UC Riverside Highlanders
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UniversityUniversity of California, Riverside
ConferenceBig West Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorWes Mallette (interim)
LocationRiverside, California
Varsity teams15
Basketball arenaStudent Recreation Center Arena
Baseball stadiumRiverside Sports Complex
Soccer stadiumUC Riverside Soccer Stadium
Other arenasAg/Ops Course
Amy S. Harrison Field
SRC Tennis Courts
UC Riverside Track Facility
MascotScotty Highlander
NicknameHighlanders
ColorsBlue and gold[1]
   
Websitewww.gohighlanders.com

The UC Riverside Highlanders represent the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in Riverside, California in intercollegiate athletics. The Highlanders compete in NCAA Division I; they are members of the Big West Conference.[2]

The athletic department fields fifteen teams including men and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field, women's-only softball and volleyball and men's-only baseball.

In 2020, the future of UCR's sports program was placed into doubt, as the university's leadership were considering cutting the entire athletics department in response to financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in May 2021, the university announced that they had decided against eliminating athletics and would instead continue sponsoring all sports at the Division I level.[3]

Nickname

The UC Riverside official team nickname is the "Highlanders."[4]

History

Former primary athletics logo
Former primary athletics logo

Since the school was founded in 1954, UC Riverside has won 5 team National Championships (4 NCAA, 1 AIAW) and 12 Individual National Championships (1 Division I and 11 Division II).

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Golf Soccer
Soccer Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track and field Track and field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Baseball

Main article: UC Riverside Highlanders baseball

The UC Riverside Highlanders baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball team of the University of California, Riverside.[5] The team is a member of the Big West Conference, which is part of the NCAA Division I. UC Riverside's first baseball team was fielded in 1958. The team plays its home games at the 2,500-seat Riverside Sports Complex.

Basketball

Men's basketball

Main article: UC Riverside Highlanders men's basketball

The UC Riverside Highlanders men's basketball team represents the University of California, Riverside. The school's team currently competes in the Big West Conference, which is part of the NCAA Division I.[6] UC Riverside's first men's basketball team was fielded during the 1958–59 season. The team plays its home games at the 3,168-seat Student Recreation Center Arena.

Women's basketball

Main article: UC Riverside Highlanders women's basketball

The UC Riverside Highlanders women's basketball team represents the University of California, Riverside. The school's team currently competes in the Big West Conference, which is part of the NCAA Division I.[7] UC Riverside's first women's basketball team was fielded during the 1977–78 season. The team plays its home games at the 3,168-seat Student Recreation Center Arena.

Soccer

Men's soccer

The UC Riverside Highlanders men's soccer team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 0–1 through one appearance.[8]

Year Round Opponent Result
2018 First Round Pacific L 0–1

Women's soccer

The UC Riverside Highlanders women's soccer team have an NCAA Division I Tournament record of 0–1 through one appearance.[9]

Year Round Opponent Result
2005 First Round Colorado L 0–1

Former varsity sports

Football

The UC Riverside Highlanders football team played from 1955 until the program was disbanded in 1975. The team played at Highlander Stadium.

Championships

Appearances

The UC Riverside Highlanders competed in the NCAA Tournament across 6 active sports (2 men's and 4 women's) 10 times at the Division I level.[10]

Team

UC Riverside has never won a national championship at the NCAA Division I level.[11]

UC Riverside won 4 national championships at the NCAA Division II level.[11]

Below is one national championship that was not bestowed by the NCAA:

Individual

UC Riverside had 1 Highlander win an NCAA individual championship at the Division I level.[11]

NCAA individual championships
Order School year Athlete(s) Sport Source
1 2015–16 Vesta Bell Women's indoor track and field [12]

At the NCAA Division II level, UC Riverside garnered 11 individual championships.[11]

Traditions

Mascot

"Scotty Highlander" is the mascot for UC Riverside. The original mascot was an aggressive little bear wearing a kilt for the school's logo. In 1998, a referendum to move to NCAA Division I was passed and the students approached the administration requesting a new mascot and the old mascot was replaced. In 2011, the mascot was updated again with students voting online and a new "Scotty Highlander" mascot, featuring a roaring bear wearing a plaid Tam o' Shanter was chosen.[4]

School colors

All schools in the University of California System have a combination of blue and gold as their school colors.[4] UC Riverside follows this tradition.

See also

References

  1. ^ "UCR Colors | Brand Identity". June 13, 2020. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  2. ^ http://www.bigwest.org/history/
  3. ^ Medcalf, Myron (6 May 2021). "UC Riverside won't cut sports, will remain at Division I level despite pandemic". ESPN.com. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "The Mascot". gohighlanders.com. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  5. ^ "2010 UC Riverside baseball media guide" (PDF). gohighlanders.com. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Men's Basketball: Career Coaching Records". gohighlanders.com. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Women's Basketball: Career Coaching Records". gohighlanders.com. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Bracket of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Division I Women's Soccer Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  10. ^ "NCAA Championships Statistics". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  11. ^ a b c d "Championships Summary" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Division I Women's Indoor Track Championships Records Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 8 July 2018.