming is unusual in that its location within the state is written into the state's constitution; the university offers outreach education in communities throughout Wyoming and online. The University of Wyoming consists of seven colleges: agriculture and natural resources and sciences, education and applied sciences, health sciences, law; the university offers over 120 undergraduate and certificate programs including Doctor of Pharmacy and Juris Doctor. The University of Wyoming was featured in the 2011 Princeton Review Best 373 Colleges. In addition to on-campus classes in Laramie, the university's Outreach School offers more than 41 degree and endorsement programs to distance learners across the state and beyond.
These programs are delivered through the use of technology, such as online and video conferencing classes. The Outreach School has nine regional centers in the state, with several on community college campuses, to give Wyoming residents access to a university education without relocating to Laramie. On September 27, 1886, the cornerstone of Old Main was laid marking the beginning of the University of Wyoming; the stone is inscribed Domi Habuit Unde Disceret, translated, "He need not go away from home for instruction." The following year, the first class of women began their college education. For the next decade the building housed a library and administration offices; the style of Old Main set a precedent for all future University buildings. The main stone used is rough-cut sandstone from a quarry east of Laramie and the trim stone is smooth Potsdam Sandstone from a quarry near Rawlins. Old Main was designed to be a monumental structure and was designed to be a symmetrical building with a prominent central spire as the focal point.
The building was designed to reflect the character of Wyoming and the rough stone and smooth trim represented the progressing frontier. The design of Old Main had a lasting effect on university structures, most visible by the use of sandstone façade on nearly every building. In 1916, the central spire was removed due to structural concerns and the auditorium was reduced in size during a 1936 renovation. In 1949, the building was remodeled—the auditorium and exterior stairs were removed, it became known as Old Main and the name was carved above the east entrance. Old Main houses university administration including the President's Office and the board room where the Trustees meet. Prexy's Pasture is a large grassy area located within a ring of classroom and administrative buildings and serves as the center mall of the campus; the name is attributed to an obscure rule that the university president, or "prexy", is given exclusive use of the area for livestock grazing. During the administration of Arthur G. Crane the name, "Prexy's Pasture", was formally declared.
Prexy's, as it is called today, is known for the unique pattern formed by concrete pathways that students and faculty use to cross the pasture. When the University of Wyoming first opened its doors in 1887, Prexy's Pasture was nothing more than an actual pasture covered in native grasses; the football team played their games on the pasture until 1922, when Corbett Field opened at the southeast corner of campus. Over time, as the needs of the university has changed, the area has been redesigned; the original design was established in 1924 and in 1949 the area was landscaped with Blue Spruce and Mugo Pine. In February 1965, the Board of Trustees decided to construct the new science center on the west side of Prexy's Pasture; the board president, Harold F. Newton, concerned about the location, leaked the decision to the local press; the uproar that followed caused the board to decide on a new location for the science center and resulted in a new state statute making it necessary for any new structure built on the pasture to receive legislative approval.
The statue known as "University of Wyoming Family" was installed in 1983 by UW Professor Robert Russin in anticipation of the centennial celebration. In the summer of 2004, Prexy's Pasture was remodeled as the first step in a two part redesign project; this step involved removing the asphalt roadway that circled the pasture and replacing it with concrete walkways to make the area a walking campus, as recommended by the 1966 and 1991 Campus Master Plans. The grassy area was increased and new lampposts were installed for better lighting; the second phase of the project involves the construction of a plaza at each corner featuring trees and rocks styled after the rocky outcrops of nearby Vedauwoo. Two of the plazas, Simpson Plaza and Cheney Plaza, have been completed. Several exhibits from the exhibition Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational are featured along the exterior walkway. Outside of its primary use by students travelling to and from classes or socializing, the area is host to campus barbecues and fall welcome events.
In September 1937, the university obtained a Public Works Administration loan during the Great Depression for $149,250 for construction of a student union. On March 3, 1938, ground was broken and construction began on what would become the Wyoming Union. Many students were involved in the construction and twenty-five students were trained to be stone-cutters. From the begin
The cougar commonly known by other names including catamount, mountain lion and puma, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas. Its range, from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the widest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in most American habitat types, it is the biggest cat in North America, the second-heaviest cat in the New World after the jaguar. Secretive and solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular, although daytime sightings do occur; the cougar is more related to smaller felines, including the domestic cat, than to any species of subfamily Pantherinae, of which only the jaguar is native to the Americas. The cougar is an ambush predator. Primary food sources are ungulates deer, it hunts species as small as insects and rodents. This cat prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but can live in open areas.
