Howard Bison and Lady Bison

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Howard Bison
Lady Bison
University Howard University
Conference MEAC
ASUN (women's lacrosse)
Sun Belt (men's soccer)
SWAC (women's soccer)
CCSA (m&w swimming)
NCAA Division I FCS
Athletic director Shelley Davis (Interim)
Location Washington, DC
Varsity teams 19
Football stadium William H. Greene Stadium
Basketball arena Burr Gymnasium
Mascot Bison
Nickname Bison
Colors Navy Blue and White[1]

The Howard Bison are the intercollegiate athletic teams representing Howard University in Washington, DC. The Bison compete in the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)[2] and are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for most sports.[3] On July 16, 2015, the Athletics Department unveiled new logos.[4]

Varsity teams[edit]

A member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Howard University sponsors teams in eight men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[5]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach
Basketball Bison basketball Kevin Nickelberry Basketball Tiesha "Ty" Grace
Cross country Marc Harrison Bowling Ron Davis
Football Bison football Gary Harrell Cross country Marc Harrison
Soccer [v 1] Phillip Gyau Lacrosse [v 2] Karli Brentlinger
Swimming & Diving [v 3] Nicholas Askew Soccer [v 4] Brent Leiba
Tennis Larry Strickland Softball Lauren McCoy
Track & Field (Indoor) & (Outdoor) Marc Harrison Swimming & Diving Nicholas Askew
Tennis Larry Strickland
Track & Field (Indoor) & (Outdoor) Marc Harrison
Volleyball Shaun Kupferberg
  1. ^ The men's soccer team competes as an Affiliate member of the Sun Belt Conference.
  2. ^ The lacrosse team competes as an Associate member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN). Howard is the first and only HBCU with a Division I women's lacrosse team.
  3. ^ The men's and women's swimming teams compete as members of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA).
  4. ^ The women's soccer team competes as an Associate member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).


The Howard Bison began competing in 1974. The Howard Bison have won 4 regular season conference championships, 3 conference tournament championships, and have appeared in 2 NCAA tournaments (1981 & 1992).


As the only team in the MEAC playing men's soccer, the Bison's men's soccer team competed as an independent for many years, but the Bison became an affiliate member of the Sun Belt Conference when the conference resumed men's soccer after a 20-year absence in 2014. Over they years, Howard has had an up and down history, with NCAA championship seasons and other years seeing little success; the 2013 team had only one win in eighteen games.[6]

Bison teams qualified for the NCAA tournament in 1962, 1963, 1970†, 1971†, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1989, and 1997. In six College Cup appearances, they were NCAA Champions in 1974, runners-up in 1988, third in 1972, and fourth in 1975; additional first (1971) and third (1971) place finishes were vacated by the NCAA.[7]

The women's soccer team joined the Southwestern Athletic Conference in 2014 and won the regular season & tournament titles in its first year. As a first-year member of the conference, Howard was not allowed to accept the SWAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament (runner up Prairie View A&M went instead).

Marching band[edit]

Howard's marching band is known as the "Showtime Marching Band" and its featured auxiliary is the "Ooh La La!" dance team. The band has performed at several NFL games, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Honda Battle of the Bands, and the 56th Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama. The marching band's mission is to serve as a university ambassador and Bison athletics supporter.[8]


Division I National Championships[edit]

Men's Soccer – 1974[9]


  1. ^ Howard Bison New Visual Identity Guide (PDF). 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2016-07-22. 
  2. ^ "The Official Website of NCAA Championships". Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  3. ^ "The Official Site of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference". Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Howard University Bison - Howard Unveils New Athletics Logo". 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  5. ^ "The Official Home of Howard Bison Athletics". Howard University Athletics. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Howard University Bison". Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  7. ^ "2012 Men's Soccer Championship Records" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "DI Men's Soccer". 

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