The latest chapter in Ute athletics history began on July 1, 2011, when Utah officially became a member of the Pac-12 Conference. But Utah's reputation as an athletics power was established long before it joined the "Conference of Champions."
The move to the Pac-12 has fueled some of Utah's most successful seasons across a broad spectrum of sports in recent years. In the fall of 2019, Utah had its highest finish ever in the Learfield/IMG College Director's Cup at No. 18. Skiing was crowned the NCAA Champion in both 2017 and ‘19. Gymnastics has captured four Pac-12 Conference championships and advanced to three of the last six NCAA finals. Football has played in back-to-back Pac-12 Conference Championship games after winning the South Division in 2018 and ‘19. Volleyball advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals for the second time in three years in 2019.
Baseball captured the 2016 Pac-12 Conference title—the school's first for a men's sport since joining the league—and softball made back-to-back NCAA Super Regional appearances in 2016 and '17. Soccer made the NCAA regional semifinals in 2016, while cross country made its third NCAA Championship appearance in five years in 2019. Men's tennis advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and ‘19.
Utah claims 27 national team titles and 108 individual national champions in its history, including 76 in skiing and 27 in women's gymnastics.
Football has a 688-467-31 all-time record in 126 seasons. In the mid-1990s, the Utes evolved into a national force and won nine consecutive bowl games from 1999-2009, tying for the second-longest bowl winning streak on record. The original "BCS Buster," Utah has gone 2-0 in games that are now part of the CFP New Year's Six with wins in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl (Pittsburgh) and 2009 Sugar Bowl (Alabama). The Utes have finished in the Top 25 national polls 11 times, including a No. 2 ranking in 2008, No. 4 in 2004 and No. 10 in 1994. Utah has sold out every game in Rice-Eccles Stadium since the 2010 opener.
Men's Basketball has thrived throughout its history, winning an NCAA Championship in 1944 and finishing as the runner-up in 1998. The Runnin' Utes also won national championships in 1916 (AAU) and 1947 (NIT). Utah advanced to its 10th NCAA Sweet 16 in 2015, and is one of seven programs that have reached the regional semifinals at least once every decade since the 1950s. Utah ranks in the NCAA's top 25 in all-time victories (1,836) and winning percentage (.642). Utah's 29 NCAA Tournament appearances and 38 NCAA Tournament wins also rank in the top 30.
Women's Gymnastics boasts 10 national championships and finished as the runner-up for the ninth time in 2015. Utah is the only school to qualify for all 38 NCAA Gymnastics Championships and has captured the most All-America awards. The Red Rocks also claimed the school's first-ever Pac-12 Championship in 2014 and captured the postseason trophy again in ‘15 and ‘17. Utah won the first-ever Pac-12 regular season title in 2020. Utah holds every gymnastics attendance record, including highest single-meet attendance (16,019 in 2015) and highest season attendance average (15,273 in 2020). Utah has led the nation in gymnastics attendance 36 times and won its 10th all-women's sports attendance title in 2019-20.
Women's Basketball has averaged more than 20 wins a season since its start back in 1974-75 and ranks top 25 in the NCAA in all-time winning percentage (.671). The Ute women have received 17 NCAA Tournament invites since 1982, advancing to the Sweet 16 twice and the Elite Eight in 2006. They have won 22 conference championships.
The Men's and Women's Ski Team has captured 12 NCAA Championships and 13 national titles all time, the last coming in 2019. Volleyball has participated in 16 of the last 22 NCAA Tournaments with four Sweet 16 finishes. Softball has qualified for the postseason 21 times (16 NCAA Regionals, 2 Super Regionals) and has five College World Series appearances (four NCAA). Women's Soccer has played in the NCAA Tournament eight times since 2002. Baseball has advanced to NCAA Regionals twice since 2009, the last coming during its Pac-12 championship season in 2016.
Other Ute athletic highlights include: Men's Tennis (2018 and '19 NCAA Championships, 24 conference championships), Women's Tennis (three-consecutive NCAA appearances from 2010-12), Men's Swimming and Diving (No. 22 NCAA finish in 2015, 24 conference championships), Women's Swimming and Diving (2006 MWC champion) and Women's Cross Country (2015, ‘16 and ‘19 NCAA Championships, and 1981 AIAW Division II National Champion).
|TEAM NATIONALCHAMPIONSHIPS: 27|
(12 NCAA, 1 AIAW)
|WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS |
(9 NCAA, 1 AIAW)
|MEN'S BASKETBALL |
(1 NCAA, 1 NIT, 1 AAU)
|WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY |
|INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: 108|
|Includes 76 in skiing and 27 in women's gymnastics|
|Includes 217 in skiing, 89 in women's gymnastics, 57 in football and 18 in men's basketball|
|MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING||1|
|WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD||1|
Utah's football, men's basketball, gymnastics, skiing, softball, soccer, volleyball, cross country, baseball, women's tennis, and men's swimming & diving programs have all finished among the best in the nation since moving to the Pac-12 Conference in 2011-12.
Utah made NCAA history in 2004-05 when it became the only school ever to produce a No. 1 NFL and NBA draft pick in the same year. Quarterback Alex Smith was taken by the San Francisco 49ers and center Andrew Bogut went to the Milwaukee Bucks.