UNCG 125th

Celebrating 125 years of opportunity and excellence


The sports and uniforms have changed through the years. Today we field 17 Division I Southern Conference teams and boast championships and records. Here’s a look back at athletics — from the Class of 1900 basketball team to Paul Chelimo’s 2016 Olympic silver medal.

UNCG basketball team huddle

Men’s Basketball

UNCG’s Southern Conference men’s basketball team plays all home games at the Greensboro Coliseum. From a Southern Conference regular season title win to an all-time scoring record, fans have something to cheer for.

Softball catcher


With regular season titles and tournament championships, Spartans softball takes a lead with fans.

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Men’s Basketball Dixie Championship

The 1979-80 Men’s Basketball Team won the Dixie Conference Championship and competed in the NCAA Division 3 Tournament under Coach Larry Hargett.

The MVP of Indian Clubs

Physical culture student Phoebe Pegram was so good at Indian clubs by her fourth year at the State Normal and Industrial School, she was asked to stay and teach.

Baseball player swinging


The Division I baseball team has had 14 winning seasons since 1999, players have been drafted to Major League Baseball, and in 2006 the team beat top-ranked North Carolina, a first in any UNCG sport.

UNCG basketball player

Women’s Basketball

The Women’s Basketball team finished the 2016-17 season 20-15 overall, making it to the Women’s Basketball Invitational Championship and getting the first 20-win campaign since the 2006-07 season.

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Class of 1900 Basketball Team

Pictured in front of what is now Foust Building, UNCG’s Class of 1900 basketball team nicknamed themselves the “Naughty Naughts.”

Golfer swinging

Women’s Golf

UNCG’s women’s golf has hosted national tournaments, won championships, and graduated a future pro.

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Women’s Golf 1973 NAT Championship

The 1973 women’s golf team, featuring future pro Donna Horton White and coached by Nancy Porter, won UNCG’s first national golf championship.

UNCG tennis player

Women’s Tennis

A national runner-up in 1983 and Big South tournament champion in 1997, the women’s tennis team has been a tough one to match.

UNCG soccer player battling opponent

Women’s Soccer

The Division I women’s soccer team is one of the top teams in the Southern Conference.

UNCG track and field athlete

Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)

Both men’s and women’s track and field have a history of national qualifiers and record setters.

UNCG Women's volleyball team


For three years in a row, women’s volleyball has hit the 11-win mark in the Southern Conference, and in 2016 the team ranked in the top 50 nationally in several areas.

UNCG cross country runner

Cross Country

Men’s and women’s cross country squads competed in the NCAA Southeast Regionals in 2016-17, finishing 29th overall.

Intersociety Sports Day

This annual event at Woman’s College provided friendly competition with bowling and relay events between campus literary societies.

UNCG tennis player

Men’s Tennis

Men’s tennis serves up competition under the leadership of Tennis Director Jeff Trivette, who has worked with UNCG tennis for more than two decades.

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Olympic Medalist Paul Chelimo

UNCG’s Paul Chelimo broke records and won the Southern Conference Cross Country Championship, Runner of the Year, and NCAA East Regional Championship before winning silver in the 5000-meter event at the 2016 Olympics.

UNCG dance team

Spartan G’s Dance Team

The Spartan G’s perform at all men’s and women’s home basketball games.

Andy Bare

Men’s Golf

Alum Andy Bare became the first Spartan to qualify for a major golf tournament when he qualified for the 106th US Open in 2006.

UNCG cheerleaders


At a parade or on the sidelines, the Spartan cheerleaders have spirit, yes, they do!

UNCG soccer player

Men’s Soccer

With five national championships for the team, the UNCG’s men’s soccer program was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017.