Akron Zips Logo

Akron Zips Logo
While the old athletic logo of the University of Akron featured a kangaroo mascot, the current version is just a single letter. The alternative logo preserves the kangaroo, though.

Meaning and history

Akron Zips Logo history


The name “Akron Zips” refers to the athletic teams representing the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
The origin of the team’s name is pretty interesting. It derives from the word “zippers” used to refer to the rubber overshoes produced by the BF Goodrich Company of Akron. The overshoes were worn by many people around 1925 when the name contest for the university’s athletic program was held. So, while there were quite a few suggestions, the jury opted for the word “Zippers.” It was officially transformed to “Zips” in 1950 by Kenneth Cochrane, who was the university’s athletic director back then.
Today, Akron sponsors 20 varsity teams.
From 1986 to 2001, the Akron Zips logo was a capital “A” in yellow with a dark blue shade. The letter was given in a slightly italicized block serif font. While the logo looked rather bright, it lacked identity.
The emblem that replaced it in 2002 was absolutely different. Here, the team’s kangaroo mascot, a female kangaroo called “Zippy,” appeared. By the way, she is one of only eight female collegiate teams’ mascots in the US. On the logo, Zippy was hopping, and the name of the team was superimposed on her. The colors became nobler in comparison with the previous version.
In 2008, the school opted for a “reduced” logo. There were only the kangaroo’s head and the letter “A” left.
The Akron Zips logo unveiled in 2014 was even more minimalistic. It featured nothing but the letter “Z.” It looked dynamic and edgy due to the sharp angles and “fangs” on the ends of the letters.

Akron Zips football

Akron Zips
The Akron Zips team competes in the Football Bowl. Their main rival is Kent State University. They won their first MAC championship in 2005.

Akron Zips basketball

Akron Zips emblem
Akron Zips men’s basketball team won its first Division I postseason game in 2006. Two years later, they competed in the MAC Tournament Final for the second year in a row. In 2010, they played in the MAC Tournament Championship game for the fourth year in a row. As for the women’s team, they competed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2014.

Akron Zips soccer

Akron Zips logo
The school’s soccer team can be regularly seen in the Top 10 NSCAA collegiate men’s soccer poll. To be precise, they were on the first line in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2016. The team won their first national championship in 2010.