History of Vermont Athletics

Welcome to an online timeline representing milestones in the history of the University of Vermont Athletic Department

1791-02-01 04:14:39

University of Vermont

Act passed to establish corporation of the University of Vermont

1886-02-01 04:14:39

Athletic Park is Opened

The building now known at Royal Tyler Theatre on campus was the first home to many UVM athletic teams before newer facilities were built

1888-02-01 04:14:39

Baseball

Baseball begins first varsity season

1891-02-01 04:14:39

NEIAA

UVM joins the New England Intercollegiate Athletic Association

1895-02-01 04:14:39

Men's Track and Field

Men's Track and Field begins first varsity season

1897-02-01 04:14:39

Men's Tennis

Men's Tennis begins first varsity season

1900-02-01 04:14:39

Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball begins first varsity season

1906-03-27 12:58:21

Centennial Field Opening Game

Ray Collins and Larry Gardner played in the first ever game at Centennial Field, a 10-4 win over Maine. Both Collins and Gardner went on to play for the Boston Red Sox and won the 1912 World Series title. Collins was a UVM trustee and Gardner returned to UVM as the athletic director and baseball coach from 1928-51.

1912-01-01 14:36:05

Albert Gutterson

UVM track and field alum Albert Gutterson wins a gold medal and sets an Olympic record in the long jump at the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. After his career, Gutterson returned to the University as a trustee and UVM’s Gutterson Fieldhouse is named after him.

1912-05-05 06:35:20

1912 Summer Olympics - Stockholm

Clarence DeMar – United States, Marathon Albert Gutterson – United States, Long Jump

1921-08-01 16:42:41

Director of Women's Sports Hired

Eleanor Cummings is hired as the Director of Women’s Sports, marking the first major commitment by the University to meet an increased interest in the "physical training of culture of women on campus".

1922-10-07 12:57:07

Centennial Field Renovated

Modern day Centennial Field construction is completed and the field is rededicated on Oct. 7, 1922

1924-05-04 00:25:14

1924 Summer Olympics - Paris

Clarence DeMar – United States, Marathon

1928-07-28 00:36:39

1928 Summer Olympics - Amsterdam

Clarence DeMar – United States, Marathon

1931-01-01 09:16:52

Edith Pritchard

Edith Pritchard posts 28 perfect scores during the season and sets a Women’s Individual Intercollegiate NRA match record.

1943-09-04 01:22:21

Women's Athletics Association

The Women’s Athletic Association continues to grow. The organization helped direct and sponsor all women’s athletic teams and clubs at UVM.

1952-03-05 19:44:27

Thomas Breen - All-American

Thomas Breen wins the National Intercollegiate Marksman Championship and is named an All-American in rifle.

1955-03-20 01:56:38

Larry Damon - NCAA Champion

Cross-country skier Larry Damon wins an individual NCAA title to become UVM’s first national champion. Following his career at Vermont he went on to compete in four Olympics (1956, 1960, 1964, 1968).

1956-01-26 19:40:41

1956 Winter Olympics -Cortina D’Ampezzo

Larry Damon – United States, Cross Country Skiing

1956-06-09 19:40:41

Baseball - NCAA Tournament

The baseball team advances to the NCAA Tournament, becoming the first UVM team to earn a postseason berth.

1960-02-18 18:52:07

Winter Olympics - Squaw Valley

Larry Damon – United States, Biathlon

1962-06-11 06:05:03

Baseball - NCAA Tournament

The baseball team makes its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

1963-04-02 05:46:13

Gutterson Fieldhouse Opens

Gutterson Fieldhouse opens and is the home of the Vermont hockey program. The facility is named after former track and field standout and Olympic gold medalist Albert Gutterson '12.

1963-04-24 23:49:06

Patrick Gymnasium Opens

Patrick Gymnasium opens and is the home of the Vermont basketball programs. The facility is named after Roy L. Patrick, a longtime benefactor of the University and former member of the school’s board of trustees.

1963-10-17 05:46:13

Mens's Hockey First Season

The men’s hockey program has its first formal intercollegiate season.

1964-01-29 17:48:21

1964 Winter Olympics Innsbruck

Larry Damon – United States, Cross Country Skiing

1964-01-29 17:48:21

Bobby Mitchell - All American

Football star Bobby Mitchell shattered numerous UVM and New England football records and set an NCAA record for rushing attempts and yards average per game. Mitchell went on to earn a spot on the Associated Press Little All-America honors.

1968-02-06 13:59:01

1968 Winter Olympics - Grenolbe

Larry Damon – United States, Cross Country Skiing

1970-05-26 03:57:31

Women's Athletics Flourishes

In the 1970s women’s athletic programs begin to flourish at UVM. Many programs begin their first season of modern day intercollegiate competition.

