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The Michigan Wolverines comprise 24 varsity sports teams at the University of Michiganmarker. These teams compete in the NCAA's Division I and in the Big Ten Conference in all sports except men's ice hockey which competes in the NCAA D1 Central Collegiate Hockey Association, and women's water polo, which competes in the NCAA inter-divisional Collegiate Water Polo Association. Team colors are maize and blue—which are different shades of "maize" and "blue" than the university at large. The Winged Helmet is a recognized icon of Michigan Athletics.

In 10 of the past 14 years (through 2008-2009), Michigan has finished in the top five of the NACDA Director's Cup, a list compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics that charts institutions' overall success in college sports. UM has finished in the top ten of the Directors' Cup standings in fourteen of the award's sixteen seasons.

Championships

The University of Michigan is one of only two schools (University of Minnesota) in NCAA history to win at least one national championship in all four of these sports: baseball (2), basketball (men's - 1), football (11), and ice hockey (men's - 9). The Wolverines have won NCAA Division I national championships in women's field hockey (1), men's golf (2), men's gymnastics (3), women's softball (1), men's swimming and diving (11), men's tennis (1), and men's outdoor track and field (1).

Overall, UM's 32 official NCAA Division I titles ranks tenth all-time, trailing only UCLAmarker, Stanford Universitymarker, USCmarker, Oklahoma Statemarker, Arkansasmarker, LSUmarker, Texasmarker, Penn Statemarker, and UNCmarker. In NCAA D1 men's sports only, UM ranks sixth all-time in championships behind USC, UCLA, Stanford, Oklahoma State, and Arkansas. UM's official NCAA Division I national championships have come from ten different sports — this broad-based success matches the University of Texasmarker for fourth place in the NCAA record book. Only UCLA and Stanford, each with titles in 16 varying sports, and USC in 15, have more diverse championship histories than the Wolverines.

The Wolverines' 32 official NCAA D1 titles are complemented by seven unofficial NCAA men's swimming and diving championships from 1927 through 1936, when no team championships were awarded; by men's trampoline NCAA titles in 1969 and 1970; and, by 11 unofficial NCAA/NCAA Division I football "consensus" championships recognized by the university, for a total of 52 national championships. In four additional seasons national number one rankings by at least one recognized authority were given to the UM football team.

University of Michigan teams have also been national runners-up an incredible 39 times in 13 different sports: men's basketball (4), women's cross country (1), women's field hockey (1), men's golf (4), men's gymnastics (2), women's gymnastics (2), men's ice hockey (2), women's rowing (1), women's synchronized swimming (2 in AIAW), men's swimming and diving (13), women's swimming and diving (1), men's outdoor track and field (1), and wrestling (5).

Football

Retired football jerseys
Number Player

11 Wistert brothers
(Francis, Albert, and Alvin)
47 Bennie Oosterbaan
48 Gerald Ford
87 Ron Kramer
98 Tom Harmon
The best-supported of the Michigan varsity teams is the football team. Michigan's football program is among the most successful in college football history. Michigan won the first Rose Bowlmarker game in 1902, has won an NCAA-record 877 games and has an all-time winning percentage of .741, also an NCAA record. The Wolverine football program has claimed 11 national titles.

Michigan's 11 National Championships have come under the direction of 5 coaches. Six of Michigan's National Titles were garnered by the Wolverines first coaching superstar, Fielding H. Yost. Yost directed his point-a-minute teams to 4 consecutive National titles from 1901-1904 while going 41-0-1. Yost also led Michigan to National Titles in 1918 and 1923. It was Yost who was instrumental in the creation of Michigan Stadium, and who designed it to permit its expansion to expand to a capacity of over 150,000. Yost's legacy also lives on with Yost Ice Arenamarker, where Michigan's Men's Ice Hockey team plays their home games. Michigan has won 5 more National Titles since Yost permanently retired in 1926. The Wolverines won back-to-back titles under Harry Kipke in 1932-1933, Fritz Crisler, then his successor, Bennie Oosterbaan, in 1947-1948. Most recently, Michigan won its latest National Title behind Lloyd Carr in 1997.

