James Madison University sponsors an 18-sport intercollegiate athletics program that competes at the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. JMU also is affiliated with the Colonial Athletic Association, of which it was a charter member in 1985, and with the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
JMU has men's athletics programs in baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis.
For women, the university offers programs in basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball.
JMU's women's athletics tradition is among the oldest in the nation, dating nearly back to the institution's founding in 1908. Strong intercollegiate programs for women have been in place at the university since the early 1920s, and JMU was among the first of the nation's institutions to provide well-rounded overall intercollegiate offerings for females.
Men's athletics began at JMU during the late 1940s, and a comprehensive program for men began evolving in the late 1960s when the university became fully coeducational.
JMU's men's soccer team led the university's move to the NCAA Division I level, attracting national attention in the early 1970s, and JMU's overall program moved to Division I for the 1976-77 academic year. The university's football program moved from Division III to Division II in 1979 and to what is now the NCAA's Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) in 1980.
JMU won the NCAA field hockey championship in 1994 and the NCAA Division I-AA football title in 2004.
Athletic scholarships have been available at JMU since the early 1970s, and many of the university's programs are funded to the full level that NCAA guidelines allow. JMU's current athletics configuration will provide for each of its 18 intercollegiate programs to have the full allotment of NCAA-allowed grants by 2011.
Location: Harrisonburg, Va. 22807
President: Dr. Linwood H. Rose (Virginia Tech 1973)
Director of Athletics: Jeff Bourne (Bridgewater 1981)
Affiliation: NCAA Division I
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association, Eastern College Athletic Conference
Colors: Purple (2685), Gold (1245 or 871)
Athletics Phone: (540) 568-6164
Athletics Website: JMUSports.com
Ticket Office Phone: (540) 568-3853 (JMU-DUKE)