Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers

The Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Tennessee State University (TSU), located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The Tigers athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)[2] and competes in the NCAA Division I, including the Football Championship Subdivision.[3] The women's track team is also known as the Tigerbelles.[4] As a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, Tennessee State is one of two HBCU competing in Division I that is not a member of an athletic conference made up entirely of historically black institutions (MEAC and SWAC), the other being Hampton University of the Big South.[5] The TSU mascot is Aristocat the Tiger, and the school colors are blue and white.

Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers
UniversityTennessee State University
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
NCAADivision I / FCS
Athletic directorTeresa Phillips
LocationNashville, Tennessee
Varsity teams7 men's & 8 women's
Football stadiumNissan Stadium
Basketball arenaGentry Complex
Softball stadiumTiger Field
MascotAristocat the Tiger
ColorsReflex Blue and White[1]

Sports sponsoredEdit

A member of the Ohio Valley Conference, Tennessee State University sponsors teams in seven men's and eight women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[6]

Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross country Cross country
Football Golf
Golf Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track and field Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Athletic facilitiesEdit


Men's Basketball: Gentry Center

Women's Basketball: Gentry Center

Football: Nissan Stadium & Hale Stadium

Softball: Tiger Stadium

Tennis: TSU Tennis Court Complex

Indoor Track & Field: Gentry Center

Outdoor Track & Field: Edward S. Temple Track

Volleyball: Kean Hall


In 1957, coach John McClendon and three-time All-American Dick Barnett led the then-Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State University to become the first historically black college (HBCU) to win a national basketball title, winning the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship. The school went on to win the NAIA title again in 1958 and '59.[8]

The women's track and field team won the championship of the Amateur Athletic Union national senior outdoor meet for all athletes 13 times in 1955–1960, 1962, 1963, 1965–1967, 1969 and 1978. The team likewise won the AAU national indoor championship 14 times in 1956–1960, 1962, 1965–1969 and 1978–1980.[9]

By 2009, approximately 100 TSU football players had been drafted by the National Football League.[10]

In 2014, From the Rough was released which is a movie based on a true story about the successes and challenges of the first African-American woman (Dr. Catana Starks) to coach a Division I college men's golf team. Starks helped develop several noteworthy golfers at Tennessee State such as Sean Foley and Robert Dinwiddie.[11]

In 2016, the men's basketball team ranked 17th in the nation for increase in home attendance. During the 2015-2016 basketball season, the men's team tied the school record for the most Division I wins with 20.[12]

The Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis, Tennessee is annually one of the largest and most anticipated HBCU football classics in the nation.[13]


  1. ^ Tennessee State University Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "OVC Member Institutions". OVCSports.com. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "Tennessee State University". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Organ, Mike (June 28, 2015). "Drop history-rich Tigerbelles name? No way, TSU says". The Tennessean. USA Today Network. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "Big South Conference - Big South Adds Hampton University as Full Member". www.bigsouthsports.com. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  6. ^ "TSUTigers.com - Official Site of Tennessee State Athletics". TSUTigers.com. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  7. ^ University, Tennessee State. "Page Not Found" (PDF). www.tnstate.edu. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  8. ^ "DIVISION I MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS" (PDF). National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Tricard, Louise Mead (1996). American Women's Track and Field – A History, 1895 through 1980. Jefferson, North Carolina, U.S.: McFarland & Co., Inc.
  10. ^ Insiders' Guide to Nashville, 7th. Retrieved November 16, 2010.
  11. ^ "Story - From The Rough". fromtherough.com. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  12. ^ "TSU Men's Basketball Ranked 17th Nationally in Home Attendance Increase". Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  13. ^ http://hbculifestyle.com/top-hbcu-football-classics-2015/

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