Each workday for the next three weeks Charlotte49ers.com will profile a different Conference USA school as a way to introduce our new league opponents starting in 2013-14.

Florida Atlantic

Location: Boca Raton, Fla.
Founded: 1961
Enrollment: 30,000
Nickname: Owls
Colors: Blue and Red
President: Mary Jane Saunders
Athletics Director: Pat Chun

Athletics Website: www.fausports.com
Twitter: @FAUOwlAthletics
Facebook: FAU Owl Athletics

Conference History: This will be FAU’s first year with C-USA. It was previously with the Sun Belt Conference since 2006. Proper References: Florida Atlantic, FAU

Athletic Highlights: In 2007, FAU won its first softball Sun Belt Conference championship by defeating Louisiana and became the second team to win the conference championship. Men’s basketball set an NCAA record in 1999 with 34 consecutive wins. In 2007, Florida Atlantic became the youngest football team in the country to receive a bid to a bowl game (New Orleans Bowl).

Noteworthy Accomplishments: FAU ranks as the most ethnically, racially and culturally diverse institution in the Florida State School System with 44 percent of the student body classified as a minority. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy designated FAU as one of three national centers for ocean energy research and development.

Notable Alumni:

  • ANA M. AZCUY - First Hispanic anchor in south Florida, three-time Emmy winner
  • JEFF BELIVEAU - Chicago Cubs pitcher
  • CHRIS CARRABBA - Singer/Songwriter, Dashboard Confessional
  • MARK DEAN - VP Technical Strategy & WorldWide Operations, IBM Research
  • ROB HOUSLER - Arizona Cardinals tight end
  • LESTAR JEAN - Houston Texans wide receiver
  • STEVE LeBRUN - FAU Hall of Fame member, played in the U.S. Open (golf)
  • PATRICIA McKAY - Executive VP and CFO, Office Depot
  • ALFRED MORRIS - Washington Redskins running back
  • MICKEY STOREY - Houston Astros pitcher

Sponsored Sports:
Men (8) - Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis
Women (10) - Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field, Volleyball