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UMBC Retrievers

UMBC Retrievers
University University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Conference America East
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Tim Hall
Location Baltimore, MD
Varsity teams 19
Football stadium UMBC Stadium
Basketball arena Retriever Activities Center
Baseball stadium The Baseball Factory Field at UMBC
Mascot True Grit
Nickname Retrievers
Fight song UMBC Riser
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The UMBC Retrievers represent the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in NCAA Division I athletics. The official colors of the Retrievers are black and gold (PMS 123).[1] The Retrievers field 19 varsity sports; nine men and 10 women. UMBC competes in the America East Conference, but has separate affiliations in two sports not sponsored by that league. The men's swimming and diving team competes in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, and the men's tennis team in the Missouri Valley Conference.


The retriever mascot is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the state dog of Maryland. There is a statue of a retriever known as True Grit that stands in front of the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). UMBC's costumed mascot has been known both as True Grit and Fever. UMBC also once had a live mascot named Campus Sam. Today, there is a live mascot named Gritty. In 2007, True revealed he had a sister, Trudy Grit, at the volleyball pep rally. She was used as a mascot as well.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of UMBC in 2006, the University held the "March of the Retrievers," a procession of 40 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers from the True Grit statue to the University Commons and then on to the UMBC Soccer Stadium, site of the Homecoming soccer match.


A member of the America East Conference, UMBC sponsors teams in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[2]

Sport Head Coach Venue Capacity Notes
Baseball Bob Mumma Alumni Field 1,000 2001 NEC Tournament Champions (as assistant coach under former head coach John Jancuska)
Basketball (Men) Aki Thomas RAC Arena 4,024 2008 America East Tournament Champions, 2008 America East Regular Season Champions (as assistant coach under former head coach Randy Monroe)
Basketball (Women) Phil Stern RAC Arena 4,024 2007 America East Tournament Champions, 2011 America East Regular Season Champions, 2011 WNIT
Cross Country
(Men & Women)
Matt Gittermann No home course N/A 2013 America East Champions (Men); 2005 America East Champions (Men) (under former head coach Murray Davis)
Lacrosse (Men) Don Zimmerman UMBC Stadium 4,500 America East Champions 2006, 2008, 2009; America East Regular Season Champions 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009; 2007 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinalist, 1980 Division II National Champion
Lacrosse (Women) Tony Giro
and Amy Appelt
UMBC Stadium 4,500 NEC Tournament Champions 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 (under former head coach Monica Yeakel); 2006 America East Regular Season Co-Champions (under former head coach Courtney Connor)
Soccer (Men) Pete Caringi Jr. Retriever Soccer Park 1,500 1999 NEC Regular Season Champions; 1999 NEC Tournament Champions; NCAA College Cup First Round 1999; America East Regular Season Champions 2003, 2013, 2014; America East Tournament Champions 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014; NCAA College Cup Second Round 2010, 2012, 2013, NCAA College Cup Final Four 2014
Soccer (Women) Leslie Wray Retriever Soccer Park 1,500 America East Regular Season Champions 2013, America East Tournament Champions 2013
Softball (Women) Joe French UMBC Softball Stadium 1,000 2000 NEC Tournament Champions (under former head coach Michelle Neveling); 2002 NEC Tournament Champions; 2003 NEC Regular Season Champions
Swimming & Diving
(Men & Women)
Chad Cradock UMBC Aquatic Complex 500 Men: America East Champions 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013; Northeast Conference Champions 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Women: America East Champions 2007, 2008, 2011; Northeast Conference Champions 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003

(Men & Women)
Rob Hubbard Tennis Center 500 2007 America East Champions (Men) (under former head coach Keith Puryear)
Track & Field
(Men & Women)
David Bobb UMBC Stadium 4,500
Volleyball (Women) Ian Blanchard RAC Arena 4,024 1995 Big South Champions; 1998 Northeast Conference Champions (under former head coach Catherine Lavery)
The Retriever Activities Center prior to the 2008 America East Conference Championship Game
File:UMBC men's lax tourney.jpg
Retriever men's lacrosse competing against the University of Delaware in the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament.
File:Phil Stern UMBC.jpg
Phil Stern, head coach women's Basketball team

In Spring of 2014, UMBC announced that a brand new, $85 million stadium and events center is to be built and opened sometime during the 2017-2018 school year. The new stadium will host Retriever basketball and volleyball games, as well as host convocations, speaker events, and other community events.[3]

The UMBC Dance Team, cheerleading squad, mascot, and the "Down and Dirty Dawg" Pep Band also are supported through UMBC Athletics.

Non-Varsity Programs

Sport Head Coach Venue Notes
Wrestling (Men) Luke Broadwater RAC Arena NCWA National Championship- 10th place team: 2010, 9th place team: 2011. Individual National Champions: Alex Broadwater (149 lbs) 2008. Individual All Americans: Alex Broadwater 2007, 2008, 2009; Michael Hornzell 2007; Angelo Ambridge 2010; Zach Coe 2010; Daniel Carr 2011; Kekura Musa 2011
Ice Hockey (Men) Jeff Pelus Reisterstown IcePlex ACHA National Tournament 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014. ACHA National Semifinalist 2010, 2014. Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Champions 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014. Individual All-Americans: Nik Jost 2012, 2013.
Volleyball (Men) RAC Arena 2014 NCVF Quarterfinalist
Rugby (Men) Rusty Cross Walker Field 2009 4th in Region

Athletic Alumni

UMBC Riser

UMBC Retrievers Logo from 2001-2010

The UMBC Riser is the official fight song of the UMBC Retrievers, and was written by Dr. George LaNoue, a professor of policy sciences[4]

Stand up and cheer, UMBC
Forward we go, to another victory.
Retrievers, be bold,
We back you as we stand,
Black and gold, the best in Maryland.
Rise up and sing!
Stand up and roar!
Make echoes ring from the mountains to the shore.
Baltimore's pride, our alma mater grand,
UMBC, the best in any land!

Alma mater

UMBC's alma mater debuted in 2006 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary festivities. The tune is American Hymn by Matthias Keller, and the lyrics and arrangement are by Jari Villanueva, former director of UMBC's pep band.[5]

Hail alma mater! OUR UMBC,
Boldly bearing your colors, the whole world to see,
Striving together in true unity,
Black, gold forever we're reminded of thee,
Proudly we hail to thee, OUR UMBC!

Throughout the ages, OUR UMBC,
Songs and memories still echo with true clarity,
Knowledge and wisdom and truth we found here,
Friendships we treasure that will last through the years,
Proudly we hail to thee, OUR UMBC!


  1. ^ University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. ^ "UMBC Retrievers". University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "UMBC Announces Major Construction Projects". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 12-04-14.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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