Miami Hurricanes

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Miami Hurricanes
University University of Miami
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Blake James
Location Coral Gables, FL
Basketball arena BankUnited Center
Baseball stadium Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park
Soccer stadium Cobb Stadium
Natatorium Whitten University Center Pool
Mascot Sebastian the Ibis
Nickname Hurricanes
Fight song Hail to the Spirit of Miami U, Miami U How-Dee-Do[1]
     Green       Orange[2]

The Miami Hurricanes, of Coral Gables, Florida, (known informally as The U, UM or UMiami) are the varsity sports teams of the University of Miami. They compete in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The university fields 15 athletic teams for 17 varsity sports.[3] Men's teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, tennis, and track and field. Women's teams compete in basketball, cross-country, swimming and diving, golf, rowing, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. UM has approximately equal participation by male and female varsity athletes in these sports.[4]

Team colors are green, orange, and white. The school mascot is Sebastian the Ibis. The ibis was selected as the school's mascot because, according to university legend, it is the last animal to flee an approaching hurricane and the first to reappear after the storm, making it a symbol of leadership and courage. The school's athletics logo is a simple green and orange, color of an orange tree, letter "U." The school's marching band is the Band of the Hour.


Aside from being an independent in baseball, the Hurricanes were a full member of the Big East Conference from 1991 to 2004. In 2004, the school became a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).


Miami's traditional athletic rivals include the Seminoles of Florida State University[5] and the Gators of the University of Florida.[6] The Hurricanes have played more football games against the Seminoles (60) than against any other opponent (Florida being second with 55 games); the series began in 1951, and has been played annually since 1969. The teams only bowl meeting was the 2004 Orange Bowl, prior to Miami leaving the Big East Conference to join the Atlantic Coast Conference (in which Florida State has been a member since 1992.) As of the 2015 meeting, the Hurricanes hold a 31–29 series lead against the Seminoles.[7]

The Hurricanes first played the Gators in football in 1938; and the teams played annually (except in 1943 when Florida didn't field a team due lack of players due to WWII) until 1987. Since then, Miami and Florida have met only six times (four during the regular season in 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2013, and in two bowl games: the 2001 Sugar Bowl and the 2004 Chick-fil-A Bowl). The Hurricanes and the Gators last scheduled meeting was the game in Miami on September 7, 2013. As of the fall of 2013, Miami holds a 29–26 series lead against Florida.[8][9]


The University of Miami sponsors teams in seven and a half* men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[10]

  • * = Under the NCAA's "gender equity" provisions for balancing the number of athletic scholarships awarded to men and women at schools sponsoring football, Miami not only fields more teams for women than for men, but it has only a diving team for men, while having a swimming and diving team for women; with the reduction in scholarships, the men's diving team is counted as only half of a team by the NCAA.


UM has won four national championships (1982, 1985, 1999 and 2001) and reached the College World Series 22 times in the 34 seasons since 1974. Five UM graduates are currently active on MLB teams.[citation needed]

The team is currently coached by Jim Morris, the former head coach of the Georgia Tech baseball team. Former coach Ron Fraser was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2006. The team plays its games on the UM campus, in Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Morris' contract as coach has been extended through 2015. Morris has established a record of 850–344–3 (.711) in 19 seasons at Miami. His teams reached the College World Series in his first six seasons at UM, an NCAA record.[11] The Mascot for the baseball team is The Miami Maniac.

Miami holds the longest consecutive post season appearance streak at 42 consecutive years (1973–2014). This streak is the longest of any men's NCAA Div. 1 major sport, topping the football post season streak of 35 seasons (Nebraska 1972–2006) and the basketball streak of 27 seasons (North Carolina 1974–2001).

Men's basketball

The BankUnited Center on the University of Miami campus is the home arena of the Hurricanes' men's and women's basketball teams.

The Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team has produced three players who are currently on NBA rosters. Rick Barry, who played his collegiate basketball at UM, is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Barry is the Hurricanes' only consensus All-American in basketball and led the nation in scoring his senior year with a 37.4 average during the 1964–65 campaign. The team plays its home games at the BankUnited Center on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus.

