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Sports programs began at Rider in 1901, following the merger of Rider with Stewart Business College and consisted of games played with Trenton area high schools and prep schools. Intercollegiate athletics were introduced by Clair F. Bee in 1927, the College’s first director of athletics and first coach of football, basketball, and baseball. Coach Bee named the athletic teams “The Roughriders.” The athletic teams met with success early on. Over the years, other sports were added and some in existence were dropped. Football was eliminated in 1931 and was renewed in 1946. Football continued until 1951 when it was discontinued due to funding issues and a lack of an adequate playing facility. In 1933 soccer was introduced and joined the existing sports of basketball, swimming, track, golf, tennis, and wrestling. Basketball was the earliest women’s sport at Rider, dating back to the 1920s. Later on, women’s swimming, bowling and archery were added. In the 1940s, the names Broncos and Broncs began to appear alongside the Roughriders, in reference to Rider’s sports teams. By 1955, Broncs became the most commonly used term, and continues to be used today.