History of the Retrievers
As a sports fan, you know that your favorite team's logo is an integral part of its identity. The UMBC Retrievers have had a long and exciting history with their logos. From classic designs to modern updates, here’s what you need to know about the history of the UMBC Retrievers' sports logo!
The first official mascot for the school was adopted in 1965, and it featured a retriever sitting atop an orange shield with gold laurel leaves around it. This design was used until 1986 when they decided to update their look by introducing “Rufus” as their new mascot – Rufus is an anthropomorphic version of the original retriever design from before. This new look also included updated colors (black & gold), which are still used today!
In 1996, another change was made when they introduced “Retriever Nation” as part of their branding campaign at that time; this saw them create several different versions featuring various animals, such as wolves or eagles, alongside Rufus himself on t-shirts and other merchandise items designed for fans across all levels from students up through alumni associations alike!
Finally, in 2019, after much anticipation, UMBC unveiled yet another redesign – one which features both elements from past logos while adding some modern touches, including bolder lines & shapes along with brighter colors like red & blue instead of just black/gold/orange combination previously seen before then; this has become known affectionately amongst fans everywhere referred to only as ‘the paw.' As far back as anyone can remember - these three symbols have come together perfectly encapsulating what makes up our beloved university's athletic program: strength + pride + tradition = RETRIEVER NATION FOREVER!!
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University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1992 - Present / NCAA Division I
2003 - Present / America East Conference
1999 - 2003 / Northeast Conference
1992 - 1999 / Big South Conference
Retrievers - The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers have a long and storied history, stretching back to its founding in 1966. The school's athletic teams have been known as the Retrievers since their inception, but where did this nickname come from?
The answer lies in the university’s location: it is situated on a peninsula jutting out into Chesapeake Bay. This area has historically been home to many species of waterfowl—including ducks, geese, swans, and other birds—often seen by residents retrieving items from the shoreline or nearby waters. Thus began UMBC’s connection with these majestic creatures that inhabit our waterways: they became known as “Retrievers!”
As time passed, people began referring to UMBC athletes as “retriever-like” for their tenacity on the field or court—the name stuck! Today, you can find images of retrievers all over campus representing our beloved sports teams, whether through statues outside sporting venues like RAC Arena or logos adorning apparel worn by students & alumni alike. There is no mistaking who we support when cheering for our Retriever!
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