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For 33 years, North Georgia competed as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) before transitioning to NCAA Division II beginning in 2004. North Georgia competed as members of the Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GIAC) from 1971 to 1999 and the Georgia Alabama Carolinas Conference (GACC) from 1999 to 2004.? In 2004, the GACC changed its named to the Southern States Athletic Conference.? North Georgia completed a three-year NCAA Division II membership application during the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, and became eligible for conference and NCAA postseason play during the 2007-08 season.The Early Years - Cadets & Rangers
Since its inception in 1873, North Georgia has fielded athletics teams. Football, basketball, and cross country were some of the first sports organized at NGC in the early years. Football was dropped in the 1930's due to the Depression and injuries. When North Georgia became a four-year institution in 1949, it became a member of the GIAC?in men's basketball and tennis as well as baseball. The school fielded teams known as both the "Cadets" and "Rangers" until 1960 when it dropped its program due to funding issues.Restarting The Program - Saints
In 1970, John Owen became president of North Georgia College and asked the University of Georgia to evaluate North Georgia restarting the athletics program. UGA's head basketball coach Harbin "Red" Lawson contacted one of his former Bulldogs, Bill Ensley, and recommended that he take the job as head basketball coach and athletics director at NGC. North Georgia adopted a Saint Bernard as their mascot and became known as the "Saints" in their first season of play in 1971. UNG fielded teams in baseball, men's basketball, and men's tennis in the GIAC. Women's basketball was added in 1972 and played in the Association of Intercollegiate Athletic for Women (AIAW) until 1981. In 1987, the women's basketball team, under the direction of head coach Lynn Jarrett, was the NAIA National runner-up. The Lady Saints fell, 60-58, to Southwest Oklahoma in Kansas City.Sport Offerings
Volleyball was added in the early 70's along with men's soccer (first year of intercollegiate competition was 1972). North Georgia dropped the volleyball program in the early 80's due to space issues as well as eliminating baseball in 1986. NGC added slow pitch softball in the early 80's and converted to fast-pitch in 1997. Men's and women's cross country were organized in 1996 and 1998 respectively saw the addition of women's soccer and the return of baseball. Men's cross country was discontinued in 2009, while the women's program was reinstated in 2012.Consolidation - UNG Nighthawks
On January 8, 2013, North Georgia College & State University consolidated with Gainesville State College to become the University of North Georgia. In an effort to unify the campuses, the university allowed the student body to select a new mascot to represent the new university in October of 2012 and 51 percent of students selected the Nighthawk as the mascot of UNG being heavily favored over "Golden Eagles" and "Warriors." After more than a year without an on the field mascot, the university once again looked to the students to decide the name of the university's new feathered friend and once again the student body had a clear favorite in selecting "Nigel the Nighthawk" as the new mascot in July 2014 and Nigel met students for the first time on the morning of August 18, 2014, in the Grove in front of Price Memorial.
In May of 2015, the UNG softball team, under the direction of head coach Mike Davenport, made school history by claiming the school's first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. Beginning with the 2016-17 season, women's track & field was added to the sport offerings to become North Georgia's 13th intercollegiate sport. In the same year, the nationally-acclaimed rifle program began its inaugural year as a member of the Southern Conference.COVID Pandemic?
On March 13, 2020 the UNG Athletics' seasons came to an unexpected end as all intercollegiate competitions were canceled and the academic semester moved to an online model due to the COVID-19 pandemic.?Sport Historical Records & Awards
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