Michigan's famous football coaches include: Fielding Yost, who came to Michigan from Stanford Universitymarker in 1901 (see above). Fritz Crisler, who guided Michigan to a pair of Big Ten Titles and the above National Titles and still has his name carried by the home of Michigan's Men's Basketball team. Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler who won 13 Big Ten Titles in his 21 seasons as Head Coach. Those titles include 1969 when he beat his good friend and mentor Wayne Woody Hayes 24-12 in the beginning of "The Ten Year War". Lloyd Carr won 5 Big Ten titles in his 13 seasons as the leader of Michigan Football and posted a winning percentage of .753. His winning percentage of .779 in Conference play trails only Bo Schembecher in Michigan history. (That includes Fritz Crisler and Fielding Yost.) Their current coach is Rich Rodriguez, who was hired after former head coach Lloyd Carr announced his retirement on November 19, 2007.

Michigan Stadiummarker is the largest football-only stadium in the world, with an official capacity of 106,201, and with attendance regularly exceeding that number. The NCAA single-game attendance record of 112,118 occurred at the 2003 home contest against Ohio State. The capacity, after each expansion, has always been listed as "-01", with the "extra seat" being in honor of Fritz Crisler. The University of Michigan Board of Regents has approved an expansion project for the stadium widely known as the “Big House”. Construction began in 2007 and is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2010 season. The expansion project will accommodate home games for the 2007-2009 seasons. The plan is to build a new press box, add luxury suites, widen aisles and seats, and increase capacity to over 108,000. Michigan Stadium has witnessed over 220 consecutive crowds of greater than 100,000 - a streak that dates back to November 8, 1975 in a game versus Purdue Universitymarker.

Rivalries

Heisman Trophy winners
Year Player

1940 Tom Harmon
1991 Desmond Howard
1997 Charles Woodson
Michigan has a major rivalry with Ohio Statemarker, considered one of the fiercest rivalries in American sports. In a pair of ESPN fan polls, in 2000 and 2003, the Michigan-Ohio State series was voted the greatest rivalry in sports in America. Michigan's meeting with Ohio State is almost always the last game of the two schools' regular seasons and has provided many memorable contests, such as the "Snow Bowl" of 1950. The game has frequently decided the Big Ten Champion. Michigan leads the series 57-42-6. The contest on November 18, 2006 marked the first time ever these teams had been ranked #1 and #2 going into the game, and the first time they were both undefeated since 1973. The 2007 college football match-up between Ohio State and Michigan was predicted to be the #2 college football game to watch in 2007 by SI.com's "Top 20 Games To Watch In 2007" list.

Michigan has an intrastate rival in Michigan Statemarker; the schools' football teams compete for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Michigan leads the series 67–30–5.

Michigan also enjoys a spirited rivalry with the Fighting Irish of Notre Damemarker. Michigan leads the series 21–15–1. The two schools are among the top college football programs in all-time wins (Michigan first, Notre Dame third) and winning percentage (Michigan first, Notre Dame second) in the Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1-A), so it is perhaps fitting that when college football was in its infancy, students from the University of Michigan traveled to South Bend to teach the game to students there.

The Wolverines also have a tradition-rich history with the University of Minnesotamarker. The two football teams compete for the Little Brown Jug, a five-gallon jug with the respective schools' "M" on either side and the scores of previous games down the middle. The Little Brown Jug was the first trophy played for between college football teams. Michigan leads the series 69–24–3.

Ice hockey

The Wolverines ice hockey team, which is a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, plays its home contests at Yost Ice Arenamarker. It is coached by Red Berenson, a former UM player. Altogether, the program has won nine NCAA national championships (1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1996, 1998), which is also an NCAA record. In 2009, the team was invited to the NCAA tournament for a record 19th year in a row. Michigan has reached the national semi-finals (now referred to as the "Frozen Four") an unprecedented 23 times.

