List of NCAA women's beach volleyball programs

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This is a list of NCAA women's beach volleyball programs. It includes all of the varsity beach volleyball teams in the United States that have been approved to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As of the spring of the 2019–20 school year, 64 Division I, 16 Division II, and five Division III have been recognized by the NCAA.[1] Two Division I, four Division II, and two Division III programs are awaiting sanctioning while several other programs are expected to apply in the near future.[2]

With only Division I having a sufficient number of teams to support a divisional championship, the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship is initially a single-division National Collegiate Championship with teams from all three divisions eligible. This list reflects each team's conference affiliation(s) as of September 2016. Originally referred to as "sand volleyball" by the NCAA, beach volleyball was approved as an "emerging sport for women" by the Division I and II members in 2009. By October 2014, the sport had surpassed the target of "... at least 40 varsity NCAA programs ..." and was approved by Division I to become the 90th NCAA championship; Divisions II and III also approved the championship in January 2015.[3] The NCAA changed the name to beach volleyball in June 2015, "...because the sport is known as beach volleyball at all other levels of play throughout the world."[4]

Teams[edit]

School Location State Nickname Conference Primary Conference Div
Abilene Christian University Abilene Texas Wildcats Southland Conference
I
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham Alabama Blazers Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Conference USA
I
University of Arizona Tucson Arizona Wildcats Pac-12 Conference
I
Arizona State University Tempe Arizona Sun Devils Pac-12 Conference
I
Austin Peay State University (Austin Peay) Clarksville Tennessee Governors Ohio Valley Conference
I
Boise State University Boise Idaho Broncos Independent Mountain West Conference
I
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) San Luis Obispo California Mustangs Big West Conference
I
California State University, Bakersfield (CSU Bakersfield) Bakersfield California Roadrunners Big West Conference Western Athletic Conference
I
California State University, Long Beach (Long Beach State) Long Beach California 49ers Big West Conference
I
California State University, Northridge (Cal State Northridge) Los Angeles California Matadors Big West Conference
I
California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) Sacramento California Hornets Big West Conference Big Sky Conference
I
University of California, Berkeley (California) Berkeley California Golden Bears Pac-12 Conference
I
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Davis California Aggies Big West Conference
I
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los Angeles California Bruins Pac-12 Conference
I
University of Central Arkansas Conway Arkansas Sugar Bears Southland Conference
I
Coastal Carolina University Conway South Carolina Chanticleers Atlantic Sun Conference Sun Belt Conference
I
College of Charleston Charleston South Carolina Cougars Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Colonial Athletic Association
I
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Chattanooga) Chattanooga Tennessee Mocs Ohio Valley Conference Southern Conference
I
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond Kentucky Colonels Ohio Valley Conference
I
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton Florida Owls Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Conference USA
I
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers Florida Eagles Atlantic Sun Conference
I
Florida International University (FIU) University Park Florida Panthers Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Conference USA
I
Florida State University Tallahassee Florida Seminoles Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Atlantic Coast Conference
I
Georgia State University Atlanta Georgia Panthers Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Sun Belt Conference
I
Grand Canyon University Phoenix Arizona Antelopes Independent Western Athletic Conference
I
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Honolulu Hawaiʻi Rainbow Wāhine[a] Big West Conference
I
Houston Baptist University Houston Texas Huskies Southland Conference
I
Jacksonville University Jacksonville Florida Dolphins Atlantic Sun Conference
I
Jacksonville State University Jacksonville Alabama Gamecocks Ohio Valley Conference
I
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe Louisiana Warhawks Independent Sun Belt Conference
I
Louisiana State University (LSU) Baton Rouge Louisiana Tigers Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Southeastern Conference
I
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles California Lions West Coast Conference
I
Mercer University Atlanta Georgia Bears Atlantic Sun Conference Southern Conference
I
Mississippi State University Starkville Mississippi Bulldogs Independent Southeastern Conference
I
Missouri State University Springfield Missouri Lady Bears Independent Missouri Valley Conference
I
Morehead State University Morehead Kentucky Eagles Ohio Valley Conference
I
