Jack the Bulldog, the Georgetown Hoyas' mascot

The Georgetown Hoyas are the athletics teams that officially represent Georgetown University in college sports. Hoyas (the name means "what" or "such") participate in the NCAA's Division I Big East Conference in 26 sports and the Division I-AA Patriot League in football. The men's basketball team is the school's most famous and most successful program, but Hoyas have achieved some degree of success in a wide range of sports.

Cultural traditions[]

"What is a Hoya"[]

The University admits that the precise origin of the term "Hoya" is unknown. [1] The official story is that at some point prior to 1920, students well-versed in the classical languages invented the Greek hoia or hoya, meaning "what" or "such", and the Latin saxa, to form "What Rocks!" Depending on who tells the story, the "rocks" either refer to the baseball team, which was nicknamed the "Stonewalls" after the Civil War, to the stalwart defense of the football team, or to the stone wall that surrounded the campus. [2] In 1920, students began publishing the campus's first regular newspaper under the name The Hoya, after successfully petitioning Rev. Coleman Nevils, S.J., Dean of the College, to change the name of the young paper, which was originally to be known as The Hilltopper. By the fall of 1928, the newspaper had taken to referring to the sports teams (then called the Hilltoppers in reference to Georgetown's geography) as the Hoyas. Dean Nevils's former school, College of the Holy Cross, also refers to the term "Hoya" in one of its fight songs, as does a third Jesuit school, Marquette University. Big East opponents, whose schools tend to have more concrete nicknames, have long used "What's a Hoya?" as a chant to mock Georgetown. [3] Georgetown fans can take pleasure in knowing that, literally, what is a Hoya.



Stubby, predecessor to the current Jack the Bulldog mascot

Georgetown's nickname is The Hoyas, but its mascot is "Jack the Bulldog." Among the earliest mascots was a terrier named Stubby, whose name is largely unfamiliar today but was perhaps the most famous dog of his generation. Stubby was discovered by a soldier at the Yale Bowl, and went on to fight in World War I. He was personally decorated for valor (as a "Sergeant") by General John J. Pershing in a post-war ceremony at the White House. His owner then entered Georgetown Law School, and Stubby became part of the halftime show.[4]

From then on, Georgetown had a live dog as its mascot (most famously Rev. Vincent McDonough, SJ's dog, Hoya) until 1951, when the school joined a growing movement among private schools (most notably the University of Chicago) to suspend football programs as un-academic. The dog as a symbol lived on, though, and sporadically students would bring pet bulldogs to games. In 1962 the school adopted as its logo a drawing of an English Bulldog named "Jack", sporting a blue and gray cap. In 1979, the university began the tradition of dressing up a student in a blue and gray bulldog costume.[5]

Finally, in 1999, Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J. revived the tradition of a live bulldog; when he left for the University of Scranton, Georgetown immediately secured a new bulldog puppy and found another Jesuit, Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J., to care for him.[6]

Fight song[]

Georgetown's fight song is rare among U.S. university fight songs (St. Olaf College and Texas A&M presently, and Wisconsin in the past, being other prominent examples) for mentioning other colleges by name. Specifically, it mentions Yale University, Harvard University, Princeton University, College of the Holy Cross, the United States Naval Academy, and Cornell University, who were all rivals of Georgetown in the early-to-mid 20th century, and mocks their fight songs. In recent years, the Hoyas only play Cornell and Holy Cross regularly (in football), and many of these schools no longer use the fight songs that Georgetown's song mocks.

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A prior incarnation of the Jack the Bulldog logo

"It's been so long since last we met
Lie down forever, lie down
Or have you any money to bet
Lie down forever, lie down!

There goes old...Georgetown
Straight for a...touchdown (or rebound, when sung at basketball games)
See how they...gain ground
Lie down forever, lie down
Lie down forever, lie down!

Rah! Rah! Rah!
Hurrah for Georgetown
Cheer for victory today
'Ere the sun has sunk to rest,
In the cradle of the west
In the clouds will proudly float the Blue and Gray.

