Elon University took part in the first inter-university sports competition in 1900. In 1921, his teams were nicknamed Fightin’ Christians. Nine years after this event, they joined the North State Conference, where they stayed until 1989 until they moved to the South Atlantic Conference. Women’s sports joined the program in the 1970s when the legendary Kay Yow was the trainer.
The current name of the department was Elon Phoenix in 2000. As you know, the Phoenix bird rises from the ashes. In the same way, the university’s completely burnt campus was revived after the fire of 1923. Now the teams play in the NCAA Division I (FCS) and participate in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Meaning and History
The latest sports emblems of Elon University depict the phoenix – the way designers see it. From 2000 to 2015, the mythological creature had the shape of an ellipse. The head and the likeness of the wings were directed upwards. Behind stretched golden stripes that indicated the flames. The bottom of the logo was “Elon Phoenix.” Both words were in italics: the first in large red letters and the second in small black letters.
The 2016 redesign did not make any unique changes to the logo. Artists darkened the shades and blocked a third of the phoenix with the white word “Elon.” At the bottom, there is an inverted golden triangle with concave edges and two dark contours. This time the font is not italic, but in form, it is very similar to the previous version. Sharp serifs and strict geometric shapes characterize it.
2000 – 2015
2016 – present
Elon Phoenix Basketball
The university’s basketball program was launched in 1911. A women’s team appeared in the early 1970s. Since then, she has participated in several conference and district championships and two NCAA Tournaments. The men’s team competed three times in the NAIA tournament and once in CollegeInsider.com and NCAA Division II.
Elon Phoenix Baseball
The first baseball game took place in 1900. Since 1997, Mike Kennedy has been the head coach. The home stadium is located at Walter C. Latham Park. The team competed in six NCAA Tournaments and five conference championships.