Air Force Falcons
UniversityUnited States Air Force Academy
ConferenceMountain West (primary)
Atlantic Hockey (ice hockey)
ASUN (men's lacrosse)
WAC (men's soccer, men's swimming & diving)
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (gymnastics, fencing)
Big 12 (wrestling)
Western Water Polo Association (men's)
Patriot Rifle Conference
NCAADivision I (FBS)
Athletic directorNathan Pine
LocationColorado Springs, Colorado
Varsity teams29 (including 2 non-NCAA)
Football stadiumFalcon Stadium
ArenaClune Arena
Baseball stadiumFalcon Baseball Field
Other venuesCadet Fieldhouse
Cadet East Gym
MascotThe Bird and Aurora
Fight song"Falcon Fight Song"
(unofficial: "The U.S. Air Force")
ColorsBlue and silver[1]
Air Force is a member of the Mountain West Conference

The Air Force Falcons are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the United States Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The athletics department has 17 men's and 10 women's NCAA-sanctioned teams. The current athletic director is Nathan Pine. The majority of Falcon teams compete as members of the Mountain West Conference.

Team name origin

The falcon mascot was selected by popular vote of the Academy's Class of 1959, the first class to graduate from the Academy. The team mascot is "Mach 1" name of the first falcon presented to the academy on October 5, 1955, however each performing falcon is given an individual name by its cadet falconer. The current mascot, a female white phase gyrfalcon named Nova, has been the official mascot since 2020.[2]

Teams sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Boxing
Boxing Cross country
Cross country Gymnastics
Football Soccer
Golf Swimming & diving
Gymnastics Tennis
Ice hockey Track & field
Lacrosse Volleyball
Swimming & diving
Track & field
Water polo
Co-ed sports
Fencing – Rifle
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

As a primary member of the Mountain West Conference, the United States Air Force Academy sponsors teams in fifteen men's, nine women's, and two coed NCAA sanctioned sports. As of the current 2022–23 school year, the fencing program competes as an independent, rifle program in the Patriot Rifle Conference, gymnastics programs in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, ice hockey in the Atlantic Hockey, men's lacrosse program in the ASUN Conference, men's soccer and swimming & diving programs in the Western Athletic Conference, water polo in the Western Water Polo Association, and wrestling in the Big 12 Conference. Men's water polo will move to the West Coast Conference after the 2022–23 school year.[3] Boxing is a member of the National Collegiate Boxing Association as the NCAA does not recognize boxing.


Main article: Air Force Falcons baseball

See also: Category:Air Force Falcons baseball coaches

A Falcons baseball player takes a swing during a 2004 game

Air Force enjoyed some success on the baseball diamond in its early years and recently, earning seven berths to the NCAA Division I playoffs (1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969 and 2022). The Falcons, however, never advanced beyond the district/regional rounds. They finished as runner-up in 2000, when they lost to San Diego State in the MWC tournament championship game (which would have earned an automatic berth).

The baseball program plays home games at Falcon Baseball Field on campus.[4]


Men's basketball

Main article: Air Force Falcons men's basketball

The men's basketball team has had strong showings in the last several years, qualifying for the NCAA tournament and, most recently, making the final four of the 2007 National Invitational Tournament. The best player in Air Force history according to ESPN is Bob Beckel, who scored 50 points in a game against Arizona in 1959 and scored over 45 points on 3 other occasions. The best coach in Air Force history is Bob Spear, who coached for 15 years (1956–1971), had a career record of 177–175, and led the Falcons to two NCAA Tournament Appearances.

Women's basketball

Main article: Air Force Falcons women's basketball

The women's basketball team competed at the Division II level in both the AIAW and NCAA between 1976 and 1996. Since then, the team has competed at the Division I level.


Main article: Air Force Falcons boxing

The Air Force men's boxing team has had astonishing success. Led for 31 years by Coach Ed Weichers, the team has won 18 National Collegiate Boxing Association championships, and until 2009, had never finished lower than second in the nation. In 2009, the team finished third in the nation.

The women's team debuted in national-level competition during the 2015 NCBA championships.[5] The 2017 NCBA tournament featured the first individual national boxing title for the women's team.[6]

On November 5, 2021, the men's and women's boxing teams took part in the first-ever boxing matches held at Globe Life Field, as a pre-gameday event before the Army-Air Force football game the following day; Air Force won the matchup 6 bouts to 4.[7]


See: List of NCAA fencing schools


Main article: Air Force Falcons football

Ice hockey

Main article: Air Force Falcons men's ice hockey

From 2007 to 2009, the men's hockey team won three straight Atlantic Hockey conference tournaments, and made three straight appearances in the NCAA Division I hockey tournament. Their 2007 appearance in the NCAA tournament was the first ever by a service academy. In the East Regional of the 2009 NCAA tournament, Air Force upset top seed Michigan 2–0, and just missed going to the Frozen Four in a 3–2 double overtime loss to Vermont.