The cougar survives at low population densities. Individual territory sizes depend on terrain and abundance of prey. While large, it is not always the apex predator in its range, yielding prey it has killed to lone jaguars, American black bears, grizzly bears, to groups of gray wolves, it is reclusive and avoids people. Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but have been increasing in North America as more people enter cougar territories. Intensive hunting following European colonization of the Americas and the ongoing human development of cougar habitat has caused populations to drop in most parts of its historical range. In particular, the North American cougar was extirpated in eastern North America in the beginning of the 20th century, except for the isolated Florida panther subpopulation. Transient males have been verified in Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Illinois, in at least one instance, observed as far east as coastal Connecticut. Reports of eastern cougars still surface, although it was declared extirpated in 2011.
P. concolor holds the Guinness record for the animal with the greatest number of names, with over 40 in English alone. With its vast range across the length of the Americas, P. concolor has dozens of names and various references in the mythology of the indigenous Americans and in contemporary culture. Scientists refer to it as "puma", as do the populations in 21 of the 23 countries in the Americas; the first English record of "puma" was in 1777, where it had come from the Spanish, who had in turn borrowed it from the Peruvian Quechua language in the 16th century, where it means "powerful". Although "puma" is the common name in Spanish or Portuguese-speaking countries, the cat has many local or regional names in the United States and Canada, of which cougar and mountain lion are popular, it was called gato monte by the early Spanish explorers of the Americas. "Mountain lion" was a term first used in writing in 1858 from the diary of George Andrew Jackson of Colorado. Other names include catamount, mountain screamer, painter.
Lexicographers regard painter as a upper-Southern US regional variant on panther."Cougar" is borrowed from the Portuguese çuçuarana, via French. A current form in Brazil is suçuarana. In the 17th century, German naturalist Georg Marcgrave named the cat the cuguacu ara. Marcgrave's rendering was reproduced in 1648 by his associate, Dutch naturalist Willem Piso. Cuguacu ara was adopted by English naturalist John Ray in 1693; the French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon in 1774 converted the cuguacu ara to cuguar, modified to "cougar" in English. Cougars are the largest of the small cats, they are placed in the subfamily Felinae, although their physical characteristics are similar to those of the big cats in the subfamily Pantherinae. The family Felidae is believed to have originated in Asia about 11 million years ago. Taxonomic research on felids remains partial, much of what is known about their evolutionary history is based on mitochondrial DNA analysis, as cats are poorly represented in the fossil record, significant confidence intervals exist with suggested dates.
In the latest genomic study of the Felidae, the common ancestor of today's Leopardus, Puma and Felis lineages migrated across the Bering land bridge into the Americas 8.0 to 8.5 million years ago. The lineages subsequently diverged in that order. North American felids invaded South America 2–4 Mya as part of the Great American Interchange, following formation of the Isthmus of Panama. Linnaeus placed the cougar in the genus which includes the domestic cat; the cougar is now placed in Puma, is most related to the jaguarundi, as well as the modern cheetah of Africa and western Asia, but the relationship is unresolved. The cheetah lineage is suggested by some studies to have diverged from the Puma lineage in the Americas and migrated back to Asia and Africa, while other research suggests the cheetah diverged in the Old World itself. A high level of genetic similarity has been found among North American cougar populations, suggesting they are all recent descendants of a small ancestral group. Culver et al. propose the original North American population of P. concolor was extirpated during the Pleistocene extinctions some 10,000
Air Force Falcons
The Air Force Falcons are the athletic teams that represent the United States Air Force Academy. The intercollegiate program has 17 10 women's NCAA-sanctioned teams; the current interim athletic director is Col. Jennifer Block; the majority of the Falcons teams compete as members of the Mountain West Conference. The falcon mascot was selected by popular vote of the Academy's Class of 1959, the first class to graduate from the Academy; the team mascot is "Mach 1" name of the first falcon presented to the academy on Oct 5, 1955, however each performing falcon is given an individual name by its cadet falconer. The current mascot, a female white phase gyrfalcon named Aurora, has been the official mascot since 1996; as a primary member of the Mountain West Conference, the United States Air Force Academy sponsors teams in fifteen men's, nine women's, two coed NCAA sanctioned sports. As of 2017, the fencing program competes as an independent, rifle program in the Patriot Rifle Conference, gymnastics programs in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, ice hockey in the Atlantic Hockey, lacrosse program in the Southern Conference, men's soccer and swimming & diving programs in the Western Athletic Conference, water polo in the Western Water Polo Association, wrestling in the Big 12 Conference.