Vic Heyliger led Michigan to a record six NCAA titles, including the first one in college hockey history in 1948. Heyliger, who played for the Wolverines from 1935-37, also won national titles as Michigan coach in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956. He was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974, in recognition of his lifetime achievement.Heyliger is considered instrumental in getting the NCAA Tournament off the ground. Following the 1946–47 season, Heyliger wrote to each of the college coaches around the country to see if they would be interested in creating a national tournament. They obliged and the inaugural four-team NCAA tournament began the following season in 1948.Heyliger was 228–61–13 as head coach at Michigan, and his .776 winning percentage is the best at the school. His only losing season was his first year, 3–6 in 1944–45.

In 1980, Heyliger was inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Honor. The Vic Heyliger Trophy has been given out at the end of each season by the Michigan hockey team to recognize its most outstanding defenseman.

Men's basketball

Retired basketball jerseys
Number Player Years

22 Bill Buntin 1963-1965
33 Cazzie Russell 1964-1966
35 Phil Hubbard 1975-1979
41 Glen Rice 1986-1989
45 Rudy Tomjanovich 1967-1970
The men's basketball team plays its games at Crisler Arenamarker. The Wolverines have won 12 Big Ten regular-season conference titles, as well as the inaugural Big Ten Tournament in 1998, which it later forfeited due to NCAA violations. The team has appeared in the NCAA Final Four on six occasions (1964, 1965, 1976, 1989, 1992* and 1993*) and won the National Championship in 1989 under Steve Fisher. The program later forfeited its 1992 and 1993 Final Four appearances due to NCAA violations. Other notable players who played for Michigan include Roy Tarpley, Loy Vaught, Gary Grant, Terry Mills, Glen Rice, Jalen Rose, Rumeal Robinson, Antoine Joubert, Jamal Crawford, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Cazzie Russell, Daniel Horton, Bernard Robinson, and Mark Hughes.

During the 1990s, the program became involved in a scandal involving payments from a booster named Ed Martin to four players: Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor, and Louis Bullock. The scandal ultimately resulted in four years' probation and a self-imposed ban from postseason play in the 2002-03 season. UM also voluntarily forfeited regular season games and "vacated" NCAA tournament games from selected past seasons. Vacating the results of 114 games won while the four players were eligible, including the 1992 and 1993 Final Fours, the entire 1992–93 season, and all seasons from fall 1995 through spring 1999. Since the scandal Michigan basketball has posted a 144–131 record and did not make the tournament until 2009.
In April 2007, the university announced that its new head coach will be John Beilein.

In 2009, The Wolverines made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998, beating Clemsonmarker in the 1st Round but falling to Oklahoma in the 2nd Round of the Tournament.


Other sports

Swimming

Michigan has a world-renowned men's swimming program, which won the 1995 NCAA championship and has produced a number of Olympic medalists. The men’s swimming and diving teams have won 11 NCAA and NCAA Division I national titles and 147 individual titles.

Baseball

The men's baseball team won national championships in 1953 and 1962 and has sent 138 players to the major leagues. Michigan has appeared in the College World Series seven times. Notable alumni include, George Sisler, Barry Larkin, Jim Abbott and New York Mets pitcher J.J. Putz. Another important figure in the history of Michigan baseball is former Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey who was the Head Coach for 4 years from 1910-1913 and recruited Sisler to Ann Arbor. The current coach of the Michigan Wolverines is Rich Maloney. He came to the University of Michigan in 2003 and helped restore Michigan to Big Ten prominence. Michigan has won 39 Conference Championships, made 21 NCAA Tournament appearances and won those 2 National Titles (See above). For 13 seasons from 1990-2002 Michigan won a lone Big Ten title and made just one NCAA appearance that same year. In the 7 seasons since Coach Maloney arrived Michigan has made 4 NCAA appearances while winning back-to-back Conference titles in 2007 and 2008.

Field hockey

Michigan's field hockey program won the 2001 NCAA title - the school's first national title in a women's team sport.

