IUPUI Jaguars

IUPUI Jaguars
ConferenceHorizon League
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorRoderick Perry
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
Varsity teams18
Basketball arenaIndiana Farmers Coliseum (men)
The Jungle (women)
Soccer stadiumIU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium
MascotThe Jaguar
ColorsRed, Gold, and Black[1]

The IUPUI Jaguars are the 18 intercollegiate teams that represent Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. On July 1, 2017, IUPUI left the Summit League to move to the Horizon League in all sports.[2]


IUPUI first sponsored intercollegiate athletics in 1972, when the men's basketball team began play as the IUPUI Metros. Women's sports were first sponsored in 1975, when the women's basketball, softball, and volleyball teams first competed. In 1978, the Metros joined the NAIA. They joined NCAA Division II in 1993 and moved up to NCAA Division I in 1997. Also in 1997, IUPUI joined the Mid-Continent Conference (now known as the Summit League), and officially changed their nickname to the Jaguars. In 2000, the men's soccer team became the first Jaguar team to compete in an NCAA tournament.[3]


A member of the Horizon League, IUPUI sponsors teams in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[4]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach
Basketball Jaguars men's basketball Jason Gardner Basketball Jaguars women's basketball Austin Parkinson
Cross Country Chuck Koeppen Cross Country Antonio McDaniel
Golf John Andrews Golf John Andrews
Soccer Brian Barnett Soccer Chris Johnson
Swimming & Diving Matt Bos Softball Elisabeth Beirne
Tennis Dr. Brandon Currie Swimming & Diving Matt Bos
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Chuck Koeppen Tennis Marisa Arce
Baseball Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Antonio McDaniel
Football Volleyball

Men's basketball

The 1984–85 and 1989–90 men's basketball teams won the NAIA District 21 Tournament and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. The 1989–90 Jaguars defeated Siena Heights in the NAIA Tournament, but lost their next game to Pfeiffer.

The 2002–03 Jaguars won the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament and were the first men's basketball team to reach the NCAA Tournament. They lost in the first round to Kentucky.

Former basketball coach Ron Hunter accepted the head coaching position at Georgia State University and was succeeded by Todd Howard.

Men's soccer

The men's soccer team advanced to the NAIA Division 21 Playoffs in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1993. The 1993 team advanced to the NAIA Division 21 Championship before their season ended. The 1994 team lost in the NAIA Division 21 Tournament.

In 2000, the Jaguars won the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. They defeated Marist in an NCAA Tournament play-in game. Their season ended with a loss to SMU in their only NCAA Tournament. That year, the Jaguars finished with an 11-9-2 record.

Women's basketball

The women's basketball team won the NAIA District 21 Tournament in 1989–1990 and 1990–1991. The 1990–1991 team advanced to the semifinals of the NAIA National Tournament before losing to Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Women's softball

The women's softball team competes at the NAIA level from 1983 through 1991. The Lady Metros (now Jaguars) appeared in nine straight NAIA regional and national tournaments, finishing third place twice and fourth place twice during that time span. They were coached by P. Nicholas Kellum who is now a member of the IUPUI Athletic Hall of Fame and served as the dean of the School of Physical Education for many years.

Women's tennis

The 2002–2003 and 2003–2004 tennis teams won the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. They then advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the first round.


Several Jaguars teams play in the IUPUI Gymnasium, popularly known as The Jungle. Since 2014 the men's basketball team has played at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The softball team plays at the IUPUI Softball Complex, and the tennis team plays at the West Indy Racquet Club. The swimming team competes at the Indiana University Natatorium, which has a capacity of 4,700. The soccer teams play at IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium.

Hall of Fame

For an alphabetical list of inductees, see footnote[5]
For a list of inductees by sport, see footnote[6]
For a list of inductees by class year, see footnote[7]
For a list of inductees by induction year, see footnote[8]

The IUPUI Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame was founded in 1993.[5]


  1. ^ "Colors : Applying the Brand: IU Brand Guidelines: Indiana University". Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Horizon League picks IUPUI to replace Valpo and might add more teams in future". CBS Interactive. June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.iupuijags.com/Media/MSOC_2006.pdf, Men's Soccer Media Guide, page 6
  4. ^ "Official Site of IUPUI Athletics". IUPUI Jaguars. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Hall of Fame". IUPUI Athletics. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame: Inductees by Sport". IUPUI Athletics. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame: Inductees by Class Year". IUPUI Athletics. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  8. ^ "Hall of Fame: Inductees by Induction Class Year". IUPUI Athletics. Retrieved 2012-01-27.

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