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The Florida
Florida
Gators are the intercollegiate sports teams that represent the University of Florida
University of Florida
located in Gainesville, Florida. The University of Florida, its athletic program, its alumni and its sports fans are often collectively referred to as the "Gator Nation." The Gators compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
(SEC) and are consistently ranked among the top college sports programs in the United States. The University of Florida
University of Florida
currently fields teams in nine men's sports and twelve women's sports.[2] All Florida
Florida
Gators sports teams compete in NCAA Division I,[3] and twenty of the twenty-one Gators teams compete in the SEC.[4] The University of Florida
University of Florida
was one of the thirteen charter members who joined together to form the new Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
in 1932.[5] Previously, the university was a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1912 to 1921[6] and the Southern Conference
Southern Conference
from 1922 until the SEC began play in the fall of 1933.[7] All Florida
Florida
Gators sports teams have on-campus facilities, and most are located on or near Stadium Road on the north side of campus, including Steve Spurrier- Florida
Florida
Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
for football,[8] the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center for basketball,[9][10] gymnastics,[11] swimming and diving,[12] indoor track and field,[13] and volleyball,[14] Alfred A. McKethan
Alfred A. McKethan
Stadium for baseball[15] and James G. Pressly Stadium
James G. Pressly Stadium
for soccer[16] and outdoor track and field.[17] The Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium and the Florida
Florida
Lacrosse
Lacrosse
Facility are located on Hull Road on the southwestern side of the campus.[18][19] The Mark Bostick Golf Course and Scott Linder Stadium for tennis are located on S.W. Second Avenue on the northwestern side of the campus.[20][21][22] The Florida
Florida
Gators athletic program is administered by the University Athletic Association, Inc. (UAA), a private non-profit corporation that reports to the president of the university and its board of trustees.[23] For the 2014–15 school year, the UAA had an operating budget of $103,310,001, projected revenues of $104,064,487, and made a $3.5 million contribution to the university's general fund.[24] Scott Stricklin has been Florida's athletic director since 2016.

Contents

1 Awards and records

1.1 NCAA all-sports rankings 1.2 SEC All-Sports Trophy 1.3 Championships

1.3.1 NCAA team championships 1.3.2 Conference championships

2 Baseball 3 Men's basketball 4 Women's basketball 5 Cross country 6 Football 7 Men's golf 8 Women's golf 9 Women's gymnastics 10 Women's lacrosse 11 Women's soccer 12 Softball 13 Swimming and diving 14 Tennis 15 Track and field 16 Volleyball 17 Former varsity sports 18 Athletic facilities 19 Athletic program culture and traditions

19.1 Colors and mascot

19.1.1 Albert and Alberta

19.2 Other Florida
Florida
traditions

20 Notable Gator athletes and benefactors

20.1 University of Florida
University of Florida
Athletic Hall of Fame 20.2 Gators in the Olympic Games 20.3 List of notable Gator sports benefactors

21 References 22 External links

Awards and records[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports

Baseball Basketball

Basketball Cross country

Cross country Golf

Football Gymnastics

Golf Lacrosse

Swimming & diving Soccer

Tennis Softball

Track and field Swimming & diving

Tennis

Track and field†

Volleyball

† – Track and field
Track and field
includes both indoor and outdoor.

Beginning in the early 1990s, the Florida
Florida
Gators has been recognized as one of the premier athletic programs in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and one of the best in the nation. The SEC has awarded an All-Sports Trophy to the best overall sports program in the conference since 1984, and Florida
Florida
has won the award 27 times as of 2017. Florida is the only school in the SEC and one of four schools nationally to have won a national championship in the football, men's basketball, and baseball. Every year since 1983, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has recognized the Gators athletic program as one of the ten best overall Division I athletic programs in the country in its annual NACDA Directors' Cup standings.[25] The men's athletic program was also the winner of the 2010–11 and 2011–12 Capital One Cup; the women's athletic program won the Capital One Cup in 2013–14, and both programs have placed in the top five in the standings on several other occasions.

Stylized script "Gators" logo, used on Gators football helmets.

Among the Gators' recent national championships, the Florida
Florida
Gators men's basketball team won the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball
Basketball
Tournaments, and the Florida
Florida
Gators football team won 2007 BCS National Championship Game in football, all in the space of 366 days.[26] Florida
Florida
is the only school in NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
history to hold the men's basketball and football championships during the same school year. In January 2009, the Gators football team won the 2009 BCS National Championship Game with a 24–14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.[27] The Florida
Florida
Gators baseball team took home its first championship at the 2017 NCAA championship, defeating rival SEC foe the LSU Tigers in two games. The Gators won the NCAA men's indoor track and field championship in three consecutive seasons in 2010, 2011 and 2012,[28] the NCAA women's swimming and diving team national championship in 2010,[29][30] the NCAA women's tennis championship in 2011, 2012 and 2017,[31] the NCAA men's outdoor track and field championship in 2012, 2013 and 2016, the NCAA women's gymnastics championship in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and the NCAA softball championships in 2014 and 2015.[32] Individual Gator athletes have won 279 individual NCAA championships in boxing, golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. In 2017, Florida
Florida
won the baseball national championship for the first time. The Gators swept LSU in the best of three national title series. This earned the university a total of 39 national team championships. Additionally, this put the University of Florida
University of Florida
in exclusive company. With the 2017 baseball national championship, Florida
Florida
became only the fourth school in history to win national championships in football, men's basketball, and baseball. Florida, along with Michigan, Ohio State, and UCLA are the only schools to ever achieve triple crown status. This also put Florida
Florida
in a category by itself. Florida
Florida
is the only Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
school to accomplish this feat, as well, Florida
Florida
is the only school in history to have achieved triple crown status in such a short span of time. Florida's national championships in the big three sports (football, men's basketball, and baseball) were won in the span of just over two decades.[33] NCAA all-sports rankings[edit] The University of Florida
University of Florida
has been ranked among the nation's top ten NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
athletic programs every year since 1983–84, an overall ranking that includes both men's and women's sports – the only college sports program ranked in the top ten in the United States for the last thirty-two consecutive years.[34] The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has recognized the University of Florida
University of Florida
as ranking among the top seven Division I programs in its NACDA Directors' Cup standings every year since the NACDA and USA Today began awarding the cup in 1993–94. The 2014–15 academic year marked the Gators' thirty-second consecutive year ranked among the nation's top ten best overall collegiate athletic programs, and the twenty-second consecutive year ranked among the top seven Division I programs in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings.[25] Only one other Division I athletic program has matched that feat, and Florida
Florida
has achieved this record while fielding fewer sports teams than many of the other perennially top-ranked collegiate athletic programs.[25] In the twenty-two years of the NACDA Directors' Cup, the Gators have finished fifth or better in fifteen years, and have never finished lower than seventh; the only other program ranked among the top ten Division I programs every year since 1993–94 is the Stanford Cardinal sports program of Stanford University. NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
all-sports rankings[25]

Year Rank

1983–84 5th

1984–85 4th

1985–86 8th

1986–87 4th

1987–88 5th

1988–89 9th

1989–90 5th

1990–91 5th

Year Rank

1991–92 5th

1992–93 4th

1993–94 4th

1994–95 5th

1995–96 3rd

1996–97 5th

1997–98 2nd (tie)

