The History of Union College Athletics

For over a century, Union College has enjoyed a rich history of excellence in intercollegiate athletics. Surprisingly, Union's first sponsored sport was women's basketball in 1905, which was soon followed by football that same year and men's basketball, tennis and baseball in 1906.

Since that time, Union has sponsored a host of sports from wrestling to tennis to swimming to golf to baseball to mountain biking. Union presently competes in 26 intercollegiate sports, which are men's and women's archery, baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's bowling, cheerleading, men's and women's cross country, cycling, football, men's and women's golf, men's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field, and volleyball.

Union has garnered much success on the playing field, especially in recent years, having won nearly 100 conference championships as well as 15 NAIA region and district championships. Since 2000, Union has captured over 60 conference championships and has had a team advance to the national championships dozens of times, garnering its first team national title in 2002 when the mountain biking team won it all. (For a complete listing of Union's championships and national tournament appearances, click here.) During that time, Union has had numerous student-athletes named as NAIA All-Americans. (For a complete listing of Union's All-Americans, click here.)

After leaving Union, a number of student-athletes have experienced careers in the professional ranks. Several former baseballers played professionally with four being selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, while a dozen footballers made the jump to the next level with two signing NFL free-agent contracts. James Anderson, a former Bulldog standout on the hardwood, was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers of the National Basketball Association and spent seven years with the club.

As the individual and team success has grown over the years, so too has Union's athletic facilities. Since 1998, every athletic facility has undergone some form of renovation, giving Union one of the top overall athletic facilities in the NAIA. Most recently, lights were added to Williamson Stadium as well as the construction of the new Dan L. Sullivan Indoor Practice Facility.

With a full history of excellence, Union continues to set its sights set on bigger and better things in the seasons to come.