Boxing is a member of the National Collegiate Boxing Association as the NCAA does not recognize boxing. Air Force enjoyed some success on the baseball diamond in its early years, earning six berths to the NCAA Division I playoffs; the Falcons, never advanced beyond the district/regional rounds. The closest they have come to earning a NCAA berth since 1969 was in 2000, when the Falcons lost to San Diego State in the MWC tournament championship game; the baseball program plays home games at Falcon Baseball Field on campus. The men's basketball team has had strong showings in the last several years, qualifying for the NCAA tournament and, most making the final four of the 2007 National Invitational Tournament; the best player in Air Force history is Bob Beckel, who scored 50 points in a game against Arizona in 1959 and scored over 45 points on 3 other occasions. The best Coach in Air Force history is Bob Spear, who coached for 15 years, had a Career record of 177–175, led the Falcons to 2 NCAA Tournament Appearances.
NCAA Tournament appearances: 1960, 1962, 2004, 2006 NIT Tournament appearances: 2007 Mountain West Conference champions: 2004 Regular Season The women's basketball team competed at the Division II level in both the AIAW and NCAA from 1976–1996. Since the team has competed at the Division I level. NCAA Tournament appearances: 1985, 1990 AIAW National Tournament appearances: 1979, 1980 The Air Force boxing team has had astonishing success. Led for 31 years by Coach Ed Weichers, the team has won 18 National Collegiate Boxing Association championships, until 2009, had never finished lower than second in the nation. In 2009, the team finished third in the Nation. See: List of NCAA fencing schools From 2007–2009, the men's hockey team won three straight Atlantic Hockey conference tournaments, made three straight appearances in the NCAA Division I hockey tournament, their 2007 appearance in the NCAA tournament was the first by a service academy. In the East Regional of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Air Force upset top seed Michigan 2–0, just missed going to the Frozen Four in a 3–2 double overtime loss to Vermont.
Air Force has fielded a NCAA men's lacrosse team since 1967. They appeared in the Division I Championship tournament in 1971, 1977, 1988, 2014, 2016, 2017; the team competes in the Southern Conference as an associate member. In June, 2013, Air Force became a charter member of the Patriot Rifle Conference; the Falcon wrestling team began competition in 1957 and competes in the Big 12 Conference. From 2006 to 2015, the Falcons had been a member of the Western Wrestling Conference, but the conference chose to disband after the 2014–15 school year when all of its members accepted an offer of single-sport membership in the Big 12. Home wrestling events are held at Clune Arena; the team is coached by former Olympian Joel Sharratt in his eighth season, former national champion for the University of Iowa, under the tutelage of legendary coach Dan Gable. Falcons Wrestling Accomplishments: WAC Team Championships: 1 All-Academy Wrestling Championships: 4 NCAA National Champions: 1 NCAA All-Americans: 11 WWC/West Regional Champions: 9 WAC Champions: 18 MIWA Champions: 18 The Air Force rugby program was created in 1968 and began competing in college rugby in 1980.
Air Force competes in the west division of the College Premier Division against rivals such as Colorado State and Wyoming. Air Force has been one of the most successful programs in college rugby. Air Force finished as one of the top 3 teams in the country 11 times from 1980–1995, including back-to-back national championships in 1989 and 1990. More Air Force were national champions again in 2003 and third place in 2004. Several Air Force players have gone on to play for the US men's national rugby team. Air Force won the 2012 Rocky Mountain 7s tournament to qualify for the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships. Air Force played in the 2013 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, reaching the quarterfinals; the Air Force team handball program was created in 1976. It's one of the must successful men's team handball college program in the country with 3 national titles. At the beginning they had a women's team, they won a national title in 1988. The Air Force men's team is on