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New Firebirds Logo


What a season for Carthage Athletics! In four short months this spring, we …

  • launched a new team name,
  • fielded 25 Carthage sports in our wildest season ever,
  • announced a new Carthage esports program and hired a director,
  • saw 70 student-athletes earn all-conference honors,
  • and went into an absolute Firebird frenzy as our men’s volleyball team brought home Carthage’s first-ever team national championship!

With our fierce new name comes a fierce new look.
We are thrilled to reveal the new look of the Carthage Firebirds!

Our new Firebirds logo was designed by Carthage graduate Pat Cummings. Pat graduated from Carthage in 2004 with a degree in graphic design. He is now a senior graphic designer for a major international sportswear company. He also runs a design business that has created identities for Indy Eleven Professional Soccer and a variety of schools and businesses throughout the Midwest.

As a student, Pat honed his design skills both in and out of the classroom. He interned in the Office of Marketing and Communications, where he helped develop an earlier iteration of the Carthage Athletics identity (the “C” and shield we still use today). He also played football at Carthage for two seasons “before realizing I was much better at art than blocking on the offensive line, but I was always on the sidelines cheering on my friends.”

“As a Carthage alumnus, I’m so proud to have helped Carthage on the journey to the Firebird era,” Pat says. “Being able to combine the two passions that drew me to Carthage in the first place — design and athletics — is one of the greatest honors of my career. My time at Carthage is filled with so many great memories, and I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it.”

“After a thorough process, I am excited for Carthagains everywhere to see the new Firebird identity,” said Carthage Athletic Director Nate Stewart. “I want to thank Pat for his hard work and incredible vision in designing the logo. It is a great day to be a Firebird!”

Thanks to all of the students, coaches, and other faculty and staff who provided early rave reviews as we developed our new look. We hope you love it, too!

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