Athletics and Sports

Springfield College prides itself on its rich athletic tradition. Our alumni are innovators who have invented the game of basketball and volleyball, Olympic champions, National Football League executives, leaders in the field of strength and conditioning, athletic trainers, and coaching legends.

While teaching at Springfield College, which was then called the International YMCA Training School, Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in late 1891. And William Morgan, a Springfield College graduate, invented the game of volleyball in 1895. Morgan first called his game “Mintonette," but changed the name to volleyball at the suggestion of his Springfield College colleagues.

Approximately 40 percent of males and 30 percent of females enrolled in the traditional undergraduate programs on the Springfield College campus participate in intercollegiate athletics.

The mission of the Department of Athletics guides a vibrant athletics program that encourages participation through a variety of athletics opportunities, with equitable emphasis given to all sports.

The College’s intercollegiate athletics program is an integral part of a student’s total educational experience. Here, athletics interact with academics; they are co-curricular, not extracurricular. Numerous co-curricular opportunities are offered for the development of the student-athlete’s whole being—spirit, mind, and body—and for the enhancement of physical fitness, sportsmanship, teamwork, integrity, and leadership development.

Community service is a strong component of the Springfield College educational experience. Student-athletes participate in numerous activities dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The College earned the highly coveted Jostens/NADIIIAA Community Service “Award of Merit” in 2007 which recognizes the many contributions that Division III student-athletes make to their communities. Springfield College has been recognized in the top three nationally over the course of several years having earned the Award of Merit.

Springfield College’s athletics facilities are among the finest in the nation. They include many new and enhanced facilities, such as the James Naismith Court in Blake Arena, Amos Alonzo Stagg Field, Irv Schmid Sport Complex, and the new Wellness & Recreation Complex, which received the 2009 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association. The College serves as a host site for numerous conference, regional, and national championships.

A majority of our coaches teach in the classroom and serve as academic advisors, which creates an enriched experience for their players and enables them to interact with the community as a whole. In their roles as teacher-coaches, their classrooms extend to the playing fields and beyond as they work with students and student-athletes alike to help them develop to their fullest potential.

The influence of this great teaching/coaching tradition has had a powerful impact on student-athletes. Springfield College takes great pride in a nationwide reputation as a training ground for coaches, athletic directors, and athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches.

Springfield College’s competitive Division III athletic program includes 26 varsity sports and 10 junior varsity sports for men and women. The College is consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of Division III; many teams have competed in NCAA tournaments, been nationally and regionally ranked, and achieved conference champion recognition. In addition, a large number of the College’s student-athletes and coaches are national statistical leaders.

During the 2009-10 academic year, the College’s 26 varsity sports teams earned a number of accolades and honors. These Points of Athletics Pride include: team and individual post-season conference regional or national championships; student-athletes named Conference Players of the Year, Most Outstanding Performer, Conference Rookie of the Year, All-America, All-ECAC, All-New England, All-Conference; Academic Excellence Awards; and coaches named National, Regional, or Conference Coach of the Year.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities -- North Region” by U.S.News & World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.

  • School colors: Maroon and White
  • School nickname: Pride
  • Symbol: Majestic Lion
  • Mascot: Spirit