Softball

In June 2005, Michigan's women's softball team won the 2005 Division 1 NCAA Softball Championship, defeating two-time defending champion and perennial softball power UCLAmarker two games to one. Michigan is the first school east of the Mississippi River to win this title. The decisive game was won in dramatic fashion, with a Samantha Findlay walk off home run in the 10th inning producing a 4-1 final. The only in the distinguished history of Michigan softball and its coach Carol Hutchins (1985-Present). She has a career record of 1,107-393-4 (.737 Winning Percentage) with 13 conference titles and 15 NCAA Tournament appearances during her tenure.

Gymnastics

In 2008, the women's gymnastics team was invited to the NCAA championship tournament for the 16th consecutive year [149085].

Cross country

The men's and women's cross country teams have been nationally renowned since 1974 when Ron Warhurst started coaching the men, and more recently as alum Mike McGuire took on the women's team in 1991. The women's team has qualified for the NCAA championships every year but two since 1988, finishing 2nd in 1994, and has won the last five Big Ten titles.[149086]. The men's team has qualified for the NCAA 24 times in the last 34 years, with a highest finish of 4th. Michigan men have won seven Big 10 titles in that period.

Track and field

Legendary athletic director Don Canham coached the track/field team from 1949 to 1968, along with the cross country team. The men's team has won 56 Big Ten men's team titles indoors and out.[149087] Notable alumni include Greg Meyer, 1983 Boston Marathon champ, Brian Diemer, 1984 Summer Olympics bronze medalist in the steeplechase, Bill Donakowski, US Marathon champion in 1986, Kevin Sullivan, Canadian 1500 meter record holder, Nick Willis, Olympic Silver Medalist in the 1500m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and Alan Webb, U.S. mile record holder. The women's team has won 15 Big Ten titles.[149088] Most notable alumna is Lisa Larsen Weidenbach Rainsberger, who won the Boston and Chicago Marathons. She qualified for the 1980 Olympic team in swimming but the U.S. did not go to Moscow. She then finished 4th in the Marathon Olympic Trials three times in 1984, 1988 and 1992, again missing the Olympics.[149089]

Men's lacrosse

The Michigan men's lacrosse team, which is supported at the varsity club level, is the oldest college lacrosse program in the midwest, having been founded in 1940. The team is also the most successful athletic program at Michigan, with an .830 all-time win percentage. The Wolverines compete in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). In 2008 they became the first MCLA to complete a season undefeated, finishing 20-0 and winning their first national championship at Texas Stadiummarker. In 2009 they repeated that feat with another 20-0 season and earned their second national championship with a 12-11 victory over Chapman University at Dick's Sporting Goods Parkmarker in Denver, Colorado.

In 2008 Michigan faceoff specialist Brekan Kohlitz became the first MCLA player ever selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft when he was taken in the 5th round by the Washington Bayhawks.

Michigan head coach John Paul is in his 13th year at his alma-mater and has an overall record of 205-42 which includes 9 conference titles and 2 national titles.

Synchronized skating

The University of Michigan is also home to an internationally competitive synchronized skating team, which has medaled at competitions around the world. The Wolverines synchronized skating program consists of a senior team, which competes internationally as well as a collegiate level team which is competitive among the top university and collegiate teams from around the United States. The synchronized skating team is one of five varsity club teams at Michigan.

Other varsity teams include: golf, rowing, soccer, diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.

NCAA Division I: Director's Cup

Year Rank: National Rank: Big 10
1993-94 9th 2nd
1994-95 7th 1st
1995-96 5th 1st
1996-97 11th 2nd
1997-98 5th 1st
1998-99 6th 3rd
1999-00 3rd 1st
2000-01 4th 1st
2001-02 6th 1st
2002-03 4th 2nd
2003-04 2nd 1st
2004-05 4th 1st
2005-06 24th 5th
2006-07 4th 1st
2007-08 3rd 1st
2008-09 5th 1st


Olympians

Through the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, 204 UM students and coaches had participated in the Olympics, winning medals in every Summer Olympics except 1896, and winning gold medals in all but four Olympiads. UM students have won a total of 120 Olympic medals: 57 gold, 28 silver, and 36 bronze. By total medal count, Michigan would constitute the 26th most successful country out of 122; by gold medal count, Michigan would constitute the 17th most successful country.





