Wright State Raiders
UniversityWright State University
ConferenceHorizon League
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorBob Grant
LocationFairborn, Ohio
Varsity teams11 (5 men's and 6 women's)
Basketball arenaNutter Center
Baseball stadiumNischwitz Stadium
Soccer stadiumAlumni Field
Other venuesC.J. McLin Gymnasium
MascotRowdy Raider
ColorsHunter green and Vegas gold[1]
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The Wright State Raiders are the athletics teams of Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio. The school currently participates in ten sports at the Division I level of the NCAA and are members of the Horizon League. The school's mascot is a wolf.


Wright State was founded in 1964 as a branch campus of both Miami University (Ohio) and Ohio State University. The school began its athletic program in 1968 as an NCAA Division II school, where the athletics program achieved great success, having over 200 All-American athletes and winning the 1983 Division II Men's Basketball national championship. In 1987, Wright State began the transition to Division I athletics, with its first tournament qualifier being a golfer in 1988. In swimming, the school spent time in the Penn-Ohio Conference. From 1991 to 1994 the school was a member of the Mid-Continent Conference (now known as the Summit League) before moving in 1994 to the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now known as the Horizon League). Since joining the Horizon, several teams have won conference titles, many athletes have been named to all-conference teams, and several coaches have won Coach of the Year honors.[2]

Among the Raiders' most notable athletic achievements are the NCAA Division II men's basketball national championship in 1983, and taking a turn at March Madness in 1993, qualifying for the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament as champion of the Mid-Continent Conference; the Raiders qualified again in 2007 as winner of the Horizon League tournament. The men's and women's swimming and diving teams are also consistently strong. The men have won 6 of the last 13 conference championships.


For many years, Wright State's sports teams used a character called Rowdy Raider as their mascot; a red-bearded Viking with a horned helmet, which emerged in 1986, a role played by Andrew "Legend" Winchek Jr. In 1997, the Viking was retired, and the Wolf was born. In 2007, Rowdy Raider received a new update for the mascot suit; a gray wolf that replaced the original brown wolf as the main mascot.[3]

Sports sponsored

A member of the Horizon League, Wright State University sponsors teams in five men's and six women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[4]

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

Men's basketball

Main article: Wright State Raiders men's basketball

The Wright State Raiders men's basketball team has seen the national spotlight several times since the program moved to Division I in 1987–88 and into the new Nutter Center in 1990. In 1993, the Raiders qualified for the NCAA Tournament, and since then Wright State is 5–1 all-time at home vs Top 25 competition. In 1995, Wright State defeated #25 Xavier, 71–70, their first ever home win over a Top 25 opponent. In the 1999–2000 season, Wright State beat #6 Michigan State at the Nutter Center, 53–49. On February 10, 2007, Wright State welcomed their Horizon League rival and ninth-ranked Butler Bulldogs to Dayton. In an impressive showing that would lead the Raiders to be named ESPN.com's "Team of the Week", Wright State dominated No. 9 Butler, 77–65.[5] The Bulldogs returned to Dayton for the 2007 Horizon League tournament final, where Wright State again beat No. 17 Butler (by a score of 60–55) to earn a berth in its second-ever NCAA Tournament. DaShaun Wood, the Horizon League Player of the Year, led Wright State with 27 points and 5 assists.[6] Wright State continued its streak the following season, defeating #13 Butler, 43–42.[7] In 2016, Joe Thomasson was named to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team.[8]

Women's basketball

Main article: Wright State Raiders women's basketball

The women's basketball program at Wright State University began in the 1973–74 season. It saw its first winning season two years later, earning a 9–8 record under the direction of coach Arnelle Jackson. In 2014 Wright State won its first Horizon League tournament championship to earn a berth to the NCAA tournament for the first time under coach Mike Bradbury. The Raiders have appeared in two postseason tournaments playing in the Women's Basketball Invitational in 2010 and 2011. The Raiders currently play their home games in the Nutter Center.


Players in professional sports


  1. ^ "Wright State Athletics Logo". February 13, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  2. ^ History - WSURaiders.com
  3. ^ "History of the Wright State Mascot". Wright State University Athletics. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  4. ^ "Home of the Wright State Raiders WSURaiders.com". Wright State University Athletics. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  5. ^ Weekly Watch - Men's Basketball - ESPN, February 12, 2007.
  6. ^ Wright State stuns #17 Butler, wins Horizon tourney - ESPN.com
  7. ^ Wilson, Brown lead Wright State to 43-42 upset of No. 13 Butler - Rivals.com
  8. ^ "Joe Thomasson Player Profile, Erie BayHawks, NCAA Stats, G League Stats, International Stats, Game Logs, Bests, Awards - RealGM". basketball.realgm.com.
  9. ^ Brian Anderson - MLB.com
  10. ^ It's Rocky vs. Rocket in Game 3 - USA Today
  11. ^ Brian Anderson - Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Bill Edwards - Basketball Reference
  13. ^ Keith Gordon - Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Frank Lickliter II - Yahoo! Sports
  15. ^ Sean Murphy - Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Carlos Pena - Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Vitaly Potapenko - Basketball Reference
  18. ^ Joe Smith - Baseball Reference
  19. ^ Deshaun Wood - Alba Berlin