History of the Lumberjacks
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are the varsity athletic teams representing Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, in intercollegiate athletics. The school's mascot was adopted in 1946. The Lumberjacks compete in NCAA Division I and are full members of the Big Sky Conference, except the women's swimming and diving team, which is an affiliate member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
College Sports Established
Northern Arizona University
1978 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1973 - 1977 / NCAA Division II
1969 - 1972 / NCAA College Division
1953 - 1968 / NAIA
1937 - 1952 / NCAA College Division
1970 – Present / Big Sky Conference
1963–1969 / Independent
1953 - 1962 / New Mexico Conference / Frontier Conference
1931 - 1952 / Border Conference
1915 - 1930 / Independent
Lumberjacks - Did you know that Louie the Lumberjack was named in 1988, or that he was named after the song "Louie Louie" which was popularized by The Kingmen in 1963. NAU's beloved bearded mascot has gone through many adaptations through his history. The lumberjack as a school mascot dates from to the early 20th century, when NAU was still a normal school in the 1910s. In 1964, the Arizona State Legislature made the lumberjack the official college mascot (at the same time blue and gold became the established school colors). It was not until 1986 that a lumberjack mascot showed up to sporting events and 1988 that NAU had an official costumed mascot with a full head. Since then, Louie has gone through several variations and representations, but he has come to represent NAU students and athletics.
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