Delaware State Hornets

The Delaware State Hornets are the sixteen sports teams representing Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, cross country, tennis, and track and field; women's-only bowling, softball, and volleyball; and men's-only baseball. The Hornets complete in the NCAA Division I; they have been members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference since 1970.[2] While most teams play in the MEAC, the women's soccer team competes as an independent, the women's equestrian team plays in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association, and the women's lacrosse team competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Delaware State Hornets
UniversityDelaware State University
ConferenceMid-Eastern Athletic Conference (most sports)
Independent (women's soccer)
National Collegiate Equestrian Association (women's equestrian)
Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorScott Gines
LocationDover, Delaware
Varsity teams16
Football stadiumAlumni Stadium
Basketball arenaMemorial Hall
Baseball stadiumSoldier Field
ColorsColumbia Blue and Red[1]

The university's Department of Intramural Sports provides a wide variety of quality recreational programs for students, faculty and staff.


A member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Delaware State sponsors teams in six men's and twelve women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[3]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach
Baseball J. P. Blandin Basketball Hornets women's basketball Barbara Burgess
Basketball Hornets men's basketball Keith Walker Bowling Elysia Current
Cross Country Damion Drummond Cross Country Damion Drummond
Football Hornets football Kenny A. Carter Equestrian [v 1] Jennifer Ridgely
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Damion Drummond Golf [v 2] Scott Thornton
Lacrosse [v 3] Kari-Lei Maddox
Soccer [v 4] Kortney Rhoades
Softball Amber Jackson
Tennis David Marshall
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Damion Drummond
Volleyball Whitney Johnson
  1. Equestrian is an NCAA "Emerging Sport" that may or may not continue as such. Delaware State's team competes in the United Equestrian Conference and the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.
  2. The golf team competes as an independent.
  3. The lacrosse team competes as an Associate member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN).
  4. The soccer team competes as an independent.


The football team won the 2007 MEAC football championship with a win over Norfolk State University with a score of 28 to 21 in overtime giving them an automatic bid into the NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) playoffs. During that tournament the Hornets lost to the University of Delaware with a score of 44–7 in the first round, the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

DSU and UD now compete for the First State Cup as part of the Route 1 Rivalry games during the regular season. The Hornets have yet to win a game in the series, which Delaware currently leads 7-0.


The university has both men's and women's basketball teams.

Its men's basketball team won the 2005 MEAC championship and earned a berth in the 2005 NCAA tournament. Playing as a sixteen-seed, the Hornets lost 57–46 in the opening round to one-seed Duke University.[4] The Hornets also have made back to back National Invitation Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007.

The women's basketball team won the 2006 MEAC championship and earned a berth in the 2006 NCAA tournament. Playing as a fifteen-seed, the Lady Hornets kept the game close down by only three until nine minutes remained in the game, but lost 62–47 in the opening round to two-seed Vanderbilt University.[5]


  1. Delaware State University Branding & Communications Tool Kit (PDF). Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-03-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "Delaware State University Hornets". Delaware State University. Retrieved November 27, 2016.
  4. "Coach K Ties Smith for Most NCAA Tourney Wins". ESPN. Associated Press. 2005-03-18. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  5. "Woman's Basketball – Delaware St. vs. Vanderbilt". USA Today. Associated Press. 2006-04-18. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
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