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The UMBC Retrievers represent the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in NCAA Division I athletics. The Retrievers field 17 varsity sports; eight men and nine women. UMBC competes in the America East athletic conference.


The retriever mascot is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the state dog of Maryland. There is a statue of a retriever known as True Grit that stands in front of the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). UMBC's costumed mascot has been known both as True Grit and Fever. UMBC also once had a live mascot named Campus Sam.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of UMBC in 2006, the University held the "March of the Retrievers," a procession of 40 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers from the True Grit statue to the University Commons and then on to the UMBC Soccer Stadium, site of the Homecoming soccer match.


Sport Coach Facility Notes
Baseball John Jancuska Baseball Factory Field 2001 Northeast Champions
Basketball (Men) Randy Moore RAC Arena
Basketball (Women) Phil Stern RAC Arena 2007 America East Champions
Cross Country (Men & Women) Scott Catone
Lacrosse (Men) Don Zimmerman UMBC Stadium 2006 America East Champions, 2007 NCAA Tournament Berth, 1980 Division II National Champion
Lacrosse (Women) Courtney Martinez Connor UMBC Stadium 2006 America East Regular Season Champions
Soccer (Men) Pete Caringi Soccer Pitch
Soccer (Women) Tara Koleski Soccer Pitch
Swimming & Diving (Men & Women) Chad Cradock UMBC Natatorium 2007 America East Champions (Men & Women)
Tennis (Men & Women) Keith Puryear Tennis Center 2007 America East Champions (Men)
Track & Field (Men & Women) David Bobb UMBC Stadium
Volleyball (Women) Ian Blanchard RAC Arena

UMBC Riser

The UMBC Riser is the official fight song of the UMBC Retrievers, and was written by Dr. George LaNoue, a professor of policy sciences[1]

Stand up and cheer, UMBC
Forward we go, to another victory.
Retrievers, be bold,
We back you as we stand,
Black and gold, the best in Maryland.
Rise up and sing!
Stand up and roar!
Make echoes ring from the mountains to the shore.
Baltimore's pride, our alma mater grand,
UMBC, the best in any land!

Alma Mater

UMBC's alma mater debuted in 2006 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary festivities. The tune is American Hymn by Matthias Keller, and the lyrics and arrangement are by Jari Villanueva, current director of UMBC's pep band.[2]

Hail alma mater! OUR UMBC,
Boldly bearing your colors, the whole world to see,
Striving together in true unity,
Black, gold forever we're reminded of thee,
Proudly we hail to thee, OUR UMBC!

Throughout the ages, OUR UMBC,
Songs and memories still echo with true clarity,
Knowledge and wisdom and truth we found here,
Friendships we treasure that will last through the years,
Proudly we hail to thee, OUR UMBC!

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Through March 19, 2007

America East Basketball W L HOME ROAD STRK CONF
University of Vermont 25 8 15-1
University of Albany 23 10 13-3
Boston University 12 18 8-8
University of Maine 12 18 7-9
University of Maryland Baltimore County 12 19 7-9
Binghamton University 13 16 6-10
University of Hartford 13 18 6-10
University of New Hampshire 10 20 6-10
Stony Brook University 9 20 4-12
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Established: 1966

School Type: Public University

President/Chancellor: Freeman A. Hrabowski III

Location: Catonsville, Maryland

Campus Size: Suburban, 500 acres

Enrollment: 11,800

Faculty: 949

Mascot: True Grit

Stadiums: Retriever Activities Center, UMBC Stadium

Colors: Black, Gold and Red

Team Nickname: Retrievers

Conference(s): America East Conference


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