Academy of Art Urban Knights

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Academy of Art Urban Knights
UniversityAcademy of Art University
ConferencePacific West Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorBen Jay
LocationSan Francisco, California
Varsity teams14
Basketball arenaKezar Pavilion
Baseball stadiumLaney College Baseball Field
NicknameUrban Knights
ColorsRed and Black[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

Notable athletes[edit]

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 [4]Mobolade Ajomale – 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in the 4x100m relay [5]Lindsey Yamasaki – school’s first women’s basketball coach played 2 seasons in the WNBA[6]Jamie Williams – school’s first athletic director played 12 seasons as a tight end in the NFL

Varsity sports[edit]

National championships[edit]

Association Division Sport Team/Individual Year
NCAA Division II Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Team 2013 [8]
NCAA Division II Women’s Indoor Track & Field Team 2013 [9]
NCAA Division II Men’s Long Jump & Triple Jump Johnny Carter 2013 [10] [11]
NCAA Division II 400m Outdoors Jordan Edwards 2014 [12]
NCAA Division II 400m Outdoors Jordan Edwards 2015 [12]
NCAA Division II 400m Indoors Jordan Edwards 2016 [12]


  1. ^ Pacific West Conference Visual Identity Standards (PDF). Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Jamie Williams: Former 49er at Academy of Art". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  3. ^ "NCAA Grants Academy of Art University Full Certification in Division II Athletics". Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  4. ^ "Tom Powers: Twins pluck former Prune Packer with golden arm – Twin Cities". Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  5. ^ "Bolade Ajomale". Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games. 2016-07-11. Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  6. ^ Flynn, Josh (28 December 2010). "Ready to Win". Slam. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Academy of Art University - Official Athletics Site". Retrieved 2017-01-08.
  8. ^ Crumpacker, John (25 May 2013). "Academy of Art, Thomas win track titles". SFGate. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  9. ^ Gackle, Paul (19 May 2013). "Academy of Art is molding a track power". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Academy of Art earns first national championship in first time competing". NCAA. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  11. ^ Ewing, Zach (8 March 2013). "Ridgeview grad Johnny Carter wins D-II national long jump title". Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  12. ^ a b c "Jordan Edwards". TFRRS. 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017.

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