The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics supports the University's goal to be a highly regarded and vital community of inquiry and learning which provides its region with outstanding programs, rigorous research and creative activities. The Department supports the key messages of the University; the Athletics program is a place where:
• Changes happen - in student-athletes' lives, in the community, in the world
• Student-athletes find rich possibilities: support for intellectual challenge, professional development, expanded global understanding and appreciation and community service
• The Department is inspired by the region's needs, providing leadership by promoting optimal physical, emotional and personal development in its student-athletes
• Compete at the highest possible level
• Earn national recognition for program excellence
• Provide student-athletes with the knowledge, skills and experiences to prepare for a lifetime of success
Athletics is an important and exciting part of student life at the University of Southern Maine. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, USM teams provide plenty of thrills and action for everyone involved. Few institutions can match the success of the Huskies' nationally recognized non-scholarship athletic program.
Ten different varsity teams and countless individual performers have participated in national championship competitions highlighted by the Huskies' baseball team that captured NCAA National Championship honors in 1991 and 1997. In addition, the women's basketball team holds the NCAA Division III record for the longest streak of consecutive 20-win seasons (30) and has competed in the NCAA Final Four five times. Annually, USM has several teams that achieve a national ranking and qualify for participation in postseason play.
Student-athletes grow as individuals by being part of a team and experiencing appropriate competitive opportunities. Through participation in intercollegiate athletics and interaction with a nationally recognized coaching staff, student-athletes are challenged physically, mentally and emotionally. The athletic arena is a classroom used to teach character, commitment, leadership, self-discipline, self-respect, work ethic, sportsmanship, respect for teammates, opponents, diversity and difference, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork and cooperation. Student-athletes are held to high standards, are expected to succeed in both academics and athletics and are held accountable for their actions.
USM sponsors 22 intercollegiate sports; 11 for women, 10 for men and one co-ed offering (golf). The fall sports lineup includes men's and women's cross country, field hockey, golf, men's and women's soccer, women's tennis and volleyball. During the winter season, USM offers seven sports: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's indoor track and field and wrestling. In the spring, student-athletes can choose to participate in baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, softball, men's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field. A variety of club sports is also offered.
The Huskies compete in the Little East Conference, recognized as one of the most competitive Division III conferences in the nation. In addition to USM, membership includes Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Plymouth State University, Rhode Island College and Western Connecticut State University.