Charlotte 49ers Athletics:

The Charlotte 49ers are UNC Charlotte's NCAA Division I athletic program.  Members of Conference USA, the Charlotte 49ers boast 17 NCAA sports.  Male sports are baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.  Female sports are basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and volleyball.

Charlotte began play in NCAA Division I in 1970-71.  Just seven years later, in 1976-77, it toppled three nationally-ranked foes on its way to the 1977 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, becoming the youngest program to reach the Final Four. 

Charlotte joined the Sun Belt Conference in 1976-77, moved to the Metro Conference in 1991-92 and joined Conference USA in 1995-96.  The 49ers participated in the Atlantic 10 Conference  from 2005-06 to 2012-13 and then the 49ers rejoined Conference USA in 2013-14.

Charlotte added its first NCAA football program in 2013.  Football played as a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Independent in 2013 and 2014 before beginning competition in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in C-USA in 2015-16.

Charlotte boasts final four finishes in four of the five decades in which they have competed at the NCAA Div. I level:  1970s (Men's Basketball, 1977), 1990s (Men's Soccer, 1996), 2000s (Golf, 2007), 2010s (Men's Soccer (2011).  The 49ers men's soccer team was the NCAA Div. I National Runner-Up in 2011.

Why the 49ers:  Charlotte's athletic teams are nicknamed the 49ers in honor of the importance of the year 1949.  The city of Charlotte first opened a temporary school of higher education in 1946 to handle the influx of servicemen returning from the war.  In 1949, founder Bonnie Cone successfully fought to make the school a permanent institution.  Thanks to that can-do attitude and pioneering spirit, and in honor of the importance of the year 1949, the school's athletic teams were nicknamed the 49ers -- a nickname that was adopted in 1962.

Gold Ties:  While the 49ers nickname was brought about by the importance of the year 1949 and had nothing to do with the gold rush of 1849, it should be noted that the first gold discovered in America was found in the Charlotte area, less than 20 minutes from campus in 1799.  Charlotte's mascot, Norm the Niner, is a gold miner, by trade.

General Information

Location............................. Charlotte, N.C. 28223

Founded............................ 1946

Enrollment......................... 27,251

Nickname.......................... 49ers

Colors................................ Green and White

NCAA Affiliation................. Division I

Conference....................... Conference USA

Chancellor......................... Dr. Philip Dubois

Athletics Director............... Judy Rose

 

CONTACT US/MORE INFORMATION:

Athletics Website............... www.charlotte49ers.com

Twitter.............................. @charlotte49ers

        ................................... @49erGameDay

Facebook........................... / Charlotte49ers

 

Mailing Address:

9201 University City Blvd.

Student Activity Center; Third Floor

Charlotte, NC     28223

Phone:.............................. 704/687-4937

Fax:................................... 704/687-4918

 

 

Sport Highlights:

(* - NCAA at-large berths)

Baseball:

Under long-time head coach Loren Hibbs, Charlotte went to the NCAA Tournament five times, including recent trips in 2007, 2008 and 2011. 

First Year: 1978-79

NCAA Trips (5):   1992-93; 1997-98*; 2006-07; 2007-08; 2010-11

League Titles: 

1992-93 Metro Tourney Champs

1993-94 Metro Regular Season Champs

1994-95 Metro Regular Season Champs

2006-07 A-10 Regular Season Champs

2006-07 A-10 Tourney Champs

2007-08 A-10 Regular Season Champs

2007-08 A-10 Tourney Champs

2009-10 A-10 Regular Season Champs

2010-11 A-10 Regular Season Champs

2010-11 A-10 Tourney Champs

2012-13 A-10 Regular Season Champs

MLB:  Stu Cole, Kansas City Royals; Mark Davidson, Minnesota Twins; Chris Haney, Kansas City Royals; Bryan Harvey, California Angels; Jeff Johnson, NY Yankees;  John Maine, NY Mets;  Armando Rios, SF Giants;  Jason Stanford, Cleveland Indians;  Sean Whiteside, Detroit Tigers

All-Americas (1st; 2nd; 3rd team):

1984-85- Barry Shifflett, 2nd team (ABCA)

1994-95- Tim Collie, 3rd team (Collegiate Baseball)

