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Encyclopedia > Arkansas Ladybacks

(The) Lady'Backs refers to any of the women's sports teams that competes officially for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. On first reference, the teams are known as the Lady Razorbacks. The term Lady'Backs evolved over time as newspaper editors would shorten the mascot name. It was adopted by the Women's Athletics Department for secondary usage in 1991. Notice that it is a contraction -- always with the apostrophe between the two parts and a capital "B". While many university sports teams have dropped the "Lady" portion of their nickname, it remains at the University of Arkansas as a marketing tool to emphasize the separate athletic departments. The Women's Athletics Department was formed at the University of Arkansas in 1971-72. The current women's athletics director at the University of Arkansas is Bev Lewis. For the 2005-06 academic year, the University sponsors 11 varsity women's teams that compete in NCAA Division I. The Lady'Back "A" logo is the official logo for the Women's Athletics Department, but teams also employ the traditional University Razorback on uniforms. The University of Arkansas is a public co-educational land-grant university. ... The Razorbacks are the mascot for the University of Arkansas The Arkansas Razorbacks, also known as The Hogs, is the name of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. ...


Lady'Back Sports


The Lady'Back basketball team is led by head coach Susie Gardner. They play home games in Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus. The women's basketball team completed its 30th season in 2005-06, and has made 17 post season appearances (from AIAW through the current NCAA era). Over 900,000 fans have attended home women's basketball games at Fayetteville during the three decades of Lady'Back hoops. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... Inside of Bud Walton Arena during a game. ...

Cross Country

The Lady'Back cross country track team is led by head coach Lance Harter. They practice (and compete) on Agri Park cross country course (so named because it is located on the on campus agricultural area). Agri Park is also home to the men's cross country team. Harter is the first Lady'Back coach to have his team ranked No. 1 in the nation, and has won more SEC cross country titles than any other member institution -- impressive since Arkansas only joined the SEC in 1991. Typical outdoor red rubber track For the American League baseball team based in Oakland, California see Oakland Athletics. ...


The golf team is headed by coach Kelley Hester. The team practices both at Blessings course, which is located a few minutes from the University of Arkansas campus in Johnson, Arkansas, and also at the "Fred W. and Mary B. Smith Razorback Golf Training Facility" (also located at Blessings course) which features both indoor and outdoor practice areas. The men's golf team utilizes both areas as well. Golf (gowf in Scots) is a sport where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... Johnson is a city located in Washington County, Arkansas. ...


The gymnastics team is referred to as the Gym’Backs. They are co-head coached by husband and wife team Mark and Rene Cook. They practice in the Bev Lewis Center for Women's Athletics and compete in Barnhill Arena, both of which are located on the University of Arkansas campus. Ranked nationally since the start of the program in 2003, Arkansas is top 10 in the nation in home attendance. The Gym'Backs have two NCAA Regional appearances (2004, 2005), advanced an individual (Dana McQuillin) to the NCAA Championship in 2005 and will host the 2006 NCAA South Central Regional. Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings and handstands. ...


The soccer team is head coached by Gordon Henderson, and practice/play on Lady’Back Field which is an exclusively soccer field on campus. Arkansas soccer is one of the oldest programs in the Southeastern Conference, competing as a varsity sport since 1986. Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ...


The softball team is coached by Jamie Pinkerton. They practice and play at Lady’Back Yard (which is the result of renovations to former George Cole Baseball Field). Softball is a team sport in which a ball, ten to twelve inches (28 to 30. ...

Swimming & Diving

The swimming & diving team is currently seeking a new head coach. The team's facilities are the University of Arkansas Natatorium, which is located inside the HPER building (which also is home to student intramural facilities). A breaststroke swimmer Swimming is a technique that humans, and other animals, use to move through water using only movements of the body. ... Diving refers to the sport of acrobatically jumping or falling into water. ...


The tennis team's head coach is Michael Hegarty. The team's facilites are the UA Varsity Courts (outdoor) and the adjacent Dills Indoor Tennis Center. Tennis is one of the oldest varsity sports at Arkansas with a continuous history from the first year of the Women's Athletics Department in 1971-72. The Australian Rod Laver, a candidate for the greatest player of all time This article is about the sport. ...

Track & Field

The track & field team is coached by Lance Harter. They have indoor facilities at The Randal Tyson Track Center and outdoor facilities at John McDonnell Field. Harter's teams are the most successful in the Southeastern Conference, winning 16 league titles including the first-ever SEC women's triple crown (a sweep of cross country, indoor and outdoor titles in the same season). His program produced numerous of NCAA champions and most recently Athens Olympics medalists Veronica Campbell (two gold for Jamaica in sprints) and Deena (Drossin) Kastor. Kastor is America's premier distance athlete with her marathon silver in Athens and numerous distance and marathon records. John Martin McDonnell (born on September 8, 1951) is a British politician and Labour Member of Parliament for Hayes and Harlington. ...


The volleyball team is coached by Chris Poole. They practice and play in Barnhill Arena. Poole's teams have dominated the SEC Western Division from their inaugural season in 1994. Arkansas has won the Western Division 11 times, including the very first season of competition. Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams, separated by a high net, hit a ball back and forth over the net between the teams. ...

External links

  • Lady'Backs Home Page -- LADYBACKS.COM: The Official Website of UA Women's Athletics
  • HogCall.com - A website dedicated to the Razorbacks.
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