Central Washington University
Long gone are the days when CWU athletes were called “Normalites” after the school’s original name, Washington State Normal School. The “Wildcats” moniker roared to life in 1926 and has embodied the untamed spirit of CWU students ever since. Clad in crimson and black and led by their beloved mascot, Wellington Wildcat, the “Cat Pack” has cheered on their Wildcats to countless victories over the years. CWU has regularly ranked among the leaders in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, the region and the nation, and boasts the winningest father and son (Leo and Dean Nicholson) coaching combination in college basketball history with 1,114 wins.
Nickname:
Wildcats
Top Rivals:
Western Washington University
Style Facts:
Over the celebrated span of its 89-year run, the Wildcat “cat head” has seen several representations – and has traditionally been reserved for athletics only. But upon its last redesign in 2012 by a CWU graduate, the cat head was finally “freed” for the rest of the university to use. CWU president Jim Gaudino touts the new cat head logo mark as “more modern, more powerful, just as Central Washington is.”