1995-96- Joey Anderson, 3rd team (Collegiate Baseball)

1997-98- James Matan, 1st team (NCBWA; The Sporting News)

1997-98- James Matan, 2nd team (ABCA; Collegiate Baseball)

1997-98- Bo Robinson, 1st team (ABCA)

1997-98- Bo Robinson, 2nd team (NCBWA; Collegiate Baseball; The Sporting News)

2006-07- Adam Mills, 1st team (ABCA; NCBWA; Collegiate Baseball; Baseball America)

2006-07- Brad McElroy, 3rd team (NCBWA)

2007-08- Chris Taylor, 3rd team (Collegiate Baseball)

2010-11- Andrew Smith, 3rd team (Collegiate Baseball)

Retired Jerseys:

7 Barry Shifflett

15 Tim Collie

5 Joey Anderson

31 Adam Mills

4 Bo Robinson

Men's Basketball:

The 49ers have been to 11 NCAA Tournaments, including a string of 7 trips over the nine-year span from 1996-97 to 2004-05.  Charlotte boats an NCAA Final Four appearance in 1977, led by all-time greats Cedric Maxwell, Kevin King, Lew Massey, Melvin Watkins and Chad Kinch. 

First year: 1965-66

NCAA Trips (11):  1976-77 (NCAA Final Four); 1987-88; 1991-92; 1994-95; 1996-97*; 1997-98*; 1998-99; 2000-01; 2001-02*; 2003-04*; 2004-05*

League Titles:

1968-69 Dixie Tourney Champs

1969-70 Dixie Tourney Champs

1976-77 Sun Belt Tourney Champs

1977-78 Sun Belt Regular Season Champs

1987-88 Sun Belt Regular Season Champs

1987-88 Sun Belt Tourney Champs

1991-92 Metro Tourney Champs

1994-95 Metro Tourney Champs

1996-97 C-USA White Division Champs

1998-99 C-USA Tourney Champs

2000-01 C-USA Tourney Champs

2003-04 C-USA Regular Season Co-Champs

NBA:  Cedric Ball, LA Clippers; Eddie Basden, Chicago Bulls, Sean Colson, Houston Rockets, Byron Dinkins, San Antonio Spurs; DeMarco Johnson, NY Knicks; Chad Kinch, Cleveland Cavaliers; Cedric Maxwell, Boston Celtics (1981 NBA Finals MVP); Rodney White, Denver Nuggets

All-Americas (1st; 2nd or 3rd team): 

1976-77- Cedric Maxwell, 1st team (Converse NABC)

1976-77- Cedric Maxwell, 2nd team (AP)

1987-88- Byron Dinkins, 3rd team (Basketball Weekly)

1997-98- DeMarco Johnson, 3rd team (Basketball Weekly)

2004-05- Eddie Basden, 2nd team (Basketball Times)

2004-05, Eddie Basden, 3rd team (Sports Illustrated)

2004-05, Curtis Withers, 3rd team (Basketball Times)

Retired Jerseys

Cedric Maxwell, Mar. 2, 1977

Melvin Watkins, Mar. 2, 1977

Henry Williams, Mar. 7, 1992

Jarvis Lang, Oct. 15, 1996

Byron Dinkins, Oct. 16, 1997

Charles Hayward, Sept. 15, 1999

DeMarco Johnson, Jan. 26, 2000

Eddie Basden, Feb. 19, 2009

Women's Basketball: 

The 49ers currently boast a school-record 12 straight post-season appearances that began with the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003 and included a trip to the WNIT Final Four in 2010.

First Year: 1975-76

NCAA Trips (2):  2002-03; 2008-09            

League Titles:

1989-90 Sun Belt co-Regular-Season Champs

2002-03 C-USA Regular-Season Champs

2005-06 A-10 Regular Season Champs

2008-09 A-10 Tourney Champs

Top pros:  Markita Aldridge (Washington Mystics), Jameka Jones (Miami Sol)

All-Americas (1st; 2nd or 3rd team):

1979-80- Paula Bennett, 1st team (American Sports Foundation)

1981-82- Patricia Walker, 2nd team (American Sports Foundation)

Retired Jerseys:

21 Paula Bennett

35 Kristin Wilson

Cross Country:

The 49ers cross country program produced the 49ers first female all-America in a sport other than basketball in 1994.  That was one of three all-America honors (including track and field) for the 49ers first NCAA cross country championship qualifier Molly Kerin and came on the heels of three straight Metro Conference titles from 1992-1994 - the first conference three-peat in 49ers history.  The men's team, which won a C-USA Championship in 2002, sent a pair of runners to the NCAA Championships in 1999 (Vince Sherry; Kenneth Svendsen).

