Loyola Marymount Lions

The Loyola Marymount Lions are the athletic teams that represent Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution in Los Angeles, California. The school competes in NCAA Division I and the West Coast Conference.

Loyola Marymount Lions
UniversityLoyola Marymount University
ConferenceWest Coast Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorCraig Pintens
LocationLos Angeles, California
Varsity teams18
Basketball arenaGersten Pavilion
Baseball stadiumGeorge C. Page Stadium
Softball stadiumSmith Field
Soccer stadiumSullivan Field
Other arenasBurns Aquatics Center
Jane Browne Bove Boathouse
LMU Tennis Center
MascotIggy the Lion
Fight song"Fight on Loyola"
ColorsCrimson and Blue[1]

Sports sponsoredEdit

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Cross country
Golf Rowing
Rowing Soccer
Soccer Softball
Tennis Swimming and diving
Track and field Tennis
Water polo Track and field
Water polo
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Men's basketballEdit

The Lions burst onto the national basketball scene in the late 1980s under coach Paul Westhead. His teams led Division I in scoring in 1988 (110.3 points per game), 1989 (112.5) and 1990 (122.4).[2] LMU's 122.4 point per game in 1990 was still a record as of October 2010.[3] As of October 2010, Loyola Marymount held the five highest combined scoring games in Division I history. Four of the five occurred during Westhead's career, including a record 331 in the 181–150 win over United States International University on January 31, 1989.[4]

The team's last appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was in 1990, where they advanced to the Elite Eight. They would lose to eventual national champion UNLV. Prior to the tournament, Lions star player Hank Gathers died during the WCC conference tournament from a heart condition.

LMU's current men's head coach is Stan Johnson.

Women's basketballEdit

The Lions won their first ever West Coast Conference title in 2004, going 24-6 (13-1) while beating Gonzaga to go to the NCAA Tournament.


The Lions have produced 30 future Major Leaguers[5], including Billy Bean, MLB's Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner, First-Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year Billy Traber, two-time Major League Baseball All-Star CJ Wilson, and David Fletcher.

The Lions have been to the College World Series once, in 1986, and also recorded 9 NCAA appearances, and 10 West Coast Conference Championships (three Championship Series and seven regular season).

The Lions play home games at George C. Page Stadium, a 1,200 seat stadium which has been home to the program since 1983.

Water poloEdit

The women's water polo team was the WWPA Champion in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007.

At the conclusion the 2004 season, Loyola Marymount's women's water polo team lost to the University of Southern California (USC), 10-8, in the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship game at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center.

Former varsity sportsEdit

  • Football
  • Men's Ice Hockey
  • Men's Volleyball (Reid Priddy, LMU Class of 2000 graduate, played volleyball for the Loyola Marymount Lions. He went on to win Olympic gold & bronze medals for the USA.)

Athletic facilitiesEdit


  1. ^ "Colors – Loyola Marymount University". June 1, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ NCAA 2010, p.39
  3. ^ NCAA 2010, p.5
  4. ^ NCAA 2010, pp.28–29
  5. ^ "Lions in Major League Baseball". Loyola Marymount University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-08-21.


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