Last First Year Sport Event Medal Country
Abbott Jim 1988 baseball gold USA
Arsenault Samantha 2000 swimming 800 m freestyle relay gold USA
Barrowman Mike 1992 swimming 200 m breaststroke gold USA
Barton Greg 1984 kayaking 1000 m single bronze USA
Barton Greg 1988 kayaking 1000 m single gold USA
Barton Greg 1988 kayaking 1000 m double gold USA
Barton Greg 1992 kayaking 1000 m single bronze USA
Bernard Kent 1964 track 4x100 m relay bronze Tri.-Tobago
Boggs Phil 1976 diving 3 meter gold USA
Booker James 1924 track pole vault bronze USA
Borges Gustavo 1992 swimming 100 m freestyle silver Brazil
Borges Gustavo 1996 swimming 100 m freestyle bronze Brazil
Borges Gustavo 1996 swimming 200 m freestyle silver Brazil
Borges Gustavo 2000 swimming 100 m freestyle bronze Brazil
Brundage Jennifer 2000 softball gold USA
Christy Jim 1932 swimming 1500 m freestyle bronze USA
Clawson John 1968 basketball gold USA
Coe William 1904 track shot put silver USA
Corson Marilyn 1968 swimming 400 m freestyle relay bronze USA
Craig Ralph 1912 track 100 meters gold USA
Craig Ralph 1912 track 200 meters gold USA
Darnton William 1960 swimming 400 m medley relay gold* USA
Davies John 1952 swimming 200 m breaststroke gold Australia
Degener Richard 1932 diving springboard bronze USA
Degener Richard 1936 diving springboard gold USA
Diemer Brian 1984 track 3000 m steeplechase bronze USA
Doherty Ken 1928 track decathlon bronze USA
Dolan Tom 1996 swimming 400 m ind. medley gold USA
Dolan Tom 2000 swimming 400 m ind. medley gold USA
Dolan Tom 2000 swimming 200 m ind. medley silver USA
Downie Gordon 1976 swimming 800 m freestyle relay bronze Great Britain
Duenkel Ginny 1964 swimming 100 m freestyle bronze USA
Duenkel Ginny 1964 swimming 400 m backstroke gold USA
Dvorak Charles 1904 track pole vault gold USA
Dvorak John 1900 track pole vault silver USA
Fraser Steve 1984 wrestling Greco-Roman gold USA
Gaxiola Alvaro 1968 diving platform silver Mexico
Gillanders Dave 1960 swimming 200 m butterfly bronze USA
Gillanders Dave 1960 swimming 400 m medley relay gold* USA
Gorski Mark 1984 cycling 1000 m sprint gold USA
Hahn Archie 1904 track 60 meters gold USA
Hahn Archie 1904 track 100 meters gold USA
Hahn Archie 1904 track 200 meters gold USA
Hahn Archie 1906 track 100 meters gold USA
Handy H. J. "Jam" 1904 swimming breaststroke bronze USA
Handy H. J. "Jam" 1924 water polo bronze USA
Hanley Dick 1956 swimming 800 m freestyle relay silver USA
Harlan Bruce 1948 diving 3 meter bronze USA
Harlan Bruce 1948 diving platform silver USA
Harlock Dave 1994 hockey silver Canada
Hayes Howard 1900 track 800 meters silver USA
Herland Doug 1984 rowing pairs with coxswain bronze USA
Hubbard Phil 1976 basketball gold USA
Hubbard William DeHart 1924 track long jump gold USA
Ikola Willard 1956 hockey silver USA
Garrells John 1908 track shot put bronze USA
Garrells John 1908 track 110 meter hurdles silver USA
Johnson Carl 1920 track long jump silver USA
Johnson Kate 2004 rowing eight silver USA
Jones Burwell 1952 swimming 800 m freestyle relay gold* USA
Kennedy Bill 1972 swimming 400 m medley relay bronze* Canada
Ketchum Dan 2004 swimming 4x200 m free. relay gold USA
Kimball Bruce 1984 diving platform silver USA
King Micki 1972 diving 3 meter gold USA
Kraenzlein Alvin 1900 track 60 meter dash gold USA
