The UTEP Miners have a proud history of athletic excellence since they started fielding athletic teams in 1914. UTEP has won a total of 21 NCAA Division I national championships while claiming 77 conference titles.
Perhaps the most notable of the achievements was the men's basketball team beating Kentucky to win the 1966 NCAA Basketball championship. The game had a huge impact on race and sport, with the Miners becoming the first team to start five African Americans in toppling the all Caucasian Kentucky squad.
Other national crowns for UTEP include 13 by men's track & field and seven from men's cross country. UTEP's rifle team also claimed a national title during the 1952-53 season, but it was prior to the sport being governed by the NCAA.