Arkansas–Fort Smith Lions

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Arkansas–Fort Smith Lions
University University of Arkansas–Fort Smith
Conference Heartland Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Dustin Smith
Location Fort Smith, Arkansas
Varsity teams 10
Basketball arena Stubblefield Center
Baseball stadium Crowder Field
Nickname Lions
Colors Navy Blue and White[1]

The Arkansas–Fort Smith Lions (also UAFS Lions and UA Fort Smith Lions) are the athletic teams that represent the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith, located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Lions compete as members of the Heartland Conference for all 10 varsity sports.


In the fall of 2009, UAFS formally entered provisional NCAA Division II status. The “provisional” status was scheduled to be removed in 2010. However, on July 9, 2010, the University's membership application was rejected by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee, which led to the University filing an appeal.[2] On July 8, 2011, the University was granted full NCAA Division II membership.[3] Previously, the University competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), specifically at the Bi-State Conference of Region II.

Varsity teams[edit]

List of teams[edit]

Individual sports[edit]

Men's basketball[edit]

  • National Champions: 1981, 2006
  • Region II Champions: 2001, 2002, 2006
  • Bi-State Conference Champions: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Women's basketball[edit]

  • National Champions: 1995
  • Region II Champions: 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Bi-State Conference Champions: 2003

Women's volleyball[edit]

  • Region II Champions: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
  • Bi-State Conference Champions: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

The volleyball program also holds the distinction of being named an NJCAA Academic All-American Team seven years in a row (1999–2005).


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