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A Brief History of Mount Mary College Athletics
Mount Mary College has a long history of sports and athletics for its women students and
staff dating back to the 1920’s. We have not always been called the Blue Angels,
however, that is more recent history.
- 1929 –
Mount Mary offers intra-class (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
basketball, baseball, bowling, volleyball, field hockey, golf, tennis,
track & field, and swimming, along with club sports in horseback
riding, hiking, and skating.
- 1939 –
Mount Mary offers adds archery, badminton, dancing, and softball to
the list of intra-class competition sports.
- 1950 –
New construction of a light airy gymnasium, a beautiful natatorium,
and four tennis courts ushered in a new look for sports at the College.
The Athletic Association was affiliated with the Athletic Federation
of College Women.
– Colleen Jacobson served as Athletic Director, Coach, and Chair
of the Physical Education Department.
- 1977 – Mount
Mary competes in basketball and volleyball at the varsity level in the
Independent Colleges’ Women's Athletic Conference.
- 1994 – Mount
Mary Crusaders compete in cross country, softball, indoor track, soccer,
volleyball as members of the Lake Michigan Conference and NCAA Division
- 1999 – Crusaders
play varsity level sports in soccer, tennis, volleyball, and softball
competing against NCAA Division III and NAIA schools in the five state
- 2000 - School colors: royal blue, white and gray.
- 2002 – In
response to September 11, 2002, there were discussions about the nickname
Crusaders with concern for the violent nature associated with the name.
By a vote of the student body, the name Blue Angels was adopted.
- 2003 –
After a period of inactivity, Mount Mary College applied for provisional
membership in the NCAA Division III.
- 2006 –
The new Bloechl Recreation Center opens in October.
- 2007 - Mount
Mary College Blue Angels adopted a new athletic logo.
- 2009 - In January two Mount Mary basketball players
were named Association of Division III Independents Player of the Week.
This is the first time that a Mount Mary athlete was given this award,
let alone two athletes.
- 2009 - Mount Mary College Blue Angels become NCAA
Division III members.