Winthrop Eagles
UniversityWinthrop University
ConferenceBig South (primary)
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorChuck Rey[1]
LocationRock Hill, South Carolina
Varsity teams17 (7 men's, 9 women's, 1 co-ed)
Basketball arenaWinthrop Coliseum
Baseball stadiumThe Winthrop Ballpark
Softball stadiumTerry Field
Soccer stadiumEagle Field
Tennis venueWinthrop Memorial Tennis Courts
Outdoor track and field venueIrwin Belk Complex
MascotBig Stuff the Eagle
ColorsGarnet and gold[2]
Winthrop is a member of the Big South Conference.

The Winthrop Eagles are the intercollegiate athletics teams that represent Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Winthrop's 17 men's and women's teams compete at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level as a member of the Big South Conference.

NCAA Championships

Winthrop University has two team national championships awarded by the NCAA. [citation needed]

Esports 2021 League of Legends National Champions 2021 Rocket League National Champions [3]



Winthrop University was founded in 1886, but the school didn't become an NCAA Division I institution until 1987. It joined the Big South conference in 1983, the year the conference was established.[5]

Many student athletes from WU have gone on to play professionally in the United States or abroad after their collegiate careers. A few of these figures include: Marco Reda (soccer), Kevin Slowey (baseball), Pam Barnett (golf), Xavier Cooks (basketball), and Michael Jenkins (basketball).


Men's Women's Coed
Baseball Basketball Esports
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Golf Lacrosse
Soccer Soccer
Track and field
Track and field


Further information: Winthrop Eagles baseball


Men's Basketball

Further information: Winthrop Eagles men's basketball

Women's Basketball

Further information: Winthrop Eagles women's basketball

Men's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country


Women's Golf

Men's Soccer

Women's Soccer

Men's Tennis

Women's Tennis

Men's Track and Field

Women's Track and Field

Women's Lacrosse

Women's Volleyball


Mascot: Big Stuff (and Little Stuff)

Chant: “Rock the Hill”

Outfitter: Adidas

Official craft brewery: Full Spectrum Brewing Company[6]

Rivalries: UNC Asheville, Coastal Carolina

Radio network: 94.3 FM and 104.1 The Bridge

NCAA statistical leaders

In the 2006–07 season, James Shuler (men's basketball) led the nation in highest single game free-throw percentage (100%, 18/18).[7]

In the 2007–08 season, Michael Jenkins (men's basketball) led the nation in most three-point field goals made in a single game (12).[7]

In the 2012–13 season, Diana Choibekova (women's basketball) led the nation in three-point field goal average (3.9 per game).[8]

In the 2018–19 season, the men's basketball team led the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.4).

In the 2019–20 season, Chase Claxton (men's basketball) shot 81.2% to lead the nation in two-point shooting average.

In the 2019–20 season, the men's basketball team had 1388 rebounds to lead the nation in total rebounds.

In the 2020–21 season, Chandler Vaudrin (men's basketball) led the nation in triple-doubles at 3 in total.

In the 2023-24 season, the men's basketball team led the nation in free throw attempts per game.


Lucille Godbold
Winthrop Olympians
Athlete Sport Location Country Medals
Lucille Godbold Track and Field 1922 Paris United States Gold in shot put

Bronze in javelin throw

Craig Bradshaw Basketball 2004 Athens

2008 Beijing

New Zealand N/A


  1. ^ "Chuck Rey - Athletic Director". Retrieved January 14, 2023.
  2. ^ "Winthrop University Art Sheet" (PDF). September 10, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "Winthrop Esports Wins League of Legends College Championship".
  4. ^ "Esports Claims "Collegiate Esports National Championship"".
  5. ^ University, Winthrop. "Winthrop University History - Chronology". Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  6. ^ "Winthrop Announces Full Spectrum Brewing Co. Partnership, Rock the Mill Event - Winthrop University". Winthrop University. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  7. ^ a b pbrock (2013-11-27). "NCAA Men's Basketball Records Books". - The Official Site of the NCAA. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  8. ^ "Big South Conference". Retrieved 2018-04-17.