FSW Athletics announced the official name of their Buccaneer mascot, Captain Blackbeard, after a vote that allowed FSW students to be a part of the process.
The FSW mascot was unveiled at the FSW Buc Bash (Nov. 29) prior to the home-opening men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader at the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Captain Blackbeard will be a presence at numerous campus events, athletic contests and in the local community.
“I am excited to introduce Blackbeard as the new FSW mascot,” said Director of Athletics Carl McAloose. “It is my hope that Blackbeard will continue to help us strengthen our athletics identity while energizing student, campus and community pride.”
A small mascot committee, led by FSW Public Information Officer Teresa Araque, FSW Sports Information Director Michael Hill and FSW Auxilary Services Marketing Coordinator Santiago Arenas, was charged with brainstorming and coming up with design concepts for the mascot. The Milwaukee, Wisc. based Olympus Group, who has produced over 15,000 mascots, manufactured the new FSW mascot costume.
The FSW Athletic Department will introduce the program’s first mascot on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Buc Bash, a tailgate party in front of the brand new Suncoast Credit Union Arena, prior to the home-opening men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader.
The new mascot will be a presence at numerous campus events, athletic contests and in the local community.
Fans are encouraged to participate in this special event, which starts at 4 p.m. and will be a historic night in the history of FSW Athletics.
As part of an existing partnership with PrestoSports, the Florida SouthWestern State College Department of Athletics debuted a redesigned FSWBucs.com, the official website of FSW Athletics, on Wednesday.
“It’s an exciting day for FSW Athletics as we relaunch FSWBucs.com and continue our partnership with PrestoSports,” said FSW Director of Athletics Carl McAloose. “I have no doubt that our new site will do a great job highlighting all of our tremendous student-athletes, coaches and facilities.”
“We’re excited about this redesign,” said FSW Sports Information Director Michael Hill. “Working with PrestoSports to create a clean, visually appealing website was a pretty seamless process. Athletics is often referred to as the front porch of a college/university and this is an exciting way to show off what Florida SouthWestern has to offer. With the imminent opening of the beautiful Suncoast Credit Union Arena, the excitement for our basketball programs to begin competition and the buzz around FSW softball and baseball, our redesign with PrestoSports comes at a perfect time.”
Florida SouthWestern State College Athletics unveiled the unique design for the playing floor in Suncoast Credit Union Arena, the future home for FSW men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.
Designed by FSW Sports Information Director Michael Hill, the Buccaneers’ court design, outlined in purple, features the school’s primary Buc head logo and nickname “Bucs” at center court with “Florida SouthWestern” along both baselines. The court also features the text “We Are FSW” located on the sideline opposite of the team benches.
The most recognizable feature of the new court will be four palm trees that nearly stretch sideline to sideline. The palm trees, each in a dark stain, are a nod to the home of the FSW Lee campus and Suncoast Credit Union Arena, Fort Myers, and its nickname, ‘City of Palms’.
Courtside season tickets for the 2016-17 FSW men’s and women’s basketball campaigns have sold out less than 40 days after being made available to the public for reservations.
“We are very happy about the enthusiasm in Southwest Florida about FSW basketball season tickets,” said FSW Athletics Director Carl McAloose. “We kept telling people that the better seats were going to go fast and they are. Selling out the courtside seats basically a year before we tip off our first home game in Suncoast Credit Union Arena is an indication of the excitement of Buccaneer basketball. The good news is that Suncoast Credit Union Arena is going to be a beautiful arena without a bad seat in the house and that coaches Richter and Ward are going to be putting a good product on the floor.”
The FSW Athletic Department is still taking reservations for new season tickets (men’s and women’s combo) and fans still have several options to select from. FSW students will be admitted for FREE with a valid BUC Card.
- · Courtside 1 (Section 106 courtside seats) - $300 SOLD OUT!
- · Courtside 2 (Section 105 & 107 courtside seats) - $250 SOLD OUT!
- · Club 1 (Section 106, Row B; Section 116/117 Row A - $250
- · Club 2 (Section 105 & 107 Row B) - $200
- · Reserved 1 (Sections 106 & 116) - $180
- · Reserved 2 (Sections 105, 107, 115, 117) - $125
- · Reserved 3 (Sections 104, 108, 114, 118) - $100
- · General Admission (Sections 101, 102, 103, 109, 113, 119, 120) - $75
First-year head coach Jamie Corr and the Florida SouthWestern baseball team have released the schedule for the 2016 campaign. The Buccaneers will return to the field for the first time since the 1997 season.
FSW will call City of Palms Park in downtown Fort Myers their home stadium. City of Palms Park, originally built by the City of Fort Myers, was the spring training site of the Boston Red Sox from 1993 until 2011, when the team moved for spring training in 2012 to JetBlue Stadium.
The Buccaneers’ schedule features 25 home games, a pair of contests against a team that received votes in the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I national poll (Palm Beach State College) and seven games against opponents that competed in a regional last season.
The 2016 schedule will also feature 30 Suncoast Conference games (15 home, 15 away). The Suncoast Conference is made up of six schools, including FSW, Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, South Florida State College, St. Petersburg College and State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.