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American University Eagles
University American University
Conference Patriot League
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Keith Gill
Location Washington, D.C.
Varsity teams Basketball, soccer, cross country, swimming & diving, track, women's volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, men's wrestling
Football stadium Reeves Field
Basketball arena Bender Arena
Mascot Clawed, the Eagle
Nickname Eagles
Fight song All hail the mighty AU Eagles!
Colors AU Red and AU Blue


Homepage Official Athletic Site of American University

The American Eagles are the athletics teams that represent the American University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I competition. American is a member of the Patriot League in all sports except wrestling, where it is a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. Teams include men's and women's basketball, soccer, cross country, swimming & diving, track, women's volleyball, lacrosse, and field hockey, and men's wrestling. Many of the teams have gone on to win NCAA and Patriot League championships over the years. American University's school colors are AU red and blue.


Sports facilities

American University has several sports facilities, including Bender Arena, which houses the William I Jacobs Fitness Center; 25-yard, eight-lane pool; the Reeves Aquatic Center, a six-store mini-mall, the campus bookstore, and a 470-car, seven-level parking structure.

Reeves Field, home to AU’s soccer team, is one of the premier soccer fields in Washington. Reeves Field earned the 2002 College Soccer Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association, hosted its fifth NCAA Tournament game, and served as the training site for the Uruguayan National Soccer team. FC Barcelona and Blackburn used Reeves Field as a training facility. In the summer of 2000, AU served as the practice site for Newcastle United, one of England's premier professional soccer clubs. Major League Soccer's D.C. United, Miami Fusion and San Jose Earthquakes have also practiced at AU. National teams from the USA, Bolivia and Portugal trained at Reeves in 1996 in preparation for Summer Olympic games held at RFK Stadium.

Reeves Field also features a six-lane track to accommodate the track and field programs at AU and creates a multi-purpose event site. During his term as Vice-President, George H. W. Bush regularly traveled in the morning from his home at the U.S. Naval Observatory, located about two miles from American University, to run the track at Reeves Field.

AU’s nationally ranked field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams play on the field at the Jacobs Recreational Complex, which also features a softball diamond and two outdoor sand volleyball courts. AU's field hockey team earned the right to host the 2005 Patriot League Tournament, where American defeated Lehigh University 7-0 in the semifinals before capturing the league crown for the third straight year by downing Holy Cross 4-2 in the Championship Game.

American University features seven outdoor tennis courts for the use of the intercollegiate tennis teams as well as the University community. Two outdoor basketball courts complete the outdoor recreational facility located next to Reeves Field and behind Bender Arena. AU has hosted three of the last four tennis team championships since joining the Patriot League, with the men's team winning back-to-back titles on the AU hardcourts and setting Patriot League Championship attendance records each year. The women's team last captured the Patriot League title in 2002.

Bender Arena is also the home to the AU Volleyball team which is coached by Barry Goldberg.



Fight song

All hail the mighty AU Eagles! Where there's a fight we'll see it through! You can be sure we'll be triumphant, when we wear red, white and blue! All hail the mighty AU Eagles! We'll conquer all adversity! So let's all join in and give a yell for AU and victory!!

Alma Mater

Tomorrows pass so soon behind us
Into shadows of the past—
So the years will often find us,
Calling days that flew so fast.

Come, come, days that we treasure,
We live in you—
We Yearn now for the pleasure
At college we knew;
Friendships will always bind us;
In youth we live, for mem'ries remind us
Of Red, White, and Blue—
Come, days fullest in measure
Of our A. U.


Men's basketball

  • Willie Jones - NCAA College Division First Team (1960)
  • Kermit Washington - Associated Press First Team (1973)
  • Gordon Austin - Sporting News Honorable Mention (1983)
  • Patrick Doctor - Associated Press Honorable Mention (2002)
  • Derrick Mercer - Associated Press Honorable Mention (2009)

Men's cross country

  • Gary Cohen (1971)
  • Dave Reinhart (1971)

Women's cross country

  • Keira Carlstrom (2003, 2004, 2005)

Field hockey

  • Julia Behr - Third Team (1995)
  • Stacey Siu-Butt - First Team (1996)
  • Javiera Villagra - First Team (2004, 2005), Second Team (2003)
  • Camila Infante - Second Team (2004, 2005)
  • Maureen Daniel - Second Team (2005)
  • Irene Schickhardt - First Team (2008)
  • Christine Fingerhuth - Third Team (2008)

Men's golf

  • James Monkman - Honorable Mention (1970)
  • Regan O'Rourke (1982)

Men's soccer

  • Kurt Kuykendall (1973)
  • Michael Brady (1983, 1984, 1985) [Named National Player of the Year in 1985 by Soccer America]
  • Keith Trehy (1985, 1986)
  • Scott Pearson (1997)

Swimming and diving


  • Gabriella Csepe (1993)


  • John Bott (1964)
  • Pat Christmas (1964)
  • Keith Fleer (1964)
  • Rodger Kamuf (1964)
  • John Mueller (1964)
  • Robert Williams (1964)
  • Ray Crowe (1965, 1966)
  • Dave Pearsall (1966)
  • Ben Van Dyk (1966)
  • Tim Miller (1966, 1967, 1968)
  • Bill Suk (1967, 1968)
  • Clark Baugher (1968)
  • Jim Kelly (1968)
  • Sergio Lopez (1990)
  • Frederick Hviid (1993)
  • Roger Font (1996)
  • Dominick Szabo (2003)
  • Ethan Bassett (2004)


