LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds

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LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
University LIU Brooklyn
Conference Northeast Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Brad Cohen
Location Brooklyn, New York
Varsity teams 16
Basketball arena Steinberg Wellness Center
Baseball stadium Long Island University Field
Nickname Blackbirds
Colors Black and Silver[1]

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds are the 16 sports teams representing Long Island University's campus in Brooklyn, New York in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track; women's-only bowling, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and volleyball; and men's-only baseball. The Blackbirds compete in the NCAA Division I and are members of the Northeast Conference.[2]

A member of the Northeast Conference, LIU Brooklyn sponsors teams in six men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[3]

Origin of "Blackbirds" nickname[edit]

In the 1920s, the University's teams were known as the Blue Devils due to their blue uniforms. However in 1935, the schools uniforms changed to black. When a reporter from the Midwest who worked for the Brooklyn Eagle, he said that the team looked like Blackbirds from back home, and the nickname stuck.[4]


Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Bowling
Golf Cross country
Soccer Field hockey
Track & field Golf
Ice hockey
Swimming & diving
Track & field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.
  • Women's ice hockey will begin playing during the 2019-2020 season[5]


  1. ^ LIU Brooklyn Guide (PDF). Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Official Site of the Northeast Conference". 
  3. ^ "LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds". LIU Brooklyn. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Why the Blackbirds?". Long Island University Brooklyn. Retrieved May 31, 2018. 
  5. ^ "LIU Brooklyn adds women's hockey, will start play in 2019-20 as NEWHA member". Retrieved September 18, 2018. 

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