Nevada Wolf Pack

Nevada Wolf Pack
Nevada Wolf Pack Logo.svg
University University of Nevada, Reno
Conference(s) Mountain West Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Cary Groth
Location RenoNV
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Mackay Stadium
Basketball arena Lawlor Events Center
Baseball stadium William Peccole Park
Mascot Alphie and Wolfie Jr.
Nickname Wolf Pack
Fight song Hail to our Sturdy Team
Colors Navy Blue and Silver
Homepage Nevada Wolf Pack

The Nevada Wolf Pack are the collegiate athletic teams that represent the University of Nevada, Reno, consisting of 16 varsity teams. Though often known as UNR within the state, the university is simply called Nevada for athletics purposes; its sports teams are nicknamed the Wolf Pack (always two words). They participate in the NCAA’s Division I (FBSfor football) and in the Western Athletic Conference, although they have accepted an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference, along with fellow WAC member Fresno State, beginning in 2012.

Nevada’s athletic teams were originally known as the Sagebrushers, named after Nevada’s state flower. In the 1921-1922 school year, a local writer described the school’s athletic teams as a “pack of wolves.” That name stuck and by 1923, the student body designated “Wolves” as the school’s mascot.