Providence Friars

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Providence Friars
University Providence College
Conference Big East / Hockey East
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Robert Driscoll
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Varsity teams 19
Basketball arena Dunkin' Donuts Center
Other arenas Alumni Hall
Schneider Arena
Mascot Friar Dom
Fight song When the Saints Go Marching In (since the 1950s);
"Friar Away" (original)
Colors Black, White, and Silver[1]

The Providence Friars is the name of the athletic teams of Providence College. They compete in the Big East Conference (NCAA Division I) for every sport except for ice hockey, where they compete in Hockey East. The Big East Conference was founded in 1979 by former athletic director and men's basketball coach Dave Gavitt. On December 15, 2012, Providence and the other seven Catholic, non-FBS schools announced that they were departing the Big East for a new conference;[2] on March 7, 2013, it was officially confirmed that Providence's new conference would operate under the Big East name.[3] The women's volleyball team, which had been an associate member of the America East Conference before the Big East split, remained in that conference for one more season before joining the Big East for the 2014 season.[4]

The school's men's and women's sports teams are called the Friars, after the Dominican Order that runs the school. They are the only collegiate team to use the name.

Overall, the program consists of 19 varsity sports, seven for men and ten for women: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's volleyball. The lacrosse team competed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference through the 2009 season before joining the newly created Big East lacrosse league for 2010.

Former sports include football, which was offered from 1921 until World War II in 1941, and baseball, which was dropped due to Title IX in 1999. Other dropped sports include men's tennis and men's golf.

The school's biggest rivalries are Boston University and Boston College in hockey and UConn and URI in the school's other sports, especially in soccer, swimming and diving, and basketball.


Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross country Cross country
Ice hockey Field hockey
Lacrosse Ice hockey
Soccer Soccer
Swimming & diving Softball
Track & field Swimming & diving
Track & field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Discontinued sports[edit]


Providence College had a varsity football program from 1921 to 1941.


The Friars fielded a varsity baseball team from 1923 to 1999 when the sport was eliminated due to Title IX regulations.

NCAA team championships[edit]

Providence has won 3 NCAA team national championships.[5]

Colors, mascot and fight songs[edit]

The Dominicans' use of black and white as the colors of their habits were passed on from the earliest days at Providence College as the school colors. Through the years, various highlight colors have come and gone, including yellow, red and gold; the current highlight color of silver dates to the introduction of the current logo in 2002. The current logo shows a cowled Friar in profile. It is used by all teams except the hockey teams, who have used the "Skating Friar" logo since 1973.

The nickname "Friars" dates back to 1929, when a Providence Journal article used the nickname in reference to the baseball team. Previously, the teams were variously known as "The Black and White" or "Dominicans." The Friars nickname comes from the short-form nickname of the Dominican Order, the "Blackfriars."

The original Friars fight song was "Friar Away." However, in the 1950s, WPRO, the radio station that still carries Friar basketball games to this day, began using "When The Saints Go Marching In" as the theme music to their coverage of PC basketball games. The fans took to it so well that it has become the fight song of the college, with Friar Away slipping into obscurity.


  1. ^ Providence College Brand Standards Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Seven schools leaving Big East". December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Big East, Catholic 7 reach agreement". ESPN. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Women's Volleyball To Join BIG EAST Conference" (Press release). Providence College Athletics. April 7, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  5. ^

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