Georgia Southern University Eagles And Lady Eagles
The Georgia Southern Athletics Department has announced changes to its women's and men's basketball programs for the 2016-17 season. Eagles compete in NCAA Division I I Women's Basketball Championship Game on Saturday, November 4 at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Freedom, the male bald eagle, will take flight for the first time in one of the most memorable moments in Georgia Southern history. The University's bald eagle mascot, who flies over the stadium before every home game, flew from the top of the press box to the field in a pregame ceremony. Also in attendance were the Marching Eagles of Georgia, a live mascot from Georgia State University who made it to the top of the press boxes and the field. This week culminates with the return of the Lady Eagles to their first - ever - home game on Saturday, November 5 against Georgia Tech.
The Eagles are coached by former Georgia State University basketball player and current assistant coach of Georgia Southern, as well as former UGA head coach and head football coach. She is a 5-year-old pro player who played at Houghton College and played for the U.S. women's national team in the 1990s.
The Georgia Southern Eagles also lead the nation in total offense, total defense and total field goal percentage. The Eagles have won six NCAA FCS (I-AA) championships, four NCAA Division II national championships and four conference titles, and produced two Walter Payton Award winners. Georgia Southern is one of five schools to receive the WalterPayton Award, which is awarded by the National Football Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Georgia Southern University is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), and the National Conference of State Reporting Boards (NCSRB). A research-oriented university with more than 3,000 students, it is home to the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), Georgia State University, the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.
The Charlotte Eagles are an American football team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a member of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). The Charlotte 49ers are the highest-ranked U.S. women's football club in the league and are tied with the Eagles. For more information about Georgia Southern University Eagles and Lady Eagles, please visit this page.
The Eagles first fielded a football team in 1924, but the game was suspended during World War II and revived in 1981. The Eagles made club teams in 1982 and 1983 and began their first full-fledged women's football program in 1984.
In 1982, the school hired former Georgia Southern University football coach Erk Stower to coach the new football team. In her first season in the position, which she held for 17 years, she won a national championship. Stowers was also named Southern Conference coach of the year in 1993 and won the NCAA Division II Women's College Football Championship in 1993, the league's first year.
In 1989, the Eagles became the first college team in the 20th century to win a national championship and expand their division. In 1990, they won their first NCAA Division II Women's College Football Championship by defeating the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC State) and North Dakota State University. The Eagles' longest home winning streak was 12 games, an honor that only another team in college football history has won. In 1989 and 1991, Ham led them to the championship, gaining nearly 1,000 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns in two title games.
Asheville responded when Warren Wilson alumnus Bianca Canizio converted the ball to make it 1-0, but the Eagles defeated MTSU in a classic that will be forever remembered as the Eagles' Hugo Bowl. The Eagles are going back to losing to Mtsu in the game known as the "Hugo Bowl" in 1990 and 1991 and 1992 and 1993.
The first of many controversial moves, VanGorder scraped and eliminated the "Ham-Bone" offensive line and Georgia Southern took a chance on a quarterback and the "Ham-Bones" offensive line was born. A drainage shaft the team crossed several times a day at football practice was described by coach Erk Russell as a "beautiful Eagle Creek." In the second half against MTSU, he caught a touchdown pass to a wide receiver on the final play of the game.
When the Eagles traveled to Northern Iowa for the playoffs in 1985, Coach Russell brought a jug of water from Eagle Creek to sprinkle on the field and sprinkle on his players.
Today, the jug is on display at Georgia Southern University, and a sign has been erected by the creek. Baseball camps are held in Eagle Creek, while the leaders of the Georgia State College of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (GSCERS) are on the campus of Georgia Southern University.