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Seattle Redhawks

Seattle Redhawks
University Seattle University
Conference Western Athletic Conference
West Coast (1971–1980)
NCAA Division I-AAA Division I (2009–present)
Division II (2002–2009)
Division III (2001–2002)
NAIA (1980–2001)
Division I (1950–1980)
Athletic director Bill Hogan
Location Seattle, WA
Varsity teams 20
Basketball arena KeyArena at Seattle Center
Baseball stadium Bannerwood Park
(Bellevue, WA, USA)
Mascot Rudy the Redhawk
Nickname Redhawks (2000–present)
Chieftains (until 2000)
Fight song Ol' Seattle U.
     Red       White
Website .com.goseattleuwww

The Seattle Redhawks are the intercollegiate varsity athletic teams of Seattle University of Seattle, Washington.[1] They compete in the NCAA's Division I as a member institution of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).[2]


Between 1950 and 1971, Seattle competed as a NCAA Division I independent, then joined the West Coast Athletic Conference (now West Coast Conference) in 1971.[3] Seattle grabbed national headlines in the mid-1950s when it defeated the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Seattle was lead by the sensational O'Brien twins, Eddie and Johnny (South Amboy, NJ). Johnny became the first college player to score 1,000 points in a season and both were named All-Americans. The O'Brien twins lead Seattle to the NIT in Madison Square Garden and then onto its first NCAA Tournament berth. The O'Brien twins were also standouts in baseball. Upon graduation, Eddie and Johnny played together with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Seattle has 11 men's basketball NCAA tournament appearances and is the only university in the Pacific Northwest to have played in a men's basketball Final Four (1958). Seattle lost to the University of Kentucky in the title game. Seattle was lead by Naismith and NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor. Baylor was named MVP of the 1958 Final Four and went on to become one of the greatest professional players of all time. During a period in the 1960s Seattle led the nation with the number of active players in the NBA. Notable basketball alums include Eddie Miles, Division III for a year, then in Division II from 2002 to 2009.[5]

In 2000, Seattle University changed its nickname from Chieftains to Redhawks.[6]

For the 2009–10 academic year, Seattle University's varsity teams played full schedules against Division I opponents. Although Seattle U. was then a Division I independent, the university was hoping to rejoin the West Coast Conference, since all nine current members were private, religiously affiliated institutions (seven are Catholic and four share Seattle University's Jesuit affiliation).

Seattle once again became eligible for Division I NCAA Championships beginning in 2012–13. Seattle is a full Division I-AAA member in all 20 sports.[7]

In 2012, Seattle joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for all of the sports it sponsors at the varsity level except rowing, which the WAC does not sponsor and, initially, men's swimming and diving, which the WAC did not sponsor at the time. Men's swimming and diving was added as a WAC sponsored sport in 2013.[8]


Seattle University sponsors teams in nine men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[9]
  • * = The rowing team competes as an independent.

Men's basketball


For the 2010 baseball season, Seattle University hired Donny Harrel, formerly an assistant coach at Washington, as its head coach. Drills and practices began in late 2008 to prepare the program for re-entry into Division I play.[10] In 2010, Seattle home games will be played at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. In the 2009-2010 season the Redhawk's record was 11-39, in the 2010-2011 season their record was 22-29-1, in the 2011-2012 season their record was 23-30, in the 2012-2013 season their record was 21-33, and their record in 2013-2014 season was 26-27.[11] i The school's schedule included Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga, Portland, Pacific, Oregon, Oregon State, Dallas Baptist, St. Mary's, BYU, Nevada, and New Mexico.[12]

Fight song

Let's give a cheer for Seattle
Ol' Seattle U
Show them the fight of the
Red and white
They will win for you
Fight, fight, fight
Over the foes we're victorious
And victory is our cheer
So let's give a cheer
For the whole gang is here
To cheer you Seattle U![13]


  • Baseball = Bannerwood Park (capacity 750)
  • Men's Basketball = KeyArena (capacity 17,000)
  • Women's Basketball = Connolly Center (capacity 1,050)
  • Men's & Women's Cross Country = Several Seattle area sites
  • Men's & Women's Golf = The Golf Club at Newcastle & other Seattle area courses
  • Rowing = Seattle Rowing Center
  • Men's & Women's Soccer = Championship Field (capacity 650+)
  • Softball = Logan Field (capacity 250)
  • Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving = Connolly Center Pool
  • Men's & Women's Tennis = Seattle University Tennis Courts & Amy Yee Tennis Center (City of Seattle)
  • Men's & Women's Track & Field = No Home Facilities
  • Volleyball = Connolly Center (capacity 1,050)


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  4. ^ "Seattle U. to leave WCAC". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. April 4, 1980. p. 30. 
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  10. ^ "Baseball Starts Fall Drills". Seattle University. 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  11. ^ "Baseball Ranking Summary". Retrieved 2014-11-14. 
  12. ^ Bob Broughton (2009-01-31). "CBB Interview with Donny Harrel (Seattle U.)". The College Baseball Blog. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  13. ^ Athletics Style Guide – Seattle University Athletics.
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External links

  • Official website
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