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Appalachian State Mountaineers
UniversityAppalachian State University
ConferenceSouthern Conference
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletics directorCharlie Cobb
LocationBoone, NC
Varsity teams20
Football stadiumKidd Brewer Stadium
Basketball arenaHolmes Center
Baseball stadiumJim and Bettie Smith Stadium
Soccer stadiumASU Soccer Stadium
Other arenasVarsity Gymnasium
Fight songHi Hi Yikas
ColorsBlack and Gold



The Appalachian State Mountaineers are the athletic teams that represent Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, United States. The Mountaineers compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and have been a member of the Southern Conference since 1972. Appalachian fields varsity teams in 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women. The football team competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly I-AA.

Appalachian's football program has been successful with the Mountaineers winning three straight national championships in 2005, 2006, and 2007. They are the only team in North Carolina, public or private, to win an NCAA national championship in football.[1] The Mountaineers are the first FCS team to win three straight national championships since the creation of Division I-AA in 1978, and are the first Division I program to win three consecutive national championships since Army accomplished the feat in 1944, 1945, and 1946.[2]

Football home games are played at Kidd Brewer Stadium,[3] while basketball, volleyball, and indoor track and field events are held at the George M. Holmes Convocation Center.[4] The school's baseball team plays at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.[5]


Sports teams

Block A logo

Appalachian sponsors 20 varsity sports teams.[6] The Mountaineers are the only institution to sponsor all 19 sports offered by the Southern Conference. The women's field hockey team competes in the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac).


The 2009 season will see the Mountaineers participating in their 80th year of college football. The 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons were arguably the most successful in Appalachian history with the Mountaineers winning three consecutive national championships. Head coach Jerry Moore will be entering his 21st year at the helm of the Mountaineers. Appalachian has developed intense rivalries with fellow conference members Furman, Georgia Southern, and Western Carolina The Mountaineers and Catamounts play annually for the Old Mountain Jug.

The Mountaineers got off to a fast start in 2007 with perhaps the biggest win in program history with a road upset of the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 34–32, on September 1, 2007. With the win Appalachian became the first ever FCS (I-AA) team to defeat an AP nationally ranked FBS (I-A) team. This victory was seen by some analysts to be one of the greatest upsets in NCAA football history.[7][8][9][10][11] Following the win, they were featured on the cover of the following week's issue of Sports Illustrated.[12]

Numerous players from ASU have gone on to play in the National Football League. They include Harold Alexander, Kerry Brown, Dexter Coakley, Mike Frier, Derrick Graham, Dino Hackett, Larry Hand, Jason Hunter, Dexter Jackson, Corey Lynch, Rico Mack, Marques Murrell, Mark Royals, John Settle, Matt Stevens, Troy Albea, and Daniel Wilcox. Additionally, players such as DaVon Fowlkes, Wayne Smith, and Richie Williams have found homes in the Canadian Football League.

Season records

Conference championships

YearConferenceOverall RecordConference RecordCoach
1931North State9–2–23–0C. B. Johnson
1937North State8–1–15–0Kidd Brewer
1939North State7–1–23–0–1Flucie Stewart
1948North State8–1–17–0–1E. C. Duggins
1950North State9–2–17–0–1E. C. Duggins
1954North State8–36–0E. C. Duggins
1986Southern9–2–16–0–1Sparky Woods
1987Southern11–37–0Sparky Woods
1991Southern8–46–1Jerry Moore
1995Southern12–18–0Jerry Moore
1999♦Southern9–37–1Jerry Moore
2005Southern12–36–1Jerry Moore
2006Southern14–17–0Jerry Moore
2007♦Southern13–25–2Jerry Moore
2008Southern11–38–0Jerry Moore
2009Southern11–38–0Jerry Moore
Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion

Men's basketball

The head coach of the Mountaineers is Buzz Peterson, who returned to ASU in April 2009 for his second stint as head basketball coach. Previously, Peterson was the head coach of the Apps from 1996–2000. Notable past coaches include Press Maravich and Bobby Cremins. The Mountaineers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament twice, 1979 and 2000, and appeared in the National Invitation Tournament in 2007. The Apps play home basketball games at the George M. Holmes Convocation Center which opened in 2000 to replace Varsity Gymnasium.

Conference championships

1939–1940North State19–3Flucie Stewart
1940–1941North State22–3Clyde Canipe
1942–1943North State16–5Belus Smawley
1947–1948North State20–8Francis Hoover
1949–1950North State21–9Francis Hoover
1966–1967Carolinas21–8Bob Light
1977–1978Southern9–3Bobby Cremins
1978–1979Southern11–3Bobby Cremins
1980–1981♦Southern11–5Bobby Cremins
1997–1998♦*Southern13–2 (North)Buzz Peterson
1998–1999Southern13–3 (North)Buzz Peterson
1999–2000Southern13–3 (North)Buzz Peterson
2002–2003♦Southern11–5 (North)Houston Fancher
2006–2007Southern15–3 (North)Houston Fancher
2007–2008♦Southern13–7 (North)Houston Fancher
Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion

* The Southern Conference split into North and South divisions beginning with the 1994–95 season

Other sports


Appalachian's first baseball team took the field in 1903. However, complete records prior to the 1955 season are not available. The Mountaineers consider the 1955 season as the starting point for record keeping purposes.

