Wisconsin–La Crosse Eagles

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Wisconsin–La Crosse Eagles
UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–La Crosse
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorKim Blum
LocationLa Crosse, Wisconsin
Football stadiumVeterans Memorial Stadium
Basketball arenaMitchell Hall Gymnasium
Baseball stadiumCopeland Park
Softball stadiumNorth Campus Field
Soccer stadiumVeterans Memorial Field Sports Complex
Lacrosse stadiumVeterans Memorial Field Sports Complex

The University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Eagles (casually known as the UW–La Crosse Eagles) are the athletic teams of the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. The Eagles athletic teams compete in at the NCAA Division III as a member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). Wisconsin–La Crosse's teams were known as the Indians from 1937 to 1989. The name was changed because of concerns of racial insensitivity regarding Native Americans; see Native American mascot controversy.[1]


The Eagles footbal team plays its home games at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The football program has won three national titles: the NAIA Division II Football National Championship in 1985 and NCAA Division III Football Championship in 1992 and 1995, all during the tenure of Roger Harring, who served as head coach from 1969 to 1999 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.[2]

Track and field[edit]

The Eagles have won 18 team titles at the NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships and 15 team titles at the NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Both totals are the best in Division III history.

Notable athletes[edit]

  • Jerry Augustine, MLB player
  • Will Berzinski, NFL player
  • Ben Braun, college basketball coach
  • Roman Brumm, NFL player
  • Mike Dee, college baseball coach at University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Brian Gutekunst, NFL General Manager, Green Bay Packers
  • Don Iverson, professional golfer on the PGA Tour
  • Don Kindt, Jr., NFL player
  • Tom Klawitter, MLB player
  • Craig Kusick, baseball player
  • Craig Kusick, Jr., Arena Football League quarterback
  • Ace Loomis, NFL player
  • Mike Maslowski, National Football League (NFL) linebacker
  • Ric Mathias, NFL player
  • Greg Mattison, NCAA and NFL football coach
  • Neal Nelson, Hall of Fame basketball coach
  • Tom Newberry, NFL offensive Lineman
  • Vinny Rottino, MLB player
  • Bill Schroeder, 1994, NFL wide receiver
  • Webb Schultz, MLB player
  • Ed Servais, college baseball coach at Saint Mary's and Creighton
  • Ellen Tronnier, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
  • Jeremy Unertl, Arena Football League player
  • Joel Williams, NFL linebacker


  1. "U-W La Crosse drops 'Indian' team name". Wausau Daily Herald. Wausau, Wisconsin. April 22, 1989. p. 5A. Retrieved January 22, 2022 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  2. Anderson, Terry (April 26, 2006). "'Fantastic' honor for Harring". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay, Wisconsin. p. C6. Retrieved January 21, 2022 – via Newspapers.com open access.

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