1998–99 4th

Year Rank

1999–00 7th

2000–01 7th

2001–02 3rd

2002–03 7th

2003–04 6th

2004–05 6th

2005–06 5th

2006–07 6th

Year Rank

2007–08 6th

2008–09 3rd

2009–10 2nd

2010–11 4th

2011–12 2nd

2012–13 2nd

2013–14 2nd

2014–15 4th

Year Rank

2015–16 5th

2016–17 3rd

SEC All-Sports Trophy[edit] Through the end of the 2014–15 school year, the Florida
Florida
Gators have won 224 Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
(SEC) team championships, the most in conference history.[35][36] The SEC All-Sports Trophy began in 1973 as the Bernie Moore Trophy and tabulated the league's best men's sports program.[37] In 1983, the SEC also began recognizing the best women's sports program in the conference, as well as the best overall SEC sports program.[38] In 1994, the New York Times
New York Times
Regional Newspaper Group assumed responsibility for awarding the trophies.[39] In the 39-year history of the awards, Florida
Florida
has won nineteen Women's Trophies, sixteen Men's Trophies, and twenty-five Overall SEC All-Sports Trophies (including twenty-five of the last twenty-seven).[39] SEC rival Georgia won the overall 2005–06 All-Sports Trophy to snap Florida's record streak at fourteen straight (1990–91 through 2004–05).[39] Florida
Florida
reclaimed the SEC All-Sports Trophy for the 2006–07 school year, and the Gators again swept the overall, men's, and women's all-sports trophies in every year since.[39] The Gators are the only SEC sports program to earn all three SEC all-sports trophies in a single year, and have swept all three trophies twelve times.[39] Championships[edit] NCAA team championships[edit] In their 108-year history of intercollegiate competition, the University of Florida's varsity athletic teams have won 40 national team championships (including 35 sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), two by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), two by the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), and one by the Bowl Alliance), and its individual athletes have won 275 individual NCAA national championships.[33][40][41] Florida
Florida
is the only Division I school to hold both major men's championships at the same time (as the 2006 BCS football champions and the 2006 and 2007 NCAA men's basketball champions).[42] Men's national championships

Baseball
Baseball
(1): 2017 Basketball
Basketball
(2): 2006 • 2007[42] Football (3): 1996 • 2006 • 2008[43] Golf
Golf
(4): 1968 • 1973 • 1993 • 2001[44] Indoor track and field (4): 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2018[30] Outdoor track and field (4): 2012 • 2013 • 2016 • 2017 Swimming and diving (2): 1983 • 1984

Women's national championships

Golf
Golf
(2): 1985 • 1986[45] Gymnastics
Gymnastics
(4): 1982 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015[46] Indoor track and field (1): 1992[47] Soccer (1): 1998[48] Softball
Softball
(2): 2014 • 2015[49] Swimming and diving (3): 1979 • 1982 • 2010[50] Tennis
Tennis
(7): 1992 • 1996 • 1998 • 2003 • 2011 • 2012 • 2017[51]

The national intercollegiate sports championships listed above were sponsored by the NCAA unless otherwise noted in the footnotes. Conference championships[edit] The University of Florida
University of Florida
is a founding member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), one of the nation's premier intercollegiate sports conferences, and twenty of the twenty-one Gators sports teams compete in the SEC. Since the SEC began play in 1933, Florida's varsity athletic teams have won 234 SEC team championships, more than any other conference member.[36][52] Among the other 13 current members of the SEC, the University of Tennessee has won the next highest number of SEC team championships, with 154.[53] The women's lacrosse team played in the single-sport American Lacrosse Conference
American Lacrosse Conference
(ALC), and has won three Big East and four regular season ALC championships. Florida's 234 SEC, and four ALC team and three Big East championships include: Men's conference championships

Baseball
Baseball
(14): 1952 • 1956 • 1962 • 1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1988 • 1996 • 1998 • 2005 • 2010 • 2011 • 2014 • 2017 • Tournament (7): 1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1988 • 1991 • 2011 • 2015[54][55] Basketball
Basketball
(7): 1989 • 2000 • 2001 • 2007 • 2011 • 2013 • 2014 • Tournament (4): 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2014[56] Cross country (3) 1955 • 1986 • 1987[57] Football (8): 1991 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 2000 • 2006 • 2008[58] Golf
Golf
(15): 1955 • 1956 • 1968 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1985 • 1989 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1999 • 2003 • 2011[59] Swimming and diving (37): 1937 • 1938 • 1939 • 1940 • 1941 • 1953 • 1954 • 1956 • 1957 • 1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1970 • 1971 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016[60] Tennis
Tennis
(9): 1950 • 1961 • 1968 • 1969 • 1975 • 1994 • 2000 • 2003 • 2005 • Tournament (5): 1994 • 2000 • 2005 • 2011 • 2016[61] Indoor track and field (7): 1975 • 1976 • 1987 • 1988 • 2004 • 2011 • 2015[62] Outdoor track and field (5): 1953 • 1956 • 1987 • 2010 • 2015[63] Wrestling
Wrestling
(1): 1975

Women's conference championships

Cross country (6) 1984 • 1996 • 1997 • 2009 • 2010 • 2012[64] Golf
Golf
(9): 1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1986 • 1987 • 1991 • 1995 • 2008 • 2017[65] Gymnastics
Gymnastics
(10): 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1989 • 2007 • 2010 • 2012 • 2013 • 2016[66] Lacrosse
Lacrosse
(7): 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • Tournament (5): 2012 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 Soccer (14): 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2004 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2012 • 2013 • 2015 • Tournament (12): 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2004 • 2007 • 2010 • 2012 • 2015 • 2016[67] Softball
Softball
(7): 1998 • 2008 • 2009 • 2013 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • Tournament (3): 2008 • 2009 • 2013[68] Swimming and diving (17): 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 2002 • 2009[69] Tennis
Tennis
(29): 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2001 • 2003 • 2004 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2015 • 2016 • Tournament (20): 1982 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 2000 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2016[70] Indoor track and field (8): 1990 • 1992 • 1997 • 2002 • 2004 • 2010 • 2012 • 2014[71] Outdoor track and field (5): 1992 • 1997 • 1998 • 2003 • 2009[72] Volleyball
Volleyball
(23): 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2010 • 2012 • 2014 • 2016 • 2017 • Tournament (12): 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2005[73]

For purposes of counting "official" SEC team championships in baseball, men's and women's basketball, soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, and volleyball, the SEC currently only includes regular season team championships, not tournament championships. The Gators have won an additional 63 SEC tournament titles in these sports which are not included in Florida's total of 233 SEC team championships. Baseball[edit]

