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Athletics

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Varsity sports are very important. Unless you're an athlete, you're like a second-class student.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Centre draws talented staff and students, and athletics is no different. We have competitive programs. For instance, while i've been at the school many of the programs have been NCAA competitive. I remember attending the Men's basketball game when they hosted the first round of the NCAA tournament. My own program (Women's soccer) has won conference and attended the NCAA tournament every year- including making the Elite 8 and Final 4 two of the three years. In addition, the coaches are involved on campus and with their athletes. Many are mentors or friends to their players, and act as an additional resource. The various programs work together to build up each other's programs through school support campaigns or designing as a team the athletic facility renovations.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are important here, however depending on the sport relates to how much support you'll get from the student body.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: They could give a little more attention to some of the recreation teams, but Centre's athletics are still very passionate about what they do. Our teams are very successful and everyone loves what they do.

3 College Junior

Athletics: We can get fired up about sports. Football and basketball games are pretty widely attended but other sports sort of disappear on campus.

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Athletes will tell you that participating in a varsity sport at Centre was one of the best choices during their college careers, but non-athletes may barely notice that athletics at Centre exist. Centre is NCAA Division III, in a small conference, and that not only fosters an academics-first mentality, but also improves your chance of making the team. Some teams are easier to join than others, but almost anyone with some natural ability or determination can play a sport at Centre. The drawback is that the only people who attend home games are members of the Centre community, like your mom.

In short, varsity athletics are taken seriously by the athletes who participate in them, while other students view the games as more of a social event. Athletes also manage to have the goofy fun that bigger schools sometimes leave out in the fierce competition. The most popular sports to watch are soccer and football; however, field hockey and baseball games can also draw large crowds. Intramural sports are popular for non- or off-season athletes, and girls IM football draws crowds that rival some varsity games. The club sports boast huge memberships, and pick-up games of Frisbee, kickball, or sledding are popular. The seasonal Centre-wide IM competitions are huge, and watching the dodgeball tournament is big fun.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football:
Basketball:
School Colors
Gold and white
School Nickname
The Colonel
Men Playing Varsity Sports
198 - 34%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
174 - 26%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • 3-on-3 basketball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis doubles
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gymnasium
  • Baseball Field
  • Boles Natatorium
  • Bowman Gymnasium
  • Buck Fitness Center
  • Cheek Field & Farris Stadium
  • Danville Country Club
  • Field Hockey Field
  • Millenium Park
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Rec. Field
  • Soccer Field
  • Sutcliffe Athletic Center
  • Tennis Facilities
Most Popular Sports
For overall attendance, football and soccer are the most popular, but students love IM sports and a good pickup game of kickball. Croquet in the quad is also popular, and when it gets warm outside, Slip `N' Slides also appear.
Most Overlooked Teams
The swim team was recently nationally ranked as one of the most overlooked teams in the nation after their performance in the conference championship.
School Spirit
Centre students are proud of their school, and the boys have been known to get rowdy at sporting events by painting themselves, making signs, and yelling snobby things at other teams, like "that's alright, that's okay, you're going to work for us one day." Girls tend to be subtler in their cheering, but the Go-Centre-Go spirit is definitely present.
Getting Tickets
There is no need to get tickets to attend a sporting event, just show up before the game starts with your student ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Danville Cemetery and back to campus

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 37% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 11% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 27 responses

  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 33% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 41% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 85% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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