AIKEN - Randy Warrick has been around USC Aiken's athletic program for nearly three decades.
He has seen the Pacers make the transition from a tiny NAIA school to a Division II national champion (in golf), and he has overseen a program that has expanded from a small campus to facilities that include a brand new convocation center.
On Thursday, he took the next step as he helped unveil the school's new athletic logo with USC Aiken Chancellor Thomas Hallman. Several faculty and staff members were on hand for the logo ceremony and open house at the convocation center.
The redesigned Pacers logo features the school colors of cardinal, navy and white and incorporates the jockey/horse theme used in previous logos.
"I really like it," said Warrick, who is the school's athletics director. "It's bolder, and it's more recognizable."
Francis Santaquilani of FS Design in Chattanooga, Tenn., created the new logo. His work can be seen with several NBA, WNBA and minor league baseball teams, including the Aiken Foxhounds.
USC Aiken was founded in 1961 and its sports teams were known as the Rebels until 1970. A logo featuring a jockey and horse was introduced in 1970 and used until 2001, when an updated version was created.
"It keeps the integrity of what our logo has been," said Brad Fields, assistant athletic director/communications and promotions for the school.
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