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Encyclopedia > Loyola Marymount Lions
Loyola Marymount Lions
University Loyola Marymount
Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics Director Dr. William Husak
Location Los Angeles, CA
Varsity Teams 18
Stadium Page Basbeall Stadium
Arena Gersten Pavilion
Mascot Iggy the Lion
Nickname Lions
Fight Song "Fight on Loyola"
Colors Crimson and Blue

              Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Loyola Marymount University, also referred to as LMU, is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic university in the United States. ... The West Coast Conference is an NCAA collegiate athletic conference consisting of eight member schools in California, Oregon, and Washington. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Gersten Pavilion is a 4,156 seat multi-purpose arena in Los Angeles, California. ... Crimson is a strong, bright deep red color combined with some blue, resulting in a slight degree of purple. ... Blue (from Old High German blao shining) is one of the three primary additive colors; blue light has the shortest wavelength (about 470 nm) of the three primary colors. ...

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The Loyola Marymount Lions are the athletic teams that represent Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution in Los Angeles. The school competes in NCAA Division I, with its primary affiliation in the West Coast Conference, an organization consisting totally of religiously-affiliated schools. Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a comprehensive co-educational private Roman Catholic Jesuit university in Los Angeles, California, USA. The University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and one of five Marymount institutions of higher education. ... The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities or AJCU is an American voluntary service organization based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to serve its member institutions, the 28 colleges and universities in the United States administered by the Society of Jesus. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The West Coast Conference is an NCAA collegiate athletic conference consisting of eight member schools in California, Oregon, and Washington. ...

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History

The 2006-07 academic year marks the 100th year of competition in intercollegiate athletics for the Loyola Marymount University Athletics Department. In a century, the LMU Lions have had some memorable moments in the world of collegiate athletics, showing they have been "Building Champions" for nearly a century.


A lot has changed since 1906 when LMU, then known as St. Vincent's College, began fielding a basketball team. The initial season of LMU athletics offered a glimpse of things to come as the Lions posted a 5-0 record in that first season. (Although, prior to 1906 St. Vincent's fielded football and baseball teams that played YMCA and other similar teams.) Since that time, LMU has grown considerably and offers a diverse range of 18 varsity sports, 16 of which compete at the Division I level within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Twelve sports, including baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's crew, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and women's volleyball, compete in the prestigious West Coast Conference. This article is about the association. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The West Coast Conference is an NCAA collegiate athletic conference consisting of eight member schools in California, Oregon, and Washington. ...

In addition, women's swimming participates in the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference and men and women's water polo compete in the Western Water Polo Association. Women's softball competes in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference to round out the 16 programs competing at the NCAA D-I level. Men's crew is affiliated with the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association and the LMU cheer program was added as a varsity sport in 2005. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


The success of Lion Athletics has never been stronger, claiming some its crowning moments since 2000. For the second year in a row LMU combined to send five teams to their respective NCAA postseason tournaments, and since the start of the 21st century, the Lions have sent 20 teams to the NCAA tournament while winning 14 conference championships in the process. With the success, 34 individual student-athletes have earned All-America honors since 2000.


Of late the women's water polo program has burst onto the scene, winning five straight Western Water Polo Association Championships and making five consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. Their second place finish in the 2004 NCAAs and final No. 2 ranking in the polls was the best finish ever by an LMU program. Add men's water polo and their three championships in the last four years, the water polo program as a whole has become of the top in the nation with eight championships since 2001. Putting together a string of titles is not new for the Lions. Prior to women's water polo and their string, baseball and volleyball had been the standard bearer for consecutive titles. Baseball did it from 1998-2000 while women's volleyball did it from 1994-1996.


One of the most memorable runs in NCAA history was that of the Paul Westhead-led men's basketball programs from 1985-1990. The Lions won two WCC tournament titles, and two regular season titles. As the Lions set the all-time NCAA Division-I record with 122.4 points per game in 1990, it was the people that made the Lions special. Paul Westhead Paul Westhead (born February 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former basketball coach in the NBA and the NCAA. He has coached three different NBA teams, and was also the coach of the Loyola Marymount University mens basketball team during that schools era of greatest...


Playing for fallen teammate Hank Gathers, who died of a heart condition while playing for the Lions in the WCC tournament in 1990, the Lions did the impossible with a run at the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight and capturing the hearts of the nation. Hank Gathers, basketball player for Loyola Marymount University, in a typical moment of his famous jocularity, at Sportscasters Camps of America in Los Angeles in 1989. ... The playoff term Elite Eight has been popularized to refer to the final eight teams in the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament, who play in the final game of each of the tournaments four regional brackets. ...


