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Arkansas Tech participates in NCAA Division II athletics as a charter member of the Great American Conference. Tech was a member of the Gulf South Conference from 1995 to 2011. Formerly, Tech belonged to the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The university fields 4 guys’s and 6 ladies’s varsity sports, in addition to a club sports program:
Arkansas Tech University has double labels: guys’s athletic groups are called the Wonder Boys, while the females’s groups are called the Golden Suns.
On November 15, 1919, John Tucker, a 17-year-old freshman from Russellville, scored two touchdowns and kicks 2 additional points to lead the Second District Agricultural School Aggies to a 14-0 upset win over Jonesboro. In newspaper accounts following the game, Tucker and his teammates were referred to as “Wonder Boys,” and the label remains to this day. Tucker was identified as “The Original Wonder Boy” and was connected with the school for the rest of his life. He went on to use the University of Alabama’s Rose Bowl team in 1931 and served Arkansas Tech in a range of roles – consisting of coach, athletic director and chemistry professor – between 1925 and 1972. 2 buildings on the Tech campus – Tucker Coliseum and Tucker Hall – are named in his honor.
Sick of being referred to as the Wonder Girls or Wonderettes, the female athletes of Arkansas Tech held a contest in the spring of 1975 to determine what their new mascot would be. A number of names were chosen, however in the end, the athletes picked Golden Suns as their brand-new nickname.