The Hawk flaps about 3,700 times per game

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The Hawk

The nickname "Hawks" came into being in 1931 because of the Saint Joseph's College football team's aerial attack. The nickname has far outlived the sport. Football began at Saint Joseph's in 1922 but was disbanded in 1939.

As a mascot, The Hawk first took flight in 1956 during a men's basketball victory over city-rival La Salle. It is famous for how it flaps for the entire duration of a game and flies in figure 8's around the court during timeouts.  The Hawk has even been known to make one handed free throw shots  while still flapping.  It is the only mascot in college basketball that travels to all road games.  

There is an arduous application process to become the Hawk,  including interviews with coaches and the athletic director as well as tests of stamina and will power.  The mascot receives a full scholarship and is considered a full member of the team.   Sports Illustrated recognized the passion of Hawk fans in its list of the "Top 100 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate". Ranked 12th was "go to a Saint Joseph's basketball game and shout 'The Hawk will never die... the most defiant cheer in college sports'."


Chris Bertolino cuts down some nets after the Hawks secured their 27th victory of 2003-04 and an undefeated regular season.

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Hawk Honors
Sports Illustrated Mascot of the 20th Century
Sporting News Mascot of the Year 2001
Street & Smith's Best Mascot
ESPN College Basketball Magazine Best Mascot
Member of Saint Joseph's University Hall of Fame

Name # of Seasons Years
Joe Mreczko 1 2011-12
Tim Higgins 1 2010-11
Brienne Ryan 1 2009-10
Tim Klarich 1 2008-09
Jim Miller 2 2006-07 through 2007-08
Andrew Moral 1 2005-06
Mike Tecce 1 2004-05
Chris Bertolino 1 2003-04
Steve Klarich 2 2001-02 through 2002-03
Sarah Brennan 1 2000-01
Joey "G" Gawarzewski 1 1999-00
Pat McGrory 1 1998-99
Bobby Gallagher 1 1997-98
Glenn "Trip" Whitaker 1 1996-97
Brian Kearns 2 1994-95 through 1995-96
Dan Gallagher 1 1993-94
Chuck Sack 2 1991-92 through 1992-93
Tony Duldulao 1 1990-91
Jim Scarano 2 1988-89 through 1989-90
Frank Simone 2 1986-87 through 1987-88
Jim Boyle, Jr. 1 1985-86
Dennis Sheehan 3 1982-83 through 1984-85
Randy Kiernan 1.5 1980-81 through 1981-82
Kevin Quirk 2.5 1978-79 through 1980-81
Ron Manion .5 1977-78
Joe Boyle 3.5 1974-75 through 1977-78
Joe Cassidy 2 1972-73 through 1973-74
John Donnelly 2 1970-71 through 1971-72
Bill Berner 2  1968-69 through 1969-70
Chuck Elsesser 2  1966-67 through 1967-68
Charlie Wieners 2  1964-65 through 1965-66
Al Pastino 3  1961-62 through 1963-64
Pierce Markley 3  1958-59 through 1960-61
Jim Brennan 3 1955-56 through 1957-58

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