Alfred A. McKethan
Alfred A. McKethan
Stadium

Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators baseball See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators baseball players Coach Andy Lopez
Andy Lopez
took over the Gators baseball program in 1994, one season after leading the Pepperdine Waves to their first College World Series championship. In 1996, he coached the Gators to a fifty-win season and a College World Series
College World Series
bid. By 2000, the program had seemingly hit a plateau and Lopez was replaced. Pat McMahon became the Gators' head coach in 2001 after coaching the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Gators' 2005 baseball season was the most successful to date, with the team winning the SEC title, and earning a place in the College World Series
College World Series
for the fifth time in school history. The team advanced to the championship round against the Texas Longhorns, ultimately losing two games to none. Following their 2005 College World Series
College World Series
run, the Gators opened the 2006 season ranked number one in the polls, but struggled to finish 28–28 record (10–20 SEC), and failed to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. After missing the NCAA Regionals again in 2007, McMahon was dismissed.[74] Former Clemson Tigers associate head coach Kevin O'Sullivan became the Gators' new head baseball coach on June 13, 2007.[75] O'Sullivan's Gator teams showed immediate improvement and the Gators finished the 2008 regular season with a 30–24 record (17–13 SEC), and received an invitation to the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee. The 2009 squad finished the regular season with a 38–18 record (19–11 SEC), won the NCAA Regional in Gainesville, and advanced to the Super Regional before losing to the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. O'Sullivan's 2010 and 2011 Gators finished their SEC regular season play with identical 22–8 records, won the program's eleventh and twelfth SEC championships, earned a berth in the College World Series in both years, and advanced to the College World Series
College World Series
final in 2011 before losing to South Carolina two games to none. The Gators returned to the College World Series
College World Series
in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2017. In June 2017, Florida
Florida
won their first College World Series championship, beating LSU two games to none in the best-of-three finals.[76] The Gators baseball team plays its home games at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium at Perry Field.[15] Men's basketball[edit] Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators men's basketball See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators in the NBA Florida
Florida
enjoyed limited success in men's basketball before the mid-1980s. Coach Norm Sloan's Gators were invited to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT)—only the second time the team had been invited to a post-season tournament. They returned to the NIT in 1985 and 1986, and made their first appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1987, when guard Vernon Maxwell led the team to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Gators received invitations to the NCAA Tournament in 1988 and 1989, but Sloan was forced to resign at the outset of the 1989–90 season as a result of NCAA infractions. Coach Lon Kruger brought renewed success, and his Gators reached the NIT final four in 1991–92. During the 1993–94 season, Andrew DeClercq and Dametri Hill led the Gators to their first NCAA Tournament Final Four following a dramatic victory over the Connecticut Huskies in the NCAA Regional Final.

The 2005–06 national champion Gators with President George W. Bush at the White House.

Athletic Director Jeremy Foley hired Billy Donovan
Billy Donovan
as Kruger's replacement in 1996. Donovan's recruiting prowess was evident early, as he landed recruiting classes with future NBA players Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem
and Matt Bonner. Donovan's Gators advanced to the NCAA Tournament final before losing to the Michigan State Spartans in 2000, and demonstrated a consistency previously unknown to the program as they received invitations to the NCAA Tournament every year from 1999 through 2007, a team-record eight-year streak. Under Donovan, Florida
Florida
won its first SEC Men's Basketball
Basketball
Tournament in 2005, when they beat the Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky Wildcats
in the SEC title game. The 2005–06 team's 17–0 start was the best in team history, surprising many with a young, selfless squad led by four sophomores. The team began the season unranked, but won its second consecutive SEC Tournament championship. On April 3, 2006, the Gators defeated the UCLA Bruins 73–57 in the NCAA Tournament championship game to win Florida's first men's national basketball championship. Within days, all five starters announced they would return for another season to try to win back-to-back championships. At the outset of the 2006–07 season, the Gators were ranked No. 1 in both major polls for the first time. The Gators won their second consecutive NCAA national men's basketball championship on April 2, 2007, defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 84–75. They became the first team since Duke in 1991–92 to win back-to-back tournaments and the first in NCAA history to do so with the same starting line-up. Afterward, Florida's four star juniors announced they would enter the NBA draft. Donovan's Gators returned to championship form in 2010–11, winning the program's fifth regular season SEC championship and fighting their way to the NCAA regional semifinals (the "Elite Eight") before losing 74–71 to the Butler Bulldogs in overtime. In 2011–12, the Gators received a No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament, exceeded expectations, and advanced to the Elite Eight, headlined by the play of star freshman Bradley Beal and point guard Erving Walker, before falling to Louisville. During the 2013–14 season, the Gators were ranked No. 1 in the nation, won the SEC championship with 36 straight wins during the regular season and tournament games, went on a school-record 30 game winning streak, and advanced to the NCAA Final Four, headlined by the play of four senior veterans: Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Casey Prather. The Gators men's basketball team is currently led by coach Michael White, and plays its home games in the O'Connell Center.[9] White's Gators returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2016–17 after a two-year absence despite finishing second in the SEC during the regular season and suffering an early exit from the SEC Tournament. The Gators, as a #4 seed, ultimately reached the Elite Eight before falling short against fellow conference partner South Carolina. Women's basketball[edit] Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators women's basketball See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators women's basketball players in the WNBA Women's basketball was approved as a new women's varsity sport by Florida
Florida
in March 1972, but began play in 1973 as a club team. In 1975, the Lady Gators debuted as a varsity program under head coach Dr. Paula Welch. The Gators made local headlines in 1976 by winning the "state championship", beating the other three women's college teams located in the state at that time.[77] While traditionally being overshadowed by conference and national basketball powers Tennessee and Georgia, the Lady Gators have made several NCAA Tournament appearances and sent players to the WNBA, including DeLisha Milton-Jones. Carol Ross compiled more wins than any other women's basketball coach in Florida's history, and guided the team for twelve seasons from 1991 to 2003, but left to accept the head coaching job at her alma mater, Ole Miss. From 2002 through 2006, the women's basketball team was coached by Carolyn Peck, a former WNBA coach who won a national title with Purdue. Peck was fired midway through the 2006 season (though allowed to finish the season) after enduring the worst losing streak of any Gator sport. Former Gator player and previous Charlotte coach Amanda Butler was named the new women's basketball coach on April 13, 2007. During the 2008–09 season, the Lady Gators received an NCAA tournament bid, and won a first-round game before being defeated by eventual tournament champion Connecticut in the second round. Butler resigned after the 2016–17 season. The Gators women's basketball team plays its home games in the O'Connell Center.[10] Cross country[edit] Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators cross country The Florida
Florida
Gators men's cross country team has won three Southeastern Conference championships (SEC), and has competed in eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournaments. The women's cross country team has also won five SEC Championships (including the most recent), and competed in ten NCAA tournaments. In 2009, the Lady Gators placed seventh at the NCAA cross country championship; in 2010, they won the SEC championship for the second consecutive year. Coach Mike Holloway
Mike Holloway
is the head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams. Football[edit] Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators football See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators football players in the NFL The University of Florida
University of Florida
fielded an official varsity football team for the first time in 1906, defeating the Gainesville Athletic Club 6–0 in its first game. Since then, the Gators have played in thirty-seven bowl games, won three national championships (1996, 2006, 2008) and eight Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
championships, and produced 138 All-Americans, forty-two National Football League
National Football League
(NFL) first-round draft choices and three Heisman Trophy winners. The Gators' most prominent current football rivals are SEC Eastern Division foes Georgia and Tennessee, annual SEC Western Division opponent LSU, and in-state rival Florida
Florida
State from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Florida
Florida
has historically shared rivalries with Auburn and Miami, too, but those games are no longer played annually and have lessened in intensity. The Gator football team has obtained more victories than any other program in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision
Football Bowl Subdivision
(FBS)[78] since 1990, the year Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier
returned to his alma mater as head coach. The 1996 team, coached by Spurrier and led by another Gator Heisman-winner, Danny Wuerffel, finished with a 12–1 record and won the national championship in the Sugar Bowl, dismantling rival Florida
Florida
State 52-20.