First year: Men: 1978-79; Women: 1985-86

NCAA (Individual) Trips (Men: 2; Women: 5): 

Men: 1999-00 (Vince Sherry; Kenneth Svendsen)

Women: 1994-95 (Molly Kerin); 1995-96 (Molly Kerin);  1999-00 (Kelly Travis); 2005-06 (Cassie Ficken); 2008-09 (Amanda Goetschius);

League Titles:

Men:    

2002-03 C-USA Tourney Champs

Women:

1992-93 Metro Tourney Champs

1993-94 Metro Tourney Champs

1994-95 Metro Tourney Champs

All-Americas (NCAA):

Men:

1999-00- Kenneth Svendsen, 25th (NCAA)

Women:

1994-95- Molly Kerin, 27th (NCAA)

1995-96- Molly Kerin, 18th (NCAA)

1999-00- Kelly Travis, 30th (NCAA)

Retired Jersey:

Molly Kerin

 



Golf:

The 49ers golf program is enjoying a current run of nine-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, which includes back-to-back top 10 NCAA finishes in 2007 (T3rd) and 2008 (T8th).  The 49ers won a school and conference record six straight Atlantic 10 titles from 2006-2011 while winning six straight A-10 Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. The Niners finished with a 2013 A-10 Championship in their final year of league membership.

First Year: 1976-77

NCAA Trips (Team: 9; Ind. 1):  1995-96 (Ind. - Paul Carpenter); 2004-05*; 2005-06; 2006-07 (T3rd); 2007-08 (T8th); 2008-09; 2009-10; 2010-11; 2011-12*; 2012-13

League Titles:

1995-96 C-USA Tourney Champs

2005-06 A-10 Tourney Champs

2006-07 A-10 Tourney Champs

2007-08 A-10 Tourney Champs

2008-09 A-10 Tourney Champs

2009-10 A-10 Tourney Champs

2010-11 A-10 Tourney Champs

2012-13 A-10 Tourney Champs

Top pros:  Jeff Curl; Terry Mauney; Trevor Murphy; Chris Tucker

All-Americas (1st; 2nd; 3rd team GCAA/PING; Golfweek):

2007-08- Jonas Enander Hedin, 3rd team (GCAA/Ping; Golfweek)

2009-10- Corey Nagy, 2nd team (GCAA/Ping; Golfweek)

Men's Soccer:

Charlotte has enjoyed two NCAA College Cup trips, reaching the National Championship game in 2011 and the National Semifinals in 1996.  Charlotte has been to nine NCAA tournaments, with its first coming in 1991.

First year:  1976-77

NCAA Trips (7):  1991-92*; 1992-93; 1994-95; 1996-97* (National Semifinals); 1997-98*; 2009-10*; 2011-12* (National Finals), 2013, 2014

League Titles:

1983-84 Sun Belt Tourney Champs

1992-93 Metro Regular Season Champs

1994-95 Metro Regular Season Champs

1996-97 C-USA Regular Season Champs

2010-11 A-10 Regular Season Champs

2013-14 Conference USA Tournament Champs

2014-15 Conference USA Regular Season Champs

Top pros: Jon Busch (2008 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Chicago Fire; now San Jose Earthquakes); Aidan Heaney (New England Revolution); Evan James (Montreal Impact); Mira Mupier (DC United); Floyd Franks (Chicago Fire), Donnie Smith (New England Revolution).

