More than twenty Florida Gators intercollegiate teams are part of the University of Florida sports program. The team is also called the Gator Nation, meaning former and current players and fans. Teams compete at the NCAA Division I and Southeastern Conference. The latter relates to women’s lacrosse – he joined the American Athletic Conference in 2008. The sports department is run by the University Athletic Association, Inc., a nonprofit structure controlled by a board of trustees.
Meaning and History
The Florida Gators logo is a reflection of their pseudonym. The teams are named after the alligator and bear their original name since 1911. True, the emblem of 1966-1967 does not even contain a talisman hint: it depicts the dark blue letter “F” with a red outline. From 1979 to 1994, and the even more abstract brand name was used. The logo contained a white map of Florida and two letters “U” and “F” connected in a circle shape.
In 1995, for the first time in recent years, the same alligator appeared on the logo with which the athletes from the University of Florida are associated. True, only the head fits into the drawing – a large, green one, with an open mouth and two rows of teeth. It is inside a blue ellipse with an orange frame. In 2013, artists made the colors saturated to enhance visual perception.
1966 – 1967
1979 – 1994
1995 – 2012
2013 – today
Florida Gators Basketball
The Florida Gators basketball team debuted in 1915, but until the mid-1980s, her successes were variable. This is partly due to the long absence of the stadium and coach. Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O’Connell Center opened its home arena only in 1980, and Norm Sloan became its head in 1960.
Continuous success came to the men’s team with Billy Donovan, who took up the position of coach in 1996. In 2015, he was replaced by Mike White. In the very first season, he led basketball players to a place in the NIT Tournament. The Lady Gators women’s team began speaking on behalf of the university in 1975 and a year later won the state championship.
Florida Gators Football
The University of Florida began sponsoring the football program in 1906. Its athletes won eight championships in the Southeastern Conference and three national championships. Also, they participated in more than 40 state games. In the university’s history, there are 26 football coaches, the last of which is Dan Mullen.
Florida Gators Soccer
The university football team made its debut in 1995. Its first success came in 1998 when participation in the NCAA national championship ended in a clear victory for the Gators.
Florida Gators Baseball
Since its inception in 1907, the baseball program has glorified its native university. One of the most successful is considered the era of the trainer Andy Lopez (1995-2000), who completed the second season with 50 wins. In 2005, under the leadership of Pat McMahon, the team took first place in the SEC Championship. Before this, the team participated in two NCAA tournaments – in 2003 and 2004.