Experience the deafening roar of a sold-out Sun Bowl Stadium or Don Haskins Center, and you’ll quickly understand why die-hard UTEP fans call themselves Miner Maniacs.
There has been much to cheer about in UTEP Athletics’ history. The football team has played in 14 bowl games and produced countless NFL players. The men’s basketball squad has participated in 17 NCAA Tournaments and reached the postseason nine times in the last 14 years. The women’s basketball team has won two Conference USA titles in the last decade and has an energetic new head coach in Kevin Baker. Overall, UTEP has won 21 NCAA titles, including 20 in cross-country and track and field.
UTEP annually ranks among the Conference USA leaders in football and men’s and women’s basketball attendance. The campus is home to outstanding athletic facilities, including the 43,000-square-foot Foster • Stevens Basketball Center, the 65,000-square-foot Larry K. Durham Sports Center and the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.
The UTEP Miners have a great future, built on the University’s legends of the past. UTEP is home to the famed Texas Western College team that made history more than 50 years ago when it started all African-American players during the 1966 NCAA basketball championship under Hall of Fame Coach Don Haskins. The story was told in the 2006 motion picture “Glory Road,” and, to this day, UTEP remains the only Division I school in the state of Texas to win a national championship in men’s basketball.