Pacific Tigers

Pacific Tigers
University University of the Pacific
Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Ted Leland[1]
Location Stockton, California
Varsity teams 19
Basketball arena Alex G. Spanos Center
Baseball stadium Klein Family Field
Soccer stadium Knoles Field
Nickname Tigers
Fight song The Tiger Fight Song "Hungry Tigers"
Colors Black and Orange[2]

The Pacific Tigers represent the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in intercollegiate athletics.[3] The Tigers compete in NCAA Division I, and are currently in their second stint as members of the West Coast Conference (WCC).[4]


The University of the Pacific sponsors teams in seven men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[5]

Pacific and the West Coast Conference

Pacific was one of the founding members of the West Coast Conference (originally the California Basketball Association and later the West Coast Athletic Conference) in 1952, but became a charter member of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, now known as the Big West Conference, for football only in 1969 and moved the rest of its sports to the PCAA in 1971. The Tigers remained in the Big West until returning to the WCC on July 1, 2013.[7][8]

Program notes

The Pacific Tigers men's basketball program made three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005, 2006). Head coach Bob Thomason became the winningest head coach in Big West Conference men's basketball history when he collected his 206th career league victory on Feb. 14, 2009, surpassing the conference win total of former LBSU and UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian.[9] Pacific has also achieved a 16-game winning streak three times under Thomason.

At the end of the 1995 season, Pacific ended its football program after 77 years of competition.[10][11]

Pacific's softball team has appeared in one Women's College World Series in 1983.[12]

On November 12, 2012, it was announced that Pacific would add three new sports teams to its roster - a men's soccer team, a women's track and field team and a women's beach volleyball team. The two women's sports began play in 2013, and the men's soccer team began play in 2014.[13][14] The most recent change in sports sponsorship was the dropping of men's volleyball at the end of the 2014 season (2013–14 school year).[15]


  1. The Record (2011-04-27). "UOP athletic director King reassigned; Leland moves into post (UPDATED: 2:27 p.m.) - News* - - Stockton, CA". Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  2. "Pacific Graphic Identity Sheet" (PDF). 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  3. "University of the Pacific - Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco". Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  4. "WCC | Official Athletics Site". Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  5. "Pacific Tigers Official Athletic Site - Pacific". 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  6. "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA. January 17, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  7. "University of the Pacific Accepts Invitation to Join West Coast Conference in 2013-14 Academic Year". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2012-03-28.
  9. "Thomason Takes Most Wins in Big West Conference laccessdate=December 29, 2012". University of the Pacific. December 3, 2011.
  10. "Investing in Excellence". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  11. "10 years ago today - Pacific kills off football". December 19, 2005. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  12. Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  13. "Three New Sports Teams Added at Pacific". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
  14. "Pacific Adds Men's Soccer, Sand Volleyball And Women's Track And Field - Pacific". 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  15. "Men's Volleyball To Be Officially Dropped After 2014 season". The Pacifican. Stockton, CA. October 19, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
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