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Yale Bulldogs
UniversityYale University
ConferenceIvy League
ECAC Hockey
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges
Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorVictoria Chun
LocationNew Haven, Connecticut
Varsity teams35 teams
Football stadiumYale Bowl
Basketball arenaPayne Whitney Gym
Ice hockey arenaIngalls Rink
Baseball stadiumYale Field
Soccer stadiumReese Stadium
Lacrosse stadiumReese Stadium
MascotHandsome Dan
Fight song“Bulldog”
ColorsYale Blue and White[1]

The Yale Bulldogs are the athletic teams of Yale University. The school sponsors 35 varsity sports. The school has won two NCAA national championships in women's fencing, four in men's swimming and diving, 21 in men's golf, one in men's hockey and one in men's lacrosse.

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Crew
Crew Cross country
Cross country Fencing
Fencing Field hockey
Football Golf
Golf Gymnastics
Ice hockey Ice hockey
Lacrosse Lacrosse
Soccer Sailing
Squash Soccer
Swimming & diving Softball
Tennis Squash
Track & field Swimming & diving
Track & field
Co-ed sports
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor


NCAA team championships[edit]

Yale has 29 NCAA team national championships.[2]

  • Men's (27)
    • Golf (21): 1897, 1898, 1902, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1943
    • Ice Hockey (1): 2013
    • Lacrosse (1): 2018
    • Swimming (4): 1942, 1944, 1951, 1953
  • Women's (2)
Notable alumni
  • Sada Jacobson (born 1983), Olympic fencing saber silver and bronze medalist, and 2-time NCAA champion.

† The NCAA started sponsoring the intercollegiate golf championship in 1939, but it retained the titles from the 41 championships previously conferred by the National Intercollegiate Golf Association in its records.

Men's sports[edit]


Major leaguers pitcher Craig Breslow (Oakland A's and Boston Red Sox) and catcher Ryan Lavarnway (Boston Red Sox/Los Angeles Dodgers), among others, played baseball for the Bulldogs.

Breslow led the Ivy League with a 2.56 ERA in 2002.[3] Lavarnway led the NCAA in batting average (.467) and slugging percentage (.873) in 2007, set the Ivy League hitting-streak record (25), and through 2010 held the Ivy League record in career home runs (33).[4] In August 2012, Breslow and Lavarnway, playing for the Red Sox, became the first Yale grads to be Major League teammates since 1949.[5]

Men's basketball[edit]

Men's crew[edit]


The football team has competed since 1876. They have won nineteen national championships when the school competed in what is now known as the FBS.[6] They are perhaps best known for their rivalry with Harvard, known as "The Game". Twenty one former players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Men's golf[edit]

The men's golf team has won 21 collegiate team championships (all except 1943 were bestowed by the National Intercollegiate Golf Association): 1897, 1898 (spring),[7] 1902 (spring), 1905–13, 1915, 1924–26, 1931–33, 1936, 1943. They have crowned 13 individual champions: John Reid, Jr. (1898, spring), Charles Hitchcock, Jr. (1902, fall), Robert Abbott (1905), W. E. Clow, Jr. (1906), Ellis Knowles (1907), Robert Hunter (1910), George Stanley (1911), Nathaniel Wheeler (1913), Francis Blossom (1915), Jess Sweetser (1920), Dexter Cummings (1923, 1924), Tom Aycock (1929). Both are records. They have won 10 Ivy League championships since the League championship was started in 1975: 1984–85, 1988, 1990–91, 1996–97, 2003, 2011, 2018.[8]

Men's ice hockey[edit]

The Yale Men's Ice Hockey team is the oldest existing intercollegiate hockey program, having played its first game in 1896 against Johns Hopkins (a 2–2 tie).[9] The team competes in the ECAC Hockey League (ECACHL); in addition the Ivy League also crowns a champion for its members that field varsity ice hockey. The Bulldogs (coached by Keith Allain) won the 2013 NCAA National Championship in Pittsburgh with a 4–0 shutout of Quinnipiac University.

Men's lacrosse[edit]

Men's soccer[edit]

Before the NCAA began its tournament in 1959, the annual national champion was declared by the Intercollegiate Association Football League (IAFL) — from 1911 to 1926 — and then the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association (ISFA), from 1927 to 1958. From 1911 to 1958, Yale won four national championships.

Men's squash[edit]

Men's swimming and diving[edit]

Men's tennis[edit]

Irvin Dorfman played tennis for Yale (1947), and was later ranked No. 15 in singles in the United States in 1947, and No. 3 in doubles in the U.S. in 1948.[10][11] In 1946 he won the Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Title.[12]

Richard Raskind, later known as Renée Richards, was captain of the 1954 men's team and later became a professional female tennis player.[13]

Women's sports[edit]

Women's basketball[edit]

Women's crew[edit]

In 1976, nineteen members of the Yale women's crew wrote "TITLE IX" on their bodies and went into athletic director Joni Barnett's office and took off their clothes, and then rower Chris Ernst read a statement about the way they were being treated.[14][15] This protest was noted by newspapers around the world, including The New York Times.[15][14] By 1977, a women's locker room was added to Yale's boathouse.[16] This protest was chronicled in the 1999 documentary A Hero For Daisy.[16][17]

Women's ice hockey[edit]

Women's soccer[edit]

The Bulldogs women's soccer team won the NCAA College Cup in 2002, 2004 and 2005.[18] In 2005, the team won a school record 15 games.[18] That year it also won the first outright team Ivy League title in Yale history.[18]

Former coach Rudy Meredith was indicted as part of the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, for allegedly accepting bribes totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars to facilitate the admission of students to Yale as soccer players recruited to the Yale women's soccer team, despite their never having played competitive soccer.[19] He pled guilty.[19] Because he is cooperating with prosecutors, he may avoid the maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and $250,000 fines each of the charges carry, but he will have to forfeit the $850,000 in bribes he took in the scheme.[19]

Women's swimming and diving[edit]

Notable non varsity sports[edit]


Yale rugby plays college rugby in Division 1 in the Ivy Rugby Conference. Yale Rugby was founded in 1875, making it one of the oldest rugby teams in North America.[20][21] President George W. Bush played rugby for Yale during his student days.[22]

See also[edit]


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  14. ^ a b August 13, 2016, 9:56 PM GMT (August 13, 2016). "How a naked protest changed women's rowing forever". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved March 11, 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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  16. ^ a b Wulf, Steve (June 14, 2012). "ESPN The Magazine - The 1976 protest that helped define Title IX movement". Espn.com. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
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  22. ^ George W. Bush, left, playing rugby http://www.latimes.com/la-badboy_i27hnikf,0,2687743.photo

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