Varsity sports are steadily improving since their jump from Division III to Division II and the Great Lake Valley Conference in 2009. The coaches have been working even harder on building their teams to progress each season and have been expanding their recruiting. Women's basketball is the sport that gets recognized often because the team has repeatedly won their conference title, broken records, and received numerous awards. The women’s basketball coach was recently honored for being in the 500 Win Club after achieving his 500th victory.
The students try to get involved in the games as much as possible. There may not be many people who regularly attend the games, but the families of the students normally are there to give them support. The University is family-oriented and always makes it a mission to inform the parents of all events. Never be surprised if you see a student’s entire family cheering them on at volleyball matches or opening a foldout chair and blanket near the field while watching a baseball game. Maryville does have a club called the Dawg Pound, a group of students who cheer on the students athletics during the home games. If you’re interested in Maryville sports and want to support the athletes, the Dawg Pound is a great way to do it.
More than 150 students participate in at least one intramural sport on campus. It's a great way to alleviate stress and increase your physical fitness while playing with your friends. If you decide not to participate, it is definitely amusing to watch, but joining a team is probably your best bet. Intramural sports are great for students who want to play a sport that's exciting without the performance pressure attached to varsity sports.