All-Americas (1st; 2nd team NSCAA/Soccer America):

1991-92- Gabe Garcia, 2nd team (NSCAA)

1994-95- Mac Cozier, 1st team (NSCAA)

1996-97- Jon Busch, 1st team (NSCAA)

1997-98- Ben Parry, 2nd team (NSCAA)

2008-09- Chris Salvaggione, 2nd team (NSCAA)

2011-12- Charles Rodriguez, 1st team (NSCAA; Soccer America)

Retired Jersey:

10 Gabe Garcia

5 Randy Sheen

1 Aidan Heaney

Women's Soccer:

Begun in 1994, the 49ers women's soccer program won its first league title in 1995 and reached its first NCAA Tournament in 1998.  In their short history, the 49ers have won league titles in eight seasons and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments.

First year: 1994-95

NCAA Trips (4):  1998-99; 2002-03*; 2007-08; 2008-09

League Titles:

1995-96 C-USA Tourney Champs

1997-98 C-USA Regular Season Champs

1998-99 C-USA Tourney Champs

2002-03 C-USA Regular Season Champs

2006-07 A-10 Regular Season Champs

2007-08 A-10 Regular Season Champs

2007-08 A-10 Tourney Champs

2008-09 A-10 Regular Season Champs

2008-09 A-10 Tourney Champs

2010-11 A-10 Regular Season Co-Champs

All-Americas (1st; 2nd; 3rd team NSCAA; Soccer America):

2002-03- Courtney Crandell, 1st team (NSCAA)

2008-09- Hailey Beam, 2nd team (Soccer America)

2008-09- Hailey Beam, 3rd team (NSCAA)

Retired Jersey:

10 Lindsey Beam Ozimek

Softball:

Charlotte's softball program claimed a share of its first league title in 2006, when the 49ers were crowned as co-champs in the Atlantic 10 regular-season.

First Year:  1976-77 (Fast pitch: 1985-86)

League Titles:

2005-06 A-10 Regular Season Co-Champs

NFPL: Janine Repole

Men's Tennis:

Charlotte's men's tennis program won its first league title in 2006-07 when it captured the Atlantic 10 crown.  The previous season, A-10 Player of the Year Roy Sichel became the first 49er to qualify for the NCAA Championship and Sichel won the league's top award the next year in leading the 49ers to their first league title and NCAA Tournament appearance.

First Year: 1964-65

NCAA Trips (Team: 1; Ind. 2):  2005-06 (Ind. - Roy Sichel); 2006-07; 2006-07 (Ind. - Roy Sichel)

League Titles:

2006-07 A-10 Tourney Champs

Women's Tennis:

With top four finishes in 5 of 7 A-10 seasons, the 49ers women's program has contended for its first-ever league title.  In 2012, the 49ers women's program had their first nationally-ranked players, when the doubles team of Andrea Rivera and Alexandra Zinn were ranked 48th in the nation.

First Year: 1976-77

Track and Field:

Charlotte's track and field program has dominated the Atlantic 10 winning 20 of a possible 28 A-10 titles in its seven years in the league.  The 49ers women have won a combined 12 indoor and outdoor league titles while the men have won eight combined titles.  Along the way, Charlotte has produced 17 all-Americas at the NCAA Championships.

First Year:  1991-92 (reinstated); 1968-69

NCAA Appearances (Individual):  

Men's Indoor:  2001-02 (Will Montgomery, Long jump);  2004-05 (Derrick Johnson, 60);  2009-10 (Darius Law, 400)

Men's Outdoor: 1999-00 (Rephel Martin, Triple jump); 2000-01 (Kenneth Svendsen, 5,000; 10,000; Will Montgomery, Long jump); 2001-02 (Matt Rausch, Hammer; Derrick Johnson, 100, 200; Will Montgomery, Long jump);  2003-04 (Derrick Johnson, 100; 200); 2004-05 (Derrick Johnson, 100); 2006-07 (Jason Moore, 100); 2008-09 (Darius Law, 400); 2009-10 (Adu Dentamo, 3000 Steeplechase; Darius Law, 400); 2010-11 (Jake Deaton, Stot put; Discus; Darius Law, 400)

Women's Indoor:  2003-04 (Sharonda Johnson, Triple jump);  2004-05 (Cassie Ficken, 3,000; Sharonda Johnson, Triple jump);  2005-06 (Shareese Woods, 400);  2006-07 (Sharonda Johnson, Triple jump; Shareese Woods, 200); 2008-09 (Lamarra Currie, 60; Pat Springs, Long jump); 2009-10 (Amanda Goetschius, 5,000)

