In 1966, Texas Western College was the first Texas school to capture the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship after defeating Kentucky. Coach Don Haskins had started a legacy of hard work and commitment, creating an ambitious program that would fight to compete. Because of people like Haskins, sports at UTEP are well organized and respected. Students and locals fill the seats at home football and basketball games, and student athletes enjoy a well-biased fan base. Plus, El Paso residents love to watch the Miners compete, as well. Miner pride goes pretty far.
Facilities built for specific sports include the Durham Center, which hosts everything from football players to a sports medicine room. The men’s basketball program offers the same hospitality to its athletes. The Foster Stevens Center has a strength and conditioning room for basketball players, plus a film room, coaches’ offices, a sports medicine room, and two practice courts. Other sports that perform exceedingly well include track and field and cross country. UTEP holds conference titles within all of its athletic programs. El Paso is proud to see so many successful seasons come and go.