|Conference(s)||West Coast Conference|
|Athletics director||Mike Roth|
|Basketball arena||McCarthey Athletic Center|
|Baseball stadium||Washington Trust Field and Patterson Baseball Complex|
|Mascot||Spike the Bulldog|
|Nickname||Bulldogs (official) / Zags|
|Fight song||Go, Gonzaga!|
|Colors||White and Blue
The Gonzaga Bulldogs (also known unofficially as the Zags) are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Gonzaga University, located in Spokane, Washington, United States. Gonzaga University is a member of the West Coast Conference, which participates in the NCAA Division I.
Gonzaga University was founded in 1887 by Fr. Joseph Cataldo, a Sicilian-born priest. At one time, Gonzaga went by the nickname of Fighting Irish in the 1910s to early 1920s. This name was dropped in 1921 favor of the current "Bulldogs" mascot. Although the school's official mascot is a bulldog, fans and media have long used "Zags" as an alternate nickname.1
Gonzaga last fielded a varsity football team in 1941.23 Like many colleges, the football program went on hiatus during World War II, but after the war the administration decided not to resume it. Gonzaga's most notable football player was running back Tony Canadeo (1919–2003) from Chicago, who went on to play with the Green Bay Packers and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.4 The football stadium, built in 1923, was used for city high school football until it was deemed unsafe by the city after the 1947 season.56 The venue hosted a professional preseason game in 1946 under the lights, between the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers of the new All-America Football Conference.78 The southern portion of the football field is currently occupied by the Foley Library.9
Gonzaga was an NAIA school from 1947 to 1957, when they moved to the NCAA as an independent. They were a charter member of the Big Sky Conference in 1963, the only one of the six without a football program.10 In 1979, GU moved over to the West Coast Athletic Conference (today's WCC), and the Big Sky added Nevada,11 now in the Mountain West Conference.
Men's Intercollegiate Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Sports
- ‡ = Men's rowing is sanctioned by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, not by the NCAA. Gonzaga's men's rowing team competes in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA), and the women's team competes in both the West Coast Conference and the WIRA.
- * = The men's and women's track and field teams compete as independents.
Men's basketball has been the most successful sport for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga home games have been played at the McCarthey Athletic Center since 2004. The Bulldogs opened the arena with a 38-game win streak, the longest at the time in the NCAA, eventually snapped in February 2007 by the Santa Clara Broncos.
The Bulldogs have established a reputation as one of the stronger teams in college basketball, having played in fifteen consecutive NCAA tournaments and ascending to the #1 ranking in both major polls during the 2012-13 season. They are generally reckoned as one of the closest things to a major basketball power in a mid-major conference.
- May, Danny (February 12, 1960). "Zags beat Bobcats; Frank breaks mark". Spokesman-Review. p. 14.
- "Kennedy scores on Gonzaga as Cougars romp through to lopsided victory". Spokane Daily Chronicle. November 24, 1941. p. 12.
- "Gonzaga Bulldogs". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
- "Tony Canadeo". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- "City says stadium must be prepared". Spokane Daily Chronicle. December 17, 1947. p. 1.
- "Historic Gonzaga Stadium finally will be "retired"". Spokane Daily Chronicle. April 8, 1949. p. 15.
- "Top pro teams in game tonight". Spokesman-Review. August 24, 1946. p. 9.
- "Yankees winners; may return here". Spokane Daily Chronicle. August 26, 1946. p. 15.
- "Photograph taken from speeding airplane". Spokane Daily Chronicle. May 13, 1939. p. 1.
- "Jack Friel named Big Sky executive". Spokesman-Review. June 8, 1963. p. 8.
- "Nevada-Reno added to Big Sky". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. May 26, 1979. p. 5B.
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