The Board of Trustees attempted to shut the program down in the middle of the 1970 season, which forced Will Allen to organize his teammates and strike because it was not sufficient notice for the players to transfer schools. They held a press conference and this caught the attention of the national press, and the university actually dropped the program after the 1971 season,[12] with the Board citing inadequate facilities, sagging attendance, and serious financial losses as the reasons for the decision.[13] The program was revived before the 1985–86 season, though UM would be minimally competitive over the next several years. The program's fortunes turned around in 1990 when Miami hired Leonard Hamilton as head basketball coach and accepted an invitation to join the Big East. By the end of the decade, Hamilton had turned UM into one of the better basketball programs in the Big East and had guided UM to three straight NCAA tournament appearances (1998–2000), including a #2 seed in the 1999 tournament and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2000. The 1998 tournament appearance was UM's first since 1960.

Hamilton left at the end of the 2000 season to become head coach of the NBA's Washington Wizards and was replaced by Perry Clark. During Clark's second season (2001–02) the team won 24 games and a #5 seed in the NCAA tournament. With the 2002–03 season, the team moved into its newly completed on-campus arena, the BankUnited Center. Despite a win over powerhouse North Carolina to christen the new arena, Clark's teams performed woefully over the next two seasons, leading[clarification needed] to his dismissal following the 2003–04 season (UM's last season in the Big East). Clark was replaced by Frank Haith, whose teams were competitive[clarification needed] in UM's first two seasons as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In the 2007/2008 season, after being picked to finish last in the Atlantic Coast Conference the Hurricanes finished the year 23–11 (8–8 in the ACC) and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to the second seeded University of Texas at Austin. This was the team's first NCAA tournament bid since the 2001–2002 season.

For the 2009/2010 season, Miami had a winning record overall (20–13), but finished in last place in the ACC with a record of 4–12.

On April 4, 2011, Miami Coach Frank Haith accepted a Head Coaching position at the University of Missouri.

On April 22, 2011, George Mason Patriots Head Coach Jim Larranaga accepted the Head Coaching position after coaching the Patriots for 14 seasons.

For the '12–'13 season, Miami (FL) knocked down No. 1 Duke 90-63, won their first 13 ACC games, and attained the highest AP ranking in school history, attaining a #2 ranking. However, the Hurricanes lost to Wake Forest, 80-65, ruining at the time, a perfect record in ACC play. Miami clinched an ACC regular season title with a home triumph over Clemson. Miami entered the ACC Tournament as the #1 seed, and won said tournament with a win over the North Carolina Tar Heels. Thanks to this very successful season, multiple members of the program were recognized. Starting point guard Shane Larkin was named the ACC Player of the Year, senior shooting guard Durand Scott was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year, & Jim Larranaga was named the ACC Coach of the Year. Miami (FL) was selected to be the No. 2 seed in East Region of the NCAA Tournament. Their first opponent would be Pacific University. They defeated the Tigers 78-49. Their next opponent would be the University of Illinois. They defeated the Fighting Illini 63-59, allowing them to advance into the Regional Semifinals, where they would lose to Marquette

Women's basketball

UM forward Shenise Johnson, during the summer of 2009, competed on the gold medal-winning USA Team at the 2009 U19 World Championships.[14] The team plays its home games at the BankUnited Center on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus.

In 2009–10, Miami finished last in the ACC. A year later, the Lady Canes went 26–3 (12–2 ACC) in the regular season to finish alongside Duke as regular season ACC champions. Miami went undefeated at the BankUnited Center, extending their home winning streak to 24 straight games. Despite a quarterfinal exit in the ACC Tournament, Miami's performance was enough to merit the program's first NCAA tournament bid since 1992. After cruising past Gardner-Webb in the first round, they lost to Oklahoma in the second. Head coach Katie Meier won National Coach of the Year, along with Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer. Junior guards Shenice Johnson and Riquana Williams were named to the All-ACC first team, Sophomore forward Morgan Stroman was named to the all-conference third team, and Johnson was a third-team All-American.

