Athletics at Mercer
Mercer University is an NCAA Division I institution and competes in the Southern Conference. Mercer first fielded an athletic team in January 1892 when its football team played the University of Georgia in Athens. It was the first college football game played in the state and one of the first in the Southeast. Mercer, in the fall of that year, would defeat Georgia Tech in its first football game ever.
The mission of the Mercer University Athletic Department is to develop well-rounded student-athletes academically, athletically and socially. The program is committed to integrity, sportsmanship and equal opportunity for all students and staff.
Mercer Athletic Teams
Mercer athletes are true “student-athletes” with emphasis placed equally on performance in the classrooms as well as on the playing fields or courts. Several times, Mercer student-athletes have claimed the annual conference All-Academic Trophy.
- During the 2010-2011 academic year, 67 percent of our student-athletes earned conference All-Academic recognition.
- The volleyball team had 14 of 15 earn conference All-Academic recognition.
- The women’s cross country team had 12 of 14 team members earn conference All-Academic recognition, while women’s golf had seven of nine and men’s cross country had 10 of 12.
- The spring semester GPA for all of our student-athletes was 3.052. There were 26 students with a 4.0 GPA in the fall and 18 in the spring.
The Mercer Athletic Foundation was created in 2007 as the fundraising arm for Mercer University Athletics. Members of the Foundation have raised funds that have been used to hire a full-time strength and conditioning coach, to enhance recruiting budgets, to provide additional scholarships and to increase salaries to help attract and retain outstanding coaches.
- The University Center at Mercer is the heart of Mercer athletics and student life. Known to Mercerians as the UC, it is one of the premier playing arenas and fitness facilities in the conference. The UC provides a welcoming and accommodating space for athletes, the press and fans and is one of the most sought after event venues in Central Georgia. It houses the Mercer Athletic Department
- Claude Smith Field, home of the baseball team
- Sikes Field, home of the softball team
- Bear Field, home of men’s and women’s soccer
- Leroy Peddy Tennis Center, home of men’s and women’s tennis
Hall of Fame
The Mercer Athletic Hall of Fame now consists of 140 members. These men and women made invaluable contributions to the University either participating as a student-athlete, coach or some other athletic-related capacity. View the members of this prestigious group.
Several exquisite cases display the history of Mercer Athletics in the foyer of the UC's main entrance, just outside the arena. In addition to cases depicting historic moments in Mercer sports history, others are dedicated to recognizing each of the Athletic Hall of Fame members.