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The Brown Bears
Brown Bears
are the sports teams at Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island
Providence, Rhode Island
in the United States. The Bears are part of the Ivy League
Ivy League
conference. Brown's mascot is Bruno. Both the men's and women's teams share the name, competing in 38 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I sports. In football, the Bears, along with all other the Ivy League
Ivy League
teams, compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).[2]


1 Varsity athletics

1.1 Additions and subtractions

2 Teams

2.1 Football 2.2 Men's basketball 2.3 Women's basketball 2.4 Men's soccer 2.5 Rugby

3 Championships

3.1 NCAA team championships

4 Mascot 5 Notable athletes

5.1 Football 5.2 Baseball 5.3 Rowing 5.4 Ice hockey 5.5 Other sports

6 References 7 External links

Varsity athletics[edit] The Bears participate in 38 NCAA sports, ranking them third among all Division I institutions for number of sports offered.[2] The Bears first fielded a football team in 1878, playing Amherst College
Amherst College
in their inaugural game.[3] The Bears participate in the following varsity sports:

Men's sports Women's sports

Baseball Basketball

Basketball Crew

Crew Cross country

Cross country Equestrianism

Fencing Fencing

Football Field hockey

Golf Golf

Ice hockey Gymnastics

Lacrosse Ice hockey

Soccer Lacrosse

Squash Rugby

Swimming & diving Skiing

Tennis Soccer

Track & field† Softball

Water polo Squash

Wrestling Swimming & diving


Track & field †


Water polo

† – Track and field
Track and field
includes both indoor and outdoor.

Additions and subtractions[edit] In 2011, a Special
Committee recommended that Brown cut four varsity sports due to Brown's budget cut backs — men's fencing, women's fencing, men's wrestling, and women's skiing — and recommended elevating at least one women's sport to varsity status to ensure Title IX compliance.[4] These proposed changes would have reduced the number of varsity sports at Brown from 37 to 34. None of the four varsity programs were cut. Teams[edit] See also: Brown Bears men's ice hockey
Brown Bears men's ice hockey
and Brown Bears
Brown Bears
women's ice hockey Football[edit] Main article: Brown Bears
Brown Bears
football The Brown Bears football
Brown Bears football
team competes in the NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Ivy League. Brown's first football team was fielded in 1878. The team plays its home games at the 20,000 seat Brown Stadium
Brown Stadium
in Providence. Men's basketball[edit] Main article: Brown Bears
Brown Bears
men's basketball The Brown Bears men's basketball
Brown Bears men's basketball
team competes in the Ivy League. The Brown Bears
Brown Bears
have appeared in the NCAA Tournament two times, including the inaugural tournament in 1939. Their combined record is 0–2. The Brown Bears
Brown Bears
have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament
National Invitation Tournament
(NIT) one time. Their record is 0–1. Women's basketball[edit] Main article: Brown Bears
Brown Bears
women's basketball The Brown Bears women's basketball
Brown Bears women's basketball
team competes in the Ivy League. The Brown Bears
Brown Bears
have appeared in the NCAA Tournament once in 1994, where their record was 0–1. Men's soccer[edit] Main article: Brown Bears
Brown Bears
men's soccer The Brown Bears men's soccer
Brown Bears men's soccer
team compete in the NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I
in the Ivy League. The Bears have been semifinalists in the NCAA tournament in 1968, 1973, and 1975. They also finished in fourth place in 1977.[5] Rugby[edit] Brown added rugby as a varsity sport for women beginning in the 2014-15 academic year due in part to the growth of rugby across communities and at the high school level.[6] Brown women's rugby is led by Head Coach Kathy Flores.[7] Brown women's rugby had originally been founded as a club team, Brown Women's RFC, in 1977. Brown has offered men's rugby at Brown as a club sport since 1960.[8] Brown plays in the Ivy Rugby Conference
Ivy Rugby Conference
against its traditional Ivy League rivals. Brown men's rugby is led by Head Coach David Laflamme. Despite its club status, Brown men's rugby is supported by an endowment raised by Brown rugby alumni that exceeds $1.5 million; this endowment funds the full-time professional head coaching position and other expenses.[8][9] Championships[edit] NCAA team championships[edit] Brown has 7 NCAA team national championships.[10]

Women's (7)

Rowing (7): 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011

see also:

Ivy League
Ivy League
NCAA team championships List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I
NCAA Division I

Mascot[edit] Brown's first mascot was a burro, first introduced in 1902 in a game against Harvard.[11] The burro mascot was not retained after it seemed frightened by the noise of the game, and due to the laughter it provoked.[12] The University originally settled on the Bruin, but later changed it to a bear after the head of bear was placed at an archway above the student union in 1904.[12] In 1905 The Bears introduced Helen, the university's first live bear mascot, at a game against Dartmouth.[11] Bruno, Brown's current mascot, was introduced in 1921, originally also as a live bear.[12] A number of bears represented Bruno over the years, later being represented by a person in costume by the late 60's.[12] Notable athletes[edit] The Bears have produced many athletes. One of Brown's most famous athletes is John Heisman, namesake of the Heisman Trophy. Before finishing college at the University of Pennsylvania, Heisman played college football at Brown as a lineman.[13] Football[edit]