Main article: Air Force Falcons men's lacrosse

Air Force has fielded an NCAA men's lacrosse team since 1967.[8] They appeared in the Division I Championship tournament in 1971, 1977, 1988, 2014, 2016, and 2017. The team competed in the Southern Conference as an associate member through the 2021 season and joined the ASUN Conference, also as an associate member, on July 1, 2021.[9]


A member of the Falcons rifle team aims down range at Air Force's rifle range in 2023

In June, 2013, Air Force became a charter member of the Patriot Rifle Conference.


The Falcon wrestling team began competition in 1957 and currently competes in the Big 12 Conference (the Mountain West doesn't sponsor wrestling). In 1991 AF wrestling won the WAC championship, the first ever by any USAFA sports team. From 2006 to 2015, the Falcons had been a member of the Western Wrestling Conference (WWC), but the conference chose to disband after the 2014–15 school year when all of its members accepted an offer of single-sport membership in the Big 12. Home wrestling events are held at either the Cadet East Gym or at Clune Arena. The team is currently coached by former Olympian Joel Sharratt in his eighth season, and former national champion for the University of Iowa, under the tutelage of legendary coach Dan Gable.

Falcons Wrestling Accomplishments:


Further information: Air Force Falcons men's soccer

Falcons women's soccer players in 2019

The Air Force's soccer team has competed in NCAA Division I men's college soccer competitions since 1956, competing as members in the Western Athletic Conference. They are coached by Doug Hill and Assistant Coach Chris Foster, and their home matches are played at Cadet Soccer Stadium.[10][11] Their best performances in the 14 NCAA Tournaments the team has qualified for have been reaching the quarterfinals in 1968 and 1993.[12]

Notable club sports


Main article: Zoomie Rugby Football Club

The Air Force rugby program was created in 1968 and began competing in college rugby in 1980. Air Force competes in the west division of the College Premier Division against rivals such as Colorado State and Wyoming.[13] Air Force has been one of the most successful programs in college rugby. Air Force finished as one of the top 3 teams in the country 11 times from 1980 to 1995, including back-to-back national championships in 1989 and 1990. More recently, Air Force were national champions again in 2003 and third place in 2004.[14] Several Air Force players have gone on to play for the US men's national rugby team. Air Force won the 2012 Rocky Mountain 7s tournament to qualify for the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships.[15] Air Force also played in the 2013 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, reaching the quarterfinals.[16]

Team handball

Main article: USAFA Team Handball

The Air Force team handball program was created in 1976. It's one of the must successful men's team handball college program in the country with 3 national titles. At the beginning they had also a women's team. They won a national title in 1988. The Air Force men's team is one of few colleges which has won an adults national title this was in the year 1978.[17] Their fiercest and longest college team handball rivalry is with Army.[18]


Athletic Directors

Here's a list of previous Athletic directors:[19]

National championships


Sport Association Division Year Opponent/Runner-up Score
Women's swimming and diving (2) NCAA Division II 1995 Oakland 690–563 (+127)
1996 Oakland 697.5–625 (+72.5)


See also


  1. ^ "Air Force Athletics Style Sheet" (PDF). March 12, 2022. Retrieved July 1, 2022.
  2. ^ "Meet Nova, the Air Force Academy's new mascot". 14 September 2020.
  3. ^ "West Coast Conference Adds Men's Water Polo" (Press release). West Coast Conference. July 19, 2022. Retrieved July 27, 2022.
  4. ^ "Facilities". Air Force Academy Official Athletic Site. 2014. Archived from the original on May 15, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "Air Force Opens Competition at NCBA Championships". Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  6. ^ "Falcons Earn Four NCBA National Titles". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  7. ^ "Falcons Take Down Army West Point in Texas". Air Force Falcons. November 5, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  8. ^ "2017 LAX Media Guide" (PDF). Air Force Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  9. ^ "ASUN Conference Announces Formation of Men's Lacrosse League" (Press release). ASUN Conference. February 5, 2021. Retrieved February 6, 2021.
  10. ^ "Chris Foster - Men's Soccer Coach". Air Force Academy Athletics. Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  11. ^ "Doug Hill - Men's Soccer Coach". Air Force Academy Athletics. Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  12. ^ "NCAA Men's Soccer Championship Brackets" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. July 30, 2017. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  13. ^ "College conferences". USA Rugby. 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  14. ^ College rugby
  15. ^ "Air Force Flies at Rocky Mountain 7s". Rugby Mag. October 21, 2012. Archived from the original on September 8, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  16. ^ "Men's 7s Final Brackets, Standings, Scores". Rugby Mag. November 25, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  17. ^ Bergeman, David (March 2013). "USAFA Team Handball Excellence". Checkpoints: 38–43. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  18. ^ "Army Hoodie". Archived from the original on 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2018-07-04. Beat Air Force
  19. ^ Archived 2014-12-22 at the Wayback Machine, OUR ACADEMY HERITAGE
  20. ^ See Mountain West Conference#Conference facilities.
  21. ^ Armer, David (March 25, 2008). "Cadet Lacrosse Stadium in Colorado Springs". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2014.