The 2011–12 team returned every player from the 2010–11 squad and was picked in the preseason to win the ACC.

Cross country

On July 22, 2008, Amy Deem was promoted to Director of Track and Field/Cross Country and heads both the men's and women's programs. She was head women's track and field coach for the prior 7 years.[15]

In the 2006 ACC Cross Country Championships, UM's men finished 12th out of 12 teams,[16] and UM's women finished also finished last out of 12.[17]

At the 2009 ACC Cross Country Championship, UM's men[18] and women[19] again finished last out of 12 teams.


UM has both men's and women's diving teams. In 2008, the men's team finished 11th (57 pts.) at the ACC Championships and finished 18th (40 pts.) at the NCAA Championships.[20]


The Miami Orange Bowl was the home field for Miami Hurricanes football until its 2008 demolition. Since then, the Hurricanes have played at Sun Life Stadium.

Historically, the Hurricanes are one of the most predominant college football programs in the nation. They have won five Division I national football championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 2001), and are currently ranked fourth on the list of all-time Associated Press National Poll Championships, behind Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Alabama.[21]

As of 2012, UM has produced two Heisman Trophy winners, Vinny Testaverde (in 1986) and Gino Torretta (in 1992). Five former UM football players — Warren Sapp, Ted Hendricks, Michael Irvin, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy and Jim Otto — have been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame following their NFL careers. Two other former UM players, Ottis Anderson and Ray Lewis, have been named Super Bowl MVPs (for Super Bowl XXV and Super Bowl XXXV, respectively). Since the 2008 demolition of the Miami Orange Bowl, the team has played its home games at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

As of the 2011 National Football League season, UM had the most players active in the NFL of any university in the nation, with 42.[22]

Women's golf

The Hurricanes won the national golf championships in 1970, 1972, 1977, 1978 and 1984.[23] The team plays its home games on at Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club in Coral Gables, Florida.[23]

Women's rowing

In July 2009, Andrew Carter, a former assistant coach at Clemson University, was selected as head rowing coach at UM. Carter has over 20 years of experience coaching at the collegiate and international levels. Marc DeRose was hired as assistant coach.[24]

Women's soccer

Miami added a soccer team in 1957. It offered scholarships from the beginning by phasing in 3 scholarships per year over a four-year period. The Cobb Stadium for Soccer, Track and Field was built on the Coral Gables campus in 1998 for the program.

Women's swimming

In 2009, the team finished 8th (219 pts.) at the ACC Championships and 24th (25 pts.) at the NCAA Championships.[20] The team won the AIAW national championship in 1975 and 1976.[25][26] UM does not currently have a varsity men's swimming team.


Michael Russell played number one singles for the University of Miami in 1996–97.[27] He was named 1997 NCAA Rookie of the Year and an All American, and finished No. 7 in collegiate rankings (and No. 1 among freshmen).[15][27][28][29] His 39 singles match wins were a school record, and he was the first freshman since 1986 to win the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, defeating Fred Niemeyer in the final.[15] He was also named to the 1997 Rolex Collegiate All-Star Team, selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Tennis Magazine, and the Big East Championship Most Outstanding Player.[30]

As of 2009, Kevin Ludwig was the head coach, and there were 9 men[31] and 7 women on the tennis team.[32] The men's team is coached by Mario Rincon, and women's team by Paige Yaroshuk-Tews.

Track and field

In July 2008, Mike Ward, who served for five years as an assistant and 11 years as head coach in the University of Miami's track and cross country programs, retired.[33] Amy Deem, who had been the women's coach for 17 years became the Director of Track and Field/Cross Country.[15] Perhaps UM's most notable athlete is Lauryn Williams '04, who earned nine All-American honors. Internationally, Williams won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, gold at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, and finished 5th at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.,[34] all in the 100m dash. The team plays its home games at Cobb Stadium on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus.


