Western Michigan Broncos

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Western Michigan Broncos
Logo
UniversityWestern Michigan University
ConferenceMid-American Conference
National Collegiate Hockey Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorKathy Beauregard
LocationKalamazoo, Michigan
Varsity teams16
Football stadiumWaldo Stadium
Basketball arenaUniversity Arena
Ice hockey arenaLawson Arena
Baseball stadiumHyames Field
Softball stadiumEbert Field
Soccer stadiumWMU Soccer Complex
MascotBuster Bronco
NicknameBroncos
ColorsBrown and Gold[1]
         
Websitewww.wmubroncos.com
Western Michigan is a member of the Mid-American Conference

The Western Michigan Broncos are a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team representing Western Michigan University (WMU). They compete in the Mid-American Conference in men's baseball, basketball, football, soccer and tennis; and women's basketball, cross-country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. The men's ice hockey team competes in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The Broncos also have a flight team, the SkyBroncos, who have won the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) National Championship award five times.

The Broncos have won two NCAA national championships. The men's cross country team won the NCAA title in 1964 and 1965. WMU finished as national runners up in 1955 for baseball and 1958 for men's cross country.

The facilities include Waldo Stadium (football), University Arena (men's and women's basketball, volleyball), Lawson Arena (hockey), Hyames Field (baseball), Ebert Field (softball), Sorensen Courts/West Hills Athletic Club (men's and women's tennis), and Kanley Track (women's track and field). The soccer teams compete at the WMU Soccer Complex located near the Parkview Campus.

The school's primary rival is Central Michigan University.

History[edit]

WMU athletic teams were once known as the Hilltoppers, a reference to the school's location on top of Prospect Hill, but changed their nickname in 1939 to the Broncos to avoid confusion with teams of other schools such as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. John Gill, an assistant coach on the football team who later served as head coach, coined the new athletic nickname after approval for the name change was granted by the school's athletic board. In 2011, WMU commissioned artist Revere La Noue to create a 6,500-square-foot building wrap representing the Broncos for the 2011 ArtPrize competition. WMU president John Dunn has said that the work, "Epic Broncos", captures the "history and pride of being a Bronco".[2]

Varsity sports[edit]

A member of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference, Western Michigan sponsors teams in 6 men's and 9 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[3]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Football Golf
Ice hockey[v 1] Gymnastics
Soccer Soccer
Tennis Softball
Tennis
Track & field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.
Notes
  1. ^ The hockey team competes as a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.


Baseball[edit]

The baseball team has represented WMU since its first season in 1911, compiling an overall record of 1,822–1349–23 (.574) through 2012.[4] They have appeared in the College World Series six times, most recently in 1963. In the 1955 College World Series, WMU finished as the NCAA runner-up, losing to Wake Forest 7–6 in the championship game.[4]

WMU has won 15 Mid-American Conference championships, including 13 of 19 from 1949 to 1967 and most recently, the conference tournament in 2016.

The Broncos are coached by Billy Gernon.

Basketball[edit]

Football[edit]

Hockey[edit]

Soccer (men's)[edit]

The men's soccer team won the MAC tournament championship in 2003. They are coached by Chad Wiseman. A famous former player is Rob Friend, who transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara's Men's Soccer program. He plays in Major League Soccer (MLS) for the LA Galaxy, as well as the Canadian National Team.

Soccer (women's)[edit]

On November 9, 2013, Western Michigan women's soccer team won the Mid-American Conference tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament. The MAC Championship is the second for the program, coming 10 years from the first one in 2003.

Softball[edit]

The Bronco softball team has appeared in three Women's College World Series, in 1980, 1981 and 1982 (NCAA).[5]

Volleyball[edit]

The volleyball team has been competing at Western Michigan University since 1965. In that span, the team has won 7 MAC regular season championships (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2000) and 4 MAC tournament championships (1987, 1988, 1989, 2000). WMU's all-time overall record is 705-482-9 (.593) and all-time conference record is 261-122 (.681). The Broncos are coached by Colleen Munson. In her two years at WMU, she has compiled a 41-24 (.631) record.

Other varsity sports[edit]

The men's cross country team won the NCAA Division I championship in 1964 and 1965,[6] and finished as national runners up in 1958.

The women's gymnastics team won the MAC championship in 2006 and 2013.

The Broncos track and field sprint medley relay team is currently[when?] ranked #1 in the NCAA.[7]

Awards[edit]

For the 2010–11 season, WMU was awarded the Cartwright Award, given to one MAC program each season for excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship.[8] For the season, WMU won the Jacoby Trophy (most successful women's program) and finished second for the Reese Trophy (most successful men's program).[8]

Championships[edit]

NCAA Division I National Championships[edit]

  • Cross Country (Men's) (2)
1964 • 1965

NCAA Division I National Runners-up[edit]

  • Baseball (1)
1955
  • Cross Country (Men's) (1)
1958

MAC championships[edit]

