The University of Texas at Tyler is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the American Southwest Conference (ASC). UT Tyler is one of the newest members of the NCAA, having achieved full membership in the summer of 2007 after a four-year provisional period required of all new members.
UT Tyler sponsors intercollegiate teams in 17 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's indoor track and field and volleyball.
UT Tyler has one of the newest intercollegiate athletic programs in the country and the programs at UT Tyler are already becoming known for producing winners - on and off the athletic venues. UT Tyler has already won conference divisional championships in baseball, women's basketball, men's soccer and tennis. At the same time, UT Tyler student-athletes are maintaining a higher GPA than the student body as a whole. Student-athletes are involved in dozens of community service projects and are leaders on and off campus.
The UT Tyler athletics program began in 2001-2002 with the revival of the men's and women's tennis programs (UT Tyler had previously competed in intercollegiate tennis from the 1970's to the early 1990's at the NAIA level). UT Tyler also began a scheduling alliance with the American Southwest Conference. The 2002-2003 academic year saw the program take a giant leap forward with the first-ever seasons of men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's golf. During the summer of 2003, UT Tyler was accepted for provisional membership in the NCAA and was granted full membership in the ASC. The following year, 2003-2004, brought the major sports of volleyball, men's and women's basketball and baseball on-line. In 2004-2005, UT Tyler began its softball program, and in the summer of 2007, the University announced that it would be adding men's and women's track and field.
The intercollegiate athletics program at UT Tyler provides opportunities for student-athletes to build their bodies and their minds, including learning to act and compete with integrity and honor while developing leadership and teamwork abilities. Opportunities are provided to plan, practice and execute team and individual skills under competitive circumstances, learn the value of dedication and perseverance and to represent the University well while accepting outcomes with grace.
UT Tyler athletics provides an active student life on campus by providing a myriad of opportunities for students to participate in athletic events as athletes, members of music and spirit groups and as enthusiastic spectators.
Opportunities are provided for all students, faculty, and staff to join together in celebrating the University as a whole in festive and meaningful ways that build a sense of community and loyalty among us.
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