Ave Maria Gyrenes
UniversityAve Maria University
ConferenceSun Conference
Athletic directorJoe Patterson
LocationAve Maria, Florida
Varsity teams24
Basketball arenaTom Golisano Fieldhouse
MascotJax the Gyrene
ColorsBlue and green[1]

The Ave Maria Gyrenes are the athletic teams that represent Ave Maria University, located in Ave Maria, Florida, in intercollegiate sports as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA),[2] primarily competing in the Sun Conference (formerly known as the Florida Sun Conference (FSC) until after the 2007–08 school year) since the 2009–10 academic year.[3] They are also a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).[4]

Varsity teams

Ave Maria competes in 24 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and ultimate frisbee; basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, dance, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball. Former sports included men's & women's rugby.


In 2011, Ave Maria became the first college in southwestern Florida to field a football team.[5] In the spring of 2016, the Gyrenes football team joined the Mid-South Conference (MSC) as an affiliate member.[6]


The women's lacrosse team competed in the National Women's Lacrosse League (NWLL) in their first varsity season in the spring of 2015.[7]


  1. ^ "Branding guidelines". Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  2. ^ "Schools". NAIA.ORG. NAIA. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Members". Thesunconference.com. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Ave Maria".
  5. ^ Wommack, Woody (February 12, 2010). "Ave Maria University hires football coach; inaugural season in 2011". Naples Daily News. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  6. ^ Wilson, Michael (25 February 2016). "Local teams officially join Mid-South football conference". The Lakeland Ledger. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Members". NAIA. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011.

Coordinates: 26°20′11″N 81°26′17″W / 26.336336°N 81.438053°W / 26.336336; -81.438053