Steve Spurrier- Florida
Florida
Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, home field of the Gators.

Urban Meyer
Urban Meyer
became Florida's head football coach in December 2004, and his six teams had great success from 2005 to 2010. The 2006 team won the school's second national championship on January 8, 2007, defeating the number one-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 41–14. Quarterback Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow
won the Heisman Trophy in 2007, and Florida's Tebow-led 2008 team won the 2009 BCS National Championship Game
2009 BCS National Championship Game
on January 8, 2009, beating the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma Sooners
24–14, for the Gators' third national championship. The Gators have won the SEC Championship Game
SEC Championship Game
a record seven times in eleven appearances since the SEC instituted the championship game in 1992. The Gators won their first official conference title in 1991, the year before the first SEC conference championship game was played, for a total of eight SEC championships in the last twenty-four seasons. The Gators football team plays its home games in Steve Spurrier- Florida
Florida
Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, more popularly known as The Swamp, the team's home field since 1930.[8] Dan Mullen is the current head coach of the Florida
Florida
Gators football. Men's golf[edit]

Guy Bostick Clubhouse

Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators men's golf See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators golfers The men's golf team has won four NCAA Championships (1968, 1973, 1993, 2001), and has produced two individual NCAA champions, Bob Murphy in 1966 and Nick Gilliam in 2001. The men's golf team has also won fifteen Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
(SEC) championships: 1955–56, 1968, 1973–75, 1985, 1989, 1991–94, 1999, 2003, 2011. Numerous former Gator golfers have represented the University of Florida
Florida
on the PGA Tour, and the program has produced over thirty male athletes who have competed professionally. Buddy Alexander, the long-time head coach for the men's golf team, retired after the 2013–14 season. J. C. Deacon was hired in June 2014, and the 2014–15 season will be his first. The Gators men's golf team plays its home matches at the Mark Bostick Golf
Golf
Course (formerly known as the "University Golf
Golf
Course").[20] Women's golf[edit] Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators women's golf See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators golfers The women's golf team has won two NCAA team championships (1985, 1986), and has produced one individual NCAA champion, Page Dunlap. The women's golf team has also won eight Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
(SEC) championships. Former Lady Gator golfers have regularly represented the University of Florida
Florida
on the LPGA Tour, and the program has produced over twenty female athletes who have competed in the professional ranks. Emily Glaser
Emily Glaser
is the head coach for the women's team. The Gators women's golf team plays its home matches at the Mark Bostick Golf Course (formerly known as the "University Golf
Golf
Course").[20] Women's gymnastics[edit] Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators women's gymnastics Gymnastics
Gymnastics
was one of the first women's sports added at the University of Florida
Florida
and achieved early success by winning the 1982 AIAW national championship. Since the NCAA assumed sponsorship of the national gymnastics championships in 1982, Florida
Florida
has typically earned invitations to the NCAA nationalchampionships (top twelve teams nationally), and advanced to the NCAA "Super Six" eighteen times. Florida
Florida
won the 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA national championships, finished in second-place in 1998 and 2012, and the team has only failed to qualify for the NCAA championships once in the past thirty-three seasons. The Gators have won a total of nine SEC gymnastics championships since 1982. The team's biggest SEC rivals are Alabama and Georgia, both of which are also perennial national contenders. Coach Rhonda Faehn's Gator gymnasts were the SEC champions in both 2012 and 2013, and won the NCAA national team championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015 (the 2014 was as co-champions with Oklahoma). Faehn coached the Gators gymnastics team from 2003 to 2015. Under Faehn, the Gator gymnasts have been nationally competitive and remarkably consistent—finishing in the top seven every year and winning three NCAA national championships. The Gators gymnastics team is now coached by Jenny Rowland. The Gators hold their home meets at the O'Connell Center.[11] Women's lacrosse[edit] Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators women's lacrosse In June 2006, the University Athletic Association announced the creation of the new Gators women's lacrosse program, citing the growth of high school lacrosse across the country and the increased availability of Division I competition. Florida
Florida
became the second Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
member university to offer lacrosse as a varsity sport, following Vanderbilt University,[79] and played its inaugural 2010 season in the American Lacrosse Conference
American Lacrosse Conference
(ALC) together with the Commodores. The Gators and Commodores continued to play in the ALC until conference realignment led to the demise of the ALC following the 2014 season, after which both programs became single-sport members of the Big East Conference.[80] The upcoming 2018 season will be the last for the Gators and Commodores in Big East women's lacrosse; after that season, both teams will become charter members of the new women's lacrosse league of the American Athletic Conference.[81] The Gators lacrosse team is the only Gators team that does not compete in the SEC. The Gators lacrosse team has had success over its first seven seasons, including four ALC regular-season championships (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014); two ALC tournament titles (2012, 2014); both regular-season and tournament titles in all of its first three Big East seasons (2015, 2016, 2017); four consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament national quarterfinals ("Elite Eight"); and one appearance in the NCAA Tournament national semifinals ("Final Four") in 2012. The Gators have been ranked among the top ten women's lacrosse teams in the country each of the last five seasons, and have been ranked as high as No. 1.[citation needed] Amanda O'Leary is the Gators' head coach. Before she was named to jump-start Florida's new program, O'Leary was the head coach at Yale University for 14 seasons, and was honored as a two-time All-American midfielder at Temple University, where she led her team to an NCAA championship in 1988. In only the second season of the Gators lacrosse program, the mostly-sophomores team defeated the defending ALC champion Northwestern Wildcats to win their first regular season conference championship.[82] The Gators completed a perfect 5–0 season three days later by defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores
Vanderbilt Commodores
in Nasvhille.[83] The Gators women's lacrosse team plays its home games in the 1,500-seat Donald R. Dizney Stadium.[19] Women's soccer[edit]

James G. Pressly Stadium

Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators women's soccer Becky Burleigh has been the head coach since the women's soccer team first began play a varsity sport in 1995. Under Burleigh's leadership, the team quickly became a national contender. In 1998, in the program's fourth season, the Gators won the NCAA national championship by defeating the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels 1–0 in the national finals of the NCAA Tournament. The women's soccer team has also won thirteen Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
regular season championships and ten SEC tournament titles in its eighteen seasons of play.[84] Notable former Gator soccer players include Abby Wambach, who is a member of the U.S. women's national team and scored the game-winning goal in the final game of the 2004 Olympic Games
2004 Olympic Games
in Athens, Greece; Heather Mitts, who played for the gold medal U.S. national team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China; Melanie Booth, who currently plays for the Canadian women's national soccer team; and Danielle Fotopoulos, who played professionally with the Carolina Courage. Savannah Jordan plays for the Portland Thorns
Portland Thorns
and ranks second in Gators history behind Wambach for goals scored.[85] The Gators women's soccer team plays most of its home games at James G. Pressly Stadium.[16] Softball[edit]

Pressly Softball
Softball
Stadium, home field of the Gators softball team.

Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators softball

Tim Walton

The University Athletic Association decided to create the women's varsity softball program in 1995, and the Florida
Florida
Gators softball team officially started competing in the Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
in 1997 under former head coach Larry Ray. Since the beginning of the program, the Florida
Florida
Gators have had several notable successes, including four SEC championships, eight appearances in the Women's College World Series (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2017), and two College World Series
College World Series
national championship (2014 & 2015).[86] The Gators won the SEC regular season championships in 1998, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2016, and 2017, as well as the SEC tournament titles in 2008, 2009 and 2013. In 2009, they played for the NCAA softball championship in the Women's College World Series, losing to the Washington Huskies in the final round. The Gators again advanced to the finals of the 2011 Women's College World Series
College World Series
before falling to the Arizona State Sun Devils. In 2014, the Gators defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first two games of the three-game Women's College World Series to win their first NCAA national championship. In 2015, the Gators repeated as national champions by defeating the Michigan Wolverines in the full three games. The Gators would return to the WCWS finals in 2017 before losing to the Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma Sooners
in two games. The current head coach is Tim Walton; the 2015–2016 season will be his tenth as the Gators' coach.[87] He was previously the head coach at Wichita State University
Wichita State University
and he played baseball for the University of Oklahoma and a minor league team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies.[87] Through the beginning of 2016 SEC Tournament, Walton has coached his Gators team to a record of 608–127 in ten seasons.[87] The Gators softball team plays its home games at the Katie Seashole Pressly Softball
Softball
Stadium.[18] Swimming and diving[edit]

Carse Swimming Complex

Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators swimming and diving The Florida
Florida
Gators men's swimming and diving teams have won NCAA national championships in 1983 and 1984, and has also won thirty-five Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
team championships – including 2013 and 2014.[88] The women's swimming and diving team has won AIAW and NCAA national championships in 1979, 1982 and 2010, and has also won seventeen SEC team championships.[88] The Florida
Florida
Gators' notable female swimmers include three-time Olympic gold medalist Tracy Caulkins, three-time Olympic gold medalist Nicole Haislett, and four-time Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres, who is also the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games. The Gators' notable male swimmers include Olympic gold medalists Matt Cetlinski, Mike Heath, David Larson, Ryan Lochte, Caeleb Dressel, Anthony Nesty and Martin Zubero. The Gators have had an international flavor since the 1980s, when the Olympic success of Gator swimmers began to attract Canadian, European and Latin American swimmers to train under coach Randy Reese. That tradition continues in the present day under Gregg Troy, the head coach of the Gators men's and women's swimming teams. Troy served as the head coach of the U.S. Olympic men's swim team in 2012. Dale Schultz is the new head coach of the men's and women's diving teams, succeeding long-time coach Donnie Craine in 2014. The Gators swimming and diving teams hold their home meets at the O'Connell Center Natatorium and train in the Carse Swimming Complex. Tennis[edit]

Ring Tennis
Tennis
Complex

Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators men's tennis Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators women's tennis See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators tennis players The Florida
Florida
Gators have one of the strongest and most storied women's tennis programs in NCAA history, and the women's tennis team has won seven NCAA team championships (1992, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2011, 2012, 2017).[89] The team has also produced three individual Gators who have won four NCAA singles championships: Shaun Stafford (1988), Lisa Raymond (1992, 1993), and Jill Craybas
Jill Craybas
(1996).[89] In NCAA championship doubles play, three Gators doubles pairs have won four NCAA doubles championships: Jillian Alexander and Nicole Arendt (1991); Dawn Buth and Stephanie Nickitas (1996, 1997); and Whitney Laiho and Jessica Lehnhoff (2001).[89] The Gator women have also won seven Intercollegiate Tennis
Tennis
Association (ITA) national indoor championships (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2017),[90] and twenty-seven SEC team championships.[89] The Gators have also claimed five SEC Tournament titles (1994, 2000, 2005, 2011, and 2016) in Men's Tennis
Tennis
and 20 in Women's Tennis
Tennis
(1982, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016). The Gators men's tennis team has a winning tradition and has won nine Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
team championships.[91] The Gator men have also produced two NCAA singles champions, Mark Merklein (1993) and Jeff Morrison (1999). Merklein and partner David Blair combined to win an NCAA doubles championship (1994).[91][92] Bryan Shelton
Bryan Shelton
is the head coach of the men's tennis team, and coach Roland Thornqvist
Roland Thornqvist
leads the women's tennis team.[89][91] The Florida Gators tennis teams play their home matches at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis
Tennis
Complex on the university's campus.[93] Track and field[edit]

Percy Beard Track

Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators track and field The Florida
Florida
Gators men's track and field team has won six Southeastern Conference indoor championships, and four SEC outdoor championships. After finishing as the runner-up in both the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets in 2009, the men's team went on to win three consecutive NCAA indoor titles (2010-2012) and its first NCAA outdoor title (2012) over the next three years. The women's track and field team won the NCAA indoor championship in 1992. In addition, the women's team has won six SEC indoor championships, and four SEC outdoor championships. The head coach for the track and field program is Mike Holloway, and he is responsible for both the men's and women's teams. The assistant coaches are Steve Lemke, Adrain Mann, Nic Petersen, Chris Solinsky, & Mellanee Welty. The Gators men's and women's track and field teams hold their outdoor home meets at Percy Beard Track, which is part of James G. Pressly Stadium.[17] Volleyball[edit] Main article: Florida
Florida
Gators women's volleyball The Gators began competing in women's volleyball in 1984 under coach Marilyn McReavy, but did not become nationally competitive until coach Mary Wise assumed control of Florida's program in 1991. During her twenty seasons as Florida's head coach, Wise has compiled a 632–69 win-loss record (.902), and her Gators teams have won nineteen SEC regular season titles and twelve SEC Tournament titles in her twenty seasons. The Gators have made nineteen trips to the NCAA Tournament, including seven NCAA Final Four appearances (1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003). In 2003, they advanced to the NCAA national championship final, where they lost to the undefeated USC Trojans. Florida
Florida
landed the nation's top 2008 recruiting class, as ranked by Prepvolleyball.com and Volleyball
Volleyball
Magazine, and signed the nation's top recruit and Gatorade
Gatorade
National Player of the Year, Kelly Murphy, as well as four other recruits ranked among the top fifty.[94] Murphy garnered First-Team All SEC and a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team with fellow Gators Colleen Ward and Kristy Jaeckel. Murphy would also gain the SEC Freshman of the Year, AVCA All-South Region Freshman of the Year, the AVCA National Freshman of the Year, and Volleyball Magazine's Freshman of the Year. She was also honored as an AVCA Third-Team All-American and a Volleyball
Volleyball
Magazine Second-Team All-American. The Gators volleyball team plays its home matches in the O'Connell Center.[14] Former varsity sports[edit] In the past, the Florida
Florida
Gators fielded varsity teams in men's boxing and men's wrestling. Gator boxer John Joca, a "Gator Great" member of the University of Florida
University of Florida
Athletic Hall of Fame,[95] won the NCAA national boxing championship in the 135-pound weight class in 1940.[96][97] The Gators boxing team, however, was discontinued in 1943 during World War II, and was never revived after the war.[97] The Gators men's wrestling team was an SEC-sponsored sport from 1970 to 1979; the team won the 1975 SEC championship tournament and placed second during four other seasons. The wrestling team was eliminated as a result of cost-cutting and Title IX
Title IX
compliance issues in 1979.[98] The University Athletic Association, under athletic director Ray Graves and associate director Ruth Alexander, desired to take a proactive role in Title IX
Title IX
compliance by balancing the number of available men's and women's athletic scholarships, and the resulting tight athletic budgets ultimately resulted in the elimination of men's wrestling program. Athletic facilities[edit] The University of Florida
University of Florida
has invested significant capital and effort in the construction, expansion and betterment of its major sports facilities, including the following outdoor stadiums, indoor arenas, and training and practice facilities: Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
at Perry Field

