08/28/2013

Loyola howls into athletics season with new look for Wolf Pack

Loyola University New Orleans kicked off its 2013 athletics season sporting a fresh new look for the Wolf Pack.

A new athletics logo was launched last month and shared with the university community during Maroon and Gold Day, a celebration that kicked off the Wolf Pack Athletics season on Thursday, Aug. 29 in Loyola’s Peace Quad. The free event featured music, food, giveaways and more.

Dr. Michael Giorlando, head men’s basketball coach and director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness at Loyola, hosted the event with special entertainment from the Loyola Golden Eyes Dance Team and the Cheer Team. Loyola’s mascot Havoc was also on hand to showcase the new logo with his characteristic Pack Pride. The event was broadcast live from Loyola's on-campus Internet radio station, Crescent City Radio.

In addition to a bold new look, the Wolf Pack is growing in numbers. Women’s volleyball welcomes new head coach Margot Frederick and men’s golf begins competition this academic year after the women's team debuted in 2012-13. The new addition brings the Wolf Pack’s roster of varsity sports to 14.

Some points of pride for Wolf Pack Athletics this year include several awards and recognition—two NAIA All-Americans (Robert Lovaglio- MBB, Tarun Surat- Men's Tennis); two All-Louisiana honorees (Robert Lovaglio-MBB, Jasmine Brewer-WBB); men’s basketball received the NABC Team Excellence Award; 11 student-athletes were named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes; 43 student-athletes named to the SSAC All-Academic Team; 12 student-athletes named to Cosida Capital One Academic All-District; 17 SSAC All-Conference Award winners; and 11 NAIA Scholar-Team Awards.

Launched as the school’s mascot in 1924, the Wolf Pack symbolizes Jesuit values: strength in numbers and pride in teamwork. Over the years, Loyola has had numerous Wolf Pack logo designs, each portraying the wolf in a style fitting the times. The new Wolf Pack logo is bold and contemporary, befitting Loyola’s second century of existence.

Follow the evolution of the Wolf Pack logo from its roots in 1924 to the present day on Loyola’s official Facebook page and Instagram page. Followers will have the chance to win limited editions of the evolution of the wolf T-shirts through contests featured on the social media sites.

For more information about Wolf Pack Athletics, contact Brett Simpson at 504-864-7539 or bsimpson@loyno.edu.

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