Thomas A. Barry
Thomas A. Barry
(Class of 1902) – All American running back, head coach of The University of Notre Dame and University of Tulane football programs Don Colo (Class of 1950) – professional American football
American football
player, All-Pro who played for the Cleveland Browns Zak DeOssie (Class of 2007) – professional American football
American football
player, Pro Bowl longsnapper for the Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XLII and XLVI champion New York Giants John Heisman
John Heisman
– college American football
American football
player and coach; namesake of the Heisman Trophy Steve Jordan (Class of 1981) – professional American football player, 6-time All-Pro tight end who played for the Minnesota Vikings Ed Lawrence (Class of 1928) – American football
American football
player, member of the 1926 "Iron Men" football team Sean Morey – Special Teams
Special Teams
Captain of 2005 Super Bowl
Super Bowl
XL Champion Pittsburgh Steelers Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno
(Class of 1950) – quarterback and cornerback for the Bears, head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011, when he was fired in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Fritz Pollard
Fritz Pollard
– First African-American NFL coach and one of the first two African American players. Earl Sprackling, Brown quarterback, 1909–11; named the deserving retrospective recipient of the Heisman Trophy for 1910 by "ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Game". Thurston Towle (Class of 1928) – American football
American football
player, member of the 1926 "Iron Men" football team Wallace Wade
Wallace Wade
(Class of 1917) – American football
American football
coach at the University of Alabama
University of Alabama
and Duke University, namesake of Duke's football stadium


Bill Almon – professional baseball player, #1 pick in the 1974 Major League Baseball
draft Mark Attanasio
Mark Attanasio
(Class of 1979) – financier and owner of the Milwaukee Brewers Tommy Dowd – professional baseball player Dave Fultz
Dave Fultz
(Class of 1898) – professional baseball player Irving "Bump" Hadley (Class of 1928) – professional baseball player, pitcher for the Washington Senators and New York Yankees Lee Richmond
Lee Richmond
– professional baseball player, first major league player to throw a perfect game[citation needed]


Jamie Koven (Class of 1995) – US national rower, World Champion in single scull 1997 France Denis Žvegelj (Class of 1997) – Slovenian Rower, Brown Crew Varsity Eight 1994, 1995, 1992 bronze medalist in Men's Coxless Pairs

Ice hockey[edit]

Curt Bennett
Curt Bennett
(Class of 1970) – professional ice hockey player, St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Flames Yann Danis
Yann Danis
(Class of 2004) – professional ice hockey player, Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
and New York Islanders Brian Eklund – retired professional hockey player, Stanley Cup Champion

Other sports[edit]

Craig Kinsley (Class of 2011) - professional javelin thrower, 2010 NCAA Champion and member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. Current Assistant Throws' Coach for Brown Track & Field Mark Donohue
Mark Donohue
(Class of 1959) – professional racing driver, 1972 Indianapolis 500 champion Cory Gibbs
Cory Gibbs
(Class of 2001) – professional soccer player, Chicago Fire Lindsay Gottlieb
Lindsay Gottlieb
(Class of 1999) – head coach of University of California women's basketball Fred Hovey
Fred Hovey
(1890) – professional tennis player, US Open Men's Doubles Champion (1893) and Men's Singles Champion (1895) Jimmy Pedro – most decorated American judo athlete;[citation needed] Judo
World Champion (1999), two-time Olympic bronze medalist (1996, 2004) Alicia Sacramone
Alicia Sacramone
(2007) – gymnast who competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics Norman Taber (Class of 1913) – track and field athlete, member of the 1912 Olympic gold medal-winning 3,000-m relay team Fred Tenney
Fred Tenney
– professional baseball player Chazz Woodson (Class of 2005) – Major League Lacrosse player currently with the Chicago Machine


^ " Brown Bears
Brown Bears
2012 Style Guide" (PDF). Retrieved April 1, 2016.  ^ a b "Brown's Athletic Program Rated Among Nation's Top 20". Retrieved 2008-04-13.  ^ "Celebrating 125 Years of Brown Football". Retrieved 2008-04-16.  ^ "Brown to cut three intercollegiate sports", Go Local Prov, April 23, 2011. Retrieved October 10, 2014. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/m_soccer_champs_records/2012/D1/champs.pdf ^ "Women’s rugby is Brown’s 38th varsity sport", News from Brown, April 14, 2014. ^ http://www.brownbears.com/sports/w-rugby/coaches/Flores_Kathy?view=bio ^ a b "University Rugby Recognition - Success at Brown", Rugby Today, Allyn Freeman, February 27, 2015. ^ " Brown University
Brown University
Men Select Head Coach", Rugby Today, September 8, 2015. ^ http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/stats/champs_records_book/Overall.pdf ^ a b "Football at Brown: QUARTER 1 (1878–1909)". Retrieved 2008-04-16.  ^ a b c d "Encyclopedia Brunoniana". Retrieved 2008-04-18.  ^ Pennington, Bill (2006-12-08). "John Heisman, the Coach Behind the Trophy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-13. 

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