Originally built in 1988, McKethan Stadium has played host to the Gators baseball team's home games as well as NCAA regional baseball tournaments for more than two decades.[15] Renovated in 2007, the facility was expanded to seat up to 6,000 fans, and the locker rooms and offices were also upgraded.[15]

Steve Spurrier- Florida
Florida
Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

The Gators football team plays its home games in Steve Spurrier- Florida
Florida
Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.[8] The stadium was originally constructed in 1930, and was known simply as "Florida Field."[8] In 1989, it was renamed in honor of Ben Hill Griffin, Jr., an alumnus and generous donor to the university and its athletic programs.[8] Since the arrival of coach Steve Spurrier
Steve Spurrier
in 1990, the stadium has become nationally known as the "Swamp."[8] The Swamp has been renovated and expanded several times, and has included a natural grass surface since 1990.[8] With the latest expansions, the stadium has an official capacity of 88,548 people, but routinely accommodates more than 90,000 fans for the Gators' home football games.[8] The Swamp is the 12th largest college football stadium in America as measured by official seating capacity.[8]

Carse Swimming Complex

Built in 1998 at a cost of $2 million, Carse Swimming Complex is a two-story, 7,000-square-foot (650 m2) facility that includes locker rooms, offices, and direct access to the UAA training pool. The swimming complex is located adjacent to the O'Connell Center.

Florida
Florida
Basketball
Basketball
Practice Complex

Completed in 2001, the Basketball
Basketball
Practice Complex is a two-story, 47,505-square-foot (4,413.4 m2) structure that includes multiple practice gyms, a training room, and a 1,900-square-foot (180 m2) weight room.[99]

Donald R. Dizney Stadium

Completed during the summer of 2009, the Florida
Florida
Lacrosse
Lacrosse
Facility began hosting the women's lacrosse team with its first season in 2010.[19] The 1,500-seat stadium runs the length of the game field, and the facility includes a second practice field.[19] The facility also includes concessions, ticket offices, locker rooms and a training room.[19]

James G. Pressly Stadium
James G. Pressly Stadium
and Percy Beard Track

Pressly Stadium is a combined soccer and track and field facility that includes Percy Beard Track.[16] The facility was renovated in 1995, when 2,500 bench seats were added to the existing 2,000-seat concrete grandstand, increasing the total seating capacity to more than 4,500 spectators.[16] The stadium is located on campus, between McKethan Stadium and Linder Stadium, and was renamed in honor of James G. Pressly, Jr., a University of Florida
University of Florida
alumnus and benefactor.[16] The women's soccer team plays its home games in Pressly Stadium.[16] Percy Beard Track was renovated in 1995 at a cost of $750,000, and the pole vault and long jump pits were moved from the infield to an area outside the track to accommodate the new soccer field.[17] The men's and women's track and field teams host their home meets and the annual Florida
Florida
Relays on Percy Beard Track during the outdoor track season.[17]

Katie Seashole Pressly Softball
Softball
Stadium

Constructed in 1996 at a cost of $2.6 million, Pressly Softball Stadium is the home field of the Gators women's softball team.[18] The facility is located on campus, seats approximately 1,200 fans, includes a clay infield and a grass outfield, and complies with NCAA and Olympic specifications.[18] The stadium is named for benefactor Katie Pressly.[18] The Gators played their first game in the stadium against Stetson University
Stetson University
on February 8, 1997.[18]

Lemerand Center

Built in 1995 and named in honor of donor Gale Lemerand, the Lemerand Center is a 43,000-square-foot (4,000 m2) all-sports facility that includes locker rooms, storage, and training equipment, and is used by all varsity athletes at the University of Florida.

Mark Bostick Golf Course
Mark Bostick Golf Course
and Guy Bostick Clubhouse

Designed by golf course architect Donald Ross and originally developed in 1963, the eighteen-hole Mark Bostick Golf Course
Mark Bostick Golf Course
is the official golf course of the University of Florida.[20] The men's and women's golf teams play their home matches on the course, and the course also hosts the Gator and Lady Gator Golf
Golf
Day Pro-Am.[20] The course is 6,701 yards in length, and is rated as a par 70.[20] In 2001, Bobby Weed renovated the course with a $4 million donation from benefactor Mark Bostick.[20] The Guy Bostick Clubhouse is equipped with numerous amenities and includes over 8,000 square feet (740 m2) of interior space.[20]

Steinbrenner Band Hall

Finished in 2008, Steinbrenner Band Hall is The Pride of the Sunshine's rehearsal hall, and also houses offices, instrument storage, the band library and an instrument issue room. Construction of the band hall was made possible by a generous gift from George Steinbrenner and his wife Joan in 2002.

Scott Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis
Tennis
Complex

Originally constructed in 1987, Linder Stadium serves as the home court of the men's and women's tennis teams.[21][22] The facility was renovated at a cost of $1.7 million in 1999, when the building interior space was expanded to 7,163 square feet (665.5 m2), and includes coaches' offices, a training room, locker rooms, and a 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) exterior courtyard.[22] The stadium includes a 1,000-seat grandstand overlooking the six lighted main courts, and also includes a second row of nine practice courts.[21] The complex is located on campus, adjacent to the College of Law and James G. Pressly Stadium.[22]

Stephen C. O'Connell Center

Constructed from 1977 to 1980, the O'Connell Center is a multi-purpose arena that is home to the men's and women's basketball,[9][10] women's gymnastics,[11] men's and women's indoor track and field,[13] and women's volleyball teams.[14] It is commonly known as the "O'Dome." In its major interior space, the O'Connell Center can accommodate over 12,000 sports fans, and the university also uses the facility for graduation ceremonies and a variety of concerts, lectures and shows. The O'Dome also includes the Natatorium, where the Gators swimming and diving teams compete.[12] The O'Dome underwent a major renovation 2016 with upgraded luxury suites, concession stands, locker rooms, and a new main entrance facing Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, but the seating capacity was reduced to over 10,000 fans.

Steve Spurrier- Florida
Florida
Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

James G. Pressly Stadium

O'Connell Center

Mark Bostick Golf
Golf
Course

Basketball
Basketball
Complex

Lemerand Center

Steinbrenner Band Hall

Aerial shot of The Swamp, O'Dome, and Perry Field.

Athletic program culture and traditions[edit] Colors and mascot[edit] See also: History of the University of Florida

The University of Florida's costumed mascots, Albert and Alberta.

