Traditions

From the very beginning, LMU has established a history of champions. In the 1930s it was three straight ice hockey championships. In the 1940s the legendary Pete Newell played for the Lions and the rivalry with Pepperdine (1941) began. The 1950s saw Bob Boyd win the NCAA title in the 100-yard dash. The 1960s saw the Lions win their first basketball championship, and one of their first Olympians, rower Hugh Miller Foley (1964). In the 1970s, Loyola and Marymount colleges merged and saw women's sports begin their dominate history, including a pair of tennis championships (1977, 78). LMU then exploded in the 1980s with more individual national champions (Therese Kozlowki in cross country) and more Olympians (Paul Sunderland men's volleyball gold medal in 1984). The decade also included LMU's trip to the College World Series (1986) and two women's rowing Varsity Four National Titles (1981, 89). The 1990s started with one of the most memorable moments in sports history with the men's basketball run to the NCAA Elite Eight in the 1989-90 season. Women's volleyball became the first program to win three straight WCC titles (1994, 95, 96), thanks in part to Olympian and All-American Sarah Noriega. Baseball would end the 1990s with three straight titles, the final coming in 2000. Then came the past decade, as the Lions won more titles (36) than the previous 70 years combined and yet another Gold Medal (Reid Priddy 2008 men's volleyball). Leading the way were the men and women's water polo programs, winning a combined 17 titles in 12 years. The current decade includes men's water polo winning four straight titles, women's water polo winning their department record ninth WWPA title, men's soccer claiming their first and second in 2010 and 2013, and Priddy playing for Team USA in the 2012 Olympics.

Above is a much smaller version of the historical mural that is in the Lions Athletic Center ADG Conference Room. Next time you are on campus, go take a look at the original version that is over 30-feet in length.

Take a detailed look at LMU Lions History:

  • The History of Champions - Decade by Decade History of LMU Athletics
  • All-Americans
  • The Champions
  • Fight Song - "Fight on Loyola"
  • Hall of Fame
  • Individual Sports Histories
  • Lion Mascot
  • LMU Olympians

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