Athletics

Louisville sponsors 23 varsity athletic programs, 10 for men and 13 for women. The Cardinals have won three NCAA team championships (men’s basketball in 1980, 1986 and 2013) and 12 NCAA individual titles (four in men’s swimming, four in men’s track and field, two in women’s swimming, and two in women’s track and field).  Louisville is one of only eight programs in the nation with three or more NCAA men’s basketball titles.

- Ten UofL teams—five men’s and five women’s—finished 2014-15 ranked in the nation’s Top 25, and Louisville was one of just two schools with its football and men’s and women’s basketball teams all ranked in the Associated Press Top 25.

- Cardinal athletic teams posted a collective 3.125 GPA during the 2014-15 academic year, with 20 of 23 teams achieving a 3.0 or better for the 2015 spring semester.  Three student-athletes earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in Joachim Ball (soccer), Wayne Blackshear (basketball), and Kelsi Worrell (swimming).  A total of 276 student-athletes have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better.

- Fifteen University of Louisville athletic teams posted a perfect score in the most recent single-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) data.   Four programs -- men’s basketball, men's cross country, women’s golf and softball – have perfect APR scores for the most recent four-year period from 2010-14 and received NCAA Public Recognition Awards.

- Louisville is the only university with 2015 first round draft selections in each of the NBA, NFL and MLB.  Terry Rozier was selected by the NBA Boston Celtics with the 16th overall pick; Kyle Funkhouser was chosen by the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers with the 35th pick; and Devante Parker was selected in the NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins at No. 14.

- UofL student-athletes completed over 8,000 service hours through its CardsCARE community outreach program during the 2014-15 year, a total which ranked second in the nation in the NCAA Team Works Challenge.

- The KFC Yum! Center basketball arena and Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for football are state-of-the-art facilities.  Since 2010, UofL has built a rowing center, soccer stadium, expanded its football, baseball, and softball stadiums and purchased the Cardinal Golf Club, rebranding it as the University of Louisville Golf Club.  UofL is constructing a new $14.5 million student-athlete academic center, planned to open in August 2016.

- UofL is the only university to ever win a Bowl Championship Series (BSC) Bowl game, place both its men’s and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA Final Four (as champions and runners-up, respectively) and reach the College World Series all in the same academic year, 2012-13.  CBS’s Best in College Sports ranked UofL as first in the nation in 2012-13 and third in 2013-14.

Notable Alumni

  • UofL boasts many prominent alumni who currently perform in major professional sports, including:
  • NFL:
    • Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota)
    • Elvis Dumervil (Baltimore)
    • William Gay (Pittsburgh)
    • Sheldon Rankin (New Orleans)
  • NBA:
    • Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota)
    • Montrezl Harrell (Houston)
    • Terry Rozier (Boston)
  • WNBA
    • Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta)
    • Shoni Schimmel (Atlanta)
  • MLS
    • Austin Berry (Chicago)
    • Andrew Farrell (New England)