Virginia Union Panthers
|Virginia Union Panthers|
|University||Virginia Union University|
|Conference||Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|Athletic director||Joe Taylor|
|Football stadium||Hovey Field|
|Basketball arena||Barco-Stevens Hall|
|Colors||Maroon and Steel|
The Virginia Union Panthers are the athletic teams that represent Virginia Union University, located in Richmond, Virginia, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Panthers compete as members of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association for all 13 varsity sports. Virginia Union has been a member of the conference since 1912.
Virginia Union plays basketball and volleyball in the Barco-Stevens Hall, built as the Belgian Building for the 1939 New York World's Fair. The building, which has stone reliefs depicting the Belgian Congo, was one of thirteen facilities designated as "unique" by NCAA News in 2005. The building was awarded to the university in 1941 and moved to its present location in 1943. The basketball team began using the facility in early 1947.
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Under the leadership of head coach Dave Robbins since 1978, the Panthers basketball program has been to the Division II "Final Four" seven times (1980, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006) and have won three NCAA Division II national championship titles (1980, 1992, 2005). The team was the 2006 National runner-up with a record of 30-4. The team has captured the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference championship 20 times with the latest being 2018.
The school plays in an annual exhibition game with the Division I cross-town rival Virginia Commonwealth University. Coach Robbins' program has produced eight NBA players, including Detroit Pistons star center Ben Wallace, and former New York Knicks power forward Charles Oakley.
The women's basketball team won the NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Championship in 1983. The VUU women's basketball team were also the Division 2 National runner's up in 2016-2017 losing to Ashland University.
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- "Men's Sports / Women's Sports". Virginia Union University Athletics website. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
- "All-Time Men's Basketball Champion". Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- "NBA/ABA Players who attended Virginia Union University". DataBase Sports.
- "DII Women's Basketball Championship History". Turner Sports Network. Retrieved November 30, 2013.