UTEP boasts a proud Athletics tradition. The Miners have won a combined 21 national championships and 85 conference titles, including 24 since becoming a member of Conference USA in 2005.
The football team has appeared in 14 bowl games. Men’s basketball has made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and captured the 1966 national championship. To this day, UTEP remains the only Division I school in the state of Texas to win a men’s basketball national championship. The amazing story of the 1966 Miners – the first team to start five black players in the title game – was told in the motion picture “Glory Road.” Women’s basketball has reached the NCAA Tournament twice in the 2000s.
Off the playing field, UTEP student-athletes have enjoyed equal success. A total of 146 Miners made the Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll during the 2017-18 athletic year for posting grade point averages of 3.0 or better. Thirty-seven received C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medals with GPAs of 3.75 or higher. Sixty-three UTEP student-athletes earned their degrees during the 2017-18 campaign.
Some of UTEP’s prominent athletics alumni include track and field world record holder Bob Beamon, NFL Hall of Famer Don Maynard and Nate Archibald, one of the top 50 players in NBA history. Several Miners currently play in the National Football League, including native El Pasoan and Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones.
UTEP’s athletics facilities are first rate, including Sun Bowl Stadium, which seats 51,500 and the Don Haskins Center, which seats 12,222. The newest additions to the Miners’ athletic landscape are the 43,000-square-foot Foster • Stevens Basketball Center and the 65,000-square-foot Helen of Troy Softball Complex.