Hampton Pirates and Lady Pirates

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Hampton Pirates
UniversityHampton University
ConferenceBig South Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorEugene Marshall, Jr.
LocationHampton, Virginia
Varsity teams19
Football stadiumArmstrong Stadium
Basketball arenaHampton Convocation Center
ColorsReflex Blue and White

The Hampton Pirates and Lady Pirates refer to the sports teams representing Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in intercollegiate athletics. The Pirates and Lady Pirates compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Big South Conference.[1]

The Pirates were previously members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference between 1995 and 2018.


Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross country Cross country
Football Golf
Golf Soccer
Lacrosse Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track and field Track and field
- Triathlon
Co-ed sports
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
‡ – Sailing is not sanctioned by the NCAA.

National championships[edit]


Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-up Score
NCAA (1) Division II (1) Women's Basketball (1) 1988 West Texas State 65–48


Hampton has two main rivals:

Howard University, also known as The Real HU (Howard-Hampton) Rivalry

Norfolk State University, also known as the Battle of the Bay (Hampton–Norfolk State)

During Hampton's switch from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to the Big South Conference, both rivalries were put on hold. In September of 2019, Hampton will revive their rivalry with Howard during the Chicago Football Classic. The rivalry with Norfolk will resume on October 23, 2021.

Conference Switch[edit]

A member of the Big South Conference, Hampton sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports. The school also sponsors a co-ed varsity sailing team, but sailing is not an NCAA sanctioned sport. The lacrosse team competes as an independent.

On November 16, 2017, Hampton announced they would be leaving the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to join the Big South Conference. Hampton is one of two Division I HBCU (after Tennessee State University of the Ohio Valley Conference) to be a member of a conference other than the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference or Southwestern Athletic Conference.[2]'


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-03-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Hampton is leaving MEAC to join the Big South". USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. 16 November 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.

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