The women's volleyball team had a 26–6 2008 season overall with a record of 14–6 in conference matches.[35]

Other sports

UM has sponsored other varsity sports in the past. The University of Miami polo team was undefeated in tournament play from 1948–1951. However, the games were poorly attended and the program ran a $15,000 deficit in 1950. The sport was dropped the following year.[26] Boxing was one of the most popular and successful athletic programs on campus through the 1950s. Varsity boxing matches attracted sizeable crowds.[36]

Club sports


National team championships

As of July 1, 2015, Miami has 5 NCAA team national championships.[37]

  • Men's (4)
  • Women's (1)

Below are 16 national team titles that were not bestowed by the NCAA:

  • Men's
    • Crew (1): 1988
    • Football (5): 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001
    • Polo (4): 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950
  • Women's:
    • Golf (4):1970, 1972, 1977, 1978 (AIAW)
    • Swimming and Diving (2): 1975, 1976 (AIAW)

Graduation Success Rate

The Miami Hurricanes most recent (2013) overall program Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 92 percent, according to the rates released by the NCAA. Miami's GSR is tied for third among ACC schools and 10th overall among FBS programs. UM has exceeded the NCAA average GSR in each of the last nine years. In 2012, Miami set a school-record with a 93 percent GSR, a year after (2011) establishing a then-record at 89 percent. Eight teams compiled GSR marks of 100 percent. Men's diving and golf each posted their ninth consecutive perfect marks, while women's tennis recorded its sixth straight GSR score of 100 percent. Baseball, women's track & field / cross country, rowing, women's swimming and volleyball also tallied perfect GSR scores. It was volleyball's third straight year with a perfect GSR; rowing and women's swimming posted perfect scores for the second straight year.[38]

Gender equity

Student-Athletes as of 2014-2015
(Some Student-Athletes complete in multiple sports, and such counted multiple times)
Sport Male Athletes Female Athletes
Baseball 34 N/A
Basketball 14 13
Cross Country 9 13
Diving (half sport) 3 N/A
Football 106 N/A
Golf N/A 7
Rowing N/A 46
Swimming & Diving N/A 20
Track & Field 25 30
Tennis 9 7
Volleyball N/A 14
Total 201 176

The University of Miami, as articulated by its former president Donna Shalala, has been very supportive of achieving gender equity and complying with Title IX. Shalala wrote of her support in a Miami Herald column on the 30th anniversary of that law.[39] However, in the past, female athletes filed complaints with the federal government in the 1970s and 1980s alleging unequal funding and facilities for UM women's sports.[40]

Of the $46.8 million in annual athletic expenditures, $23.9 million were spent on men's team, $9.8 million were spent on women's teams, and $13 million can not be allocated based on gender.[4]

Miami has notable differences between the graduation rates of male and female student athletes. As of 2002, UM graduation rates had 64.1% graduating within 4 years, 75.1% graduating within 5 years, and 76.8% graduating within 6 years.[41] Male student athletes have a 52% 4 year graduation rate, and 72% of female student athletes graduate within 4 years.[42]

Some critics of Miami's allocation of fiscal resources within the Athletics Department have blamed the decision to drop certain men's teams on Title IX compliance.[43][44][45]

UM Sports Hall of Fame

The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame[46] is located next to the Hecht Athletic Center on campus. It houses many artifacts and memorabilia from the Hurricanes' athletic teams over the last 80 years. Each year, the Hall of Fame inducts former athletes who have been out of school at least 10 years, or coaches and administrators, in an annual banquet.

Since its inception in 1966, the UMSHoF has inducted over 250 or the greatest student-athletes who have worn the Orange, Green and White.

The Class of 2012 includes football's Ed Reed, Bryant McKinnie, Rich Mercier and Ray Bellamy, baseball's Robbie Morrison, track's Patrina Allen, women's basketball's Desma Thomas Bateast, and women's tennis coach Paige Yaroshuk Tews. The 44th annual induction banquet will be held Thursday, March 29, at Jungle Island in Miami.

Notable alumni

See: List of University of Miami alumni#Athletics

See also


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