LIU Sharks

The LIU Sharks are the 26 sports teams representing Long Island University's (LIU) campuses in Brooklyn and Brookville, New York.[2] The Sharks compete in NCAA Division I athletics[3] and are members of the Northeast Conference.[4] 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.[5][6]

LIU Sharks
UniversityLong Island University
ConferenceNortheast Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorWilliam Martinov Jr.
LocationBrooklyn, New York
Brookville, New York
Varsity teams26
Football stadiumBethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium
Basketball arenaSteinberg Wellness Center
Baseball stadiumLIU Baseball Stadium
Soccer stadiumLIU Soccer Park
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]


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.[7] LIU Post opened in 1954 as C.W. Post College and began athletic competition in 1956-57.

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and LIU Post Pioneers have combined for 23 national championships (7 team, 16 individual), 215 conference titles, and 362 All-Americans.[8]


Long Island University fields 28 teams that compete in 10 men's and 18 women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[2] 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 CountryCross country
LacrosseField hockey
Track and fieldIce hockey
Track and field
Water polo
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Team home sites

Source: [9]

NCAA team championships

  • Men's Division II Lacrosse Championship – 1996, 2009, 2010
  • Women's Division II Lacrosse Championship – 2001, 2007, 2012, 2013


  1. Long Island University Style Guide for Print and Visual Application (PDF). July 25, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  2. "The Official Website of the LIU ..." Long Island University. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  3. "NCAA Directory". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  4. "The Official Site of the Northeast Conference". CBS Sports & Northeast Conference. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  5. "LIU combining Post and Brooklyn athletic programs". Newsday. October 3, 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  6. "#OneLIU website". Long Island University. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  7. "Why the Blackbirds?". Long Island University Brooklyn. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  8. "Welcome to the Shark Tank..." Long Island University Brooklyn. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  9. "Frequently Asked Questions". Long Island University. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
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