The Wesleyan College athletics department has re-branded itself through the introduction of a new mascot, the Wesleyan College Wolves.
The decision to make the change from Pioneers to Wolves came as a response to student requests for a mascot that could have a visual presence at games and on campus. Wesleyan College will remain Pioneers for the school's many achievements in the advancement of women's education, but on the playing fields, it will now introduce its sports programs as the Wolves.
"Although Wesleyan always will be Pioneers at heart, we are excited about unveiling a new mascot for our athletic teams that will create a more tangible connection with students and fans," remarked Wesleyan College president Ruth Knox. "As our sports programs continue to grow and improve under the leadership of a solid core of coaches, each with considerable experience at the Division I level, we expect the Wesleyan Wolves to represent the competitive spirit, pride, and tenacity of our scholar-athletes."
In transitioning to the Wolves, Wesleyan will go through a gradual process of rolling out new uniforms, warm-ups, and other ancillary items that feature the new Wolves mascot. The athletics department has acquired a wolf mascot uniform and will now have a mascot presence that will bring added excitement and energy to Wesleyan games.
The campus is adorned with streetlight banners celebrating the new logo as well as new window banners for Porter Gym.
"Wesleyan College continues to be proud of our heritage as "Pioneers" in the education of women," stated Wesleyan's Athletics Director, Patty Gibbs. "Our student-athletes are also proud to be part of the NCAA and have been wanting a symbol to generate excitement and energize school spirit around athletics. Athletics contributes to student development at so many levels and having a mascot the entire student body can embrace and unite around will continue to create recognition for our athletics program and Wesleyan. The attributes of a wolf - courage, strength, loyalty, and success - are all characteristics of Wesleyan women, so this is a very appropriate and fitting mascot for us to adopt."
The energy surrounding the introduction of the Wolves mascot is just the latest excitement in what has been a great start for Wesleyan athletics this season. Highlights from the 2013-14 school year to date include:
Wesleyan's soccer team has increased its roster size to 25 athletes and currently has a record of 8-7.
Wesleyan soccer has had individuals recognized four out of eight weeks as the Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Freshman soccer player Leah McLeod set the single season record for goals scored with 12 thus far this year.
Wesleyan's soccer and volleyball teams are currently ranked 2nd in the Great South Athletic Conference.
Wesleyan volleyball earned its first ever Great South Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor.
Wesleyan volleyball earned two wins over Division II Fort Valley State University this season.