|Conferences||Western Athletic Conference
West Coast (1971–1980)
|NCAA||Division I (2009–present)
Division II (2002–2009)
Division III (2001–2002)
Division I (1950–1980)
|Athletic director||Bill Hogan|
|Baseball stadium||Bannerwood Park
(Bellevue, WA, USA)
|Mascot||Rudy the Redhawk|
Chieftains (until 2000)
|Fight song||Ol' Seattle U.|
Between 1950 and 1971, Seattle competed as a NCAA Division I independent, then joined the West Coast Athletic Conference (now West Coast Conference) in 1971.1 In April 1980, the administration voluntarily downgraded its athletic program, moving from NCAA D-I to NAIA.2 In 2001, Seattle University rejoined the NCAA and competed in Division III for a year, then in Division II from 2002 to 2009.3
For the 2009–10 academic year, Seattle University's varsity teams played full schedules against Division I opponents. Although Seattle U. was then an Division I independent, the university was hoping to rejoin the West Coast Conference, since all nine current members are private, religiously affiliated institutions (seven are Catholic and four share Seattle University's Jesuit affiliation). Seattle once again became eligible for NCAA Championships beginning in 2012–13.4
In 2000, Seattle University changed its nickname from Chieftains to Redhawks.5
Seattle joined the WAC for all of the sports it sponsors at the varsity level except men's swimming and diving. The WAC sponsors the sport for women, but not for men.
Seattle University sponsors nine men's and eleven women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports:6
Men's Intercollegiate Sports
Women's Intercollegiate Sports
- * = The rowing team competed as an independent during its inaugural season in 2012-13. No conference affiliation has been announced.
For the 2010 baseball season, Seattle University hired Donny Harrel, formerly an assistant coach at Washington, as its head coach. Drills and practices began in late 2008 to prepare the program for re-entry into Division I play.7 In 2010, Seattle home games will be played at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. The school's schedule included Washington, Washington State, Gonzaga, Portland, Pacific, Oregon, Oregon State, Dallas Baptist, St. Mary's, BYU, Nevada, and New Mexico.8
Let's give a cheer for Seattle
Ol' Seattle U
Show them the fight of the
Red and white
They will win for you
Fight, fight, fight
Over the foes we're victorious
And victory is our cheer
So let's give a cheer
For the whole gang is here
To cheer you Seattle U!9
- "Seattle U. to leave WCAC". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. April 4, 1980. p. 30.
- "Baseball Starts Fall Drills". Seattle University. 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- Bob Broughton (2009-01-31). "CBB Interview with Donny Harrel (Seattle U.)". The College Baseball Blog. Retrieved 2010-01-10.
- Athletics Style Guide – Seattle University Athletics.