UA opened an on-campus football stadium in 2009 to a sellout crowd.
Athletics: Home of the Akron Zips
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When the Akron men’s soccer team topped Louisville 1-0 in the 2010 College Cup title game, it marked the first time that Akron captured the national championship in a team sport, and it added another chapter to the rich history of Akron athletics.
Already, three student-athletes have earned NCAA national championships:
- Christi Smith, track and field (heptathlon), 2000
- Jenna Compton, air rifle, 2009
- Stevi Large, track and field (weight throw), 2009
The storied history of Akron athletics dates back more than 100 years. John Heisman, the great innovator of football coaching and namesake of the Heisman Trophy, coached the Zips in 1893.
Opposing team often struggle in noisy Rhodes Arena, home to both the men's and women's basketball teams.
More recently, the Zips football program moved into a new on-campus stadium in 2009, another addition to the physical transformation of campus that has occurred over the last 15 years.
A number of former Zips football players have become regulars in the NFL, including All-Pro Jason Taylor.
Today, UA fields 19 men's and women's varsity teams, comprised of more than 450 student-athletes. The Zips compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (the highest level of collegiate football) of NCAA Division I athletics, and are members of the Mid-American Conference (website).
The Athletic Department's mission is to further the educational mission of the University by developing the student-athlete as a total person. The department fosters a collegiate experience that promotes academic achievements, athletic excellence and social responsibility. UA celebrates the success of its student-athletes to cultivate pride, enthusiasm and commitment among faculty, staff, students, alumni and the greater Akron community.