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Drexel Dragons
Drexel Dragons
School Name: Drexel University
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Arena: Daskalakis Athletic Center
Capacity: 2,532
Conference: CAA
Head coach: James "Bruiser" Flint

Drexel University is an institution of higher learning and research located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, a noted financier and philanthropist. The current president is Constantine Papadakis.

The Drexel Dragons are the athletic teams of the University. The school's athletic program includes 16 NCAA Division I-A varsity sports, consisting of 8 men's and 8 women's teams. The Dragons compete in the Colonial Athletic Association. Although located in Philadelphia, Drexel is not a member of the Philadelphia Big 5, which is made up of the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, Villanova, Temple University and La Salle University.

Drexel University's campus is located right next to the University of Pennsylvania in the University City section of Philadelphia. When Drexel and Penn play, it is sometimes referred to as "the shortest roadtrip in the NCAA". So short in fact that Penn's official parking lot for athletic events is located much closer (1 block) to Drexel's Daskalakis Athletic Center than it is to the school's own Palestra (about 3½ blocks). The visiting team usually walks as a group to the road game.

In January, 2007, the Drexel Basketball team was ranked as the 35th best in the country. Also, on February 18, 2007, the Drexel Men's Lacrosse team beat University of Virginia, who was ranked number 1 in the nation. This became the first win over a number 1 team in Drexel sports history.

Drexel includes such local greats as Don Maines, Malik Rose and Bob Alejnikov. Rose and Michael Anderson played in the NBA, while Alejnikov is the only player to ever average a triple double, performing the feat in 1975. Several other Drexel alumni have been drafted by NBA teams including: Randy Burkert (9th round of 1982 draft by Philadelphia 76ers), Rich Congo (7th round of 1984 draft by Philadelphia 76ers), Michael Mitchell (9th round of 1984 draft by Philadelphia 76ers).

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