Dayton Flyers

Dayton Flyers
University University of Dayton
Conference A-10
Pioneer Football League
MAAC (women's golf)
NCAA Division I
Division I FCS (football)
Athletic director Neil Sullivan
Location Dayton, Ohio
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Welcome Stadium
Basketball arena University of Dayton Arena
Baseball stadium Woerner Field
Soccer stadium Beaujan Field
Mascot Rudy Flyer
Nickname Flyers
Fight song Victory
Colors Red and Blue[1]

The Dayton Flyers are the intercollegiate athletic teams of the University of Dayton of Dayton, Ohio.[2] All Flyers intercollegiate sports teams participate at the NCAA Division I level. The football team competes in the Division I FCS non-scholarship Pioneer Football League, and women's golf plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while all other sports compete in the non-football Atlantic 10 Conference.[3]

The Flyers name

The name is a reference and homage to Daytonians Orville and Wilbur Wright who pioneered heavier than air flight. Orville and Wilbur Wright designed the Wright Flyer I and fabricated many of its components, including the propellers and engine, at their bicycle shop in Dayton. The Wright Flyer I was the first powered aircraft to achieve sustained, controlled flight.


A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, the University of Dayton sponsors teams in seven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[4]

Fan support

University of Dayton athletic teams enjoy considerable support from an energized fan base. The men's basketball team is perennially among the top 25 programs nationally in attendance.[5] The student fan base is known as the "Red Scare" and provides support for the Flyers from behind the east goal during basketball games.


The Flyers' traditional rivals in most sports are regional schools such as Xavier, Cincinnati, and Miami University. Dayton and Xavier vie for possession of the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy during regular season men's basketball games. Other historical rivals of note include Butler University, Duquesne University, University of Detroit, Marquette University, DePaul University, Temple University, and the University of Notre Dame. The latter three schools formed an informal basketball league with Dayton during the 1970s and 1980s, prior to formal league association for each school. The Gem City Jam, an annual game with crosstown rival Wright State University, is currently suspended.

Men's basketball

On an ESPN all-time ranking of NCAA basketball programs the University of Dayton placed No. 48 overall.[6] Dayton recently won the 2010 NIT championship. In March 2014, Dayton upset state-favorite Ohio State, and the #3 seed Syracuse Orange in the NCAA Tournament with close victories. The Flyers then beat Stanford to reach the Elite Eight where they played the overall #1 seed Florida. They lost 62-52.


Bowl Games

Season Bowl Champion Runner-Up
1951 Salad Bowl Houston 28 Dayton 21
1980 Stagg Bowl Dayton 63 Ithaca 0
1981 Stagg Bowl Widener 17 Dayton 10
1987 Stagg Bowl Wagner 19 Dayton 3
1989 Stagg Bowl Dayton 17 Union (NY) 7
1991 Stagg Bowl Ithaca 34 Dayton 20
2007 Gridiron Classic Dayton 42 Albany 21

Sports Network Cup Results

Season Bowl Champion Runner-Up
1993 Sports Network Cup Dayton 27 Iona 3
1996 Sports Network Cup Dayton 27 Duquesne 3
1997 Sports Network Cup Georgetown 28 Dayton 3
1999 Sports Network Cup Dayton 14 Robert Morris 6
2001 Sports Network Cup Sacred Heart 21 Dayton 7
2002 Sports Network Cup Dayton 17 Albany 7



Rudy Flyer is the mascot of the Dayton Flyers. He is dressed in early pilots attire including a scarf and goggles. Each year two or three students share the responsibility of wearing the Rudy suit.

Notable student–athletes


  1. University of Dayton Brand Guidelines (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  2. "University of Dayton". Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  3. "Atlantic 10 Conference Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  4. "(Winged D logo)". University of Dayton. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  5. "2011 NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL ATTENDANCE". NCAA. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  6. "NCAA Basketball". Retrieved 2009-10-08.
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