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UB Sports History Collection

The University at Buffalo has a long and colorful college sports history. In fact, 14 UB students formed the first football team in 1894. By 1896, they were a local force in Western New York football playing collegiate and club teams and finishing the season with an impressive 9-1-2 record. Today the team competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Football Bowl Subdivision and is a member of the Mid-American Conference.

The UB men's basketball team has enjoyed success from its first official season, 1915-1916, when coach Art Powell's team posted a 7-4 record, through the era of coaches Mal Eiken and Len Serfustini in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

The University at Buffalo now offers 20 Division I intercollegiate sports that compete at the highest level of competition in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The 20 sports are: football, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, wrestling, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, women's rowing and men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field.

With that unique history in mind, the UB Libraries are pleased to introduce the “UB Sports History Collection,” which focuses on the early years of UB sports.