We've heard those loyal fellows up at Yale
Brag and boast about their 'Boola-Boola'
We've heard the Navy yell, we've listened to Cornell
We've heard the sons of Harvard tell
How Crimson lines could hold them
'Choo! Choo! Rah! Rah!', dear old Holy Cross
The proud old Princeton tiger is never at a loss
But the yell of all the yells,
The yell that wins the day
Is the 'HOYA, HOYA SAXA!' for the dear old Blue and Gray."


Men's basketball[]

Titles and banners[]

The Men's basketball team is the most successful and well-known sports program at the university. They won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in 1984 (over the University of Houston) under coach John Thompson, Jr. The Hoyas also reached and lost the Championship game in 1943 (to Wyoming), 1982 (to Michael Jordan's North Carolina), and 1985 (to Big East rival Villanova).

The team was very successful in the early years of the Big East: it won or tied for the regular-season titles in 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, and 1992. The team was even more dominant in the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: it won in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989.[8]

Hoyas in the pros[]

The Hoyas have an excellent history of preparing players for the NBA. Two Hoyas were the NBA first overall draft picks: Patrick Ewing in 1985 and Allen Iverson in 1996. Other Hoyas to make the NBA include Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, Sleepy Floyd, Othella Harrington, Jaren Jackson, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Don Reid, Charles Smith, Michael Sweetney, Jahidi White, Jerome Williams, Reggie Williams, and David Wingate.[9]

Another Hoya player who never sought an NBA career went on to achieve professional sports fame as an executive in another sport. Paul Tagliabue, who played for the Hoyas in the early 1960s and was one of the leading rebounders in school history [10], has been Commissioner of the National Football League since 1989.

Brendan Gaughan was a walk-on for the Hoyas (he also played football.) Gaughan is a driver in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series and also raced one season in the Nextel Cup series.

Recent years[]

Current team[]

The current coach is Thompson's son, John Thompson III, who took over from Craig Esherick. John Thompson III's first notable win with the team took place on January 21, 2006 when unranked Georgetown upset No. 1 Duke University. This was Georgetown's first win over a No. 1 ranked team in 21 years. An interesting item of trivia is that the last time the Hoyas beat a number one ranked team, John Thompson Jr. was coaching and Patrick Ewing was playing. In their win against Duke, John Thompson III was coaching and Patrick Ewing, Jr. was sitting on the bench (as a redshirt transfer sophomore).[11]

The Hoyas currently employ their own variant of the Princeton offense, a slow, cerebral style of play that is very rare in the modern college game. The hallmark of the offense is the "backdoor" pass, where a player on the wing suddenly moves in towards the basket, receives a bounce pass from a guard on the perimeter, and (if done correctly) finds himself with no defenders between him and a layup. Coach Thompson learned the style while serving under then-Coach Pete Carril of the Princeton University Tigers. Georgetown has been lauded in the sports media for destroying the "warped stereotype" that "African American kids don't want discipline" as well as for proving that the typically brawny Georgetown team can excel by emphasizing offensive efficiency rather than defense.[12]

On August 18, 2011, the Hoyas got beaten up with chairs and bottles by vastly stronger group of Chinese players and fans.

2006-07 season[]

The Hoyas have one of the NCAA's best recruiting classes for next season. Joining the Hoyas will be DaJuan Summers (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh), Vernon Macklin (Hargrave Military Academy) and Jeremiah Rivers (Winter Park, Fla.). Summers, a 6-8 power forward, was named the Baltimore City Player of the Year. Rivers participated in USA Basketball's Youth Development Festival as well as the NBA Players' Association Top 100 camp. [13] Macklin has been named a McDonald's All-American.[14]

Women's lacrosse[]

The women's lacrosse team has been particularly strong in recent years, winning 6 consecutive Big East titles. The Lady Hoyas reached the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship final in both 2001 and 2002. They play their home games on Multi-Sport Facility ("Harbin Field"), which is surrounded on two sides by dormitories, to respectably large crowds. In 2005, their first season under new coach Ricky Fried, the team went 13-5 and made the NCAA Tournament for the 8th straight year.[15] With one game left in the 2006 regular season, the Hoyas are 12-3, ranking #3 in the nation.[16]


In the 1940s, Georgetown had one of the better college football teams in America. As the college game became more expensive, however, Georgetown refused to make the expensive investments that other Catholic universities like Notre Dame made to maintain a top-notch program.