  • Baseball (15 championships)
    • Regular season (14): 1989 • 1967 • 1966 • 1963 • 1962 • 1961 • 1959 • 1958 • 1957 • 1955 • 1952 • 1951 • 1950 • 1949
    • Tournament (1): 2016
  • Basketball (Men's) (13)
    • Regular season (11): 2013–14 (West Division) • 2012–13 (West Division) • 2010–11 (West Division) • 2008–09 (West Division) • 2007–08 (West Division) • 2004–05 (West Division) • 2003–04 (West Division) • 1997–98 (West Division) • 1980–81 • 1975–76 • 1951–52
    • Tournament (2): 2014 • 2004
  • Basketball (Women's) (3)
    • Regular season (1): 1999–2000 (West Division)
    • Tournament (2): 2003 • 1985
  • Cross Country (Men's) (14)
    • MAC Championships: 1980 • 1979 • 1977 • 1976 • 1970 • 1968 • 1966 • 1963 • 1961 • 1960 • 1959 • 1958 • 1957 • 1948
  • Cross Country (Women's) (4)
    • MAC Championships: 1993 • 1986 • 1985 • 1984
  • Football (5)
    • Regular season: 2000 (West Division) • 1999 (West Division) • 1988 • 1966 • 2015 (Co-West Division) • 2016
    • MAC Championship: 2016
  • Golf (Men's) (1)
    • MAC Championships: 1949
  • Gymnastics (4)
    • Regular season (3): 2006 • 1987 • 1986
    • Tournament (1): 2006
  • Soccer (Men's) (1)
    • Regular season: None
    • Tournament (1): 2003
  • Soccer (Women's) (1)
    • Regular season: None
    • Tournament (2): 2003, 2015
  • Softball (4)
    • Regular season (3): 2006 • 1984 (Western Division) • 1983 (Western Division)
    • Tournament (1): 2003
  • Swimming and Diving (Men's) (2)
    • Regular season: 1964 • 1963
    • MAC Championships: None
  • Tennis (Men's) (30)
    • Regular season (22): 2015, 2009 • 2008 • 2007 • 2004 • 2000 • 1999 • 1981 • 1965 • 1964 • 1963 • 1962 • 1961 • 1960 • 1959 • 1958 • 1957 • 1956 • 1955 • 1954 • 1952 • 1950
    • Tournament (8): 2016, 2010 • 2009 • 2008 • 2007 • 2006 • 2004 • 2001
  • Tennis (Women's) (15)
    • Regular season (11): 2008 • 2007 • 2006 • 2005 • 2001 • 2000 • 1999 • 1997 • 1995 • 1990 • 1984
    • Tournament (4): 2007 • 2006 • 2000 • 1999
  • Track and Field (Men's) (18)
    • Regular season: 1996 • 1995 • 1985 • 1980 • 1976 • 1971 • 1970 • 1969 • 1968 • 1966 • 1965 • 1964 • 1963 • 1962 • 1961 • 1960 • 1959 • 1958
    • Tournament: None
  • Track and Field (Women's) (2)
    • Regular season: 1987 • 1985
    • Tournament: None
  • Volleyball (15)
    • Regular season (11): 2009 (West Division) • 2008 (West Division) • 2007 (West Division) • 2000 (West Division) • 1988 • 1987 • 1986 • 1985 • 1984 • 1983 • 1982
    • Tournament (4): 2000 • 1989 • 1988 • 1987

CCHA tournament championships[edit]

  • Ice Hockey (Men's) (2)
1986, 2012

Non-varsity sports[edit]

Synchronized skating[edit]

Although the sport of synchronized skating is not an official NCAA sport Western Michigan is home to an internationally competitive synchronized skating team, who have medalled at competitions around the world. The Bronco's synchronized skating program consists of a senior team, which competes internationally as well as a collegiate level team which is competitive among the top university and collegiate teams from around the United States. The team lost their athletic funding and Varsity status along with Men's Cross Country and Track & Field in the 2003-2004 competitive season, and became a Club sport.

Rugby[edit]

Founded in 1990, Western Michigan plays college rugby in the Mid-American Conference of Division 1AA.[9] The Broncos reached the MAC semifinals in 2014.[10] Recently, the men's rugby team qualified for the D1AA XV's Fall Playoff Nationals in 2017 [11] and 2018.[12] The Broncos play their home matches at Versluis Dickinson park in Kalamazoo, and are led by head coach Mark Allen.

Championships[edit]

United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSSA) Championships

  • Snowboard Team (Combined Men's and Women's)
2005

American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 2 Championships

  • Ice Hockey (Men's)
1996

National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) National Championships

1947
1948
1983
1998
2002

United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) National Championships

  • Synchronized Skating - Collegiate division
2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Michigan University Official Athletics Style Guide (PDF). February 17, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Herndon, Jess (October 23, 2011). "'Epic Broncos' at ArtPrize reflects Western Michigan University, its mascot". Michigan Live. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "(W Broncos logo)". Western Michigan University. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  4. ^ a b http://www.wmubroncos.com//pdf8/684471.pdf
  5. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  6. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Championship History". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Bronco Sprint Medley Team Ranked Nation's Best by Track & Field News - WMUBroncos.com—Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics
  8. ^ a b "Western Michigan Wins Cartwright Award". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved October 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "BGSU Top In MAC, But For How Long?". Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "MAC Semifinals Set", Rugby Today, October 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "D1AA Playoffs: Who Is Going In, Who Comes Out". Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Fall College Playoff Brackets Set". Retrieved November 11, 2018.

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