The University of Florida
University of Florida
began its sports program soon after it was established in Gainesville in 1906, and its teams adopted orange and blue as their official colors soon thereafter. These colors are a probably a combination of the colors of the two primary institutions that merged to form the university, as the East Florida
Florida
Seminary used orange and black and the Florida
Florida
Agricultural College used blue and white.[100] As with the school colors, the exact origin of the alligator (almost always shortened to "gator") as the school mascot is not well documented. It likely originated in 1908, when Gainesville merchant Phillip Miller chose the animal to adorn pennants he designed for sale to students. The school did not yet have a mascot, and Miller chose the alligator because it is native to Florida
Florida
and was not claimed by any other school.[101] The football team subsequently adopted the "Gators" nickname in 1911.[102] There are two theories as how the name become synonymous with the university's athletic programs. One theory is that the 1911 football squad began calling themselves the Gators in honor of team captain Neal "Bo Gator" Storter. Storter himself refuted this explanation, saying that it originated when a sportswriter in South Carolina described Florida's 1911 road upset of Clemson as an "invasion of alligators from Florida" and the players adopted the name.[103] Whatever its origins, the nickname "Gators" (and for a time, "Lady Gators" for women's sports) has been used by the University of Florida's athletic program for over a century. Albert and Alberta[edit] Main article: Albert and Alberta Albert and Alberta
Albert and Alberta
are the official costumed mascots of the Florida Gators.[104] Many variations of Albert have been present at sporting events over the decades, and a live alligator was used for many years. The current version of Albert was introduced in the early 1980s, and Alberta joined him in 1984. They are unique among the SEC's mascots as the only male-and-female pair, and are featured together in a life-sized statue outside of UF's Alumni Affairs Building.[105] Other Florida
Florida
traditions[edit]

Cheerleaders performing at a home football game.

The Pride of the Sunshine

The "Gator Chomp" is a gesture made by Florida
Florida
Gators fans and players to show their support of the Florida
Florida
Gators sports teams. The chomp originated in 1981. The chomp is performed by fully extending one's arms, one over the other, in front of the body with the palms facing each other, and then moved apart and together to symbolize an alligator's mouth.[106] When performed by fans at home football or basketball games, the chomp is often accompanied by Florida's marching band or pep band playing the two-note shark motif from the film Jaws.[107] "Orange and blue" is a fan cheer that is popular at home sports events, with alternate stadium sections yelling "Orange!", and answering back with their loudest "Blue!" This can go back and forth for several minutes, with both sections competing to be the louder. The football team had a long-time tradition of having George Edmondson Jr. — better known as "Mr. Two Bits"— wandering through the stands with a sign and a whistle to pump up the crowd to the "Two Bits" cheer. Edmondson officially retired in 2008, and was made an honorary alumnus in 2005. His final appearance as Mr. Two Bits
Mr. Two Bits
was at the last home game of the 2008 season against The Citadel. The University of Florida's marching band is known as "The Pride of the Sunshine", and plays at every home football game, and also performs at various events such as Gator Growl
Gator Growl
and parades. The Gatorettes
Gatorettes
are the baton-twirlers, or majorettes, for the marching band.[108] The Pride of the Sunshine
The Pride of the Sunshine
plays the University of Florida Alma Mater at Florida
Florida
Field before the start of every home football game. Following every home game, the entire football team gathers on Florida
Florida
Field and joins fans in singing the Alma Mater while the band plays. Florida
Florida
alumnus and former head football coach Steve Spurrier re-introduced this tradition to Florida
Florida
Gators football games in 1990. Another football fan tradition, at home and on the road, is the Gator fans' linking arms, swaying, and singing "We Are the Boys from Old Florida" at the end of every third quarter. The University of Florida's fight song, "The Orange and Blue", is played frequently at all Florida
Florida
Gators athletic events. The University of Florida
University of Florida
dance team that performs at home basketball games and other sports events is known as the Dazzlers. Notable Gator athletes and benefactors[edit] Main article: List of University of Florida
University of Florida
alumni See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators baseball players in Major League Baseball See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators football players in the NFL See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators men's basketball players in the NBA See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators men's golfers on the PGA Tour See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators women's basketball players in the WNBA See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators women's golfers on the LPGA Tour See also: List of Florida
Florida
Gators tennis players University of Florida
University of Florida
Athletic Hall of Fame[edit] Main article: List of University of Florida
University of Florida
Athletic Hall of Fame members Over 250 notable former Gators athletes and coaches have been inducted into the University of Florida
University of Florida
Athletic Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame inductees fall into three categories: "Gator Greats"; "Distinguished Letterwinners"; and "Honorary Letterwinners." Gator Greats are those former athletes who distinguished themselves during their undergraduate sports careers, and include former All-Americans, all-conference selections, winners of major national awards, individual national champions, and those who significantly contributed to national team championships. Distinguished Letterwinners are those former Gators athletes who achieved distinction after graduation, as athletic coaches or administrators, professional athletes, or in public service or other career activities. Honorary Letterwinners are those persons who are not University of Florida
University of Florida
alumni and former undergraduate athletes, but have distinguished themselves by their significant contributions to the success of Florida
Florida
Gators sports teams, including former championship Gators coaches. Gator Greats include Heisman Trophy winners Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, and Tim Tebow; NFL Hall of Fame members Jack Youngblood
Jack Youngblood
and Emmitt Smith; Olympic gold medal swimmers Tracy Caulkins, Nicole Haislett and Dara Torres; individual NCAA golf champions Page Dunlap, Nick Gilliam and Bob Murphy; Olympic gold medal soccer players Heather Mitts and Abby Wambach; and individual NCAA tennis champions Jill Craybas, Jeff Morrison and Lisa Raymond. Distinguished Letterwinners include head coaches Doug Dickey, Lindy Infante and Dutch Stanley, as well as U.S. Senator George Smathers. Honorary Letterwinners include former Gators national championship coaches Buster Bishop, Andy Brandi, Randy Reese
Randy Reese
and Mimi Ryan, former football coach and four-star general James Van Fleet, as well as medical professor Robert Cade, who invented the sports drink Gatorade at UF in the mid-1960s as a rehydration aid to assist Gators athletes. Gators in the Olympic Games[edit] See also: List of University of Florida
University of Florida
Olympians The University of Florida
University of Florida
has a reputation and long history of producing athletes who compete in the Olympic Games. Over 160 university alumni, including Florida
Florida
Gators athletes from thirty-seven different countries, have competed in the Games, winning fifty Olympic gold medals, twenty-nine silver medals and thirty bronze medals (through the end of the 2012 Summer Olympics).[109] The list of notable Gator Olympians and gold medalists includes sprinters Kerron Clement, Dennis Mitchell, and Bernard Williams; marathon runner Frank Shorter; baseball outfielder Brad Wilkerson; basketball forward DeLisha Milton-Jones; soccer forward Abby Wambach; and swimmers Tracy Caulkins, Nicole Haislett and Ryan Lochte. Former Gator Dara Torres
Dara Torres
is the only American swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games
Olympic Games
(1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2008).[110] At the age of 41, Torres became the oldest swimmer to win an Olympic medal when she won silvers in three events in 2008, finishing her career with a total of twelve Olympic medals (including four gold).[110] List of notable Gator sports benefactors[edit]

