Presbyterian Blue Hose
|Presbyterian Blue Hose|
|Conference||Big South Conference|
Southern Conference (wrestling)
|NCAA||Division I (FCS)|
|Athletic director||Robert Acunto|
|Location||Clinton, South Carolina|
|Football stadium||Bailey Memorial Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Ross E. Templeton|
Phys. Ed. Center
|Baseball stadium||PC Baseball Complex|
|Soccer stadium||Martin Stadium |
at Edens Field
|Mascot||Scotty the Scotsman|
|Fight song||On P.C.|
|Colors||Blue and garnet|
The Presbyterian College Blue Hose are the athletic teams of Presbyterian College, located in Clinton, South Carolina, United States. The Blue Hose athletic program is a member of the Big South Conference and competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The PC Athletic Department fields a total of 17 varsity teams in eight men's and nine women's sports. The school colors are garnet and blue, and the mascot is Scotty the Scotsman, a medieval Scottish warrior. The team name comes from the socks worn by the football team in the early days of the twentieth century.
In December 2017, Presbyterian announced the addition of men's and women's wrestling programs. Men's wrestling is fully sanctioned by the NCAA, while women's wrestling has partial NCAA recognition. Women's wrestling is primarily governed by the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association, but since 2020–21 has been recognized by the NCAA through its Emerging Sports for Women program. The men's program debuted in 2018–19 as an independent and joined the Southern Conference in July 2019, joining Big South rivals Campbell and Gardner–Webb as SoCon affiliates since the Big South does not sponsor wrestling. The women's program is the first for an NCAA Division I school. The men's team began with a limited varsity schedule in 2018–19 and first played a full schedule in 2019–20, while the women's team began playing a full varsity schedule in 2018–19.
Mark Cody, former head coach of American and Oklahoma, was named to lead the Blue Hose. Presbyterian was the first South Carolina-based Division I school to sponsor wrestling since Clemson eliminated its program in 1995. Cassy Lopez of Maryland's Mt. Hebron High School was the first woman to sign a National Letter of Intent with a Division I wrestling program.
Baseball: The PC Baseball Complex was built in the late 1980s.
Basketball: The Furman Pinson Arena in the Ross E. Templeton Center seats approximately 2300 and was opened in 1975.
Campus Golf: PC hosts a state of the art, 8 hole campus golf course located in the parking grounds of Bailey Memorial Stadium. Dubbed "The Links at Jeff E. Redwood" the layout was finalized in 2010 by famed golf course architect, Jeff E. Redwood. The crown jewel of the course is hole #4, commonly known as "Statue Hole". Pin locations vary from tree bases, to statues, and fire hydrants. The course is open to the public and no green fee is required.
Cross country does not compete on campus.
Golf: The Arnold Palmer-designed Musgrove Mill Golf Club is a championship course located at the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Musgrove Mill and is host to Blue Hose home competitions. The golf teams also make use of the courses at Stoney Point Country Club and Lakeside Country Club.
Lacrosse: Old Bailey Stadium, the former home of PC football, opened in 1928. It now houses Blue Hose lacrosse on its Johnson Field. The stadium seats 3,000.
Soccer: Edens Field at Martin Stadium was built in 2000 and seats about 400.
Softball: PC Softball Complex, opened in 1997, has the main softball stadium, 3 practice fields, and batting cages.
Tennis: The Templeton Tennis Courts have 6 courts with bleacher seating located adjacent to the Templeton Center.
Volleyball and wrestling also compete in the arena at the Templeton Center.
The Blue Hose athletics program also has the Templeton Strength and Conditioning Weight Room and the Kemper D. Lake M.D. Sports Medicine Center with a staff of certified, professional athletic trainers for training and rehabilitation.
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