Saint Leo Lions
|Saint Leo Lions|
|University||Saint Leo University|
|Conference||Sunshine State Conference|
|Athletic director||Francis X. Reidy|
|Location||Saint Leo, Florida|
|Basketball arena||Marion Bowman Activities Center|
|Baseball stadium||Thomas B. Southard Stadium|
|Colors||Green and Gold|
The Saint Leo Lions are the athletic teams that represent Saint Leo University, located in Saint Leo, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Lions compete in the Sunshine State Conference, and have 20 varsity sports. They have been members of the SSC since its founding in 1975.
The Saint Leo Lions have won 24 SSC Conference Championships as of November 21, 2016, and have had 82 NCAA Championship Appearances as of July 31, 2017. Saint Leo finished the 2016-17 athletic year ranked 39th out of 307 NCAA Division II institutions in the Learfield Directors’ Cup, which reflects the overall depth and strength of a university’s athletics program based on NCAA Championship participation and advancement. This marked Saint Leo’s fourth straight year finishing among the top 40 in the Directors’ Cup standings.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Cross country||Cross country|
|Track & field||Tennis|
|Track & field|
The 2016 Men's golf team was the first team sport to win a NCAA Division II team championship from Saint Leo.
Marion Bowman Activities Center
The Bowman Center arena has two full basketball and volleyball courts and can seat as many as 1,500 spectators for an event in cushioned, seat-back chairs. During the summer of 2012 the floor was completely replaced, resurfaced, and repainted. A new energy efficient lighting system was installed before the 2009-10 school year. The Activities Center houses four classrooms, eight locker rooms and the athletic department offices. In addition, the fitness center was refurbished over the summer of 2012 featuring the latest in work out equipment for both weight training and aerobics. This impressive and spacious training/weight facility is located in the former bowling alley in the lower level of the Activities Center.
Thomas B. Southard Stadium
Replacing Dade City Park in the 1970s as the Home of the Lions and named after the college's fifth president, the oldest outdoor facility on the Saint leo campus is complimented by a major-league caliber lighting system installed in 1987, automatic sprinklers, drainage system, press box, and a wireless scoreboard with LED videoboard. The stadium was fitted with OAI-produced windscreens in 2009, and is widely accepted as one of the premier baseball complexes in the Sunshine State Conference.
- Saint Leo Athletics Identity Standards (PDF). Retrieved August 31, 2017.
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