The University of Michigan has a rich and storied athletics tradition. Intercollegiate competition officially began in 1865-66 when the baseball team won its first three contests it played that season. In 1879, football started its storied tradition. Women's athletics established formal varsity sports in 1973-74 with U-M fielding basketball, field hockey, swimming and diving, tennis and volleyball teams. Men's soccer and women's water polo were added as varsity sports in 2000-01.
Michigan athletic teams have claimed more than 50 national championships in 12 sports over the years, beginning with football's 1901 national title. Since then, Wolverine dynasties have developed in football, men's swimming and diving and ice hockey. In fact, no other NCAA Division I program boasts more national titles in hockey or men's swimming and diving than the Wolverines. In 2005, Michigan softball captured the nation's attention, winning its first Women's College World Series and becoming the first school east of the Mississippi to do so.
The history section provides a look at the history of Michigan athletics, the famous winged helmet, national and conference champions, U-M in the Olympics, athletes of the year and much more. This is an opportunity to relive memories and moments in Wolverine athletics history.
Maize and Blue
Michigan Winged Helmet
Origin of the Wolverine Mascot (from Bentley Historical Library)
Michigan Fight Song
Michigan Stadium Facts
Michigan's All-Time Athletic Directors
Founding Dates of Varsity Sports
Women's Athletics History
Michigan Awards and Honors
Michigan Athletes of the Year
Academic Awards & Honors
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
U-M's All-Time Big Ten Medal of Honor Recipients
U-M Hall of Honor
NACDA Directors' Cup