Lander Bearcats

The Lander Bearcats are the athletic teams that represent Lander University, located in Greenwood, South Carolina, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sporting competitions.

Lander Bearcats
UniversityLander University
ConferencePeach Belt Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorBrian Reese
LocationGreenwood, South Carolina
Varsity teams13 (17 in 2019–20)
Basketball arenaHorne Arena
Baseball stadiumDolny Stadium
Soccer stadiumVan Taylor Field
ColorsRoyal Blue and Gold[1]

The Bearcats compete as members of the Peach Belt Conference for all 13 of their current varsity sports. Lander has been a member of the Peach Belt since 1990.

The school will add four sports not sponsored by the Peach Belt for the 2019–20 school year, three for men and one for women. Lacrosse will be added for both men and women,[2] with men's volleyball joining a previously existing women's team in that sport[3] and wrestling[4] added for men only.

Varsity teams

Intercollegiate Varsity Sports
Men's Sports Women's Sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Golf
Golf Lacrosse*
Lacrosse* Soccer
Soccer Softball
Tennis Tennis
Volleyball* Volleyball
*These sports will begin competing in the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Individual teams

Men's basketball

In March 2007, Lander won the Peach Belt Conference Men's Basketball tournament. They advanced to the NCAA tournament against the defending national champions, Virginia Union. The Lander women's basketball team won the Peach Belt regular season title in 2008 and conference tournament title in 2008 and 2009.

Women's basketball

In March 2008, The Lander Lady Bearcats competed in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in the national tournament and have been involved in the NCAA tournaments every year except for 2012. The Lander Lady Bearcat compete on the East side of the Peach Belt Conference. The Women's basketball team is led by Head Coach Kevin Pederson who reached his 250th career win at Lander University in 2018.\

The Lander Lady Bearcats were back to back East side conference champions in the 2015-16 & 2016-17 seasons and in their 2015-16 season they also went on to win their conference tournament and cut down nets at Columbus State University, their current rivals. Over the course of the last four years (2014-2018) Lander has yet to finish at rank below 3rd place in their conference.

Over the course of the last 4 years the Lady Bearcats have been the facilitators of 2 PBC record holders in , Tyesha Reynolds and Breshay Johnson. Breshay Johnson holds the record for most points scored by a single player in the PBC as well as having a player of the year accolade in her belt. Tyesha tied the record for most points scored in a single game by a single player in Lander history.

National championships


Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-Up Score
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis[5] (8) 1993 Hampton 5–2
1994 Hampton 5–3
1995 North Florida 4–2
1996 Rollins 4–1
1997 West Florida 5–1
1998 Barry 5–1
1999 Barry 5–1
2000 Hawaii Pacific 5–2


  1. "Lander Bearcat Logo Usage". Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  2. "Lander Athletics to add men's and women's lacrosse" (Press release). Lander Athletics. May 22, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  3. "Lander Athletics to add men's volleyball in 2019-20" (Press release). Lander Athletics. June 15, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  4. "Lander Athletics announces addition of men's wrestling program" (Press release). Lander Athletics. May 29, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  5. "Division II Men's Tennis Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
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