Coaching history

CoachYearsSeasonsRecordPct.Conf. RecordPct.Conf. Titles
Bob Broome1955–57317–26.39514–25.359
Bill Alheim195815–5.5005–5.500
Dave Pierce1959–6027–13.3507–13.350
Joe Bryson1961–62215–15–1.50014–15.483
Frank Meyer1963–6427–21.2507–21.250
Bob Henry196513–13.1883–13.188
Bill Church196618–8.5008–6.571
Frank Lovrich1967–737125–76.62226–24.5201 (1973)
Jim Morris1974–9825611–475–4.563218–203–1.5184 (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987)
Troy Heustess1999–2004692–221–1.29457–116.329
Chris Pollard2005–present499–126–1.44042–68.382

Commissioner's and Germann Cup

The Commissioner's and Germann Cups are awarded each year to the top men's and women's program in the Southern Conference. The Commissioner's Cup was inaugurated in 1970.[13] The Germann Cup, named for former conference commissioner Ken Germann, was first awarded in 1987.[13] The Mountaineers earned their 29th Commissioner's Cup in 2009.[14]

1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
29 Cups
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2006, 2007
8 Cups


ASU Soccer StadiumSoccer1,000
ASU Softball StadiumSoftball1,000
Don Kennedy TrailsCross Country
George M. Holmes Convocation CenterBasketball, Indoor Track and Field, Volleyball8,325
Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith StadiumBaseball2,000
Kidd Brewer StadiumField Hockey, Football, Track and Field21,650
Varsity GymnasiumWrestling8,000



Yosef the Mountaineer

Yosef is the mascot for Appalachian State. The origin of the name Yosef comes from mountain talk for "yourself", the idea being that if you are a fan, friend or alumnus and have a heart of black and gold, you are Yosef.[15] Yosef first appeared in the 1942 edition of The Rhododendron, Appalachian's annual yearbook. He was presented as a member of the freshman class with the name Dan'l Boone Yoseff from Appalachian. The second "f" was dropped from Yoseff in January of 1947.[15] Since his inception, Yosef has gone through many appearance changes with the current design being adopted prior to the 1983–84 year. The 2006 football season saw the return of Yosef's musket which was fired after every Appalachian touchdown.

Hi Hi Yikas

The ASU fight song, Hi Hi Yikas, is sung to the tune of the German folk song Bergvagabunden (Mountain Vagabond).

Nobody like us,
We are the
Always a-winning
Always a-grinning
Always a-feeling fine
You bet, hey
Go Apps!
Fight Apps!
Go, fight, win Apps! ('win Apps!' is sometimes changed to 'kick ass!')


Cherished Vision

Cherished Vision is the Appalachian alma mater.

Cherished Vision of the Southland
Alma Mater in the Hills
Let us point our minds to wisdom
Til the truth our spirit thrills
Appalachian Alma Mater, through our heart the joy and pride
Lead us ever, lead us onward
Vanguard of the heroes' side


See also


  1. "N.C. General Assembly Honors ASU Football Team". Southern Conference. 2008-06-11. http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=21895&SPID=1781&DB_OEM_ID=4000&ATCLID=1479477. 
  2. Appalachian Sports Information (2007-12-15). "Thrice is Nice: Apps Rout Delaware For Third-Straight National Title". GoASU. http://www.goasu.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=104458&SPID=12811&DB_OEM_ID=21500&ATCLID=1545029. 
  3. Appalachian Sports Information. "Kidd Brewer Stadium". GoASU. http://www.goasu.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=21500&KEY=&ATCLID=1524706. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  4. Appalachian Sports Information. "Holmes Convocation Center". GoASU. http://www.goasu.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=21500&KEY=&ATCLID=1524715. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  5. Appalachian Sports Information. "Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium". GoASU. http://www.goasu.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=21500&KEY=&ATCLID=1524719. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  6. Appalachian Sports University. "Varsity Sports". http://www.appstate.edu/top/athletics/varsity.php. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  7. Pat Forde (2007-09-01). "Appalachian State earns role as conquering hero". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/columns/story?columnist=forde_pat&id=3001214&sportCat=ncf. 
  8. Mark Schlabach (2007-09-01). "Hundreds of Mountaineers fans celebrate upset win". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=3001520. 
  9. Ryan Wixted (2007-09-04). "Appalachian State in a frenzy after upset over Michigan". CNNSI. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/sioncampus/09/04/appst.reaction/index.html. 
  10. Stewart Mandel (2007-09-01). "The Mother of All Upsets". CNNSI. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_blogs/football/ncaa/2007/09/mother-of-all-upsets.html. 
  11. Dan Wetzel (2007-09-01). "Hail to the victors". Yahoo Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/news?slug=dw-appstate090107&prov=yhoo&type=lgns. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  12. "Alltime Upset". SI Vault. 2007-09-10. http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/cover/featured/10824/index.htm. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Southern Conference Commissioner's & Germann Cups". Southern Conference. 2007-06-04. http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=4000&ATCLID=264425&SPID=1790&SPSID=37277. 
  14. "Appalachian State, College of Charleston Win All-Sports Cups". Southern Conference. 2009-05-27. http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4000&ATCLID=3743561. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Flynn, Mike (2008). 2008 Appalachian Football: History and Traditions. Appalachian Sports Information. p. 150. https://admin.xosn.com/fls/21500/Media_Guides/Football/2008Football149-200.pdf?SPSID=104465&SPID=12811&DB_OEM_ID=21500. 

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