Marquette Golden Eagles
University Marquette University
Conference(s) Big East
("New" Big East in 2013)
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Larry Williams
Location Milwaukee, WI
Varsity teams 10
Basketball arena BMO Harris Bradley Center
Other arenas Al McGuire Center
Mascot Golden Eagles
Nickname Golden Eagles
Fight song
Colors Blue and Gold


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The Marquette Golden Eagles, formerly known as the Marquette Warriors, Blue and Gold, Hilltoppers, and Golden Avalanche (football only), are the athletic teams representing Marquette University. They compete as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level (non-football sub-level), primarily competing in the Big East Conference for all sports since the 2005-06 season. The Golden Eagles previously competed in Conference USA (C-USA) from 1995-96 to 2004-05, the Great Midwest Conference from 1991-92 to 1994-95 and the Horizon League from 1988-89 to 1990-91. They also competed as an Independent from 1916-17 to 1987-88. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Marquette's athletic teams participate at the NCAA Division I level and are members of the Big East Conference. The men's basketball team was the 1976-77 NCAA National Champion, a 1974 NCAA finalist, the 1970 National Invitation Tournament Champion, and a 2003 Final Four participant.

On December 15, 2012, Marquette and the other six Catholic, non-FBS Big East schools (the so-called "Catholic 7") announced that they were departing the Big East for a new conference.[1] In March 2013, it was confirmed that the "Catholic 7", along with three other schools, would begin operations that July as a new Big East Conference.[2][3]

Varsity sportsEdit

Men's basketballEdit

The men's basketball team is ninth in the NCAA for postseason appearances all-time (45), including 30 NCAA Tournament appearances (T-11th all time). The Warriors, coached by Al McGuire, won the 1977 NCAA Tournament and were runners-up in 1974. Maurice "Bo" Ellis was a member of each of those teams, and remains the only Marquette player to appear in two Final Fours.

In 2003 Marquette, coached by Tom Crean and led by Dwyane Wade, Robert Jackson, Steve Novak, and Travis Diener, defeated top-ranked Kentucky to reach the Final Four. In that game, Wade became one of only four players in NCAA Men's Tournament history to record a triple-double. Wade was named an AP All-American two years in a row and won Conference USA Player of the Year while at Marquette.

Marquette has continued to re-emerge as a national power after 2003. The program has made 7 straight NCAA tournament appearances dating back to 2006, and has made consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in 2011 and 2012, which marks the first such back-to-back appearances since 1976-77. In 2012, Marquette experienced their best season since 2003, tying the single season school record for wins (27), finishing 2nd place in the Big East for the 1st time in program history, and finishing ranked in the Top 10 of the AP and USA Today/Coaches Poll for the first time since 2003. Jae Crowder was also named Big East Player of the Year, the first such conference player of the year honor for a Marquette player since Dwayne Wade in 2003,

Marquette men's basketball players whose jerseys have been "retired":

The team plays in the nearby home of the Milwaukee Bucks, the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Conference Affiliations

Independent 1916–17 to 1988-89
Midwestern Collegiate Conference 1989-90 to 1990-91
Great Midwest Conference 1991–92 to 1994-95
Conference USA 1995–96 to 2004-05
Original Big East Conference 2005–06 to 2012–13
New Big East Conference 2013–14 forward

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Women's basketballEdit

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The women's basketball team is coached by Terri Mitchell, 2007 A10 Women's Basketball Coach of the Year. The program has experienced success in recent years under Mitchell's direction, including a run to the championship game of the WNIT, where the women finished as runners-up in 2006, and won the championship in 2008. Most recently, the team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2011, where they were defeated by top-seeded Tennessee. Marquette women's basketball has qualified for the NCAA tournament seven times since 1994.[1] The team now plays in the Al McGuire Center, named after the former Marquette men's coach.

The team notably hired Tyler Summitt, the 21-year-old son of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, as an assistant effective with the 2012–13 season—with the announcement coming on the same day his mother announced her retirement after 38 years leading the Lady Vols.[4]

In 2006, Marquette traveled to St. Thomas to participate in the Paradise Jam Tournament. In the opening round Marquette defeated Western Michigan 74–61. In the second round Marquette defeated Auburn 65–61. On the final day, Marquette beat Xavier 73–53 to finish with a 3–0 record and win the 2006 Paradise Jam Championship(St. John division)[5]

Cross-country and trackEdit

The cross-country and track teams have produced five Olympians, 13 NCAA champions and 27 All-Americans.[2] Except for Dwyane Wade, Marquette's most successful student-athlete was track and field sprinter Ralph Metcalfe, a world-record holder and Olympic gold-medalist.

Football (varsity)Edit

The varsity football team was known as the "Golden Avalanche" prior to the program being terminated in 1960. Marquette football posted several successful seasons in the 1920s and 1930s including undefeated seasons in 1922, 1923, and 1930. From 1922 to 1923 Marquette held a 17–0–1 record and outscored its opponents 374–15. The 1930 Marquette squad had seven games in which it held the opposition scoreless and held a 155–7 scoring margin. From 1920 to 1936 Marquette held a 90–32–6 record. In 1937 the 20th ranked Marquette Golden Avalanche had a 7–1 regular season record and appeared in the first Cotton Bowl Classic against Texas Christian University, losing 16–6. NCAA football was last played by Marquette in 1960, after accumulating several years of budget deficits for the university. Their last successful season was 1953. Since then, they had accumulated a 10–44–3 record, including two straight seasons (1956 to 1957) without a win or even a tie. Marquette Stadium, the football team's home since 1924, was dismantled in 1978. The sport has since been brought back at the club level.

Men's golfEdit

Marquette University fields only a men's team for golf. Former head coach, Tim Grogan, was honored as The Big East Conference Men's Golf Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008. The Golf Team holds Marquette's only Big East Championship, which was won in 2008. Mike Van Sickle, class of 2009, was named to the PING Division I All-American Honorable Mention list in June, 2007 and 2008. He was a first-team All-American in 2009. Van Sickle currently holds the school record for single-season average at 70.00 strokes per eighteen holes, and most sub-par rounds at 86. [3]


On December 16, 2010, the university announced that it would be adding men's and women's lacrosse teams to begin play as independents in the 2012–13 academic year, before becoming full members of the Big East Conference in men's and women's lacrosse in 2013–14.


The men's and women's soccer programs have achieved varying degrees of success. In 2006, the men's team won just one game and finished last in their conference while the women made a run into the NCAA postseason tournament. Coach Louis Bennett recently joined the men's program after years of accomplishment at nearby Milwaukee to help the team match the women's success. In June, 2007, alumnus Dennis Klein donated $1 million to spearhead a new, $5 million European-style soccer stadium for Marquette. The new stadium is set to open in September 2008.[4] Both teams currently compete at Valley Fields.

Notable athletesEdit




Track and fieldEdit

  • Ralph Metcalfe – Olympic gold-medalist in the 4×100 m Relay, as well as Olympic silver-medalist in the 100 m dash in both 1932 and 1936.

See alsoEdit


External linksEdit

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