Kraenzlein Alvin 1900 track 110 meter hurdles gold USA
Kraenzlein Alvin 1900 track 220 meter hurdles gold USA
Kraenzlein Alvin 1900 track long jump gold USA
Landstrom Eeles 1960 track pole vault bronze Finland
Lang Brent 1988 swimming 400 m freestyle relay gold USA
Larkin Barry 1984 baseball silver USA
Mahoney Bill 1972 swimming 400 m medley relay bronze Canada
Malchow Tom 1996 swimming 200 m butterfly silver USA
Malchow Tom 2000 swimming 200 m butterfly gold USA
Mariott Ron 1984 diving 3 meter bronze USA
Matchefts John 1956 hockey silver USA
McClatchey Alan 1976 swimming 800 m freestyle relay bronze Great Britain
McLean John 1900 track high hurdles silver USA
Namesnik Eric 1992 swimming 400 m ind. medley silver USA
Namesnik Eric 1996 swimming 400 m ind. medley silver USA
Orwig Bernice 2000 water polo silver USA
Phelps Michael 2004 swimming 200 m ind. medley gold USA
Phelps Michael 2004 swimming 400 m ind. medley gold USA
Phelps Michael 2004 swimming 100 m butterfly gold USA
Phelps Michael 2004 swimming 200 m butterfly gold USA
Phelps Michael 2004 swimming 200 m freestyle bronze USA
Phelps Michael 2004 swimming 4x100 m free relay bronze USA
Phelps Michael 2004 swimming 4x200 m free relay gold USA
Phelps Michael 2004 swimming 4x100 m medley relay gold USA
Phelps Michael 2008 swimming 400 m ind. medley gold USA
Phelps Michael 2008 swimming 4x100 m free relay gold USA
Phelps Michael 2008 swimming 200 m freestyle gold USA
Phelps Michael 2008 swimming 200 m butterfly gold USA
Phelps Michael 2008 swimming 4x200 m free relay gold USA
Phelps Michael 2008 swimming 200 m ind. medley gold USA
Phelps Michael 2008 swimming 100 m butterfly gold USA
Phelps Michael 2008 swimming 4x100 m medley relay gold USA
Roberts Trish 1976 basketball bronze USA
Robie Carl 1964 swimming 200 m butterfly silver USA
Robie Carl 1968 swimming 200 m butterfly gold USA
Rose Ralph 1904 track shot put gold USA
Rose Ralph 1904 track discus silver USA
Rose Ralph 1904 track hammer bronze USA
Rose Ralph 1908 track shot put gold USA
Rose Ralph 1912 track shot put silver USA
Rose Ralph 1912 track shot put-combined gold USA
Rydze Dick 1972 diving platform silver USA
Samson Paul 1928 swimming 800 m free. relay gold* USA
Schule Fred 1904 track 110 meter hurdles gold USA
Seufert Chris 1984 diving platform silver USA
Smoke Marcia Jones 1964 kayaking 500 m singles bronze USA
Sohl Robert 1948 swimming 220 m breaststroke bronze USA
Spillane Joan 1960 swimming 400 m freestyle relay gold USA
Spillane Joan 1960 swimming 400 m medley relay gold* USA
Thompson Chris 2000 swimming 1500 m freestyle bronze USA
Tolan Eddie 1932 track 100 meters gold USA
Tolan Eddie 1932 track 200 meters gold USA
Vanderkaay Peter 2004 swimming 4x200 m free. relay gold USA
Webster Bob 1960 diving platform gold USA
Webster Bob 1964 diving platform gold USA
White Robert 1956 hockey bronze Canada
Wouda Marcel 2000 swimming 800 m freestyle relay bronze the Netherlands


Athletic directors

Athletic director Years
Charles A. Baird 1898–1909
Philip Bartelme 1909–1921
Fielding Yost 1921–1940
Fritz Crisler 1941–1968
Don Canham 1968–1988
Bo Schembechler 1988–1990
Jack Weidenbach 1990–1994
Joe Roberson 1994–1997
Tom Goss 1997–2000
William C. Martin 2000–2010


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