The University of Akron, Other sports

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The University of Akron is a public research university located in Akron, Ohio, United States. The university is part of the University System of Ohio and is regarded as a world leader in polymer research. As a STEM-focused institution, it focuses on industries such as polymers, advanced materials, and engineering. In the last decade it has sought to increase its research portfolio and gain recognition for its productivity in technology transfer and commercialization.


In 2005, the women's cross country team, women's indoor track and the men's soccer team also won the MAC championship in their respective sports, making the 2005–06 year the most successful in Akron athletics history with a total of four Mid-American Conference championships in the same year.

The 2005 men's soccer team was the first team in UA history to hold a national no. 1 ranking in any sport, and was coached by Ken Lolla, now the head coach at the University of Louisville.

The 1978 men's archery team, led by 3-time national individual college champion Richard Bednar and hall-of-fame coach Bill Bednar, was the first team in UA history to win a national collegiate team championship.

The University of Akron has produced four individual national champions, including two in 2009, one in 2000 and one (Richard Bednar) who was a 3-time champion (1976–78).

The Akron Zips compete in the following sports:

Fall Sports

  • Women's cross country
  • Women's golf*
  • Women's tennis*

Winter Sports

  • Women's basketball
  • Women's swimming and diving
  • Women's track and field (Indoor season)

Spring Sports

  • Men's golf*
  • Women's golf*
  • Women's tennis*
  • Men's track and field (Outdoor season)
  • Women's track and field (Outdoor season)
  • the golf, rifle, and women's tennis teams begin their seasons in the Fall, but conclude in the Spring with conference and NCAA tournaments.

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  • WikipediaOfficial websiteBuchtel College at Ohio History CentralOfficial Athletics website

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