Tufts Jumbos

The Tufts Jumbos are the varsity intercollegiate athletic programs of Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts. The Jumbos compete in the NCAA Division III National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Tufts does not offer athletic scholarships. Coed and women's sailing are the only Division I sports at the school.

Tufts Jumbos
UniversityTufts University
ConferenceNew England Small College Athletic Conference
New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association
NCAADivision III
Athletic directorJohn Morris
LocationMedford, Massachusetts
Varsity teams29
Football stadiumClarence "Ding" Dussault Track & Field Complex
ColorsTufts blue and Brown[1]


The Jumbos compete in the following men and women sports:


The Tufts football program is one of the oldest in the country. The 1,000th game in team history was played during the 2006 season. Historians point to a Tufts versus Harvard game in 1875 as the first game of college football between using American football rules.[2][3] The team plays at the Ellis Oval, located on the southwest corner of the campus.


In sailing, the Jumbos particularly stand out, competing in the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association. The sailing team won the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy eight times, along with the 2001 Dinghy National Championship and won more championships in the 1990s than any other team. Several world and olympic champions have been a part of the Tufts Sailing Team; among them, Tomas Hornos (class of 2010), world champion in 2007. Kaitlin Storck was awarded in 2008 the ICSA Women's College Sailor of the Year trophy, and Roger Altreuter in 1975, R. Stuart Johnstone in 1980, Paul Dickey in 1981, and Senet Bischoff in 1996, the ICSA College Sailor of the Year trophy.


Men's Squash maintains a top 20 Division I national ranking.[4] Tufts University won its first NCAA-sanctioned national team championship when the men's lacrosse team defeated Salisbury in the 2010 Division III men's lacrosse final.[5] Since then, Tufts has captured NCAA Division III National Championships in women's field hockey (2012),[6] women's softball (three consecutive from 2013-2015),[7] men's lacrosse again (2014),[8] and men's soccer (2014).[9] Tufts teams also reached the 2008 championship game in women's field hockey[6] and the 2011 championship game in men's lacrosse.[8]


  1. Tufts University Visual Identity Standards Quick Guide (PDF). Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  2. "Gridiron gridlock". The Boston Globe. September 23, 2004.
  3. Smith, R.A. "Sports and Freedom: The Rise of Big-Time College Athletics", New York: Oxford University Press, 1988
  4. "Athletics Department – Tufts University". Ase.tufts.edu. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  5. Mike Preston, Tufts tops Salisbury, 9–6, for Division III title; Sea Gulls fall behind early, can't catch up to Jumbos, The Baltimore Sun, May 30, 2010.
  6. "DIII Field Hockey". NCAA.com. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  7. "DIII Softball". NCAA.com. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  8. "DIII Men's Lacrosse". NCAA.com. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  9. "DIII Men's Soccer". NCAA.com. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
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