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2006 Hall of Fame inductees Ariane Mongeau (Swimming) and Thies Hermann (Soccer)
2006 Hall of Fame inductees Ariane Mongeau (Swimming) and Thies Hermann (Soccer)

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of IUPUI in the field of athletics and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics.
» View Hall of Fame members on the IUPUI Athletics web site.


Fans pack The Jungle, wearing red IUPUI spirit shirts

IUPUI Athletics: From Metros to Jaguars

In 1998, IUPUI changed its official nickname from the Metros to the Jaguars, a key part of a dynamic major change of direction for the IUPUI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. At the same time, IUPUI joined the Mid-Continent Conference and moved from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I.

The Jaguar was chosen because it represents the spirit of IUPUI: powerful, swift and confident. It reflects the energized spirit of our urban institution.

The Mid-Continent Conference affiliation - IUPUI's first conference membership - links the campus with universities stretching from Utah in the west, Michigan to the north, Louisiana to the south and Indiana to the east.

Voters drawn from students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the university chose the nickname Jaguars. In the first round of nominations, the original nickname - the Metros - remained, along with such oddities as River Rats. The final ballot included such choices as City Cats, River Hawks, Indy Wolves, Indy Cats, City Hawks, Metro Hawks, Metro Cats, Indy Hawks and Circle Cats.