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Athletics

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Miami's Senior Varsity synchronized skating team is Team USA and competes on behalf of the US at international competition around the globe which is pretty amazing! And their collegiate varsity team is 10x national champs!

4 College Junior

Athletics: Miami's main sports aren't the usual suspects (Hockey over Football), and a lot of people here prefer intramurals, especially broomball.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The college supports all the athletic teams not just the good ones

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is the big sport at our school and the school shows the most support at the hockey games. However, the school doesn't have a good reputation for many other sports, so it is understandable why the students like hockey the best.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is high at sporting events, but the only sport that is any good at Miami is the hockey team. Hockey games are the only fun/exciting sporting events to attend. Football games are attended more in the beginning of the year, and basketball games are often a lonely,quiet event. Intramural sports are huge and there is a huge variety of events and teams to be a part of.

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Students support athletics at Miami, but most agree that school spirit could improve when it comes to football and basketball attendance. Hockey is the most popular varsity sport at Miami and always draws large, often inebriated crowds to Goggin Ice Center. Many students participate in intramural sports, especially broomball, which is the most popular IM sport at the University. Broomball participation has been known to peak at 2,000 participants per tournament season! In fact, in the coming years, Miami plans to break ground on a new ice arena—not just for the varsity hockey team but also to accommodate all the recreational users the arena draws on a daily basis.

Attending athletic events at Miami is quite fun, whether the stadium is full or not. There are times when football draws a large crowd, especially when Miami plays some of its bigger rivals, such as Marshall and Toledo. However, if you’re looking for a school where the students camp out a week before season tickets go on sale and tailgate parties start at 7 a.m., look elsewhere. On the other hand, if the thought of running on ice in tennis shoes sounds appealing, come to Miami—you’ll fit right in with all of the fanatic broomball players.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-American Conference
Basketball: Mid-American Conference
School Colors
Red and white
School Nickname
RedHawks
Men Playing Varsity Sports
269 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
248 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 79
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 34
Cross Country/Track: 61
Other Sports: 162
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 73%
Basketball: 83%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 85%
Other Sports: 88%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Other sports
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Broomball
  • Cycling
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Ice skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Paintball
  • Quidditch
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rowing/crew
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Water skiing
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball (sand and court)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center
  • Field Hockey Complex
  • George L. Rider Track
  • Goggin Ice Center
  • Hepburn Tennis Courts
  • McKie Field at Hayden Park
  • Millett Hall
  • Recreational Sports Center
  • Soccer Field
  • Softball Diamond
  • Yager Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Hockey games attract a lot of spectators, and broomball is definitely the most popular intramural sport.
Most Overlooked Teams
Miami's women's basketball team consistently does well (it won the MAC championship in 2007-08 and earned the team's first NCAA tournament appearance) but doesn't get as much love from the student body.
School Spirit
Students have school spirit here, especially when it comes to ice hockey. However, spirit could be better for some of the other teams.
Getting Tickets
Admission to sporting events is free for students with a simple flash of their student ID card. The only time you might have problems watching some pigskin action is when the RedHawks take on their biggest rivals. For hockey games, get to Goggin Ice Center early because the arena fills up rather quickly. If you want to take your parents to a game, you will need to purchase tickets for them.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Uptown is close enough to campus to provide a nice stroll in good weather, and Miami has a very walker-friendly campus when the sidewalks aren't covered in ice and neglected by salt. There is also a nature trail by East Quad behind the Marcum Conference Center, and Hueston Woods State Park is a short drive away and home to Acton Lake and many hiking trails. Western Campus is gorgeous in the fall, as well.
Did You Know?
Former Miami quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004 as the 11th pick in the NFL draft.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 154 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 34% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 55% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 9% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 155 responses

  • 53% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 25% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 21% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 154 responses

  • 18% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 64% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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