You may wonder why on earth a robotics team ended up naming themselves after a fishing lure. Actually, during the first year of the team’s existence, it was called the “Duluth Penguins”. The Duluth Penguins were founded in 2008 by Greg Collins. Throughout Collins’ high school career, he had always wanted to start a FIRST Robotics team. He approached the Duluth East High School principal, and several other teachers, to see if any one of them would coach, but they all refused. Finally, during his senior year the principal, Mrs. Knapp, said yes. However, in 2009, we began reconsidering our marketing strategy. It was decided that the name Duluth Penguins did not fit our region, and that the name needed more pizzazz.
A lot of time was spent thinking up words starting with “D” to create an alliteration using Duluth. That’s when “Daredevils” was thrown into consideration. It was perfect! Duluth being located on the tip of Lake Superior in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, possibly the greatest state for fishing. As the Daredevil lure is easily recognizable, with it’s bright coloration and signature white stripe (or as we call it, the “swoosh”), we were able to further brand our team. However, our classic red shirts showcasing the white swoosh were not introduced to the team until 2011.