1972-02-03 16:56:01

1972 WInter Olympics - Sapporo

Bobby Cochran – United States, Alpine Skiing Barbara Cochran – United States, Alpine Skiing Marilyn Cochran – United States, Alpine Skiing Trina Hosmer – United States, Cross Country Skiing Joseph Lamb – United States, Ski Jumping

1973-01-11 10:40:04

Cochran Legacy

Bobby Cochran ’76 wins the NCAA Championship in the men’s downhill event and earned All-America honors. Cochran is a member of the famous “Cochran Ski Family” from Richmond, Vt. His sisters Barbara Ann, Marilyn and Lindy, as well as his daughter Amy and son Jimmy, have all attended and skied for the Catamounts. Barbara Ann was the first American woman to win a gold medal in alpine skiing at the 1972 Winter Olympic games on Sapporo, Japan.

1974-08-26 01:38:34

Men's Hockey Moves to Division I

Men’s hockey moves up to the Division I level after winning three ECAC Division II Championships in the 1970s, including back-to-back titles in 1973 and 1974 under the direction of head coach Jim Cross.

1975-04-04 21:53:00

Men's Soccer First Appearance in NCAA Tournament

Men’s soccer advances to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and head coach Paul Reinhardt is named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year

1976-02-04 14:21:52

1976 Winter Olympics - Innsbruck

Lindy Cochran – United States, Alpine Skiing Stan Dunklee – United States, Cross Country Skiing Beth Heiden – United States, Cross Country Skiing

1976-06-21 14:21:52

Jackie Gribbons Unifies Athletic Department

Jackie Gribbons directs the UVM Blue Ribbon Report Committee. The recommendations from the committee becomes the blueprint for one unified athletic department at the University overseeing both men’s and women’s athletic opportunities.

1976-06-21 14:21:52

Stan Dunklee - NCAA Champion

Stan Dunklee wins an individual NCAA Championship in the men’s cross country event

1977-03-17 13:06:41

Men's Lacrosse

Men’s lacrosse begins its first season of intercollegiate competition

1977-03-17 13:06:41

UVM Hosts AIAW Ski Championships

UVM hosts the first Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Ski Championships at Stowe, Vt.

1977-11-25 13:06:41

Men's Soccer - NCAA Tournament

Men’s soccer makes back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament

1978-02-17 00:34:48

Dave Herfe - NCAA Champion

Dave Herfe is named NCAA Co-Champion in the men’s ski jumping event.

1978-02-17 00:34:48

Women's Cross Country - New England Champions

Women’s cross country wins the New England Championship

1979-02-07 21:04:26

Mikell & Holden - NCAA Champions

Chris Mikell wins an individual NCAA Championship in the men’s giant slalom and Roger Holden wins the NCAA title in men’s ski jumping.

1979-07-05 19:34:03

Women's Cross Country - New England Champions

Women’s cross country wins the New England Championship

1980-02-14 14:48:29

1980 Winter Olympics - Lake Placid

Leslie Bancroft – United States, Cross Country Skiing Stan Dunklee – United States, Cross Country Skiing Betsy Haines – United States, Cross Country Skiing Beth Heiden – United States, Cross Country Skiing Beth Paxson – United States, Cross Country Skiing

1981-02-27 00:30:45

Women's Skiing - AIAW National Champs

The UVM women’s ski team wins the AIAW National Title

1981-02-28 00:30:45

Four NCAA Champs in Skiing

Four Catamounts win individual NCAA Championships in skiing – Tor Melander (giant slalom), Fredrik Thaulow, Todd Boonstra, and Pat Sjulstad (men’s cross country relay).

1981-05-23 00:30:45

Men's Soccer - NCAA Tournament

Men’s soccer advances to the NCAA Tournament

1982-06-03 00:30:45

Heidi Comeau - All-American

Heidi Comeau of the women’s soccer team earns All-America honors, becoming the first player in the program’s history to earn the award.

1983-03-01 19:45:28

Nordic Skiers Win NCAA Titles

Beth Heiden wins an NCAA Championship in women’s cross country, Tor Melander wins his second NCAA title in the giant slalom and the men’s cross-country relay team earns first place at the NCAA Championships.

1984-02-08 08:43:58

1984 Winter Olympics - Sarajevo

Todd Boonstra – United States Cross Country, Skiing Michael Holland – United States, Ski Jumping Doug Lewis – United States, Alpine Skiing Bruce Likely – United States, Cross Country Skiing

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