  • Sean Duffy - Indoor DMR, Leg 1 (2003), 1500m (2005)
  • Andy Ellerhorst - Indoor DMR, Leg 2 (2003)
  • Phil Gaeta - Indoor DMR, Leg 3 (2003)
  • Sean O'Brien - 1500m (2001,2002, 2003), Indoor DMR, Leg 4 (2003)
  • Dustin Emrani - 800m (2007)


  • Karla Kucerkova - Honorable Mention (2003)
  • Cutrina Biddulph - Honorable Mention (2004)
  • Rubena Sukaj - Honorable Mention (2006, 2007, 2008)


  • Daniel Waters (2005)
  • Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov (2006)
  • Josh Glenn (2006, 2007) - National Champion in 2007

University Hall of Fame

  • Gordon Austin '83

Basketball Inducted: 2001

  • Arthur Beatty, Jr. '68

Men's Basketball Inducted: 2005

  • Andrew "Butch" Bell III '69

Track Inducted: 1985

  • Michael Brady '92

Men's Soccer Inducted: 1997

  • John D. Briggs '51

Swimming Inducted: 1972

  • W. James Birthright '28

Basketball, Football Inducted: 1969

  • George L. Brown '40

Basketball, Baseball, Track, Football Inducted: 1970

  • Joseph P. Carlo '38

Football, Track, Boxing Inducted: 1969

  • David Carrasco

Athletics Director, Basketball, Men's Basketball Coach, Baseball Coach Inducted: 1998

  • Stafford H. Cassell '36

Basketball, Football, Coach, Athletics Director Inducted: 1970

  • Vince Celtnieks '65

Soccer, Cross-Country Track, Crew, Wrestling Inducted: 1985

  • Peter Chen '69

Track Inducted: 1997

  • Ed Clements '60

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Track Inducted: 2003

  • Gary Cohen '75

Track Inducted: 2004

  • John Diffley '89

Men's Soccer Inducted: 2006

  • Robert H. Frailey

Teacher, Coach, Administrator Inducted: 1994

  • Jacqui Frazier-Lyde '83

Women's Basketball Inducted: 2005

  • Bartley A. Fugler '48

Basketball, Football, Baseball, Tennis Inducted: 1971

  • Mark L. Grabow '72

Men's Soccer Inducted: 1998

  • Brian Gilgeous '95

Men's Basketball Inducted: 2004

  • James Hackett '66

Track Inducted: 2000

  • Virginia E. Hawke

Teacher, Coach, Administrator Inducted: 1994

  • Leroy Ishman '51

Basketball, Baseball Inducted: 1995

  • William S. Jones '60

Basketball, Baseball Inducted: 1971

  • Bruce R, Kessler, Sr. '29

Basketball, Football Inducted: 1969

  • Kurt Kuykendall '74

Men's Soccer Inducted: 1996

  • Robert W. Lamon '50

Basketball, Baseball Inducted: 1972

  • Sergio Lopez '91

Swimming Inducted: 2001

  • Fritz M. Maier '62

Wrestling Inducted: 1973

  • William Mason '64

Baseball, Basketball Inducted: 1985

  • Peter Mehlert '72

Men's Soccer Coach Inducted: 1998

  • Anne C. Monahan '69

Field Hockey Inducted: 1995

  • David Nakhid '87

Men's Soccer Inducted: 2005

  • Albert Nencioni '49

Track Inducted:1997

  • George William Olsen '32

Basketball, Football Inducted: 1971

  • Dave Reinhart '74

Track Inducted: 2004

  • Barbara Reimann

Administrator, Coach, Professor Inducted: 2001

  • Oscar H. Sells '33

Basketball Inducted: 1973

  • Hugo "Dutch" Schulze '41

Basketball, Baseball, Football, Coach, Athletics Director Inducted: 1969

  • Beth Shearer Clark '88

Basketball Inducted: 1999

  • Darsi Smith Wilson '84

Women's Basketball Inducted: 1996

  • Ethel Smith '31, '33

Basketball, Field Hockey Inducted: 1996

  • Ed Tapscott '80 (WCL)

Men's Basketball Coach Inducted: 2006

  • Richard N. Taylor '52

Baseball Inducted: 1972

  • Wilbur Thomas '75

Basketball Inducted: 2003

  • Keith Trehy '86

Men's Soccer Inducted: 2000

  • Jody Thornton Powell '87

Basketball Inducted: 1999

  • John Wakefield '50

Basketball, Baseball Inducted: 1973

  • Kermit Washington '73

Basketball Inducted: 1985

  • Frank Weiss '58, ' 61

Men's Basketball Inducted: 1999

  • Jimmy Williams '59

Baseball, Baseball, Men's Basketball Coach & Player Inducted: 2000

Men's basketball

In 2008, The Eagles earned their first ever bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship by defeating Colgate in the final round of the Patriot League tournament. The Eagles were seeded 15th against #2 Tennessee. American held tight against the Volunteers most of the game, but Tennessee pulled away to win 72-57.

In 2009, the Eagles would again earn entry to the NCAA tournament by defeating Holy Cross 73-57, winning the Patriot League Tournament for a 2nd consecutive year. This year, they were seeded 14th against #3 Villanova. After the Eagles took a 14-point lead at halftime, Villanova would come back to win 80-67.

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