NEC (m & w golf, w lacrosse, m & w soccer, m & w swimming)
|NCAA||Division I (FCS)|
|Athletic director||Kery Davis|
|Football stadium||William H. Greene Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Burr Gymnasium|
|Softball stadium||Washington Nationals Youth Academy|
|Other venues||WTEF-East Capitol Campus|
|Colors||Navy blue and white|
The Howard Bison and Lady Bison are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent Howard University, located in Washington, D.C. The Bison compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s and Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for most sports. On July 16, 2015, the Athletics Department unveiled new logos, replacing the previous logo that was nearly identical to that used by the National Football League's Buffalo Bills.
A member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Howard University currently sponsors teams in nine men's and 12 women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Men's and women's golf became the newest varsity sports in the 2020–21 school year, with six years of program funding guaranteed by NBA superstar Stephen Curry.
|Men's Intercollegiate Sports||Team Article||Head Coach||Women's Intercollegiate Sports||Team Article||Head Coach|
|Basketball||Bison basketball||Keith Blakeney||Basketball||Bison basketball||Tiesha "Ty" Grace|
|Cross country||David Oliver||Bowling||Ron Davis|
|Football||Bison football||Larry Scott||Cross country||David Oliver|
|Golf [a]||Sam Puryear||Golf [a]||Sam Puryear|
|Soccer [b]||Bison soccer||Phillip Gyau||Lacrosse [c]|
|Swimming & Diving [d][e]||Nicholas Askew||Soccer [b]||Brent Leiba|
|Tennis||Nicholas Askew||Softball||Victoria Tyson|
|Track & Field (Indoor) & (Outdoor) [f]||David Oliver||Swimming & Diving[d][e]||Nicholas Askew|
|Track & Field (Indoor) & (Outdoor) [f]||David Oliver|
Howard University announced in July 2020 that it would join the Northeast Conference (NEC) as an associate member in six sports. Men's and women's swimming joined in 2020–21, with men's and women's soccer, women's lacrosse and women's golf following in 2021–22. Howard added men's golf to its NEC membership in 2022–23 after the MEAC and NEC entered into a partnership in baseball and golf that provided NEC associate membership to all MEAC members with teams in those sports.
The Howard Bison have won 14 MEAC championships, including the last 6 fall championships. The Bison have competed in the NCAA tournament on seven occasions (1994, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021). Their success in the classroom has been honored as well by repeatedly winning the US Marine Corps / AVCA Team Academic Award.
The Bison women made history being the first USA collegiate team to take an international tour to Africa (Botswana and Zimbabwe) in 2018. They competed with the national teams from both countries and sponsored camps for local children.
The Howard Bison have won 4 regular season conference championships, 3 conference tournament championships, and have appeared in 2 NCAA tournaments (1981 & 1992).
As the only team in the MEAC playing men's soccer, the Bison's men's soccer team competed as an independent for many years, but the Bison became an affiliate member of the Sun Belt Conference when the conference resumed men's soccer after a 20-year absence in 2014. Over the years, Howard has had an up and down history, with NCAA championship seasons and other years seeing little success; the 2013 team had only one win in eighteen games.
Bison teams qualified for the NCAA tournament in 1962, 1963, 1970†, 1971†, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1989, and 1997. In six College Cup appearances, they were NCAA Champions in 1974, runners-up in 1988, third in 1972, and fourth in 1975; additional first (1971) and third (1970) place finishes were vacated by the NCAA.
The women's soccer team joined the Southwestern Athletic Conference in 2014 and won the regular season & tournament titles in its first year. As a first-year member of the conference, Howard was not allowed to accept the SWAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament (runner up Prairie View A&M went instead).
As of the 2021–2022 season, the men's and women's soccer teams are no longer affiliate members of the Sun Belt Conference, and are now affiliate members of the Northeast Conference.
William H. Greene Stadium is a 7,086-seat multi-purpose stadium in Washington, D.C., in the United States, which opened in 1926. It is home to the Howard University Bison football, soccer, track & field, and Women's lacrosse teams. Originally called Howard Stadium, it was renamed William H. Greene Stadium in 1986 in honor of William H. Greene, M.D., a Washington, D.C., physician.
Further information: "Showtime" Marching Band
Howard's marching band is known as the "Showtime" Marching Band and it also features auxiliaries, the "Ooh La La!" dance team and the "Flashy Flags" color guard. The band has performed at several NFL games, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Honda Battle of the Bands, and the 56th Inaugural Parade for former U.S. President Barack Obama. The marching band's mission is to serve as a Howard ambassador and Bison athletics supporter.
Men's Soccer – 1971 (Vacated) See Note
Men's Soccer – 1974
Main article: The Real HU (Howard-Hampton)
Main article: Howard–Morgan State football rivalry
Howard's top rival is Hampton University. The two schools call their intense rivalry Battle of "The Real HU". 
Howard also has a strong rivalry with Morgan State University.
Another of Howard's historic rivals is Morehouse College, more popularly known as the Howard/ "Spel-House" rivalry due to Morehouse's close association with the all-women's HBCU Spelman College. This rivalry is not often played because Morehouse is an NCAA Division II athletic program, while Howard is NCAA Division I.
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