The LIU Sharks are the 26 sports teams representing Long Island University's (LIU) campuses in Brooklyn and Brookville, New York. The Sharks compete in NCAA Division I athletics and are members of the Northeast Conference. The LIU Sharks are the result of the July 1, 2019 unification of the athletic departments which had previously represented two separate campuses of LIU, the NCAA Division I LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and the NCAA Division II LIU Post Pioneers.
|University||Long Island University|
|Athletic director||William Martinov Jr.|
|Location||Brooklyn, New York|
Brookville, New York
|Football stadium||Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Steinberg Wellness Center|
|Baseball stadium||LIU Baseball Stadium|
|Soccer stadium||LIU Soccer Park|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
Following Long Island University's founding in 1927, its sports teams wore blue uniforms and became known as the Blue Devils. After the school's uniforms were changed to black in 1935, a Brooklyn Eagle reporter from the Midwest saw the new look as the basketball team dribbled up and down the court and stated that the team looked like the blackbirds from back home; the comment struck home, and a new nickname was born. During the 1930s and '40s, the basketball team was often called the "Beemen," while they were coached by the legendary Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach, Clair Bee. LIU Post opened in 1954 as C.W. Post College and began athletic competition in 1956-57.
Long Island University fields 28 teams that compete in 10 men's and 18 women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Most teams compete in the Northeast Conference (NEC). The new water polo team competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC); the wrestling team joined the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA); and the new ice hockey team joined the nascent New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA). The equestrian, fencing and rugby teams are independents.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Cross Country||Cross country|
|Track and field†||Ice hockey|
|Track and field†|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor|
NCAA team championships
- Men's Division II Lacrosse Championship – 1996, 2009, 2010
- Women's Division II Lacrosse Championship – 2001, 2007, 2012, 2013
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