Occidental Tigers

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Occidental Tigers
UniversityOccidental College
ConferenceSouthern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorShanda Ness
LocationLos Angeles, California
Varsity teams21
Football stadiumJack Kemp Stadium/Patterson Field
Basketball arenaRush Gymnasium
Baseball stadiumAnderson Field
MascotOswald the Tiger
NicknameTigers
Fight song"Tiger Roar"
ColorsBlack and Orange
         
Websitewww.oxyathletics.com

Located in Los Angeles, Occidental College competes in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) at the NCAA's Division III level. Approximately 25 percent of all students play a varsity sport, and nearly half of all students participate in all athletics activities combined (including a host of club sports and intramural leagues).

History[edit]

In 1889-90 Professor James Parkhill (Occidental College’s fourth president, from 1896-97) organized intramural games for interested College men and Academy boys. His enthusiastic leadership laid the groundwork for establishing the nickname (Tigers) and school colors (orange and black) after his undergraduate alma mater, Princeton.

Traditions[edit]

Every year Occidental plays two football games for rivalry trophies. One game is against Pomona-Pitzer and the winner is awarded "The Drum." The Drum rivalry is the oldest rivalry game in Southern California, having been contested since 1895. Oxy leads Pomona-Pitzer all time in the series 65-54-3. [1] The other game is against Whittier College and the winner is awarded "The Shoes," which are a pair of bronzed cleats from a 1940 graduate from Whittier named Myron Claxton.[2]

Teams[edit]

The Tigers have 10 varsity men's teams and 11 varsity women's teams. They also have six club sport teams.

Men's[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water Polo

Women's[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Club Sports[edit]

  • Dance Team
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Men's and Women's Rugby
  • Men's and Women's Ultimate Frisbee

Conference championships[edit]

Here are a few of the SCIAC titles that Oxy has won:

  • Football (2008, 2006)
  • Men's Cross Country (2006)
  • Men's Basketball (2006–07, 2007–08)
  • Women's Basketball (2007–08)
  • Baseball (2016)
  • Track and Field [3] (1938, 1943, 1948, 1954, 1956-1966, 1968-1977, 1980-1981, 1983-1986, 1988-1990)
  • SCIAC All Sports Champions (1984, 1983, 1978)

Men's basketball[edit]

For the last decade, under alumnus and winningest coach in school history Brian Newhall, the Tigers have found great success on the court. In that time span the program has compiled a 146-59 (.712) record and have won a pair of SCIAC conference championships (2006–07, 2007–08). Furthermore under Newhall, the Tigers have earned regional and national rankings, produced the only perfect 14-0 record in SCIAC history and triumphed in two NCAA playoff games to reach the NCAA III Elite 8 in 2003.[4] Some Oxy players have pursued professional careers overseas, including four players from Oxy's 25-3 Elite 8 team, have gone overseas. One example is Oxy alumnus Blair Slattery, the all-time career scoring and rebounding leader who signed on with the Munster Basketball Club in Germany in 1993.[5]

The program plays its games in Frank Neill Rush Gymnasium with a seating capacity of 1,800.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inside Athletics: The Drum". Retrieved 2012-05-07.
  2. ^ Oxy Traditions Explanations of Oxy athletic traditions
  3. ^ "SCAIC Track and Field Records, Results". Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  4. ^ Men's Basketball coaches Bio of Oxy Men's Basketball coaches
  5. ^ Occidental Alumni in the Pros Occidental Alumni in the Pros

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