Loyola Ramblers

Loyola Ramblers
University Loyola University Chicago
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Steve Watson
Location Chicago, Illinois
Varsity teams 13
Basketball arena Joseph J. Gentile Arena
Soccer stadium Loyola Soccer Park
Mascot LU Wolf
Nickname Ramblers
Fight song Hail Loyola!
Colors Maroon and Gold
Website www.loyolaramblers.com
Plaque commemorating 1963 Men's Basketball Team on the side of the Alumni Gym

The Loyola Ramblers are the varsity sports teams of Loyola University Chicago. Most teams compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, which the school joined in 2013 after leaving the Horizon League.[1] Notable athletes from Loyola have included middle-distance runner Tom O'Hara, volleyball player Thomas Jaeschke, and basketball players Mike Novak, Jerry Harkness, Les Hunter, Wayne Sappleton, Alfredrick Hughes, LaRue Martin, Keir Rogers and Blake Schilb.


A member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Loyola University Chicago sponsors teams in seven men's and eight women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[2]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach
Basketball Ramblers men's basketball Porter Moser Basketball Kate Achter
Cross Country Randy Hasenbank Cross Country Randy Hasenbank
Golf Kyle Stefan Golf Kyle Stefan
Soccer Ramblers men's soccer Neil Jones Soccer Barry Bimbi
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Randy Hasenbank Softball Jeff Tylka
Volleyball [v 1] Mark Hulse Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Randy Hasenbank
Volleyball Chris Muscat
  1. Men's volleyball competes as a member of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

National Championships

Men's basketball

Loyola Ramblers men's basketball has played at the Joseph J. Gentile Arena since 1996, before when they had spent a long period playing at the Rosemont Horizon. The 1962–1963 men's basketball team, led by coach George Ireland, won the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, by defeating the University of Cincinnati, 60-58, in the title game. Vic Rouse tipped in the winning bucket in overtime to win the game.

Loyola made it to the finals of the National Invitation Tournaments (NIT), in 1939 and 1949 and the 'Sweet Sixteen' of the 1964 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and 1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Men's volleyball

Loyola university men's volleyball is coached by Loyola alumnus Shane Davis. His record through twelve seasons is 265–88 (.751).[3]

In 2013, the Ramblers were defeated by the UCI Anteaters 0–3 (24–26, 18–25, 27–29) in the first semifinal of the NCAA championships on May 2, 2013 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. This was the teams first appearance ever in an NCAA men's collegiate volleyball tournament.[4]

On May 3, 2014, Loyola, playing host to the 2014 Championships, defeated the Stanford Cardinal 3-1 to win the program's first-ever NCAA Men's National Collegiate Volleyball Championship.[5]

Loyola successfully defended their championship in 2015, defeating Lewis 3-2 at Stanford's Maples Pavilion.[6]


  1. "Loyola Joins Missouri Valley Conference Loyola University Chicago Official Athletic Site". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  2. "Loyola University Chicago Official Athletic Site". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  3. "Shane Davis". CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  4. "UC Irvine to play BYU for NCAA men's volleyball championship". Los Angeles Times. May 2, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  5. "Loyola Chicago defeats Stanford in four sets to win first national title". NCAA. 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
  6. "Loyola repeats as men's NCAA volleyball national champions". Chicago Tribune. 2015-05-10. Retrieved 2015-05-10.
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