Moccasin Athletics History

FSC 1924 Football Team

Football at FSC?!?

Florida Southern fielded a football team from 1912 to 1933. A highlight of the program was a 7-0 victory over the University of Florida in 1919.

-FSC 1929 Women's Basketball Team

Among the earliest women's sports at Florida Southern was this 1929 women's basketball team. Note the various colored sashes worn by players.

FSC Women's Crew 1933

Lake Hollingsworth, and other lakes in the area, provided an excellent location for the FSC women's and men's crew teams. Pictured is the 1933 women's team.

FSC 1971 Baseball Team

The First National Championship!

The 1971 baseball team, coached by Hal Smeltzly, won the Moccasins' first NCAA National Championship. The baseball team has won nine titles under four different head coaches.

Loiw Webb with 1980 Trophy

Head volleyball coach Lois Webb (right) proudly displays the 1980 AIAW regional championship trophy. Coach Webb would guide the volleyball team for 26 seasons and serve as FSC Athletic Director for seven years. She also coached women's basketball and women's golf at FSC.

Triple Crown Coaches

The Triple Crown

Moccasin athletic success hit an all-time high in 1981 as the men's basketball, men's golf and baseball teams all won National Championships that spring. At left are coaches Charley Matlock (golf), Hal Wissel (basketball) and Joe Arnold (baseball) with Athletic Director Hal Smeltzly (seated).

Hal Wissel and ESPN's Dick Vitale

The 1981 National Championship basketball game was broadcast on ESPN and handling the color commentary was then-rookie broadcaster Dick Vitale (right) with FSC coach Hal Wissel (center) and ESPN's Tim Brando (left).

FSC Basketball Coloring Book

The 1981 Men's Basketball National Championship team was immortalized in this coloring book that was distributed at various Lakeland-area McDonald's.

Coot Swan

This black swan may have been responsible for the FSC baseball team's 28-game win streak in 1981. The team took a bus to the ballpark and would pass nearby Lake Morton. Everytime the bus passed this swan, it would bob his head and the Mocs would win, bob and win, bob and win, 28 times. On the 29th trip, the swan refused to acknowledge the bus despite repeated laps around the lake and the team lost, putting an end to the winning streak.

Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen

Among the members of the Moccasins' 1984 men's golf team were future PGA Tour members Rocco Mediate (bottom middle) and Lee Janzen (upper middle). Janzen would win the U.S. Open in 1993 and 1998, while Mediate famously battled Tiger Woods in a playoff at the 2008 U.S. Open.

FSC 1985 Baseball Team with Miss Teen USA

The 1985 baseball team played host to the Miss Teen USA Pageant contestants for an afternoon of baseball fun. Escorts for the contestants during the televised pageant were members of the FSC student body.

Chuck Anderson, San Diego Chicken and Joe Niekro

The Famous Chicken, pictured here with then-Moccasin head baseball coach Chuck Anderson and major leaguer Joe Niekro, made two appearances at FSC baseball games in the late 1980s.

FSC Volleyball - 1991

The 1991 Volleyball team poses with their national fourth place trophy. That season marked the third straight trip to the Elite Eight by the volleyball team.

FSC Softball - 1993 NCAA Champions

The FSC Softball Team celebrates winning the 1993 NCAA National Championship, the first won by a women's program at FSC.

Norm Benn cutting down the nets

Head women's basketball coach Norm Benn cuts down the net as the Lady Mocs earned a trip to the 1995 Elite Eight.

FSC Women's Golf - 2000 National Champions

The FSC women's golf team poses after winning the 2000 NCAA National Championship, the first of four NCAA Titles won by the program.

FSC Baseball - 2005 NCAA Champions

The baseball team won the program's ninth National Championship in 2005. Coach Pete Meyer (#25 top right) is now the Moccasin Director of Athletics.

FSC Baseball 2005 Championship Ring

The 2005 Baseball National Championship Ring. Overall, the Moccasin athletic program has won 27 NCAA National Championships.

Chris Bellotto's 1000th win

Former players surround Softball Coach Chris Bellotto (center in salmon top) at a party celebrating Coach Bellotto's 1000th career win. The sign adorns Barnett Field, home of the Lady Mocs.

FSC and Team USA Softball Teams

The Moccasin softball team got the thrill of a lifetime on May 8, 2008 as they played against the USA Olympic Softball team at a game played in front of 5,000 fans in Plant City, Florida.

The men's golf team captured the program's 12th NCAA National Championship in 2010. It was the fifth title won under Coach Doug Gordin.
Tim Crouch entered the final round of the 2014 NCAA Championship in sixth place. By the of the day, the senior climbed up the leaderboard to capture his second consecutive NCAA Individual National Championship.
Kevin Capers (left) overcame a bout with the stomach flu to lead his team to the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship. Head Coach Linc Darner (center) guided his Mocs to a 36-1 record on the season.
The 2016 Florida Southern women's lacrosse team overcame a 6-3 halftime deficit to upset No. 1 Adelphi for the NCAA Division II National Title. It marked the 29th national championship for Florida Southern athletics, and was the first time that a women's lacrosse championship was won by a team outside the states of Massachusetts, New York or Pennsylvania.