UNC Pembroke Braves

The UNC Pembroke Braves are the athletic teams that represent the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, located in Pembroke, North Carolina, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports.

UNC Pembroke Braves
UniversityUniversity of North Carolina at Pembroke
ConferencePeach Belt Conference
ECAC (wrestling)
Independent (football, swimming and diving, track and field)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorDick Christy
LocationPembroke, North Carolina
Varsity teams16
Football stadiumGrace P. Johnson Stadium
Basketball arenaEnglish E. Jones Center
Baseball stadiumSammy Cox Field
Softball stadiumUNCP Softball Field
Soccer stadiumVarsity Grounds
NatatoriumAquatics Center
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]

The Braves compete as members of the Peach Belt Conference for 11 of their 16 varsity sports. The wrestling team belongs to the Eastern College Athletic Conference, and the football, men's and women's indoor track & field, and women's swimming & diving programs all compete as independents. UNC Pembroke will move all of its non-Peach Belt sports to the Mountain East Conference in the coming years. The indoor track & field, swimming & diving, and wrestling programs will begin Mountain East competition in the 2019–20 school year, with football following in the 2020 season.[2]


UNC Pembroke's athletic teams are known as the Braves. Due to its heritage as an institution founded for the benefit of American Indians and support from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, the school has largely been immune to the ongoing controversies related to American Indian-themed nicknames and mascots.

Varsity teams

List of teams


  1. UNC Pembroke Style Guide (PDF). February 18, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  2. "Davis & Elkins To Join MEC; UNC Pembroke To Be Associate Member" (Press release). Bridgeport, West Virginia: Mountain East Conference. August 30, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
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