Armstrong State Pirates and Lady Pirates

The Armstrong State Pirates (also just Armstrong, formerly Armstrong Atlantic State) were the athletic teams that represented Armstrong State University (renamed from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2014), located in Savannah, Georgia, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Pirates and Lady Pirates competed as members of the Peach Belt Conference for all 11 varsity sports. Armstrong had been a member of the Peach Belt from 1990 until the discontinuation of the Pirates athletic program in 2017.

Armstrong State Pirates
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UniversityArmstrong State University
ConferencePeach Belt Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorLisa Sweany
LocationSavannah, Georgia
Varsity teams11
Basketball arenaAlumni Arena
Baseball stadiumPirate Field
Softball stadiumArmstrong Softball Field
Soccer stadiumArmstrong Soccer Field
NicknamePirates
ColorsMaroon and Gold[1]
         
Websitewww.armstrongpirates.com

HistoryEdit

Athletics at Armstrong began at the start of the school's history in the 1930s with its teams known as the Geechees. The school won state championships as a junior college in 1938 in men's basketball and men's tennis.[2] Athletics were suspended during World War II. Following the war, the college added new athletic programs, and in 1948 men's basketball won a second state championship.[2]

Armstrong joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1967 and became known as the Pirates after the college became a four-year institution.[2] in 1973 it joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and became a member of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) with in-state rivals Valdosta State, Columbus College, and Augusta College.[2] In 1983, Armstrong State College upgraded athletics to NCAA Division I and became a charter member of the Big South Conference in 1985.[2] Soon after in 1987, the Pirates returned to Division II, becoming a charter member of the Peach Belt Conference in 1990.[2] Armstrong holds 91 PBC championships. In addition, the university has appeared in 133 NCAA Championships, winning 12 titles. Armstrong has produced 287 All-Americans. The Armstrong men's and women's tennis teams have combined to capture nine NCAA Division II national championships over the last eight seasons.[3][4][5]

With Armstrong's consolidation with Georgia Southern University, it was announced on March 7, 2017 that Armstrong's athletic program would be discontinued at the conclusion of the 2016–17 academic year.[6]

Varsity teamsEdit

List of teamsEdit

National championshipsEdit

TeamEdit

Before the discontinuation of the athletics program, the Pirates and Lady Pirates had won thirteen Division II team national championships.

Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-Up Score/Points
NCAA (13) Division II (13) Men's Tennis (3) 2008 Barry 5–0
2009 Barry 5–0
2012 West Florida 5–0
Women's Tennis (10)[7] 1995 Grand Canyon 4–0
1996 Abilene Christian 4–0
2005 BYU–Hawaii 5–3
2008 Lynn 5–2
2009 Lynn 5–2
2010 BYU–Hawaii 5–1
2012 BYU–Hawaii 5–2
2013 BYU–Hawaii 5–2
2015 Barry 5–2
2016 BYU–Hawaii 5–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Armstrong State University Athletics Branding Guide (PDF). July 14, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Athletics Looks Back". Armstrong State University. Archived from the original on January 8, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Virtual Tour". Armstrong Atlantic State University. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Cloud Nine: Armstrong women’s tennis team caps perfect season with record ninth NCAA Division II nat - Armstrong State University - Georgia". Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Home of the Armstrong Pirates". armstrongpirates.com. Archived from the original on January 20, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Hersh, Allison; Wise, Jennifer. "Armstrong State University Athletics to End Intercollegiate Competition Following 2016-17 Season". Georgia Southern University. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Division II Women's Tennis Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved January 4, 2016.

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