Friends Falcons
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UniversityFriends University
AssociationNAIA
ConferenceKCAC (primary)
Athletic directorRob Ramseyer
LocationWichita, Kansas
Varsity teams23
Football stadiumAdair-Austin Stadium
Basketball arenaGarvey Physical Education Center
MascotFreddy Falcon
NicknameFalcons
ColorsScarlet and gray[1]
   
Websitewww.friendsathletics.com

The Friends Falcons are the athletic teams that represent Friends University, located in Wichita, Kansas, in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) since the 1953–54 academic year; which they were a member on a previous stint from 1902–03 to December 1928 (of the 1928–29 school year).[2]

Varsity teams

Friends competes in 23 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, powerlifting, soccer, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and wrestling; women's sports include basketball, cross country, cheerleading, golf, powerlifting, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball and wrestling.

After years without fielding a women's flag football team, the Falcons are hopeful in their bid to recruit alum, Justin Speer, to form and lead a team in the 2023-2024 season.

Football

Friends University begins 2012 with long-time coach Monty Lewis, who has held the position since the 2003 season.[3]

Bowl games

In 1972, Friends was defeated by the Ottawa Braves in the Mineral Water Bowl by a score of 27–20.[4]

Mascot

The school's first athletic teams were known as the "Fighting Quakers" which symbolized the schools affiliation with the Society of Friends. In the 1930s, governance of the institution was turned over to an independent board not affiliated with the religious organization that founded the school. Still, the University athletic teams remained known as the Fighting Quakers and used a duck as their mascot symbol up to 1960.

After 1960, student body began to desire a different mascot to represent Friends University. "Freddy Falcon" was created as a response to this initiative and adopted by the school.[5]

References

  1. ^ Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Style Guide (PDF). July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  2. ^ College Fanz Friends University Athletics
  3. ^ National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Top 25 Team Capsules-Friends
  4. ^ Mineral Water Bowl All-time results
  5. ^ Friends University Athletics Archived 2010-04-25 at the Wayback Machine Traditions