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New Mexico Lobos
The athletic teams at the University of New Mexico are known as the New Mexico Lobos. The University of New Mexico participates in the NCAA Division I in the Mountain West Conference (MW). The university's athletic program fields teams in 19 varsity sports. The only varsity teams that do not compete in the MW are in two sports that the conference does not sponsor—men's soccer, which plays in Conference USA (C-USA); and skiing, which competes in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA). The Lobos name began in 1920. A UNM Weekly student newspaper editor, George S. Bryan, came up with the teams' name, the "Lobos", which is the Spanish word for wolf. Previously the University's teams were referred to as the "University Boys" or "Varsities". The University mascots are anthropomorphized wolves or "Lobos" named Louie and Lucy, they appear at every sporting and social event. For a brief period in the 1920s, a live wolf pup appeared at every football game, but UNM administrators were forced to cease the practice when a child teased the wolf and was subsequently bitten.
In recent years the Lobo Baseball Program has seen much success, the team competed in the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship tournament. Prior to 2010 the Lobos hadn't made an appearance in the tournament since 1962. In 2012 the Lobos captured both the Mountain West Regular Season and Conference Tournament titles. The Lobo's have not made a College World Series appearance in its program's history.
UNM's baseball team plays at Lobo Field on the university's campus. They averaged 1,294 fans for the 2011 season and ranked 43rd in the NCAA per game. The Lobo basketball programs were established in 1899, but began its first competitive teams in 1903 and 1906, respectively. In 1920 a head coach would be hired, Roy W. Johnson. Its current head coach is Craig Neal.