Binghamton Bearcats
UniversityBinghamton University
ConferenceAmerica East (primary)
MAC (men's tennis)
Big Sky (men's golf)
EIWA (wrestling)
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorDennis Kalina
LocationVestal, New York
Varsity teams21
Basketball arenaBinghamton University Events Center
MascotBaxter the Bearcat
ColorsDark green, white, and black[1]

The Binghamton Bearcats are the NCAA Division I athletics teams at Binghamton University located in Binghamton, New York. United States.[2] They are one of four Division I programs in the SUNY system. A member of the America East Conference,[3] Binghamton University, SUNY sponsors teams in eleven men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports, men's golf is an affiliate member of the Big Sky Conference,[4] men's tennis is an affiliate member of the Mid-American Conference,[5] and the wrestling team is a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association.[6]


America East Conference logo in Binghamton's colors
America East Conference logo in Binghamton's colors

Binghamton has competed in the NCAA since joining the SUNY system in 1950. During the 1946–1950 era, there were no particular affiliations or mascots. When, in fact, they joined SUNY and adopted the new name Harpur College, the school also adopted their first mascot: a donkey named Harpo. In transitioning to SUNY Binghamton, they also developed their athletics program further, adopting the new school nickname and mascot: The red, white, and blue Colonials. With the impending move to Division I, the school adopted the new nickname, the Bearcats, beginning with the 1999–2000 school year.[citation needed] The mascot, Baxter the Bearcat, was unveiled in the fall of 1999.[citation needed]

In the fall of 2001, Binghamton athletics formally entered the NCAA Division I and also became a member of the America East Conference in all sports other than wrestling and golf, which is not sponsored by the America East Conference. The wrestling program actually preceded the jump to Division I by becoming a provisional member of the now-defunct East Coast Wrestling Association[7] beginning with the 1999–2000 season. They made the transition from a Division III school to Division II for three years and then entered Division I.[citation needed] Binghamton has 21 intercollegiate sports. Binghamton's wrestling team is a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association since the America East does not sponsor wrestling.

Former Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics, Dr. Joel Thirer oversaw the transition from NCAA Division III to NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I. Hired in 1989, Dr. Thirer resigned on September 30, 2009, amid controversy surrounding the Men's Basketball program.[8]

More recently, the university has hosted a number of conference championships, including the 2005, 2006 and 2008 men's basketball championships, as well as, other championships from other sports.

In a Sept. 29, 2009 statement, Jim Norris had been named Interim Athletic Director. The Director of Athletics reports directly to the current interim President McGraff.[9]

Patrick Elliott was introduced as Binghamton's director of athletics on October 6, 2011, and began his appointment on November 14.

Teams sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Lacrosse
Golf Soccer
Lacrosse Softball
Soccer Swimming & diving
Swimming & diving Tennis
Tennis Track and field
Track and field Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.


Main articles: Binghamton Bearcats men's basketball and Binghamton Bearcats women's basketball

See also: Binghamton University basketball scandal

The women's team has made no Division I Tournament appearances, but they made the Division III Tournament from 1995 to 1998 and Division II in 1999.


Main article: Binghamton Bearcats baseball

Binghamton en route to winning the 2014 America East Conference Baseball Tournament
Binghamton en route to winning the 2014 America East Conference Baseball Tournament


Binghamton University Rugby

The men's rugby team was founded by an exchange student from London. He began promoting the idea of founding a college club in the spring of 1979 and began organizing and establishing the Club in earnest in the fall of 1979. The Binghamton Devils Rugby Club currently competes at the highest level of collegiate rugby, D1A. The program has won numerous conference championships and is widely acknowledged as the best looking program on campus.

Other programs

Main articles: Binghamton Bearcats wrestling and Binghamton Bearcats men's lacrosse

Binghamton has 20 other successful Division I program sports, although the media focuses primarily on men's basketball. They include women's basketball, golf, baseball, softball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's volleyball, wrestling, men's indoor track, women's indoor track, men's outdoor track and women's outdoor track. The program posted an overall 3.1 APR for all 21 sports and has been recognized for its scholar athletes. The men's tennis program posted an overall 3.69 GPA for the 2010 spring semester.


Events Center

The Events Center plays host to both men and women basketball games. It has a capacity of nearly ten thousand for non-sporting events and approximately 5,222 for basketball games. With recent capacity issues, the Athletic Department will be looking at various existent options for expanding capacity in the 2009–2010 season. The facilities has an indoor track where the track and field teams practice and compete, indoor tennis courts for both men and women tennis teams, as well as the primary weight and fitness equipment, sports medicine and uniform issuance facilities. The facility also includes a 150-person private lounge donated by a Binghamton University fraternity, Tau Alpha Upsilon (TAU). It is known as the TAU Bearcat Clubroom.

Bearcats Sports Complex

The main stands of the Bearcats Sports Complex during a soccer game
The main stands of the Bearcats Sports Complex during a soccer game

Opened in the Fall of 2007, the Bearcat Sports Complex features two artificial turf fields for soccer and lacrosse. One field is intended primarily for competition and the other for practice. Additional features include night lighting, over 2,500 seats for the competition field and 1,000 for the practice field, a concession stand, and bathrooms. In 2009, the Tau Alpha Upsilon [TAU] fraternity sponsored the naming of both the press box and the scoreboard. A plaque was dedicated in their honor at the entrance of the new sports complex. A recent announcement unveiled plans to moved the Softball competition field to the complex. A new field along with a modestly sized stadium and pressbox will be added immediately behind the current concession stand.

West Gym

The West Gym is an Athletic facility that hosts the weight, practice and competition facilities for the wrestling team. Also, the varsity pool is home to both men and women swim and diving teams. The gymnasium is used for volleyball, basketball practice, basesball practice( has batting cages on the inside) and wrestling matches.

Varsity Field

Home to the varsity baseball team, Varsity Field features a diamond with dugouts and bleachers. It was recently announced that Varsity field will undergo major renovations set for completion by the 2012 season. The project was supposed to be for an artificial turf field along with light and many other updates including bathrooms in the dugouts. However, the state would not allow them to get turf so the team did receive a new field but did not receive all of the promises they were originally told.

East Gym Field

Home to the softball team.

Alumni Stadium

A 2,000-seat stadium, athletic field, outdoor track and field facilities. While it has previously hosted the lacrosse teams, it is primarily used for the track and field teams. The track was resurfaced in 2007. The field has also hosted rugby games in the fall season. Although it has not been used recently due to fears of the rugby team destroying the field while playing. This is despite the fact that they are the only team to use the infield of the track in the fall or spring.


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  2. ^ "Binghamton University". NCAA & Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "America East Conference". America East Conference. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Big Sky Men's Golf". Big Sky Conference. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "MAC Men's Tennis". Big Sky Conference. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "EIWA Member Schools". Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Wrestling Terriers To Join Colonial Athletic Association". Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  8. ^ "Binghamton Bearcats AD Joel Thirer resigns after player dismissals from men's basketball". 2009-09-30. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  9. ^ "Changes to athletics program". 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
  10. ^ Saginaw native Mark Macon appointed interim head basketball coach of Binghamton University