The Hartford Hawks are the NCAA Division I athletic teams of the University of Hartford, located in West Hartford, Connecticut. A member of the America East Conference, Hartford sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports with the men's golf team competing as an affiliate member of the Big Sky Conference, and the women's golf team as an associate member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The men's and women's tennis teams were discontinued at the end of the 2016 season, and women's lacrosse was added.
|University||University of Hartford|
|Conference||America East Conference|
|Athletic director||Maria Feeley (interim)|
|Location||West Hartford, Connecticut|
|Basketball arena||Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion|
|Baseball stadium||Fiondella Field Dunkin' Donuts Park|
|Soccer stadium||Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium|
|Lacrosse stadium||Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium|
|Mascot||Howie the Hawk|
|Fight song||"Fly High"|
|Colors||Scarlet and White|
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Track and field†||Track and field†|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.|
|America East Champions||1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007|
|America East Champions||2005|
|NCAA Tournament appearances||1991, 1992, 1996, 1999|
|America East Tournament Champions||1989, 1991, 1992, 1999|
|America East Regular Season Champions||1996, 1999|
|College Cup appearances||1992|
|NCAA Tournament appearances||1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006|
|America East Tournament Champions||1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006|
|America East Regular Season Champions||1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018|
|America East Tournament Champions||1993|
|America East Regular Season Champions||1993|
As a newer member to division 1 athletics and the conference landscape changing it has been difficult for Hartford to establish a rivalry with other division 1 programs. A new rivalry is starting to emerge between the Central Connecticut Blue Devils and Hartford, with most sports teams playing each other annually.
|America East Champions||1989, 1990, 1994–1995, 2001–2002|
|Baseball||Dunkin' Donuts Park
|Basketball||Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion||4,017|
|Cross Country||Elizabeth Park, Hartford||N/A|
|Golf||Men–Gillette Ridge Golf Club
Women–Wampanoag Country Club
|Lacrosse||Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium||2,500|
|Soccer||Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium||2,500|
|Softball||Hartford Softball Field||1,000|
|Track & Field (Indoor)||No home field house||N/A|
|Track & Field (Outdoor)||No home stadium||N/A|
|Volleyball||Hartford Volleyball Arena||500|
From Hartford's athletic website: "Hartford, which has posted a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher in each of the last 15 semesters, saw an average of 70 percent of its student-athletes record a 3.0 in one or both semesters last year. In addition, 43 percent of Hawk student-athletes notched at least a 3.5 while five percent registered perfect 4.0 GPA's for the 2012–13 academic year." "The University of Hartford clinched its second-straight America East Academic Cup in 2012–13 after posting the highest grade-point average of any school in the 18-year history of the award. Compiling a 3.24 GPA in 2012–13, the Hawks won their third Academic Cup all-time."
Mascot and nickname
From Hartford's athletic website: "Howie is well known among the University of Hartford community and fans, and has been known for his on court antics during basketball games. The current version of Howie the Hawk began its tenure during the winter of 2008–09." "The nickname originated in the late 1940s when the school competed as Hillyer College. It is believed that the nickname stemmed from spectators having to climb four flights of stairs in the old Chauncey Harris School on Hudson Street in Hartford to the "Hawk's Nest" to watch basketball and wrestling events."
- Jeff Bagwell – Former Hartford third baseman (1987–89). 2x All-American (1988, 1989), 2x Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Year (1988, 1989). Hartford's all-time leader in batting average and slugging percentage. Selected as the 110th overall pick in the 4th round of the 1989 MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox (1989–90). Traded to the Houston Astros (1990–2005) on August 30, 1990. NL MVP (1994), 4x MLB All-Star (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999), NL Rookie of the Year (1991), Gold Glove Award (1994), 3x Silver Slugger (1994, 1997, 1999). Former Houston Astros hitting coach (2010), Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, inducted (2017).
- Vin Baker — Former Hartford center (1989–93). North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Player of the Year (1992–93). Hartford's all-time leading scorer. Selected as the 8th overall pick in the 1st round of the 1993 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks (1993–97). Seattle SuperSonics (1997–02), Boston Celtics (2002–04), New York Knicks (2004–05), Houston Rockets (2005), Los Angeles Clippers (2006), Minnesota Timberwolves (2006). 4x NBA All-Star (1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98). All-NBA Second Team (1997–98). All-NBA Third Team (1996–97). NBA All-Rookie First Team (1993–94).
- Jerry Kelly
- Tracey Kelusky
- Tim Petrovic
- Patrick Sheehan
- Saralyn Smith
- Earl Snyder — Former Hartford first/third baseman (1995–98). Hartford's all-time leader in hits, runs, home runs, runs batted in (RBIs), and total bases.
- Sean Newcomb — Former Hartford starting pitcher (2012–14). Baseball America All-American Third Team (2014), ABCA All-American Second Team (2014), Perfect Game All-American Second Team (2014). ABCA All-Northeast Region First Team (2014). America East Pitcher of the Year (2014). Selected 15th overall in the 1st round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2014–present).
Hartford's athletic teams wear gear made by sporting goods company Under Armour.
- University of Hartford Brand Identity Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 9, 2016.
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- "University of Hartford Athletics Adds Women's Lacrosse, Discontinues Men's and Women's Tennis". Hartford Courant. October 29, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
- "Another Title For Hartford Women's Soccer". Hartford Courant. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
- University of Hartford Athletic Facilities at hartfordhawks.com, URL accessed October 4, 2009. Archived 10/04/09
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- "Hartford's Meiser-McKnett Receives Regional AD of the Year Award at NACDA Convention". Hartford Athletics. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
- "UHart's Meiser to retire; One Of Just 30 Female Division I ADs". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
- "Goff Leaving Hartford To Become Athletic Director At St. John's". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
- "Wisconsin-Green Bay AD Mary Ellen Gillespie Set To Take Same Role At Hartford". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
- "Hawks and Under Armour Ink Multi-Year Partnership". University of Hartford. Retrieved 2016-10-31.