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Grand Canyon Antelopes
University Grand Canyon University
Conference(s) Pacific West Conference
NCAA NCAA DII
Athletics director Keith Baker
Location Phoenix, AZ
Varsity teams 20
Basketball arena Antelope Gymnasium (2,000)
Baseball stadium Brazell Stadium (1,500)
Soccer stadium GCU Soccer Field (1,000)
Other arenas GCU Events Center (5,000) (Under constr.)
Nickname 'Lopes
Fight song
Colors PurpleBlack and White

              

Homepage GCU Athletics

The athletic teams of Grand Canyon University are known as the Antelopes (also known as the 'Lopes). Most of the university's athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Pacific West Conference. Men's Volleyball competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA), Westling competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), and Men's Lacrosse competes as an independent Division II team.

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Athletic Expansion

GCU was a member of the NAIA until the early 1990s when it transferred to NCAA Division II, in which is has competed in since.

The university has undergone a transition from a small struggling non-profit liberal arts college to a large modern for-profit private university. Along with the general campus upgrades has come an increase in athletics and athletic facilities facilities.

Several reports have stated Grand Canyon plans to become a NCAA Division I athletic program athletic program once the NCAA moratorium on accepting new Division I programs expires in June 2011.[1][2] GCU has already had discussions with West Coast Conference.[3]

Sports

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Men's Sports

Women's Sports

Baseball

'Lopes Baseball won four NAIA Baseball World Series in 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1986.[4] A number of Alumni have gone on to Major League Baseball careers.[5]

Basketball (Men's)

Men's basketball is coached by Russ Pennell, former Arizona Wildcats men's basketball.[6] GCU won three NAIA Men's Basketball Championships at the NAIA Division I level in 1975, 1978, and 1988. The 2007 PacWest Conference Championship and a berth in the 2007 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Tournament.[7] GCU has seen two 'Lopes basketball alumni go on to careers in the NBA, including: Horacio Llamas, the first Mexican-born player play in an NBA game.[8]; and Bayard Forrest, former basketball player with the Seattle SuperSonics and Phoenix Suns.

Basketball (Women's)

Women's basketball won the 2007 PacWest Conference Championship and a berth in the 2007 NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Tournament.[9]

Lacrosse

Men's Lacrosse is one of the newest sports at GCU. The team lost their first lacrosse game in school history on 2/10/2008, 18-8 to the University of Arizona (MCLA).[10]

Soccer (Men's)

Men's soccer won the NCAA Men's Division II Soccer Championship|1996 NCAA Men's Division II Soccer Championship]] with a 3-1 win over Oakland University.[11]

Softball

Softball was added in 2003 and in 2010 the team made its first NCAA Tournament Appearance in the 2010 NCAA Division II Women's College World Series Tournament. 2010 also saw the Lopes set a new program record for most wins in a season going 42-11.[12]

Tennis (Women's)

Women's tennis won the 1981 NAIA national women's tennis championship.[13]

Athletic Facilities

Grand Canyon University has several sports facilities where the 20 NCAA athletic programs host home games.

The GCU Men's Baseball team plays home games at Brazell Stadium. The stadium is named after Grand Canyon's longtime baseball coach Dr. Dave Brazell[14].

The GCU Women's Softball team hosts its home games at Stapleton-Pierson Stadium. This stadium is named for baseball coach Dave Stapelton and softball coach Ann Pierson. The field's inaugural season was 2004.[15]

The Antelope Gymnasium is home to Grand Canyon's mens's and women's basketball, men's and women's volleyball and wrestling contests [16].

The GCU Events Center is anticipated to be complete in time for the 2011-2012 basketball season. Both the men's and women's basketball teams will call the new 5,000 seat events center home once the facility is completed.[17]

GCU Soccer Field serves as the home field for GCU 'Lopes soccer and lacrosse games.[18].

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