It’s been a banner year for Richmond’s Division I sports, so good that the Richmond Times-Dispatch recently reported, “This school year probably is the finest in UR athletics history, in terms of national respect.” 

  • With a 24–7 record, the men’s basketball team won the most regular-season games in school history. The team made it to the final round of the Atlantic 10 tournament and received a No. 7 seed in the Division I NCAA tournament. For the first time since 1986, the Spiders were nationally ranked in the Associated Press poll. The team was featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and Sports Illustrated. The Wall Street Journal ranked Richmond No. 1 for NCAA tournament teams that had “done the most with the least” when it compared the number of undergraduates per basketball player and Richmond’s tournament seeding to that of larger schools.
  • Women’s basketball finished the regular season with 19 wins and the team advanced to the second round of the Women’s National Invitational tournament.
  • Spiders football finished 11–2 and the team was ranked No. 1 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) for most of the season. The team finished the season as 2009 Colonial Athletic Association conference co-champions.
  • Richmond’s field hockey team won the Atlantic 10 title and appeared in the NCAA Championship tournament. Senior Sarah Blythe-Wood was named Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, and head coach Gina Lucido was named A-10 Coach of the Year.

Next year promises to be just as exciting. With the opening of Robins Stadium in the fall, the University community will enjoy football on campus for the first time since the 1920s. The stadium also will be home for soccer, lacrosse, and track and field. The first home football game is slated for Sept. 18.