Women's Outdoor: 1994-95 (Molly Kerin, 5000); 2002-03 (Amber Reddick, Triple jump); 2003-04 (Adrienne Barnette, High jump; Sharonda Johnson, Triple jump);  2004-05 (Cassie Ficken, 5,000; Shareese Woods, 200);  2005-06 (4x100: Lamarra Currie, Courtney Patterson, Pat Springs, Shareese Woods; Tsehaye Dagnachew, 3000 Steeplechase; Cassie Ficken,  5,000; Courtney Patterson, 100; Shareese Woods, 100; 200); 2006-07 (Aja Jackson, 800; Sharonda Johnson, Triple jump; Courtney Patterson, 100; Pat Springs, Long jump; Shareese Woods, 200);  2007-08 (4x100: Lajarsha Moses, Ebonie Cunningham, Lamarra Currie, Courtney Patterson;  Lamarra Currie, 100; Tsehaye Dagnachew, 3000 Steeplechase;  Pat Springs, Long jump); 2008-09 (4x100: Sunita Brathwaite, Sirrell Butler, Ebonie Cunningham, Chalonda Silver; Lamarra Currie, 100; Aja Jackson, 800; Pat Springs, Long jump); 2009-10 (Amanda Goetschius, 5,000);  2010-11 (Keara Thomas, 3,000 Steeplechase); 2011-12 (4x100: LaTrese Barker, Joann Blakney, Briauna Jones, Sirrell Butler)

League Titles:

Men's Indoor Track

2000-01 C-USA Tourney Champs

2005-06 A-10 Tourney Champs

2007-08 A-10 Tourney Champs

2008-09 A-10 Tourney Champs

2009-10 A-10 Tourney Champs

Men's Outdoor Track

2005-06 A-10 Tourney Champs

2008-09 A-10 Tourney Champs

2009-10 A-10 Tourney Champs

2011-12 A-10 Tourney Champs

Women's Indoor Track 

2005-06 A-10 Tourney Champs

2006-07 A-10 Tourney Champs

2007-08 A-10 Tourney Champs

2008-09 A-10 Tourney Champs

2009-10 A-10 Tourney Champs

2011-12 A-10 Tourney Champs

Women's Outdoor Track

2005-06 A-10 Tourney Champs

2006-07 A-10 Tourney Champs

2007-08 A-10 Tourney Champs

2008-09 A-10 Tourney Champs

2010-11 A-10 Tourney Champs

2011-12 A-10 Tourney Champs

All-Americas (NCAA):

Men:

1999-00- Rephel Martin, Triple jump (Outdoor, 7th)

2000-01- Will Montgomery, Long jump (Outdoor, 6th)

2001-02- Will Montgomery, Long jump (Indoor, 11th)

2001-02- Will Montgomery, Long jump (Outdoor, 7th)

2004-05- Derrick Johnson, 60m (Indoor, 9th)

2009-10- Darius Law, 400m (Indoor, 12th)

Women:

1994-95- Molly Kerin, 5,000m (Outdoor, 9th)

2003-04- Sharonda Johnson, Triple jump (Outdoor, 11th)

2004-05- Cassie Ficken, 3,000m (Indoor, 7th)

2005-06- Shareese Woods, 400m (Indoor, 11th)

2005-06- Courtney Patterson, 100m (Outdoor, 11th)

2005-06- Shareese Woods, 200m (Outdoor, 6th)

2006-07- Sharonda Johnson, Triple jump (Indoor, 11th)

2006-07- Shareese Woods, 200m (Indoor, 4th)

2008-09- Pat Springs, Long jump (Indoor, 11th)

2008-09- Pat Springs, Long jump (Outdoor, 10th)

2009-10- Amanda Goetschius, 5,000m (Indoor, 9th)

Volleyball:

The 49ers volleyball program has qualified for the four and/or six-team Atlantic 10 Championship in four of its eight years in the A-10. The program, which kickstarted the national Dig Pink campaign, raised the most funds for the cancer research program in three of the last four years.

First year: 1974-75