The University of Connecticut's athletics program, known as the Connecticut Huskies and often as the UConn Huskies, is one of the top programs in the nation. It is a member of the American Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division I FBS and has Warde Manuel as the athletics director. The university is located at Storrs, Connecticut and fields twenty varsity teams. These can be seen playing live with UConn Huskies tickets at the Rentschler Field, the Gampel Pavilion and the J. O. Christian Field. The university also has soccer teams which play at the Morrone Stadium.
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The UConn Huskies' mascot is Jonathan the Husky with red, navy, gray and white as the team’s official colors. The university is famous for its football team, women's basketball team and men's basketball team. The programs’ other sports teams are also equally successful and the university is part of the fifteen programs in the US that play both NCAA Division I men's ice hockey and NCAA Division I FBS football. The Huskies were formerly known as the Aggies but the name was changed when the university's name changed from the Connecticut Agricultural College to University of Connecticut. They are the only remaining charter member of the American Athletic Conference, having been its member since its founding as the original Big East Conference.
The UConn Huskies have won numerous National NCAA Team Championships over the course of years. The university has won a total of sixteen championships. Of these, three are men's basketball national NCAA championships with the last two won in 2004 and 2011. The men's soccer team has also won three National NCAA Championships. The women's basketball team ranks number one in terms of national championships, having won a smashing eight with the last three in 2009, 2010 and 2013. Seven of the eight championships were won from 2000 onwards.
The UConn Huskies women's field hockey has won three National NCAA Championships and is the reigning team in the country, having won 2013's National NCAA Championship. The university also has a reputation for the high academic standards of its athletes; seventy percent of its athletes graduate from the university and half of its athletes have a GPA of 3.0 and above. The women's lacrosse team has held the record for the second highest team GPA in the US. Some of the university's athletes, such as basketball player Emeka Okafor, have also been Academic All–Americans.
By far, the women's basketball team and the men's basketball team have gained the most fame. They regularly rank in the Top 10 in the US, with the women's basketball team winning eight National Championships and going through four seasons undefeated. Many of their players have graduated to play pro basketball in the NBA, including Emeka Okafor, Kemba Walker, Charlie Villanueva, Hilton Armstrong, Kevin Ollie, Jeremy Lamb, Marcus Drummond and Marcus Williams.
The university is also a Nike sponsored school as of 2009, after a ten year long contract worth forty six million dollars was signed. Its baseball team has also gained much fame and is coached by Jim Penders. Its highest winning season was 2010 with forty eight wins and it has also been ranked at the top of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
Many baseball players from the program have gone on to play in MLB. The aforementioned women's basketball team, undoubtedly the greatest in the program, has also made fourteen Final Four appearances, won nineteen Big East Regular Season Championships and eighteen Big East Tournament Championships. The team has spawned eleven All–Americans and one Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. It also holds the record for the Most Consecutive Victories in NCAA History, at ninety, making it a team worth watching all of its games.