List of college sports teams in the United States with different nicknames for men's and women's teams

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The following is a list of college athletics programs in the United States that have different nicknames for their men's and women's teams.

Different nicknames[edit]

Schools that use the prefix "Lady" for some or all of the women's teams[edit]

  • Alcorn State University. Men's teams: Braves. Women's teams: Lady Braves.
  • Baylor University. Men's teams are the Bears. Some women's teams are the Lady Bears, while some are Bears.
  • Campbell University. The women's basketball team is known as the Lady Camels. All other teams for both sexes are known as the Campbell Fighting Camels.
  • California State University, Northridge. Men's teams: Matadors. Women's teams: Lady Matadors.
  • Carthage College. Men's teams: Red Men. Women's teams: Lady Reds.
  • Delta State Men's teams: Statesmen. Women's teams: Lady Statesmen.
  • Eastern Kentucky University. The women's basketball team is known as the Lady Colonels. All other teams for both sexes are known as Colonels.
  • Emporia State University, Men's teams: Emporia State Hornets. Women's teams: Emporia State Lady Hornets.
  • Howard University. Men's teams: Howard Bison. Women's teams: Howard Lady Bison.
  • Jackson State University. Men's teams: Jackson State Tigers. Women's teams: Jackson State Lady Tigers.
  • Lamar University. Men's teams: Lamar Cardinals. Women's teams: Lamar Lady Cardinals.
  • Liberty University. Men's teams: Liberty Flames. Women's teams: Liberty Lady Flames.
  • Lindenwood University. Men's teams: Lindenwood Lions. Women's teams: Lindenwood Lady Lions.
  • Louisiana State University. Men's teams: LSU Tigers. Women's teams: Either LSU Tigers or LSU Lady Tigers, depending on whether the specific sport is sponsored for both men and women. "Lady Tigers" is used in sports that have both men's and women's teams (basketball, cross country, golf, swimming & diving, tennis, and both indoor and outdoor track & field). Sports that have only a women's team (gymnastics, soccer, softball, and both indoor and beach volleyball) are "Tigers".[1]
  • Montana, University of. The women's basketball team is known as the Lady Griz. All other teams for both sexes are known as Grizzlies.
  • Old Dominion University. Men's teams: Old Dominion Monarchs. Most women's teams are Old Dominion Lady Monarchs, except for field hockey (an NCAA-sanctioned sport only for women) and lacrosse (which ODU sponsors at varsity level for women but not men). Those two women's teams, as well as the coeducational team in the non-NCAA sport of sailing, use Monarchs.
  • Pennsylvania State University. The women's basketball team is known as the Penn State Lady Lions. All other teams for both sexes are known as Penn State Nittany Lions.
  • Tennessee, University of: During the 2017–18 school year, the university once again allowed all women's teams to use the historic women's nickname of "Lady Volunteers", reversing a policy implemented in 2015 that saw only the women's basketball team retain "Lady Volunteers". Since then, the use of "Lady Volunteers" has moved toward a model similar to that of LSU, with women's teams in sports sponsored for both sexes using "Lady Volunteers" and those sponsored only for women using "Volunteers".
  • Texas A&M University–Kingsville. Men's teams are the Javelinas. Some women's teams are the Lady Javelinas, and others are Javelinas.
  • Texas Tech University. The women's basketball team is known as the Lady Raiders. All other teams for both sexes are known as Red Raiders.
  • Nevada, Las Vegas, University of (UNLV). The women's basketball team is known as the Lady Rebels. All other teams for both sexes are known as Rebels except for the men's basketball team, known as Runnin' Rebels.
  • Wilkes University. Men's teams: Wilkes Colonels. Women's teams: Wilkes Lady Colonels.
  • Yeshiva University. Men's teams: Yeshiva Maccabees. Women's teams: Yeshiva Lady Macs.