George Steinbrenner

The Florida
Florida
Gators sports team have been fortunate to receive the financial support of many individuals, but some stand out by the magnitude of their contributions.[111] Among those who have made notably large contributions to the university's sports programs are:

Mark Bostick Wayne Carse Jerry Chicone Donald and Irene Dizney John Frost II Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Ben Hill Griffin III Stumpy Harris Bill Heavener Hjalma Johnson Gale Lemerand Paul and Sande McDonald Alfred McKethan Steve Melnyk Jeffery Parks James Pressly Katie Pressly Danny Ponce Alfred Ring George Steinbrenner

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Tennis
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Tennessee Volunteers
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Florida
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Arenas and stadiums

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(Baseball) Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
(Football) Donald R. Dizney Stadium (Lacrosse) James G. Pressly Stadium
James G. Pressly Stadium
(Soccer, Track and field) Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium (Softball) Mark Bostick Golf Course
Mark Bostick Golf Course
(Golf) Scott Linder Stadium (Tennis) Stephen C. O'Connell Center (Multipurpose)

Sports

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Athletic director

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Athletic association

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Current head coaches

Becky Burleigh (Women's soccer) Cameron Newbauer (Women's basketball) J. C. Deacon (Men's golf) Emily Glaser
Emily Glaser
(Women's golf) Mike Holloway
Mike Holloway
(Cross country, Track and field) Randy Shannon (Football) Amanda O'Leary (Women's lacrosse) Kevin O'Sullivan (Baseball) Jenny Rowland
Jenny Rowland
(Women's gymnastics) Bryan Shelton
Bryan Shelton
(Men's tennis) Roland Thornqvist
Roland Thornqvist
(Women's tennis) Gregg Troy
Gregg Troy
(Swimming and diving) Tim Walton (Softball) Mike White (Men's basketball) Mary Wise (Women's volleyball)

Athletes

Baseball
Baseball
players Men's basketball players Women's basketball players Football players Men's golfers Women's golfers Tennis
Tennis
players Olympians UF Athletic Hall of Fame

National championships

1968 Men's golf 1973 Men's Golf 1979 Women's swimming 1982 Women's gymnastics 1982 Women's swimming 1983 Men's swimming 1984 men's swimming 1985 Women's golf 1986 Women's golf 1992 Women's indoor track 1992 Women's tennis 1993 Men's golf 1996 Women's tennis 1996 Women's soccer 1996 Football 1998 Women's tennis 2001 Men's golf 2003 Women's tennis 2006 Men's basketball 2006 Football 2007 Men's basketball 2008 Football 2010 Men's indoor track 2010 Women's swimming 2011 Men's indoor track 2011 Women's tennis 2012 Men's indoor track 2012 Women's tennis 2012 Men's outdoor track 2013 Women's gymnastics 2013 Men's outdoor track 2014 Women's gymnastics 2014 Softball

Conference affiliations

Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
(1912–1921) Southern Conference
Southern Conference
(1922–1932) Southeastern Conference
Southeastern Conference
(1933– ) American Lacrosse Conference
American Lacrosse Conference
(2011–2014) Big East Conference
Big East Conference
(2015– )

Culture and lore

Albert and Alberta Gatorade Gator Chomp The Pride of the Sunshine "The Orange and Blue" "We Are the Boys"

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East Division

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Former media outlets

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Division I college sports teams of Florida

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Florida
Gators Florida
Florida
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Florida
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Florida
Gulf Coast Eagles Florida
Florida
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Ospreys South Florida
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College sports teams in Florida

College athletics (NCAA Division I)

Bethune–Cookman Wildcats
Bethune–Cookman Wildcats
(MEAC) FIU Panthers
FIU Panthers
(C-USA) Florida
Florida
Gators (SEC) Florida
Florida
A&M Rattlers (MEAC) Florida
Florida
Atlantic Owls (C-USA) Florida
Florida
Gulf Coast Eagles (ASUN) Florida
Florida
State Seminoles (ACC) Jacksonville Dolphins
Jacksonville Dolphins
(ASUN/Pioneer) Miami Hurricanes
Miami Hurricanes
(ACC) North Florida
Florida
Ospreys (ASUN) South Florida
Florida
Bulls (American) Stetson Hatters
Stetson Hatters
(ASUN/Pioneer) UCF Knights
UCF Knights
(American)

College athletics (NCAA Division II)

Barry Buccaneers
Barry Buccaneers
(SSC) Eckerd Tritons
Eckerd Tritons
(SSC) Embry–Riddle Eagles
Embry–Riddle Eagles
(SSC) Flagler Saints
Flagler Saints
(PBC) Florida
Florida
Southern Moccasins (SSC) Florida
Florida
Tech Panthers (SSC) Lynn Fighting Knights (SSC) Nova Southeastern Sharks
Nova Southeastern Sharks
(SSC) Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish
Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish
(SSC) Rollins Tars (SSC) Saint Leo Lions
Saint Leo Lions
(SSC) Tampa Spartans
Tampa Spartans
(SSC) West Florida
Florida
Argonauts (GSC)

College athletics (NAIA)

Sun Conference

Ave Maria Gyrenes Florida
Florida
Memorial Lions Johnson & Wales Wildcats Keiser Seahawks St. Thomas University Bobcats Southeastern Fire Warner Royals Webber International Warriors

AAC

Edward Waters Tigers

College athletics (NCCAA)

Clearwater Christian College
Clearwater Christian College
Cougars Johnson Suns Pensacola Christian College
Pensacola Christian College
Eagles Trinity College Tigers Trinity Baptist Eagles

College athletics (USCAA)

Florida
Florida
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Florida
College Falcons (Independent)

College athletics (NJCAA)

ASA College of Miami Avengers (Independent) Broward College
Broward College
Seahawks (Southern Conference) Chipola College
Chipola College
Indians (Panhandle Conference) College of Central Florida
Florida
Patriots (Mid- Florida
Florida
Conference) Daytona State College
Daytona State College
Falcons (Mid- Florida
Florida
Conference) Eastern Florida
Florida
State College Titans (Southern Conference) Florida
Florida
SouthWestern State College Buccaneers (Southern Conference) Florida
Florida
State College at Jacksonville Blue Wave (Mid-Florida Conference) Gulf Coast State College
Gulf Coast State College
Commodores (Panhandle Conference) Hillsborough Community College
Hillsborough Community College
Hawks (Suncoast Conference) Indian River State College
Indian River State College
Pioneers (Southern Conference) Lake–Sumter State College
Lake–Sumter State College
Lakehawks (Mid- Florida
Florida
Conference) Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College
Sharks (Southern Conference) Northwest Florida
Florida
State College Raiders (Panhandle Conference) Palm Beach State College
Palm Beach State College
Panthers (Southern Conference) Pasco–Hernando State College
Pasco–Hernando State College
Conquistadors (Independent) Pensacola State College
Pensacola State College
Pirates (Panhandle Conference) Polk State College Eagles (Suncoast Conference) Santa Fe College
Santa Fe College
Saints (Mid- Florida
Florida
Conference) St. Johns River
St. Johns River
Vikings (Mid- Florida
Florida
Conference) St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College
Titans (Suncoast Conference) State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota
State College of Florida, Manatee–Sarasota
Manatees (Suncoast Conference) Tallahassee Community College
Tallahassee Community College
Eagles (Pan

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