East Tennessee State Buccaneers and Lady Buccaneers

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East Tennessee State Buccaneers and Lady Buccaneers
University East Tennessee State University
Conference Southern Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Dr. Richard Sander
Location Johnson City, TN
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Kermit-Tipton Stadium
Basketball arena Freedom Hall Civic Center
Baseball stadium Thomas Stadium
Other arenas J. Madison Brooks Gymnasium
Mascot Bucky
Nickname Buccaneers
     Navy blue[1]       Gold[1]
Website www.etsubucs.com

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and Lady Buccaneers are the sixteen sports teams representing East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, Tennessee in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field; women's-only softball and volleyball; and men's-only baseball and football. The Buccaneers compete in the NCAA Division I and are currently members of the Southern Conference.[2]


Men Women
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Golf
Football Soccer
Golf Softball
Soccer Tennis
Tennis Track & Field
Track & Field Volleyball


ETSU's baseball team won the 2013 Atlantic Sun Tournament with a 7-2 win over Kennesaw State May 26, 2013. The first-ever A-Sun championship for ETSU win earned the Bucs their first NCAA tournament appearance in 32 years. [3]


The men's head coach has been Murry Bartow since 2003, and he has led the Bucs to win the 2004 Southern Conference championship, 2007 Atlantic Sun title, the 2009 Atlantic Sun Tournament championship, and the 2010 Atlantic Sun Tournament championship. Bartow has led the Buccaneers to berths in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (2004, 2009 and 2010) three of the program's total nine times.[4]

The women's head coach is Karen Kemp. Coach Kemp has led the Lady Bucs to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship (2008 to 2010) and has averaged 20.3 wins over the 2006-2009 seasons. In addition, a large variety of all-conference accolades have been awarded to both her and her teams during her career, including two Coach of the Year awards, four Player of the Year awards, two Freshman of the Year awards, over 20 athletes with All-Conference honors, and numerous athletes with All-Academic honors. Kemp is only the second head coach at ETSU to reach the 100-win milestone and currently holds the record for most wins in the school's history at 214 and rising.[5]


East Tennessee State established its first football team in 1920 when the university was still called East Tennessee State Normal School.[6] ETSU fielded a team every year until the 2004 season when the decision was made to disband the program based on the recommendations of a 1999 Athletic Task Force and then university president Paul Stanton. In January 2013, the Student Government Association approved a student fee increase that would help fund and resurrect the program.[7] Former University of Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer has been given the task to help guide the direction of the new program.[8] On the recommendation of Coach Fulmer, ETSU hired former University of North Carolina head coach Carl Torbush as the team's new head coach.[9] The Bucs will begin play on September 3, 2015 against Kennesaw State.[10]

Notable football alumni include Donnie Abraham, Earl Ferrell, Thane Gash, Gerald Sensabaugh and Mike Smith. A couple of the more memorable highlights of ETSU football history include the 1969 team that went undefeated and beat Louisiana Tech, led by Terry Bradshaw, in the Grantland Rice Bowl in Baton Rouge, LA and the 1996 team that went 10-3 and advanced to the Division I-AA quarterfinals after defeating Villanova, 35-29, in a first-round playoff game in Memorial Center.[6]

Men's golf[edit]

The men's golf team has won 22 conference championships.[11]

Their best finish in the NCAA Division I Championship was 3rd place in 1996.[11]

Notable ETSU golfers include Eric Axley, Rhys Davies, David Eger, Larry Hinson, Mike Hulbert, Keith Nolan, J. C. Snead, Bobby Wadkins, and Garrett Willis.

Southern Conference[edit]

On May 30, 2013, the Southern Conference announced that it was extending an invitation for membership to the Buccaneers, effective July 1, 2014. ETSU accepted the invitation and is expected to join Mercer and VMI in the conference, replacing Appalachian State, Davidson, Elon and Georgia Southern beginning in the league's 2014 season. The Buccaneers rejoined the league after a nine-year absence.


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