Lamar University Athletics

Lamar University students enjoy cheering on the Cardinals in more than a dozen NCAA Division I men’s and women’s sports. Competing in the Southland Conference, Cardinals teams have a history of winning championships in sports including men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, golf and cross country.

  • The baseball program, led by legendary Coach Jim Gilligan, has produced multiple major leaguers.
  • LU’s new football program has heightened excitement on campus with sell-out crowds and students involved in marching band, cheerleading, the dance team and all the fun of game-day tailgating.
  • LU has recently added two new athletic programs for female athletes: soccer and softball.


Lamar has some of the finest athletic facilities in the region.

  • The Dauphin Athletic Complex houses the Lamar football team as well as other athletic administration. The 54,000-square-foot facility lies at the south end of newly renovated Provost Umphrey Stadium. The complex contains football locker rooms, weight training and sports medicine facilities and academic centers.
  • The Montagne Center, which opened in 1984 and has a seating capacity of 10,080, is one of the premier basketball arenas in the country.
  • Vincent-Beck Stadium, home of the Cardinal baseball team, hosted the 1993 Sun Belt Conference tournament, and the 2001, 2002 and 2006 Southland Conference tournaments.
  • The LU Soccer Complex opened in 2009 and is one of the top facilities in the Southland Conference.
  • The Lamar Tennis Facility, now named the Thompson Family Tennis Center, received a total renovation in 2009.
  • The Ty Terrell Track, which was resurfaced in 2001, is the site of the Ty Terrell Relays, which annually attracts some of the best prep and collegiate track athletes.
  • The McDonald Gymnasium opened its doors in 1958 and immediately became a campus landmark. It was the home of basketball, volleyball and high school sports. Today, following a major renovation in 2006, it is the competition venue for Lamar University Volleyball and is housed within the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center.

Umphrey Stadium - Lamar University Football

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