What Bo Kimble, Hank Gathers, Jeff Fryer and the rest of the up-tempo Lions did for the men's basketball team continued a long-standing tradition of a basketball legacy at LMU. Two Loyola basketball alumni, Pete Newell and Phil Woolpert, have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Newell coached the 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team to a gold medal and led California to the 1959 NCAA Championship. Woolpert coached the University of San Francisco to the 1955 and 1956 NCAA Championships and a 60-game win streak, the second longest in college basketball history. Gregory Kevin Bo Kimble (born April 9, 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American former college basketball star at Loyola Marymount University and professional National Basketball Association player. ... Peter F. Pete Newell (born August 3, 1915 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a former college mens basketball coach. ... Phil Woolpert (December 15, 1915 - May 7, 1987) is an American college basketball coach. ...

Bo Kimble on cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine

Speaking of championships, Bob Boyd, former Loyola football and track great, captured the 1950 NCAA men's track championship in the 100-yard dash. He later played seven seasons as a tight end for the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams, and led them to the 1951 World title. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Bob Boyd was an end and wide receiver in the NFL, playing for the Los Aneles Rams for 8 seasons. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ...


The 1980s saw LMU's athletic success propel to the national and international level. Just four years after pitching the LMU baseball team to the 1986 College World Series, Tim Layana was a vital member of the 1990 World Series Champion Cincinnati Reds. Five members from the 1986 LMU team eventually played in the major leagues. Timothy Joseph Layana (born March 2, 1964, in Inglewood, California – died June 26, 1999, in Bakersfield, California) was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. ... The 1990 World Series matched the defending champion Oakland Athletics against the Cincinnati Reds, with the Reds sweeping the Series in four games. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames Big Red Machine, Redlegs[1] Ballpark...


Like Boyd in the NFL and Layana in MLB, many former LMU student-athletes have gone onto the next level in their respective sports. Entering the 2005-06 season, 16 former baseball players currently play professional baseball, including the most recent to hit the majors in C.J. Wilson with the Texas Rangers and Billy Traber with the Cleveland Indians. Additionally, four men's soccer players have played in the MLS the last four years, including Arturo Torres playing for Chivas USA. Over the years six former women's volleyball players have played professionally, including 2000 Olympian Sarah Noriega. The 1996 first-team All-American was just one Lion to make an appearance in the Olympics. This past 2004 Summer Olympics former and three-time men's volleyball All-American Reid Priddy burst on the international scene and led the U.S. Men's Volleyball team. Current women's water polo players Rachell Riddell and Christine Robinson both played for the Canadian National Team in the Olympics. Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in North American professional baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames The Lone Stars Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Ballpark Jacobs Field (1994–present) Cleveland Stadium (1932-1993)* a. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league with teams in the United States and Canada. ...


Although LMU no longer has NCAA programs for football, ice hockey, and men's volleyball, the school once had programs for these sports and several efforts have been made to return these sports to the campus. In 1967, Loyola University sponsored a club football team in the National Club Football Association (NCFA). Loyola was one of four schools from California (Saint Mary's College, the University of San Francisco and the University of San Diego) to play in the NCFA. The entire association comprised of at least 125 teams nation wide and was held in the same regard as the three main levels of the NCAA and the NAIA. In 1969, the Loyola University football team won the NCFA National Championship. LMU currently fields both a club Men's Volleyball team and Ice Hockey Team. LMU also fields club teams in the following sports: Men's Baseball, Cycling, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Rugby, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Surf Team, and Women's Volleyball. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ...


The lyrics to the school's fight song, "Fight On, Loyola," can be seen at [1].


Lion mascot

Although its origin is somewhat clouded, the Lion mascot, known as Iggy the Lion after St. Ignatius of Loyola, S.J., has been synonymous with Loyola Marymount University for more than 70 years. According to the Oct. 5, 1923 edition of the school newspaper, the Los Angeles Loyolan, the Lion mascot was suggested by an enthusiastic fan after 1919 when St. Vincent's College became Loyola College. Noting the Loyola football player's fierce competitiveness, that unknown fan described the Loyola players as Lions. The name did not generate too much popularity and the Loyola athletic nickname remained "Loyolans" until 1923.


During the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s Loyola University shared its mascot with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). The MGM Lion was brought to campus on the days of athletic events and university ceremonies to serve as the official school mascot (Leo the Lion was the first in the 1930s). Today, student rumors hold that the lion would stay overnight in Xavier Hall and others hold that the lion's permanent home was on the campus' bluff between Xavier Hall and Sacred Heart Chapel. Louis B. Mayer had been a major contributor to the university when the school first moved to the Del Rey Hills and began building its first buildings. For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ...


NCAA Championship Host

Loyola Marymount University has hosted two Men's Water Polo National Championships (2002,2006). Each event drew over 2,600 spectators to the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center.


Athletic facilities

The Gersten Pavilion is a 4,156 seat multi-purpose arena in Los Angeles, California. ...

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