History of the Phoenix
The Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix is a storied sports team with an impressive history. Since its inception in 1969, they have been one of the premier collegiate athletic programs in the state and beyond. The Phoenix has achieved unparalleled success, winning multiple NCAA Division I championships and several conference titles.
Throughout their history, some of college basketball’s most significant names have represented Green Bay on court and off — including Hall-of-Famers such as Tony Bennett and Dick Bennett. They are also known for producing many outstanding players who went on to successful professional careers — most notably NBA All-Star Ray Allen. With all these accomplishments under its belt, it's no wonder why so many fans consider themselves diehard supporters of this great program!
As a proud member of both the Horizon League (since 1994) and Big East Conference (since 2020), Green Bay has consistently competed at a high level against some tough competition from across America’s Midwest region – often coming out victorious despite being significantly smaller than other teams they face off against each year. In addition to men's basketball, women's basketball has also enjoyed tremendous success since joining Division I play in 1995, making multiple appearances in both NCAA tournaments & WNIT tournaments throughout that period, too!
From passionate students cheering them on inside the Resch Center arena to alumni proudly wearing green & gold wherever life takes them after graduation - there is something special about being part of the Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix athletics family, making it easy for fans everywhere to share enthusiasm surrounding this historic team!
College Sports Established
Green Bay, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
1982 - Present / NCAA Division I
1994 - Present / Horizon League
1982 - 1994 / Mid-Continent Conference
Phoenix - The Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix is a college competing in the NCAA since 1971. The school's nickname, "Phoenix," was inspired by its location near Lake Michigan and the many bird species found there. It symbolizes rebirth and renewal – just like how the university has continually evolved to become one of the top collegiate programs in America.
The story behind this unique name begins with an article written by former Green Bay Press-Gazette sports editor Jim Higgins in 1970 when he wrote about his idea for a new mascot for UWGB’s athletic teams: “Let’s call them phoenixes! A mythical bird which rises from its ashes every 500 years or so…a perfect symbol of our area which will rise again after each setback it faces." After reading this article, members of UWGB's administration adopted Higgins' suggestion as their official mascot and called their team “the Phoenix."
Since then, Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix have had plenty to be proud of on the court; they have made five appearances at March Madness tournaments (including two Sweet Sixteen berths), won four Horizon League regular season titles, three tournament championships, and even had two players drafted into NBA teams - Tony Bennett (Charlotte Hornets) & Ryan Evanovich (Sacramento Kings). This success can be attributed to hard work both on the court and off it - with alumni such as current Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer helping build strong ties between fans & players alike.
Overall, Wisconsin–Green Bay Phoenix is an exciting example of what can happen when you combine creative thinking with determination & passion – making them not only one of America's most successful collegiate basketball programs but also giving us all something great to cheer for!
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