Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) brings the excitement and competition of Division II collegiate sports to the County.
Time and time again, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) makes its mark as a university with the highest standards, both academically and athletically.
IUP has long been known for its quality instruction as an institution of higher education, and it has also become a force to be reckoned with on the field and on the playing court.
Year after year, IUP athletic teams make names for themselves as legitimate contenders in their Division II conference of play. In 2013, the men’s basketball team was named PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) champs and the football, softball, and men’s golf teams were all awarded the same honor in 2012.
Consistently, IUP Athletics garners many accolades and successes between each of their 19 total men’s and women’s athletic teams. They bring exciting games and matches to Indiana County each season and give residents the chance to see dedicated student athletes perform at a high level of competition and represent IUP with both success and honor.
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Since 1934, the IUP football team has had 17 PSAC Championship seasons, seven of which have come in the last 15 years, with four consecutive championship seasons from 2000 to 2004 and most recently in 2012. The program recruits elite athletes who have the ability to play at the next level. In the last 45 years, 75 different IUP players have received All-American honors and numerous players have gone on to play in the NFL.
Come each fall, the IUP football team takes the field at George P. Miller Stadium, centered right on the outskirts of campus, and puts on a show for dedicated fans, students and visitors. Led by head coach Curt Cignetti, who joined the IUP football staff in 2010, the IUP football team has had strong seasons in the last few years and looks to have another strong showing this year. Once again they are sure to make the community, Indiana, and IUP proud.
Over the last few years, the IUP Men's Basketball team has consistently made a name for itsef as a strong contender in the PSAC conference. They have won the PSAC title in four of the past six seasons and played in the Atlantic Regional Finals in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015.
In 2010 and 2015, the IUP Men's Basketball team made it all the way to the NCAA Division II National Championship Game.
Led by head coach, Joe Lombardi, who joined the IUP Men's baskeball staff for the 2006 season, the Crimson Hawks have lit up the court at the Memorial Field House, located on IUP's campus, and now at their new home at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC) at IUP. This new and impressive venue can be seen packed with fans, students, and visitors at almost every game, with attendees eager and ready to watch their Hawks get the win.
Not to be outdone by the men, the IUP Women’s Basketball team has likewise emerged as a strong contender in the PSAC. They posted PSAC Championship titles in 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2015. In 2015, the women’s basketball team finished arguably their best season in recent years, with a 25-4 season record and appeared in both the PSAC Championship tournament and the NCAA regional tournament. In 2007, the women made it as far as the Sweet Sixteen tournament of the NCAA Division II championship series, and they made it to the Elite Eight tournament in 1999.
The IUP Women's Basketball team is led by Head Coach Tom McConnell, who came to IUP in 2013 and led the team to a 10-8 winning record and helped advance them to the quarterfinals of the PSAC tournament that season.
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IUP Men's Baseball has also posted solid performances over the years, posting 13 PSAC Tournament appearances, 2 PSAC Championships, and 1 NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990. Most recently, IUP Baseball achieved a PSAC West Championship in 2010 and was PSAC Tournament Runner-Up in 2011.
IUP Baseball is led by Coach Jeff Ditch, who is the programs all-time winningest coach, with a record 233 wins since taking the helm in 2006.
The IUP Men's Golf team has consistently been a force to be reckoned with year after year, as seen with their impressive record: 26 PSAC Championships; 19 NCAA Regional Championship Appearances, and 5 Regional Championships (in 2005, 2008-09, 2013-14); and a staggering 32 NCAA Championship competitions, including 7 consecutive appeareances in the last 7 years, with 1 Championship Match Play (in 2014).
Head Coach Fred Joseph is one of the most accomplished and respected coaches in IUP history, with 79 tournament victories in 23 seasons and with 11 PSAC championships and 19 appearances in NCAA regional tournaments. He has coached 13 All-Americans, including Division II national champion Gavin Smith (2009).
Coach Joseph has received 11 PSAC Coach of the Year awards and 8 NCAA Regional Coach of the Year awards during his 23-year tenure at IUP.
The Crimson Hawks Women's Tennis team, led by head coach Larry Peterson, has become a stable force not only in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, but the entire Atlantic Region.
The Crimson Hawks have made it to the PSAC Championship match in each of the last five seasons and boast a division record of 18-4 (.818) over the last four seasons.
Moreover, the Women’s Tennis team has been to 6 straight Atlantic Regional tournaments and in 5 consecutive NCAA Division II Championship appearances. The Crimson Hawks have held a No. 2 ranking in the Atlantic Region of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) since March of 2011 (over 18 regional polls). In addition, they have also been ranked in 22 of the last 23 ITA Division II national polls, rising as high as 29th nationally in the spring of 2012.
Individually, IUP players have received 3 PSAC West Freshmen of the Year awards, 15 All-PSAC West performance award, and had back-to-back PSAC West Athlete of the Year awards in the past two seasons.
Coach Peterson is the program’s all-time winningest coast, with a record of 121-68 since taking over the program in 2008.
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