Schools that once used different nicknames for women's teams, but no longer do[edit]

  • Anderson University (Indiana): Historically, men's teams had been known as Ravens and women's teams as Lady Ravens, but the school has now dropped the "Lady" prefix.
  • Arkansas, University of. Women's teams were known as Lady Razorbacks or Lady'Backs, but the university now refers to them simply as the Razorbacks or Razorback women.
  • Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at. Men's teams: Chattanooga Mocs. Women's teams: Chattanooga Lady Mocs. Chattanooga dropped the Lady prefix during the 2013-14 school year.
  • Colorado Boulder, University of (Colorado): When the school began sponsoring women's sports in the 1970s, those teams were known as "Lady Buffs". Since 1993, women's sports have used the men's nickname of Buffaloes.
  • Eastern New Mexico University. Men's teams: Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds. Women's teams: Eastern New Mexico Zias. ENMU dropped Zias before the 2015–16 academic year.
  • Johnson University: Men's teams were known as Preachers and women's teams as Lady Evangels before the 2013–14 school year, when all teams adopted Royals.
  • Kentucky, University of. Women's teams were known as Lady Kats, but adopted the men's nickname of Wildcats starting with the 1995–96 academic year. The women's gymnastics team retained its historic nickname of GymKats for several years before abandoning it in favor of Wildcats.
  • Lincoln Christian University. Once known as Preachers (men) and Angels (women); all teams are now Red Lions.
  • Louisiana at Lafayette, University of (Louisiana). The women's teams were referred to as the "Lady Cajuns" until the 2006–07 academic year, but they now use the same "Ragin' Cajuns" nickname as the men's teams.
  • Middle Tennessee State University. The women's teams were referred to as the Lady Raiders until the 2007-08 academic year, but they now use the same Blue Raiders nickname as the men's teams.
  • Mississippi State University. Men's teams: Mississippi State Bulldogs. Women's teams: Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs. Mississippi State dropped the Lady prefix in the fall of 2012.
  • New Mexico State University. Unlike most schools that had separate nicknames for the two sexes, New Mexico State did not have a distinctly feminine women's nickname. Before 2000, women's teams were known as Roadrunners. During the 1999–2000 school year, NMSU female athletes voted to adopt the men's nickname of Aggies, with the change taking effect in the next school year.
  • North Georgia College & State University: The first intercollegiate athletic teams were men's teams known as Cadets, from the school's history as a senior military college. When women's basketball was added as the school's first women's sport, that team was known as Golddiggers (referencing the school's location in the old gold-mining town of Dahlonega). In the 1970s, the men's and women's teams became Saints and Lady Saints. When NGCSU was merged into the current University of North Georgia in 2013, the merged school adopted the nickname of Nighthawks for all teams.
  • Oral Roberts University. When ORU began intercollegiate athletics in 1965, its teams were Titans; when women's sports were added, those teams became Lady Titans. Just before the end of the 1992–93 academic year, the school adopted its current nickname of Golden Eagles for all teams, with the change taking effect with the start of the new school year.
  • South Alabama, University of. Historically, men's teams were Jaguars and women's teams were Lady Jaguars. By the 2012–13 school year, all women's teams except for basketball had dropped the "Lady" prefix, and the women's basketball team followed suit in 2013–14.
  • Stony Brook University (officially the "State University of New York at Stony Brook"; also known as "SUNY Stony Brook"). From 1966 to 1994, men's and women's teams were respectively Patriots and Lady Patriots. Since 1994–95, all teams for both sexes use Seawolves.
  • Syracuse University. Before the 2004–05 academic year, men's and women's teams were Orangemen and Orangewomen. All teams for both sexes are now known as Orange.
  • Texas at El Paso, University of (UTEP). Historically, men's teams were Miners and women's teams were Lady Miners. Over time, women's teams began dropping the "Lady" prefix, and by 2014–15 all women's teams had done so.
  • Texas Christian University. Men's teams: TCU Horned Frogs. Women's teams: TCU Lady Frogs. TCU dropped the Lady Frogs in 2010.
  • Washburn University. Before the 2013–14 school year, men's teams were Ichabods and women's teams were Lady Blues. In May 2013, the school announced that women's teams would adopt the Ichabods nickname effective with the new school year.
  • Western Illinois University. Before the 2009–10 academic year, women's teams were known as the Westerwinds. They now use the men's nickname of Leathernecks.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Megargee, Steve (June 26, 2015). "Tennessee set to make move to a lone 'Lady Vols' team". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved June 26, 2015.