Fairleigh Dickinson University competes in eleven NCAA Division I women’s and eight men’s competitions. Its seventeen teams are called Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. Sixteen of them are members of the Northeast Conference, and another one (in fencing) is in the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association. What is noteworthy, in Division I, only the Metropolitan Campus is listed. The Florham campus competes in Division III and bears a completely different nickname – Devils. Thus, this university is one of the few in the United States to place teams immediately in the first and third divisions.
Meaning and History
The Knights mascot is an original character named Nitro, also known as Knightro. But he did not find reflection on the sports logo. A horse is depicted on the brand name, not a knight’s one, but a chess one. The figure is turned left and painted in blue with white contours. Its lower part is covered by the word “Knights,” arched in the shape of a rainbow. In this case, the first and last letter is uppercase, and all the rest are lowercase.
In 1996-2003, this was the version of the emblem used. Then additional inscriptions appeared on it: “Fairleigh” and “Dickinson.” They are located to the right and left of the horse’s head. The dark blue color turned blue; everything else has not changed.
1996 – 2003
2004 – today
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Basketball
Basketball is considered one of the most successful disciplines in the sports program of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The men’s team, representing the Metropolitan Campus in Division I, competed in six NCAA Tournaments from 1985 to 2019. Also, the team appeared in two rounds of NIT and three NAIA Tournaments. Now she is being trained by Greg Herenda. The women’s team won two Northeast Conference Tournament titles. Her current trainer is Angelika Szumilo.