Appalachian State Mountaineers is the sports division of Appalachian State University, founded in 1899 in Boone, Watauga County, North Carolina. The department consists of several teams, the most famous of which are football and basketball. The head of the department is Doug Gillin. The mascot is Victory Yosef (it first appeared in 1942 in the edition of “Rhododendron”). The athletes are members of NCAA Division I and FBS (Sun Belt).
Meaning and History
In 1970, the logo of the university teams had one letter – a large “A.” It denotes the word “Appalachian.” The letter is in upper case with a serifed font. It has a yellow and black edging that makes it look hollow. Inside is a triangle forming the bar and the inscription “Mountaineers,” which is as if made by hand.
Since 2004, the university mascot Yosef has been on the sport’s emblem. His head is on an improvised long beard, placed on the word combination “Appalachian Mountaineers.” The official colors of the teams are the same.
In 2014, a new logo appeared – in fact, an updated version of 1970. The designers changed the yellow and black colors, visually brightening the symbolism. This makes the letter look much bigger.
1970 – 2003
2004 – 2013
2014 – present
Appalachian State Mountaineers Football
The men’s football team spent its first season in 1928. It won three consecutive national championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Since 2014 it competes in Football Bowl Subdivision and Sun Belt Conference. She plays home games at the Kidd Brewer Stadium, which is named after her first coach. Shawn Clark now heads the athletes.
Appalachian State Mountaineers Basketball
The men’s basketball team participated in the NCAA tournament in 1979 and 2000. In 2007 it joined the National Invitation Tournament. The women’s basketball team won the Southern Conference in the 1996 and 2011 seasons. Angel Elderkin coached it. The coach of the men’s basketball team is Jim Fox (since 2019).