Savannah State Tigers and Lady Tigers
|Savannah State Tigers|
|University||Savannah State University|
|Conference||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|Athletic director||Sterling Steward Jr.|
|Football stadium||Ted A. Wright Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Tiger Arena|
|Nickname||Tigers and Lady Tigers|
|Colors||Burnt Orange and Reflex Blue
- 1 Conference affiliation
- 2 Team colors
- 3 Organization
- 4 Current facilities
- 5 Sports sponsored
- 5.1 Football
- 5.2 Men's basketball
- 5.3 Baseball
- 5.4 Women's basketball
- 5.5 Women's tennis
- 5.6 Women's volleyball
- 5.7 Women's Softball
- 5.8 Men's golf
- 5.9 Track and field
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Savannah State University holds membership in the NCAA Division I (as members of the MEAC) and participates in the following sports: football, baseball, basketball (men and women), cross-country (men and women), tennis (men and women), track and field (men and women), volleyball (women only), golf (men), and softball (women). On March 20, 2010, the Tigers were accepted as provisional members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) beginning on July 1, 2010. On September 8, 2011, the university was confirmed as a full member of the MEAC Conference, making the Tigers eligible to participate in all conference championships and earn the conference's automatic berth to NCAA postseason competition in all sponsored sports. Before moving to Division I-AA, Savannah State was a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division II (1981–2005), NCAA Division II and the Southeastern Athletic Conference in the NAIA (1929–1961).
|1979||Men's Basketball||SIAC||regular season and tournament title|||
|1980||Men's Basketball||SIAC||regular season and tournament title|||
|1981||Men's Basketball||SIAC||regular season and tournament title|||
|2012||Men's Basketball||MEAC||regular season conference champions|
|2012||Softball||MEAC||Southern Division Conference Champions|
|2013||Baseball||MEAC||Southern Division Conference Champions
Conference Tournament Champions
|2015||Women's Basketball||MEAC||Conference Tournament Champions|
Athletics at Savannah State University are administered by the Savannah State University Athletic Department. The department is headed by an athletic director who is responsible for the department's oversight and all matters related to the school's 16 NCAA Division I sports teams for men and women. The department dedicates about $2 million per year for its sports teams and facilities.
The current athletic director is Sterling Steward Jr.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Track and field†||Track and field†|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.|
The football team is traditionally the most popular sport at Savannah State. The games are played at Ted A. Wright Stadium. Since moving to NCAA Division I - FCS in 2000, the Tigers have compiled a 17-88 record as of the 2009–2010 season. Prior to moving to Division I-AA the team compiled a 97-108-4 record in NCAA Division II (1981–2000), a 15-20-0 record in NCAA Division III (1973–1980) and a 1-1-0 record as a member of the NAIA.
The school gained notoriety when they finished the 2004–2005 men's basketball season a winless 0-28, the first Division I team to do so since Prairie View A&M University in 1991–1992. The Tigers were the 2011-12 MEAC regular season champions and received an automatic bid into the 2012 NIT, their first ever appearance in any Division I tournament as a Division I member. The team posted a 21-10 overall mark and lead the MEAC in scoring defense, only allowing 58.9 points per game and were second in the conference in scoring margin (+5.4).
|Savannah State Tigers|
|League||NCAA Division I|
The head coach is Carlton Hardy.
Conference championships and NCAA playoffs
- The Savannah State Tigers finished as SIAC baseball champions for five consecutive seasons (1995–1999).
- In 1999, the Tigers were the #4 seed in the NCAA Division II South Regional baseball Tournament
- In 2013, the Tigers were the co-champions of the MEAC Southern Division and won the conference baseball tournament and the conferences automatic NCAA bid.
Team awards and NCAA records
|Season||Wins||Losses||Conference Record||Head Coach||Notes||References|
|1999||38||10||Jamie Rigdon||SIAC Champions and #4 seed in the NCAA Division II South Regional baseball Tournament|||
|1998||Jamie Rigdon||SIAC Champions; Savannah State placed on four years probation and scholarships reduced in six sports|||
|1997||Jamie Rigdon||SIAC Champions|||
|1996||Jamie Rigdon||SIAC Champions|||
|1995||Wesley McGriff||SIAC Champions|||
|Totals||NCAA Division I-AA Independent results|
|NCAA Division II results|
|NCAA Division III results|
|Regular season results|
|All games including playoffs|
Team awards and NCAA records
- Savannah State holds the NCAA Division II records of 46 consecutive victories in baseball and 46 consecutive victories to start of a season (2000). The team also hold the NCAA Division II records of 12.59 average runs per game in a season (2000), 58 total triples in a season (1998) and 1.18 average triples per game in a season (1998).
- Theophalus Gregory established the NCAA Division III record of 1.92 average stolen bases per game in 1974 as a member of the Savannah State baseball team.
- Gerald Smith, held the 2005 NCAA Division I top slugging percentage (.785) as a member of the Savannah State baseball team.
- Savannah State baseball player Brett Higgins (2000) holds the NCAA Division II record of 32 doubles in a season (in 49 games) with four other players and led the NCAA in RBIs (93), slugging percentage (1.010), and total bases (193) in 2000.
- Willie Melendez, former Savannah State baseball player holds the NCAA Division II record of 16 triples in a season (1998).
Notable players and coaches
Some notable Savannah State baseball players and coaches include:
|Mark Eric Alvarez||Pitcher||Signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006|||
|Brandon Jackson||Outfielder||16th round selection of the 1999 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|||
|McGowin, KyleKyle McGowin||Pitcher||First Team All-American in 2013, 5th round selection of the 2013 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|||
|Urgelles, JeffJeff Urgelles||Catcher||Minor League Baseball player and Major League Baseball coach for the Miami Marlins|||
The current coach is Don Andrews who entered his first season as head coach in 2008.
Team awards and records
The Women's Tennis Team won the SIAC championship in 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998
The current head coach is Jolanta Graham who replaced Schannon Gamble in 2012.
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The current head coach is Jose Gonzalez who entered his first season in 2008.
The current coach is Art Gelow.
Track and field
The current coach is Ted Whitaker who entered his first season as head coach in 1999.
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