Academy of Art Urban Knights
|Academy of Art Urban Knights|
|University||Academy of Art University|
|Conference||Pacific West Conference|
|Athletic director||Ben Jay|
|Location||San Francisco, California|
|Basketball arena||Kezar Pavilion|
|Baseball stadium||Laney College Baseball Field|
|Colors||Red and Black|
The Academy of Art Urban Knights are the 14 varsity athletic teams that represent Academy of Art University, located in San Francisco, California, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Urban Knights compete as members of the Pacific West Conference.
The university’s athletic department was established in 2006 with the hiring of Jamie Williams as Athletic Director. In July 2009, Academy of Art began the three-year transition process to become a member of the NCAA. At that time, they joined the Pacific West Conference in Division II. This process was completed successfully with the Urban Knights being granted full membership privileges by the NCAA in July 2012.
A number of Academy of Art’s athletes and staff have participated in professional sports and in the Olympic Games. They include: • Brandon Poulson – played 2 seasons after being signed by the Minnesota Twins in 2010  • Mobolade Ajomale – 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in the 4x100m relay  • Lindsey Yamasaki – school’s first women’s basketball coach played 2 seasons in the WNBA • Jamie Williams – school’s first athletic director played 12 seasons as a tight end in the NFL
|NCAA||Division II||Women’s Outdoor Track & Field||Team||2013 |
|NCAA||Division II||Women’s Indoor Track & Field||Team||2013 |
|NCAA||Division II||Men’s Long Jump & Triple Jump||Johnny Carter||2013  |
|NCAA||Division II||400m Outdoors||Jordan Edwards||2014 |
|NCAA||Division II||400m Outdoors||Jordan Edwards||2015 |
|NCAA||Division II||400m Indoors||Jordan Edwards||2016 |
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