Hartford Hawks

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,[2] and the women's golf team as an associate member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.[3] The men's and women's tennis teams were discontinued at the end of the 2016 season, and women's lacrosse was added.[4]

Hartford Hawks
UniversityUniversity of Hartford
ConferenceAmerica East Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorMaria Feeley (interim)
LocationWest Hartford, Connecticut
Varsity teams17
Basketball arenaChase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion
Baseball stadiumFiondella Field Dunkin' Donuts Park
Soccer stadiumAl-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium
Lacrosse stadiumAl-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium
MascotHowie the Hawk
Fight song"Fly High"
ColorsScarlet and White[1]

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
BasketballCross country
Cross countryGolf
Track and fieldTrack and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Men's golf

America East Champions 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007

Women's golf

America East Champions 2005

Men's soccer

NCAA Tournament appearances 1991, 1992, 1996, 1999
America East Tournament Champions 1989, 1991, 1992, 1999
America East Regular Season Champions 1996, 1999

Women's soccer

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.

Discontinued sports

Men's tennis

America East Champions 1989, 1990, 1994–1995, 2001–2002

Athletic facilities

Sport Facility[6] Capacity
Baseball Dunkin' Donuts Park
Fiondella Field
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."[7] "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."[7]

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."[8] "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."[8]

Notable Hawks

Athletic directors

Equipment sponsors

Hartford's athletic teams wear gear made by sporting goods company Under Armour.[14]


  1. University of Hartford Brand Identity Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. "WSU joins friends/foes as Big Sky brings back men's golf". Standard-Examiner. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  3. "Hartford Hawks". University of Hartford Athletics. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  4. "University of Hartford Athletics Adds Women's Lacrosse, Discontinues Men's and Women's Tennis". Hartford Courant. October 29, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  5. "Another Title For Hartford Women's Soccer". Hartford Courant. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  6. University of Hartford Athletic Facilities at hartfordhawks.com, URL accessed October 4, 2009. Archived 10/04/09
  7. "Hartford Hawks".
  8. "Hartford Hawks".
  9. "A. Peter LoMaglio Honored with Memorial Highway". we-ha.com. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  10. "Hartford's Meiser-McKnett Receives Regional AD of the Year Award at NACDA Convention". Hartford Athletics. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  11. "UHart's Meiser to retire; One Of Just 30 Female Division I ADs". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  12. "Goff Leaving Hartford To Become Athletic Director At St. John's". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  13. "Wisconsin-Green Bay AD Mary Ellen Gillespie Set To Take Same Role At Hartford". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  14. "Hawks and Under Armour Ink Multi-Year Partnership". University of Hartford. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
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