Albany Great Danes is a division of sports teams owned by the University at Albany and headed by Mark Benson. The department was founded in 1962 and is located in Albany, New York, and is part of the American East Conference. The teams play in NCAA Division I and include eight men’s and ten women’s teams: baseball, basketball, hockey, football, athletics, and others.
Meaning and History
The original logo of the athletes shows a large “A” for the name of the city. Instead of the crossbar, the inscription “Albany” is used, which is located between two purple lines. They go beyond the letter and divide it into two parts.
In 2001, the emblem was updated with a Danish dog on it. It perfectly underlines the nickname of university teams. First of all, because it reflects a binding to the “Danish spirit,” readiness for a rapid jerk and the manifestation of incredible power, because this breed of dog is strong, resilient, enduring.
To the right of the dog, which froze in a waiting position, is the name of the sports department, written in large letters in two tiers. The current logo was adopted in 2008. It has the same structure as the brand symbolism of 1993, but in a more refined form: a curved arched bar and a more compact “A.”
1993 – 2003
2001 – 2007
2008 – today
Albany Great Danes Football
The university football team was founded in 1973. It plays in the first division of the NCAA Football Championship. In 2013, after 14 years at the Northeast Conference, she made her debut at the CAA.
Albany Great Danes Basketball
The men’s team is part of Conference America East. The head coach is Will Brown. She plays home games at SEFCU Arena. Her latest sporting achievement was her performance at CIT in 2016 and 2017.