History of the Lumberjacks
The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks are a college basketball team with a long and storied history in the NCAA. Founded in 1923, they have competed at the collegiate level for nearly 100 years and have become one of Division I basketball's most recognizable teams. Throughout their tenure, they’ve had incredible success on and off the court, including several tournament appearances and numerous individual awards won by players over time.
One of their earliest successes came during a fantastic run to reach the Elite Eight of March Madness back in the 1968-1969 season under legendary coach Leon Barmore; this was only their second year playing at that level after joining from NAIA (National Association Intercollegiate Athletics). Since then, SFA has continued to be competitive each season with multiple postseason berths throughout its history, including two Sweet Sixteen trips since the 2009-2010 campaign, where it made it all way until Final Four before losing against Duke University Blue Devils.
In addition to being successful on the court, Stephen F Austin also excels academically. The school is known for having the best graduation rates among Division I schools, which speaks volumes about how dedicated student-athletes are towards achieving excellence inside the classroom too! They also boast an impressive alumni network who went on to do great things post-graduation, like former NBA player Brad Branson or current NFL defensive end Myles Garrett. Name a few examples here!
For any sports fan looking for a team that embodies hard work, dedication, and loyalty – look no further than Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks! With a rich tradition spanning almost a century now - there are plenty of reasons why these guys should be your favorite squad from now on into 2021 & beyond!
College Sports Established
Stephen F. Austin State University
1987 - Present / NCAA Division I
2021 - Present / Western Athletic Conference
1987 - 2021 / Southland Conference
Lumberjacks - The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks have been a staple of NCAA sports since 1923, and their unique nickname has become synonymous with the university’s athletic program. But where did this iconic moniker come from?
It all began in 1921 when then-president Dr. William J Battle decided to change the school’s name from “Southwestern State Normal College” to Stephen F Austin State Teachers College, after renowned Texas colonizer Stephen F Austin himself. To honor this namesake, Dr. Battle also chose “Lumberjacks" as the new mascot for its athletics teams - a nod to the early 19th-century lumber industry prevalent in East Texas at the time of SFA's founding.
The first incarnation of "the Jacks," as they are affectionately known by fans and alumni alike, appeared during football games during the 1922 season wearing traditional plaid shirts and denim overalls with axes slung over their shoulders, an homage to those hardworking pioneers who harvested timber throughout East Texas forests more than 100 years ago. This look would eventually evolve into today's modernized version, complete with green suspenders and red beards!
Today, Stephen F Austins' Lumberjack is one of the most recognizable mascots in collegiate sports – standing proudly on the sidelines across various sporting events ranging from basketball tournaments to football championships! From its humble beginnings nearly 100 years ago, this beloved symbol continues to represent both pride & tradition that makes up the very heart & soul University itself!
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