History of the Skyhawks
The Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks have a long and proud history of NCAA sports excellence. Founded in 1927, the university began as an agricultural school with just over 50 students. Throughout its nearly century-long existence, the school has become one of Tennessee's top universities and a significant player on the national collegiate athletics scene.
The Skyhawks are Conference USA (CUSA) and Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) members. They compete at Division I level for all men’s sports except football, played at the Division I FCS level. The University currently fields teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country running/track & field events, golf, soccer, softball, and tennis volleyball. In addition to these traditional team sports, they offer a competitive cheerleading squad that competes nationally against other college squads yearly.
The Skyhawks have had plenty of success over their years competing within CUSA & OVC conferences with multiple conference championships across many different sports disciplines, including four consecutive women's basketball tournament titles from 2015 - 2018. Other notable achievements include six appearances by men’s basketball teams in post-season tournaments such as NIT or CBI since 2009. Additionally, Baseball Teams made two trips into NCAA regionals during 2011–12.
All this success is a testament to the hard work put forth by coaches and staff players alike, who strive daily towards achieving the best possible results academically and athletically. With rich traditional support from the local community behind them, skyhawk fans can look forward bright future ahead, furthering legacy excellence established decades ago!
College Sports Established
University of Tennessee at Martin
1992 - Present / NCAA Division I
1992 - Present / Ohio Valley Conference
Skyhawks - Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks is one of the most recognizable NCAA teams in the country. The school's nickname, Skyhawks, has a unique origin story from 1975.
At that time, the university was known as the University of Tennessee at Martin, and its mascot was named "Chief UTM." While Chief UTM had been around since 1969, it wasn't until 1975 that he officially became part of UT Martin athletics. After much discussion among students and faculty about what type of mascot would best represent their school spirit, they decided on an eagle with broad wings—the perfect symbol for a team on high alert, ready to take flight!
The name “Skyhawks” came from combining two words: sky (as in soaring through the air) and hawk (for our feathered friend). From then on, UT Martin could proudly call itself home to some mighty flying birds—the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks!
As far as mascots go, this one stands out, with its bright blue feathers and sharp talons set against a white background representing freedom above all else. It's no wonder why so many sports fans have come together over these years, cheering loudly for their beloved team every step toward victory!
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