Mars Hill Lions
UniversityMars Hill University
ConferenceSouth Atlantic (primary)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorRick Baker[1]
LocationMars Hill, North Carolina
Varsity teams22 (10 men's, 11 women's, 1 co-ed)
Football stadiumMeares Stadium
Basketball arenaStanford Arena
Baseball stadiumHenderson Field
Soccer stadiumBelk Field
Aquatics centerHarrell Pool
Other venuesChambers Gymnasium
ColorsRoyal blue and gold[2]

The Mars Hill Lions are the athletic teams that represent Mars Hill University, located in Mars Hill, North Carolina, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports.[3]

The Lions are full members of the South Atlantic Conference, home to 18 of its 21 athletics programs. The men's and women's swimming programs are members of the single-sport Appalachian Swimming Conference, and the acrobatics and tumbling team is an associate member of Conference Carolinas.

Mars Hill have been members of the SAC since its founding in 1975.

Varsity teams

List of teams

Individual teams

Cross country

The men's cross country team have been highly successful over the last two decades; from 1997 to 2014 they won 18 straight conference championships; in 2016 they won their 19th conference championship. In 2014 the men's cross country team won the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional championship and advanced to the Division II national championship meet, and in 2015 they finished in second place in the Division II Southeast Regional championship and advanced to the Division II national meet.[4][5] In June 2017, Nathan Jones, a member of the Mars Hill cross country team, won the South Atlantic Conference Man of the Year Award, and in 2018 Mars Hill baseball player Zac Brown won the SAC Man of the Year Award.[6][7]


In December 2011, Mars Hill running back Jonas Randolph won the prestigious Harlon Hill Trophy, which is given each year to the best player in NCAA Division II football.[8]

Club sports


In May 2011 the cycling team won the USA Cycling Collegiate Division II national championship.[9] In 2012 they finished in second place nationally, and in May 2015 the Mars Hill cycling team finished the season ranked in first place nationally among Division II teams.


  1. ^ "Rick Baker named Director of Athletics". Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  2. ^ "Quick Facts". Retrieved July 22, 2023.
  3. ^ "Quick Facts". Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Lions Seek 19th Consecutive SAC Title on Saturday". 22 October 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Lions Prepare for NCAA Championship Meet". 20 November 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Jones Named South Atlantic Conference Man of the Year". 28 June 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  7. ^ "The South Atlantic Conference Announces 2017-18 Women and Man of the Year Award Winners". 12 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Randolph Wins 2011 Harlon Hill Trophy". 16 December 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  9. ^ "May – 2011 – MARS HILL CYCLING". Retrieved 5 August 2018.