Rider Broncs

The Rider Broncs are the athletic teams of Rider University, a private nonsectarian university in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, United States. The school is a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and its athletes compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Rider is the only member that is not a Catholic institution. For wrestling only, Rider is an affiliate member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Rider Broncs
UniversityRider University
ConferenceMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Mid-American Conference
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorDon Harnum
LocationLawrenceville, New Jersey
Varsity teams18
Basketball arenaAlumni Gymnasium
Baseball stadiumSonny Pittaro Field
ColorsCranberry, White, and Gray[1]

The intercollegiate sports program at Rider was started by coach Clair Bee in the 1920s. Two of the school's most famous athletic alumni are former Notre Dame basketball coach and current ESPN sportscaster Digger Phelps, who played basketball at Rider from 1959 to 1963 and Jason Thompson who played basketball at Rider from 2004 to 2008 and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 12th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.

Men's sports


See footnote.[2]

The baseball team plays its home games at Sonny Pittaro Field on campus.

Men's basketball

Alumnus Jason Thompson started his NBA career in 2008.

Men's cross country

Men's golf

Men's soccer

In 1997 and 1998 the Rider Men's Soccer team won the MAAC Championship and qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Men's Soccer Tournament.

Men's swimming and diving

Men's tennis

Men's track and field

Men’s track and field is currently coached by All American Bob Hamer (Penn State).

Men's wrestling

Rider wrestling practices in a 3,600 square foot mat room on the top floor of the Mauer Center while home meets are held in Alumni Gym, which seats 1,650. In 2013, Rider left the CAA as an associate member shortly after the CAA announced that it would no longer sponsor wrestling and joined the Eastern Wrestling League. On March 5, 2019 it was announced that Rider along with the other six members of the EWL would be joining the Mid-American Conference as affiliate members starting in academic year 2019-2020, making the MAC the second largest conference in Division I Wrestling.

Rider Broncs Wrestling has gained national recognition by longtime head coach Gary Taylor, who retired after the 2016-17 season. Former Rider All-American John Hangey was his replacement.

Women's sports

Women's basketball

Women's cross country

Women's field hockey

Women's soccer

Women's softball

Women's swimming and diving

Women's tennis

Women's track and field

Women's volleyball

Athletics Hall of Fame

For an alphabetical list of inductees, see footnote[3]

As of June 13, 2011, there are 98 members in the Rider University Athletics Hall of Fame.[3] The first inductions were in October 1990.[3]

Notable alumni

See: Rider University#Notable alumni (sports)

See also


  1. Rider University Graphic Standards Manual and Editorial Style Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. Baseball. Rider Broncs (Rider University Athletics official website). Retrieved 2010-02-21.
  3. "Hall of Fame". Rider University Athletics official website. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
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