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UT Martin Skyhawks
UT Martin Skyhawks
School Name: University of Tennessee at Martin
Location: Martin, Tennessee
Arena: Kathleen and Tom Elam Center
Capacity: 4,300
Conference: Ohio Valley
Head coach: Ryan Ridder

The University of Tennessee at Martin is a primary campus of the University of Tennessee system. Other campuses include those in Knoxville, Chattanooga, the Center for the Health Sciences in Memphis, and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. UTM is the only public four-year university in West Tennessee outside Memphis.

Athletic teams participate in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The university mascot was changed from "Pacers" to "Skyhawks" in 1995. The reasoning behind the "Skyhawks" moniker was described thus:

  • The first educational institution on the site of UT Martin was Hall-Moody Bible Institute. The school's athletic teams were called "sky pilots", a frontier term for preachers in that day, but perhaps the students were thinking of the glamorous flying aces of World War I.
  • During World War II, UT Junior College contracted with the Naval War Training Service to help train pilots, who completed their flight training at an airport located on the current site of Westview High School.
  • Red-tail hawks are indigenous to the West Tennessee region.

Prior to being known as "Pacers" the university's teams were called "Volunteers." The name was changed in 1971, largely due to fact that, on account of the former junior college status of the school, the teams were often referred to as the "Baby Vols."

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