Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks

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Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks
UniversityUniversity of Louisiana at Monroe
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
NCAADivision I (FBS)
Athletic directorScott McDonald
LocationMonroe, Louisiana
Varsity teams15 (6 men, 9 women)
Football stadiumJPS Field at Malone Stadium
Basketball arenaFant–Ewing Coliseum
Baseball stadiumWarhawk Field
Softball stadiumGeo-Surfaces Field at the ULM Softball Complex
Soccer stadiumULM Soccer Complex
Other arenasBayou Desiard Country Club
Groseclose Track at Brown Stadium
Raymond Heard Stadium
Selman Field Cross Country Course
ULM Sand Volleyball Complex
MascotAce the Warhawk
Fight songCheer for ULM Warhawks
ColorsMaroon and Gold[1]
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks wordmark.svg
Louisiana–Monroe is a member of the Sun Belt Conference

The Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks (ULM Warhawks) are the sports teams of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 14 sports. Chief administrative officer Scott McDonald has day-to-day oversight of the athletic department following the resignation of former athletic director Nick Floyd effective September 4, 2018. Since 2006, the ULM has competed as a full member of the Sun Belt Conference.


The nickname for the Louisiana–Monroe sports teams are the Warhawks.[2]

Nickname controversy

On January 30, 2006, university president James Cofer announced officially that ULM would be retiring the 75-year-old "Indians" mascot in light of new NCAA restrictions against American Indian-themed mascots, which the NCAA considers "hostile and abusive" to Native Americans, despite issuing an appeal to the NCAA to keep the name after the NCAA's ruling allowing Florida State to keep their Seminoles nickname;[3][4] this came a few days after a mascot committee voted unanimously in favor of the change. The university accepted suggestions for the new mascot through February 28, 2006; the mascot committee then selected 12 semifinalists.[5]

An online poll, available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and the public, yielded three semifinalists: "Warhawks," "Bayou Gators" and "Bayou Hawks."[6] The school's mascot committee passed a single recommendation to the university president, who made the final decision. Warhawks was announced as ULM's new mascot on April 5, 2006 and implemented on June 26, 2006;[2] the new nickname honors Maj. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault, an LSU alumnus, and his Air Force unit from World War II, which utilized the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk in battle, although the logos primarily use bird imagery.

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Cross country
Football Golf
Golf Soccer
Track and field Softball
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor


The baseball team is coached by Mike Federico , and won the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Championship; the team's home field is Warhawk Field. In 2012, the Warhawks won the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament and earned the conference's automatic bid to play in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

Women's beach volleyball[edit]

The Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks women's beach volleyball team competes in NCAA Division I beach volleyball.


The Warhawks college football team dates back to 1931, and currently competes in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.[7] Playing as a member of the Sun Belt Conference (Sun Belt), the Warhawks play their home games at Malone Stadium, located on the campus. Since December 2015, Matt Viator has served as the Warhawks' head coach;[8] as the Indians, Monroe captured or shared four Southland Conference championships and won the 1987 I-AA National Championship.[9][10]

The program has sent several players into the professional ranks, including Stan Humphries, Bubby Brister, Chris Harris, Doug Pederson, Marty Booker, Teddy Garcia, Roosevelt Potts, Joe Profit, Cardia Jackson and Smokey Stover into the National Football League, Steven Jyles into the Canadian Football League and Raymond Philyaw into the Arena League.

2012 was the first season since moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision that Louisiana–Monroe had a winning season.

Non-varsity sports[edit]

Water skiing[edit]

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Water Ski Team has been the dominant ski team since the inception of collegiate water ski competition in 1979, capturing 27 National Championship titles over the past 38 years.


NCAA team championships[edit]

As of April 4, 2016, Louisiana Monroe has 1 NCAA team national championship.[11]

Conference championships[edit]


The Warhawks have Sun Belt rivalries with every West Division school (Little Rock, Arkansas State, Louisiana, UT Arlington, and Texas State), their fiercest Sun Belt rivals are Arkansas State and Louisiana.


Football rivalries involving Warhawk sports teams include:

Teams Rivalry Name Trophy Meetings Record Series Leader Current Streak
Arkansas State Louisiana–Monroe 39 14–25 Arkansas State Arkansas State won 8
Louisiana Louisiana–Monroe Battle on the Bayou Wooden Boot 53 25–28 Louisiana Louisiana–Monroe won 1
Louisiana Tech Louisiana–Monroe Louisiana Tech–Louisiana–Monroe football rivalry 43 13–30 Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech won 8
Northwestern State Louisiana–Monroe Louisiana–Monroe–Northwestern State football rivalry 48 19–28–1 Northwestern State Northwestern State won 2

Athletic facilities[edit]

Athletic venues and facilities include:

Warhawks Sports Radio Network[edit]

Louisiana–Monroe launched the Warhawk Sports Radio Network in 2007. The Network is a series of radio networks that provide access to sporting events throughout Norhteast Louisiana. Three Monroe radio stations, K-104, Talk 540 and KRJO 1680 AM, provide play by play radio commentary; the full list of participating stations are:

  • KJLO 104.1 FM in Monroe (Football)
  • KMLB 540 AM in Monroe (Baseball)
  • KRJO 1680 AM in Monroe (Basketball)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "University of Louisiana Monroe Brand Guide". January 31, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "The ULM Warhawk."Website. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Louisiana-Monroe will ask to stay as Indians - College Sports - ESPN
  4. ^ "Louisiana-Monroe will appeal nickname ban." 8/25/05. Story. USA Today. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Mascot Semifinalists." 4/6/08. Semifinalists. Archived 2013-06-30 at the Wayback Machine University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  6. ^ "Executive Summary." Mascot Change Online Poll Results. University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  7. ^ "NCAA Sports Sponsorship". NCAA. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Matt Viator Named Head Football Coach at ULM". ULMWarhawks.com. December 14, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  9. ^ 2011 ULM Football Fan Guide. Monroe, Louisiana: ULM Media Relations Office. 2011. p. 179. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  10. ^ "Louisianans Rally To Win I-AA Title". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 21, 1987. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  11. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/champs_records_book/Overall.pdf
  12. ^ "ULM Cross Country Teams Impress in Warhawk Invite". ulmwarhawks.com. Retrieved 2018-04-17.

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