Athletics

Louisville sponsors 23 varsity athletic programs (10 men, 13 women).  The Cardinals have won three team NCAA national championships (men’s basketball 1980, 1986, and 2013) and 10 individual NCAA national titles (four men’s swimming, four men’s track and field, two women’s track and field).

Performance Excellence

  • UofL is the newest member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, considered one of the nation’s elite and most competitive leagues in the nation.  Prior to that, the Cardinals were members of the American Athletic Conference (2013-14) and BIG EAST (2005-13).  Over the past nine years, the Cardinals have won 72 league championships, including 14 conference titles in 2013-14, which was tied for the most in the nation by a single institution.
  • 2012-13 was the Year of the Cardinal.  UofL is the only university to ever win a BCS Bowl game (Sugar Bowl win over Florida), place both its men’s and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA Final Four and reach the College World Series in the same academic year.
  • UofL is widely recognized for its tradition-rich Men’s Basketball program, winning three national championships, participating in the NCAA Tournament 40 times (fifth most in the nation) and reaching the Final Four on 10 occasions.
  • Cardinal football finished in the AP Top 25 in back-to-back years (2012,13), posting an impressive 23-3 record during that timeframe.
  • Three U of L programs ranked among the top 15 in the nation in attendance during the 2013-14 season including women’s basketball (third nationally averaging 9,469), men’s basketball  (3rd / 21,282) and men’s soccer (13th / 1,452).
  • Louisville was the only Division I school in the nation in 2013-14 with at least 10 football victories, 30 wins in men’s and women’s basketball, and 50 wins in baseball.  A total of 20 of the Cardinals’ 23 teams in 2013-14 sent representatives to NCAA Championships (inclusive of a football bowl), including 10 women’s sports and 10 men’s sports programs.
  • Ten UofL athletics teams finished their seasons ranked among the nation’s top 25 in 2013-14 (five men, five women).  Louisville was the only school in the nation with its football and men’s and women’s basketball teams all ranked among the nation’s AP Top 15 (nationally ranked teams:   4  Women’s Basketball, 5  Men’s Basketball, 11  Women’s Lacrosse, 13  Baseball, 13  Women’s Swimming/Diving, 14  Field Hockey, 14  Men’s Soccer, 14  Men’s Swimming/Diving, 15  Football, 18  Rowing).
  • Louisville is the only university in the nation over the last seven years (2007-14) to have participated in multiple BCS bowl games, Men’s College World Series, and men’s and women’s Final Fours.  Louisville was national runner up in the 2009 and 2013 Women’s Final Four, won the 2007 Orange Bowl and 2013 Sugar Bowl, participated in the 2012 Men’s Final Four and won the 2013 NCAA Championship, and reached the College World Series in 2007, 2013 and 2014.  In addition, UofL’s men’s soccer team was the national runner-up in the 2010 Men’s Soccer College Cup and reached the Elite Eight in 2012.

Fantastic Facilities

  • Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium - Expanded in 2010 to accommodate 55,000 fans, complete with truly state-of-the art features, including a total of 63 luxury suites and two separate expansive clubs.
  • KFC Yum! Center - Home to the Cardinals' men’s and women’s basketball teams, the spectacular, 22,000-seat facility opened in 2010 on the riverfront in the heart of downtown Louisville and was ranked among the top 10 in the nation and top 25 in the world as an entertainment venue.
  • Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium – The 5,300 seat stadium, which opened in 2014, includes an adjacent training center complete with a warm-up area, player lounges, equipment rooms, and a classroom.
  • Among the additional outstanding athletic facilities are:
  • Owsley B. Frazier Cardinal Park, which includes Ulmer Stadium (softball), Trager Stadium (field hockey), Cardinal Arena and the track stadium
  • Jim Patterson Stadium (baseball)
  • Ralph Wright Natatorium
  • Trager Center Indoor Fieldhouse.
  • Yum! Center (practice facility for volleyball, lacrosse and men’s basketball), with the adjacent lacrosse stadium
  • Marshall Center (training facility for 17 Olympic sports)
  • Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
  • G. Garvin Brown III Rowing Center
  • University of Louisville Golf Club and Musselman Golf Center, located in Simpsonville, Ky.

Academic Accolades

  • Fall 2014: 376 of 588 student-athletes made the Athletic Directors Honor Roll with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • A record 276 student-athletes were named Red and Black Scholar Athletes (3.25 cumulative GPA or better).
  • 15 of 19 teams had a 3.0 or higher in the Fall 2014 semester. This marks eight straight semesters the total semester GPA has been above a 3.0.
  • Capital fundraising efforts are currently underway to build a $14 million Student-Athlete Academic Center of Excellence, which will include individual tutor rooms, learning labs, group study areas, offices, classroom space and will serve as home of the athletic department's academic services staff and community outreach programs.
  • University of Louisville student-athletes continue to achieve academically at a high level, success which is reflected in recent national graduation rates released by the NCAA.U of L student-athletes achieved an 80 percent graduation rate in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report, which was developed 11 years ago to account for transfers into the university who graduate and those who leave in good academic standing. The Cardinals' GSR, most recently reported for freshmen and transfers who entered 2004-05 through the 2007-08 academic year, has risen 14 percent since the reporting began 10 years ago. Seven sports -- women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming and men's tennis -- attained a GSR at 90 percent or above in the most recent report.
  • Over the last 11 years, Federal Graduation Rates for U of L student-athletes have risen 17 percent, improving from 48 percent for the freshman class which entered U of L in 1997-98 to a 65 percent graduation rate in the most recent 2007-08 figures. U of L student-athletes graduate at a 10 percent higher rate than the overall university student population in the 2004-05 through 2007-08 four-class average.

Notable Alumni

  • UofL boasts many prominent alumni who currently perform in major professional sports, including:
  • NFL:
    • Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota)
    • Elvis Dumervil (Denver)
    • William Gay (Pittsburgh)
    • Harry Douglas (Atlanta)
  • NBA:
    • Francisco Garcia (Sacramento)
    • Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota)
    • Russ Smith (New Orleans)
    • Peyton Siva (Orlando)
  • WNBA
    • Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta)
    • Shoni Schimmel (Atlanta)
  • MLS
    • Austin Berry (Chicago)
    • Andrew Farrell (New England)