The history of the Centenary athletics nickname "Gentlemen" is quite unique. First established in the fall of 1921 by then-Centenary President George Sexton, it seems the football team had been in a fight the previous game, and Sexton sat the team down before the next game and told the players, "...from now on, you will all act like Gentlemen."

With the majority of Centenary men also soldiers, the moniker "Gentlemen" or "Gents" was a logical choice. A tongue-in-cheek account that first mentioned the new nickname appeared in the 1923 Yoncopin (Centenary’s yearbook) in the football summary.

"...there was some doubt on the eve of the first game. Reports from the Marshall (Texas) camp had them recruiting from the boiler factories and we were made to believe that the Marshall team was coming to Shreveport to mop-up with the 'Gentlemen.' Well, we put on our best manners, but just couldn't help running up a 77-0 score..."

The nickname has stuck ever since and it was natural to call the women’s teams the "Ladies" when the school began women’s sports in the 1960’s.

In December of 2007, the Centenary student body held a voting process in order to add an additional mascot to the traditional Ladies and Gents. Although Ladies and Gents remained the official nicknames of the Centenary athletics teams, Skeeter the Catahoula was chosen to provide an on-campus presence in the form of a true mascot. Unfortunately, in 2010-11, Skeeter passed away and Centenary chose to lay to rest the mascot as well.