Dons Notes: Know Your Rivals – Pacific Tigers


Dec 10, 2011; San Francisco CA, USA; Pacific Tigers forward Khalil Kelley (13) is fouled by San Francisco Dons forward Cole Dickerson (25) during the second half at War Memorial Gym. San Francisco defeated Pacific 79-69. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Since July 1st of 2013, the University of Pacific Tigers have officially reunited with the West Coast Conference as its 10th member. The Tigers were one of the original five schools to inaugurate the WCC in 1952. Every Wednesday (#WCCWednesday) this off-season the Tigers add to an online series named: “Know Your Rivals”. The premise is to inform Tigers fans about the WCC. Below I have continued the series by including UOP with a Green & Gold perspective. Links to UOP’s other “Know Your Rivals” features are at the bottom of this post.

Location:Stockton, Calif.
President:Pamela A. Eibeck
School Website:
Notable Alums (non-athletes):Alex Spanos (Billionaire owner of the San Diego Chargers)Chris Issak (Actor & Musician)George Moscone (Former Mayor of San Francisco)
  Fun Facts:University of the Pacific was one of the five founding members of the West Coast Conference in 1952. When it opened, Pacific was the first medical school on the West Coast. UOP’s Dugoni School of Dentistry is located in the Pacific Heights district in San Francisco with another SF building expected in 2014.
Pacific Tigers Athletics
Joined The WCC:1952 (founding), 2013
Colors:Orange, Black & White
Sports:18 (19 in 2014)
WCC Sports:12 (13 in 2014)
National Titles:(2) Women’s Volleyball – 1985, 1986
Notable Athletics Alums:Scott Boras (MLB agent)Pete Carrol (NFL coach, Seattle Seahawks)

San Francisco and Pacific will be WCC rivals in:

Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Men’s & Women’s Tennis, Women’s Volleyball.

Men’s Basketball Rivalry Note:

In a series that dates back to 1911-12, San Francisco leads the all-time series with a record of 62-31.

(from official Pacific athletics website)

University of the Pacific first adopted the tiger as its mascot in the fall of 1908, when rugby replaced football at Pacific. The nickname evolved because the uniform jerseys and socks were black with orange stripes, making the team members look like tigers. They chose these tiger-striped uniforms because it made it easier for the players to identify their fellow teammates on the field. Although “Tigers” had not been officially designated by university by-laws as an official mascot, by 1914 the term was used in both students and local newspapers to describe all of Pacific’s athletic teams. “Tigers” was made the official college mascot as a result of the 1925 Associated Student Constitution.

Don Gets Playful:

We’ll play nice with you Powercat, we wouldn’t want you to lose your job and go back to your acting career:

Below are clickable links for the other “Know Your Rivals” posts from University of the Pacific. They are very informative about the schools in the WCC and worth a read. Thanks to our newest WCC members for putting together such an awesome series! 

 Brigham Young, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, St Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara