Champions in Athletics, Leaders for Life
UNC Asheville Athletics exists to provide our University with an exemplary NCAA Division I Athletics Program that champions the University’s Mission and Strategic Plan, which creates an environment where student-athletes can pursue their academic, athletic and lifelong goals, and that connects our internal and external constituents and communities.
UNC Asheville student athletes are positioned to lead in life and wins by:
- Demonstrating Integrity – Bulldogs do what is right;
- Being Servant Leaders – Bulldogs care about and help others achieve their dreams;
- Being Creative and Working Hard – Bulldogs succeed with less; and
- Fostering a Culture of Respect – Bulldogs honor, uphold, and promote sportsmanship, citizenship, equity, and inclusiveness.
UNC Asheville’s intercollegiate athletics has participated in NCAA Division I competition since 1986 and has built a wonderful tradition. The school is a member of the Big South Conference and offers 15 sports. For men, the sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, soccer and tennis. Basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball are offered for women.
UNC Asheville student athletes consistently perform well in the classroom. In 2013-2014, 83 student athletes earned Dean’s List or Chancellor’s List honors. The men’s and women’s soccer and tennis teams, and women’s cross country and swimming teams have earned national recognition for their work in the classroom.
Highlights for 2013-2014 include men’s basketball finishing 2nd and women’s cross-country finishing 3rd in the Big South Conference; UNC Asheville volleyball setting the NCAA Division I record for digs by an individual; and both men’s soccer and baseball earning wins over teams ranked in the top 10 nationally.
The women’s cross-country team finished 3rd in the Big South Conference in 2013. The women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 after winning the Big South Conference championship. They were named the most improved team in the country in 2004, and in 1984, the women’s basketball team made history by winning the NAIA National Championship. Our volleyball team captured its fifth Big South Conference regular-season championship in the fall of 2009, and the women’s soccer team won the Big South title in the fall of 2006, making it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. Women’s swimming returned to UNC Asheville in 2011 as a varsity sport, and the team competes in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association.
The UNC Asheville Athletics Department utilizes various on-campus and community facilities for its 15 NCAA Division I programs.
- Kimmel Arena seats 3,200 and is the home for both Men’s and Women’s Bulldog Basketball.
- The Sherrill Center, which houses the Kimmel Arena, has classrooms, labs, fitness rooms, a wellness café, and a demonstration kitchen.
- The Justice Center includes administrative offices, a 1,100-seat volleyball arena, locker rooms, sports medicine room, Olympic weight room, and an indoor swimming pool.
- The Student Recreation Center located adjacent to the Justice Center has an elevated track and multi-purpose courts.
- Outdoor athletic facilities on campus include Greenwood Fields for soccer and baseball and the Karl Straus Track.
- The Asheville Racquet Club, located minutes from campus, is the home for Men’s and Women’s Tennis and includes both indoor and outdoor courts.
- McCormick and Memorial Field located in downtown Asheville hosts several baseball and soccer competitions.
Students have free admission to all home regular season athletics events. More information about UNC Asheville athletics, including home competition dates, is available on the web at http://www.uncabulldogs.com/