Arkansas State first fielded a football team in 1911. Since then the team has compiled six conference championships and one College Division (now NCAA Division II) football championship. The team was briefly discontinued during the First and Second World Wars. In 1953, the Indians moved from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), ...
The Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball team (formerly the Arkansas State Indians) is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States. The team is a member of the Sun Belt Conference, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I. Arkansas State’s first baseball team was fielded in 1925. The team plays ...
A panel selecting the new nickname first narrowed the list down to twelve finalists: A’s, Black Wolves, Red Wolves, Diamonds, Express, Mallards, Mustangs, Red Dragons, Red Storm, Ridge Runners, Ridge Riders and Thunderbirds. A meeting was held on December 3, 2007, to review the list, which was narrowed in January 2008 to Red Wolves, Ridge Riders or Express Train. On ...
On March 19, 2008, Arkansas State named John Brady as the university’s 15th head basketball coach. Brady had previously coached at Louisiana State University, taking the Tigers to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in 2006. Brady is the only head basketball coach in the Sun Belt Conference with Final Four experience. Brady resigned following the 2015–2016 season.
History of the Red Wolves
The Arkansas State Red Wolves have a long and proud history of competing in NCAA sports. This storied program had existed since 1909 when the school was founded as an agricultural college. In its early years, the team competed in various sports, including football, basketball, baseball, and track & field.
The 1971-72 season marked a turning point for the program as it joined Division I athletics for the first time and began to compete against some of college sports’ biggest names like Alabama Crimson Tide or LSU Tigers. Since then, they have become one of the most competitive teams in their conference with several bowl appearances over the past decade, including four consecutive trips from 2011 to 2014 under head coach Hugh Freeze who is now at Ole Miss Rebels Football Program.
The Red Wolves also boast impressive success on the hardwood with seven NCAA tournament appearances since the 2000-01 season, which included Sweet Sixteen run back in the 2006-07 year led by legendary head coach John Brady who later served at LSU Basketball Program. Today's Head Coach, Mike Balado, leads this successful tradition that includes the recent Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship during the 2018–19 campaign, along with regular season titles 2010–11, 2012–13, 2015--16 & 2017—18.
With such a rich history behind them, it’s no wonder why so many fans are passionate about supporting Arkansas State Red Wolves Athletics! Whether you follow football or basketball, there is always something exciting happening every game day here on campus, so come out cheered loud and support your favorite team!
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Red Wolves - The Arkansas State Red Wolves are a beloved college sports team whose nickname has become synonymous with strength and determination. But where did the Red Wolves' nickname come from?
The story of the Arkansas State Red Wolves began in 1924 when the school was known as Arkansas State Teachers College (ASTC). At that time, students wanted to change their mascot from an owl to something more fierce and powerful. After much discussion, they decided on “Red Wolf” – a nod to both Native American culture as well as local wildlife. The name also represented resilience; red wolves were once thought extinct but have since returned after being reintroduced into some areas of North America recently.
In 1931, ASTC officially changed its name to Arkansas State University (ASU) but kept its beloved mascot intact - solidifying it for generations of fans who would cheer them on at sporting events nationwide! Since then, ASU's teams have been known by many names, including Indians & Cardinals, before settling back onto ‘Red Wolves’ in 2008 when they joined NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Conference USA (now Sun Belt).
Today ASU proudly displays its iconic logo featuring two red wolves howling at each other while standing atop an outline map of state boundaries - reinforcing not only their commitment towards academic excellence but also honoring those who came before us with this unique moniker: The mighty Arkansas State University Red Wolves!
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