Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks

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Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks
University University of Louisiana at Monroe
Conference Sun Belt Conference
NCAA Division I (FBS)
Athletic director Nick Floyd
Location Monroe, Louisiana
Varsity teams 15 (6 men, 9 women)
Football stadium Malone Stadium
Arena Fant–Ewing Coliseum
Baseball stadium Warhawk Field
Mascot Ace the Warhawk
Nickname Warhawks
Fight song Cheer for ULM Warhawks
Colors Maroon and Gold[1]
Website www.ulmwarhawks.com
Louisiana–Monroe is a member of the Sun Belt Conference

The Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks (ULM Warhawks) are the sports teams of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 14 sports. The athletic director for the Warhawks is Nick Floyd, who took the position on July 6, 2017.[2] Since 2006, the ULM has competed as a full member of the Sun Belt Conference.


On January 30, 2006, university president James Cofer announced officially that ULM would be retiring the 75-year-old "Indians" mascot in light of new NCAA restrictions against American Indian-themed mascots, which the NCAA considers "hostile and abusive" to Native Americans, despite issuing an appeal to the NCAA to keep the name after the NCAA's ruling allowing FSU to keep their Seminoles nickname.[3][4] This came a few days after a mascot committee voted unanimously in favor of the change. The university accepted suggestions for the new mascot through February 28, 2006. The mascot committee then selected 12 semifinalists.[5]

An online poll, available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and the public, yielded three semifinalists: "Warhawks," "Bayou Gators" and "Bayou Hawks."[6] The school's mascot committee passed a single recommendation to the university president, who made the final decision. Warhawks was announced as ULM's new mascot on April 5, 2006 and implemented on June 26, 2006.[7] The new nickname honors Maj. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault, an LSU alumnus, and his Air Force unit from World War II, which utilized the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk in battle, although the logos primarily use bird imagery.

Sports teams

ULM sponsors teams in seven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[8]

  • * = Beach volleyball is a fully sanctioned NCAA sport which had its first national championship in the spring of 2016.[9] ULM currently competes as an independent.


NCAA team championships

As of April 4, 2016, Louisiana Monroe has 1 NCAA team national championship.[10]

Conference championships

Men's sports


The baseball team is coached by Mike Federico , and won the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Championship. The team's home field is Warhawk Field. In 2012, the Warhawks won the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament and earned the conference's automatic bid to play in the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

  • Conference Champions: 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1982, 1983, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2012

Men's basketball

  • Conference Champions: 1962, 1965, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2007

Men's cross country


Warhawks playing field.

The Warhawks college football team dates back to 1931, and currently competes in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.[11] Playing as a member of the Sun Belt Conference (Sun Belt), the Warhawks play their home games at Malone Stadium, located on the campus. Since December 2015, Matt Viator has served as the Warhawks' head coach.[12] As the Indians, Monroe captured or shared four Southland Conference championships and won the 1987 I-AA National Championship.[13][14]

The program has sent several players into the professional ranks, including Stan Humphries, Bubby Brister, Chris Harris, Doug Pederson, Marty Booker, Teddy Garcia, Roosevelt Potts, Joe Profit, Cardia Jackson and Smokey Stover into the National Football League, Steven Jyles into the Canadian Football League and Raymond Philyaw into the Arena League.

2012 was the first season since moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision that Louisiana–Monroe had a winning season.

  • National Champions (FCS): 1987
  • Conference Champions: 1982, 1987, 1990, 1992, 2005

Men's golf

  • Conference Champions: 1968, 2004

Men's tennis

  • Conference Champions: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

Men's track and field

  • Outdoor Track Conference Champions: 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1987, 1988
  • Indoor Track Conference Champions: 1986, 1987, 1988
  • Cross Country Conference Champions: 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965

Women's sports

Women's basketball

  • Conference Champions: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 2005

Women's cross country

Women's golf

Beach volleyball

Women's soccer


Conference Championships: 1986, 1997

Women's tennis

  • Conference Champions: 1984, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2017

Women's track and field

  • Cross Country Conference Champions: 1985, 1986
  • Outdoor Track Conference Champions: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
  • Indoor Track Conference Champions: 1987, 1989


Non–varsity sports

Water Skiing

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Water Ski Team has been the dominant ski team since the inception of collegiate water ski competition in 1979, capturing 27 National Championship titles over the past 38 years.


The Warhawks have Sun Belt rivalries with every West Division school (Little Rock, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, UT Arlington, and Texas State). Their fiercest Sun Belt rivals are Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette.


Football rivalries involving Warhawk sports teams include:

Teams Rivalry Name Trophy Meetings Record Series Leader Current Streak
Arkansas State Louisiana–Monroe Trail of Tears Classic 38 14–24 Arkansas State Arkansas State won 7
Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Monroe Battle on the Bayou Wooden Boot 52 24–28 Louisiana–Lafayette Louisiana–Lafayette won 3
Louisiana Tech Louisiana–Monroe Louisiana Tech–Louisiana–Monroe football rivalry 43 13–30 Louisiana Tech Louisiana Tech won 8
Northwestern State Louisiana–Monroe Louisiana–Monroe–Northwestern State football rivalry 48 19–28–1 Northwestern State Northwestern State won 2


Athletic venues and facilities include:

Warhawks Sports Radio Network

Louisiana–Monroe launched the Warhawk Sports Radio Network in 2007. The Network is a series of radio networks that provide access to sporting events throughout Norhteast Louisiana. Three Monroe radio stations, K-104, Talk 540 and KRJO 1680 AM, provide play by play radio commentary. The full list of participating stations are:

  • KJLO 104.1 FM in Monroe (Football)
  • KMLB 540 AM in Monroe (Baseball)
  • KRJO 1680 AM in Monroe (Basketball)

See also


  1. ^ "University of Louisiana Monroe Brand Guide". Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ Leffew, Jon. "La-Monroe to become full SBC member." 7/21/04. Story. The Sidelines. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  3. ^ Louisiana-Monroe will ask to stay as Indians - College Sports - ESPN
  4. ^ "Louisiana-Monroe will appeal nickname ban." 8/25/05. Story. USA Today. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "Mascot Semifinalists." 4/6/08. Semifinalists. Archived 2013-06-30 at the Wayback Machine. University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  6. ^ "Executive Summary." Mascot Change Online Poll Results. University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  7. ^ "The ULM Warhawk." Website. Retrieved on September 7, 2008.
  8. ^ http://www.ulmwarhawks.com/
  9. ^ "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA. January 17, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/champs_records_book/Overall.pdf
  11. ^ "NCAA Sports Sponsorship". NCAA. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Matt Viator Named Head Football Coach at ULM". ULMWarhawks.com. December 14, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ 2011 ULM Football Fan Guide. Monroe, Louisiana: ULM Media Relations Office. 2011. p. 179. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Louisianans Rally To Win I-AA Title". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 21, 1987. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
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