University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Nebraska) Lincoln Nebraska Cornhuskers Independent Big Ten Conference
I
University of New Orleans New Orleans Louisiana Privateers Southland Conference
I
Nicholls State University (Nicholls) Thibodaux Louisiana Colonels Southland Conference
I
University of North Alabama Florence Alabama Lions Atlantic Sun Conference
I
University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNC Wilmington) Wilmington North Carolina Seahawks Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Colonial Athletic Association
I
University of North Florida Jacksonville Florida Ospreys Atlantic Sun Conference
I
University of Oregon Eugene Oregon Ducks Pac-12 Conference
I
University of the Pacific Stockton California Tigers West Coast Conference
I
Pepperdine University Malibu California Waves West Coast Conference
I
University of Portland Portland Oregon Pilots West Coast Conference
I
Saint Mary's College of California Moraga California Gaels West Coast Conference
I
Sam Houston State University Huntsville Texas Bearkats Southland Conference
I
University of San Francisco San Francisco California Dons West Coast Conference
I
San Jose State University San Jose California Spartans Independent Mountain West Conference
I
Santa Clara University Santa Clara California Broncos West Coast Conference
I
University of South Carolina Columbia South Carolina Gamecocks Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Southeastern Conference
I
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond Louisiana Lady Lions Southland Conference
I
University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles California Trojans Pac-12 Conference
I
University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss) Hattiesburg Mississippi Lady Eagles Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Conference USA
I
Stanford University Stanford California Cardinal Pac-12 Conference
I
Stephen F. Austin State University (Stephen F. Austin) Nacogdoches Texas Ladyjacks Southland Conference
I
Stetson University DeLand Florida Hatters Atlantic Sun Conference
I
University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin) Martin Tennessee Skyhawks Ohio Valley Conference
I
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Texas Islanders Southland Conference
I
Texas Christian University Fort Worth Texas Horned Frogs Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Big 12 Conference
I
Tulane University New Orleans Louisiana Green Wave Coastal Collegiate Sports Association American Athletic Conference
I
University of Utah Salt Lake City Utah Utes Pac-12 Conference
I
University of Washington Seattle Washington Huskies Pac-12 Conference
I
California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State Los Angeles) Los Angeles California Golden Eagles Independent California Collegiate Athletic Association
II
Carson–Newman University Jefferson City Tennessee Eagles Independent South Atlantic Conference
II
Catawba College Salisbury North Carolina Indians Independent South Atlantic Conference
II
Colorado Mesa University Grand Junction Colorado Mavericks Independent Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
II
Concordia University Irvine Irvine California Eagles Independent Pacific West Conference
II
Eckerd College St. Petersburg Florida Tritons Independent Sunshine State Conference
II
Erskine College Due West South Carolina Flying Fleet Independent Conference Carolinas
II
Florida Southern College Lakeland Florida Moccasins Independent Sunshine State Conference
II
Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate Tennessee Railsplitters Independent South Atlantic Conference
II
Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach Florida Sailfish Independent Sunshine State Conference
II
Saint Leo University St. Leo Florida Lions Independent Sunshine State Conference
II
Spring Hill College Mobile Alabama Badgers Independent Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
II
University of Tampa Tampa Florida Spartans Independent Sunshine State Conference
II
Texas A&M University–Kingsville Kingsville Texas Javelinas Independent Lone Star Conference
II
Tusculum University Tusculum Tennessee Pioneers Independent South Atlantic Conference
II
Wayne State College Wayne Nebraska Wildcats Independent Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
II
Hendrix College Conway Arkansas Warriors Independent Southern Athletic Association
III
Huntingdon College Montgomery Alabama Hawks Independent USA South Athletic Conference
III
LaGrange College LaGrange Georgia Panthers Independent USA South Athletic Conference
III
Principia College Elsah Illinois Panthers Independent St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
III
Stevenson University Baltimore County Maryland Mustangs Independent MAC Commonwealth Conference
III
Notes
  1. ^ Alternatively known as the SandBows. The school uses "SandBows" much more than the official women's sports nickname of Rainbow Wāhine.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's Beach Volleyball Institutions". NCAA.org. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "Schools Considering Beach VB" (PDF). American Volleyball Coaches Association. October 2019.
  3. ^ "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA. September 17, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  4. ^ "NCAA's newest championship will be called beach volleyball". NCAA. September 17, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2015.