TowerAbout UT Tyler Athletics

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 known for producing winners - on and off the athletic venues. UT Tyler has already won NCAA DIII National Championships in men's golf (2013) and softball (2016) along with individual National Champions with Laura Lindsey (2013, women's golf), Kevonte Shaw (2015, indoor track - 200 meters) and Whitney Simmons (2016, outdoor track & field - Hammer and 2017, indoor track & field - Weight Throw). The athletic program has won 67 American Southwest Conference team titles, 82 individual championships and has made 75 NCAA tournament appearances. 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 UNCAA DIII LogoT 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.

As a component of the renowned University of Texas System, The University of Texas at Tyler continues to build on more than 100 years of higher education tradition and international recognition. The university has earned recognition for offering rigorous academic training as a four-year comprehensive university with pre-professional programs. UT Tyler offers more than 70 degree programs and has campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

UT Tyler became a four-year university in 1997 and admitted its first freshman class in 1998. Created in 1971 as an upper-division institution serving junior, senior and graduate level students, the university has been a member of the UT System since 1979. While welcoming freshman students, the university still recognizes the importance of its transfer and graduate enrollment. A steady increase in enrollment has brought the university to more than 10,527 students.

Address 3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Texas 75799
Enrollment 10,527
Founded 1971
Mascot Patriots
Colors Orange and Navy
President Dr. Michael Tidwell
Vice President, Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Howard Patterson
Public Relations/Operations Wes Bloomquist 
Affiliation NCAA Division III
Conference American Southwest
Sports Sponsored 17 (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 (indoor and outdoor) track and field, and volleyball)


NCAA Division III

Follow your passions and discover your potential. The College experience is a time of learning and growth – a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III institutions like UT Tyler, this happens most importantly in the classroom, through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment, where student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue the full spectrum of opportunities available during their time in college. In this way, Division III provides an integrated environment for student-athletes to take responsibility for their own paths, follow their own passions and find their potential through a comprehensive educational experience.

As a member of Division III, UT Tyler is proud to:

  • Offer student-athletes the opportunity to complete in a highly competitive NCAA athletic program and enjoy the full spectrum of college life.
  • Develop student-athlete potential through a comprehensive educational approach.
  • Officer athletics for the educational value and benefit to the student-athlete, for for the purpose of revenue generation or entertainment.
  • Provide valuable "life lessons" for student-athletes (teamwork, discipline, preseverance, leadership, etc.) which often translate into becoming a better student and more responsible citizen.

UT Tyler Athletics Mission

Inspiring champions of today and leaders of tomorrow.  The mission of The University of Texas at Tyler Athletic Department is to champion a balanced approach of personal development, academic success, community engagement, and athletic competition in support of the mission of the University.

UT Tyler Athletics Program Outcomes and Assessment Methodology

Program Outcomes
The athletic program will:

  1. Provide academic support for student-athletes.
  2. Provide community service and service learning opportunities for student-athletes.
  3. Provide activities and opportunities for student life enhancement.

Assessment Methodology

  1. Student academic performance is monitored through:
    1. Mid-term reports from faculty.
    2. Periodic meeting with students to discuss academic performance.
    3. End-of-the season review of academics.
    4. Compilation of team GPA’s.
  2. Student community service and service learning opportunities are maintained on a database by the University.
  3. Activities and opportunities for enhanced student life are offered through:
    1. Sporting events
    2. Pep rallies