Akron Zips Logo

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Although the Akron Zips have a letter logo, it encodes the image of an animal. It’s a kangaroo – the mascot of the university faculty to which the emblem belongs. Designers have condensed it into a single symbol. It’s filled with dynamism and internal energy for a rapid leap forward, as it takes the form of lightning.

Akron Zips: Brand overview

Akron, Ohio, U.S.
Akron Zips is a unified sports organization of the University of Akron (founded in 1870), headed by Larry Williams. The organization includes 20 women’s and men’s teams, including the two most famous: football and one basketball. The division is located in Akron, Ohio, and is a member of NCAA Division I FBS. The teams compete in three conferences: the Mid-American Conference, the ASUN Conference, and the Great America Rifle Conference.

Meaning and History

Akron Zips Logo History

The company’s logo has undergone several transformations – from a yellow “A” to a white “Z.” Initially, it was a single symbol composed of the city’s and university’s names. Then, they added a kangaroo named Zippy – a powerful, strong, and enduring animal. In the first version, the kangaroo is depicted in motion, and in the second – static, as only the upper part of its body is used. In the 2002-2007 logo, the name “Akron Zips” is superimposed over the animal. In 2008, the inscription was removed, leaving a slightly slanted letter “A,” where the crossbar represents the kangaroo’s back.

In the modern version, the letter “Z” has appeared. It originates from the word “zippers” – the zippers on shoes made for the university team by the local company BF Goodrich. This nickname has existed among athletes since 1925. It was proposed by a student, Margaret Hamlin. And in 1950, the head of the sports department, Kenneth Cochrane, shortened it to “Zippy.”

What is Akron Zips?

Akron Zips is a sports division from the state of Ohio associated with the University of Akron. It is represented in several conferences, including NCAA (Division I) and MAC (East Division), and is also part of FBS. The university’s program includes 17 student teams.

1986 – 2001

Akron Zips Logo 1986-2001

2002 – 2007

Akron Zips Logo 2002-2007

2008 – 2013

Akron Zips Logo 2008-2013

2014 – today

Akron Zips Logo 2014-Present

Akron Zips Football

Akron Zips emblem

The university’s football team played its first season in 1891. It competes in the Mid-American Conference as a member of the Eastern Division. The head coach is Tom Arth. The team won the MAC championship in 2005. Its main rival is Kent State University.

Akron Zips Basketball

Akron Zips symbol

The men’s basketball team, Akron Zips, won its first match in Division I in 2006. Two years later, it participated in the final of the MAC tournament. Since 2010, it has played in the MAC Tournament championship for the fourth consecutive year. The women’s team of the same name first participated in the NCAA competitions in 2014.

Akron Zips Soccer

Akron Zips sing

According to NSCAA polls, the university’s soccer team regularly ranks among the top ten men’s teams. It has topped the tournament tables in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2016. It won its first national championship in 2010. The team is currently coached by Jared Embick.

Font and Colors

Akron Zips color codes

Maastricht BlueHex color:#041e42
RGB:4 30 66
CMYK:94 55 0 74
Pantone:PMS 2768 C
Light TaupeHex color:#a89968
RGB:168 153 104
CMYK:0 9 38 34
Pantone:PMS 4515 C