Loyola Marymount Lions
UniversityLoyola Marymount University
ConferenceWest Coast Conference (primary)
Western Water Polo Association (men's)
GCC (women's water polo)
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorCraig Pintens
LocationLos Angeles, California
Varsity teams18
Basketball arenaGersten Pavilion
Baseball stadiumGeorge C. Page Stadium
Softball stadiumSmith Field
Soccer stadiumSullivan Field
Other venuesBurns Aquatics Center
Jane Browne Bove Boathouse
LMU Tennis Center
MascotIggy the Lion
Fight song"Fight on Loyola"
ColorsCrimson and blue[1]

The Loyola Marymount Lions are the athletic teams that represent Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution in Los Angeles, California. The school competes in NCAA Division I and the West Coast Conference.

In January 2024, the university announced that it would cut six athletic programs at the end of the 2023–24 season: men’s cross-country, men’s rowing, men’s track and field, women’s rowing, women’s swimming, and women’s track and field.[2]

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Cross country
Golf Rowing
Rowing Soccer
Soccer Softball
Tennis Swimming and diving
Track and field Tennis
Water polo Track and field
Water polo
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor


Main article: Loyola Marymount Lions baseball

The Lions have produced 30 future Major Leaguers,[3] including Billy Bean, MLB's Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner, First-Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year Billy Traber, two-time Major League Baseball All-Star CJ Wilson, and David Fletcher.

The Lions have been to the College World Series once, in 1986, and also recorded 9 NCAA appearances, and 10 West Coast Conference Championships (three Championship Series and seven regular season).

Lions baseball players congratulate Ryan Wheeler on a home run during a game in 2008

The Lions play home games at George C. Page Stadium, a 1,200 seat stadium which has been home to the program since 1983.

Men's basketball

Main article: Loyola Marymount Lions men's basketball

The Lions burst onto the national basketball scene in the late 1980s under coach Paul Westhead. His teams led Division I in scoring in 1988 (110.3 points per game), 1989 (112.5) and 1990 (122.4).[4] LMU's 122.4 point per game in 1990 was still a record as of October 2010.[5] As of October 2010, Loyola Marymount held the five highest combined scoring games in Division I history. Four of the five occurred during Westhead's career, including a record 331 in the 181–150 win over United States International University on January 31, 1989.[6]

The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament was in 1990, where they advanced to the Elite Eight. They would lose to eventual national champion UNLV. Prior to the tournament, Lions star player Hank Gathers died during the WCC conference tournament from a heart condition.

LMU's current men's head coach is Stan Johnson.

Women's basketball

Main article: Loyola Marymount Lions women's basketball

The Lions won their first ever West Coast Conference title in 2004, going 24-6 (13-1) while beating Gonzaga to go to the NCAA tournament.

Men's soccer

Michael Erush was a Loyola Marymount University Lions men's soccer standout, a four-time All-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection (2000, 2001, 2002), was named First Team in 2003, and served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons.[7] He was named First Team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All Far West Selection in 2002, and was named First Team All-America by the Jewish Sports Review in 2003.[7][8] During his last three years, he helped the Lions advance to the NCAA Tournament, and in 2003 finished in a first-round bye and national seeding (#13) in the postseason. He was inducted into the Loyola Marymount Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.[9]

Beach volleyball

The Lions fielded their first beach volleyball team during the 2012 season. The Lions won their first WCC Championship in 2019, which they defended in 2021 and 2022 (championships were not held in 2020 due to COVID-19).[10][11] In 2021, the Lions were selected for their first NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where they became the first team since the inaugural season to win its first two matches.[12] The team entered the field of eight as the number five seed and finished the 2021 NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship in third place.[13]

Water polo

The women's water polo team was the WWPA Champion in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007.

At the conclusion the 2004 season, Loyola Marymount's women's water polo team lost to the University of Southern California, 10-8, in the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship game at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center.

Former varsity sports team

In January 2024, Loyola Marymount announced that it would cut six athletic programs after the 2023–24 season: men's cross-country, men's rowing, men's track and field, women's rowing, women's swimming, and women's track and field.

Athletic facilities


  1. ^ "Colors – Loyola Marymount University". June 1, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Moody, Josh (January 25, 2024). "Loyola Marymount to Cut 6 Sports". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 2024-01-25.
  3. ^ "Lions in Major League Baseball". Loyola Marymount University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-08-21.
  4. ^ NCAA 2010, p.39
  5. ^ NCAA 2010, p.5
  6. ^ NCAA 2010, pp.28–29
  7. ^ a b "Michael Erush - Men's Soccer". Loyola Marymount University Athletics.
  8. ^ "Michael Erush to Head PDL, USA Teams". Loyola Marymount University Athletics.
  9. ^ "Michael Erush (2017) - Hall of Fame". Loyola Marymount University Athletics.
  10. ^ "Lions Win Back to Back WCC Championships". Loyola Marymount University Athletics. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  11. ^ "LMU Takes Third-Straight WCC Beach Title". wccsports.com. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  12. ^ "Lions Upset No.1 UCLA To Advance to NCAA Beach Finals". Loyola Marymount University Athletics. Retrieved 2021-10-21.
  13. ^ "Lions Historic Season Comes to a Close in Gulf Shores". Loyola Marymount University Athletics. Retrieved 2021-10-21.