In 1941, Georgetown played in the Orange Bowl, where they lost 14-7 to Mississippi State. They also played in the 1950 Sun Bowl against Texas Western. Texas Western, now known as the University of Texas at El Paso (more commonly UTEP), won the game by a score of 33-20.

After a 2-7 season in 1950 which included losses to the likes of Penn State, Miami, and Maryland, Georgetown discontinued the sport, which was revived in 1964 by students. Its first game drew 8,000 to campus against New York University (NYU). Today's Georgetown team plays at the Division I-AA level, competing against Ivy League and Patriot League schools.

"Big Jim" Ricca, an NFL defensive end and offensive lineman, graduated in 1949 and was the last Hoya to make the NFL.[17]

Perhaps the football team's most accomplished athlete was Al Blozis, who would play for the NFL's New York Giants before being killed in action in World War II. Blozis's great athletic accomplishments, however, came in shotput and discus. He set the world indoor record for the shotput, throwing it 56 feet 4.5 inches in 1941. He was the national indoor and outdoor shotput champion in both 1942 and 1943.[18]

Other sports[]

Hoyas have excelled in a wide range of sports over the years:

  • Three players from the men's soccer team have played professionally for Major League Soccer: Phil Wellington (drafted in 1996), Brandon Leib (1997), and Eric Kvello (1999)
  • The sailing team finished 2005 ranked #1 [19] in the ICSA Sailing World College Rankings. As of March 2006, they are now #6. Andrew Campbell has led the sailing team to the three singlehanded national championships[20] and a second place finish in the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Associaion (ICSA) championships in Hood River, Oregon. He was named male sailing athlete of the year in 2002 and 2005.[21]


Athletic directors[]

Since July 1, 2005, the Director of the Athletic Department has been Bernard Muir. The former directors since the title's creation in 1914 are Charles R. Cox (1914-1920), Rev. Vincent S. McDonough (1920-1924), Louis Little (1924-1930), H. Gabriel Murphy (1930-1941), Rome F. Schwagel (1941-1942, 1947-1949), Joseph T. Gardner (1942-1943), Rev. John J. Kehoe (1943-1944), John L. Hagerty (1946-1947, 1949-1969), Robert H. Sigholtz (1969-1972), Francis X. Rienzo (1972-1999), Joseph C. Lang (1999-2004), and Adam Brick (2004-2005).[22]

List of sports[]

Intercollegiate sports include (inaugural season and current coach in parentheses)[23]

  • Men's: baseball (1860, Pete Wilk), basketball (1907, John Thompson III), crew (1876, Tony Johnson), cross country (1924, Ron Helmer), football (1887, Kevin Kelly), golf (1925, Tommy Hunter), lacrosse (1951, Dave Urick), soccer (1952), swimming and diving (1949, Bethany Bower), tennis (1920), and track and field (1891, Ron Helmer)
  • Women's: basketball (1960, Terri Williams Fluornoy), crew (1975, Tony Johnson), cross country (1976, Ron Helmer), field hockey (1960, Laurie Carroll), golf (2001, Connie Isler), lacrosse (1975, Ricky Fried), soccer (1991, Dave Nolan), softball (2005, Pat Conlan), swimming and diving (1975, Bethany Bower), tennis (1960), track and field (1976, Ron Helmer), and volleyball (1960, Arlisa Hagan)
  • Coed: sailing (1937, Mike Callahan)


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