Army Black Knights

Army West Point Black Knights is the name of the athletics teams of the United States Military Academy. They participate in NCAA Division I-A as a non-football member of the Patriot League, a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision independent school and a member of Atlantic Hockey, the Collegiate Sprint Football League (men), the Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League (men), the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, the Great America Rifle Conference, and the National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association. Army West Point is also one of approximately 300 members of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

The three major service academies (Army, Air Force, and Navy) compete for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is awarded to the academy that defeats the others in football that year (or retained by the previous winner in the event of a three-way tie).

Varsity sports

Army Black Knights


Army Black Knights

Since 1899, Army West Point's mascot has officially been a mule because of the animal's historical importance in Army West Point operations. For many years, Army's teams were known as the "Cadets." The academy's football team was nicknamed "The Black Knights of the Hudson" due to the black color of its uniforms. In 1999, Army adopted "Black Knights" as its official nickname in all sports. The academy will revert to "Cadets" for its official nickname beginning in the fall 2015 season.

U.S. sports media use "Army" as a synonym for the academy. "On Brave Old Army Team" is the school's fight song. Army's chief sports rival is the Naval Academy, due to its long-standing football rivalry and the inter-service rivalry with the Navy in general. Fourth class cadets verbally greet upper-class cadets and faculty with "Beat Navy", while the tunnel that runs under Washington Road is named the "Beat Navy" tunnel. In the first half of the 20th century, Army and Notre Dame were football rivals, but that rivalry has since died out.

Men's sports


The Army West Point Black Knights football program are one of the few NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision independent schools (not in a conference). Army West Point was recognized as the national champions in 1944, 1945 and 1946. The annual Army-Navy Game between the Black Knights of Army West Point and the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy at Annapolis (Navy) is among the most storied rivalries in all of college sports.

Men's golf

The men's golf team has won 19 conference championships:

  • Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (9): 1982â€"88, 1989 (spring), 1989 (fall)
  • Patriot League (10): 1991â€"93, 1994 (spring), 1994 (fall), 1995, 2002, 2004â€"05, 2011

Men's ice hockey

Every year, Army West Point faces the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Paladins in the annual West Point Weekend hockey game. This series, conceived in 1923, is the longest-running annual international sporting event in the world.

Men's rugby

Army rugby plays college rugby in the Division 1â€"A Eastern Conference. The Black Knights play their home games at the Anderson Rugby Complex on the campus of West Point. Rugby is a relatively popular sport at West Point; for example, the 2012 game against Air Force was attended by 2,000 fans. Army West Point is led by Director of Rugby Mike Mahan.

Army West Point has one of the most successful college rugby teams in the country. Army West Point played in three consecutive national championship games from 1990â€"1992. Army West Point reached the national semi-finals four consecutive years from 2000â€"2003, and twice in a row in 2009 and 2010. More recently, Army West Point reached the quarterfinals in 2013. Army West Point also plays in the Collegiate Rugby Championship, the highest profile college rugby tournament in the U.S., reaching the finals in 2011. The Collegiate Rugby Championship is played every year in early June at PPL Park in Philadelphia, and is broadcast live on NBC.


The Army West Point Black Knights Wrestling team host home dual meets, tournaments, workout, and practice in the state of the art facility Arvin Gymnasium on campus. The team currently competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) since Army West Point is a member of the non-wrestling Patriot League.

In 2014, former Oklahoma State All-American Kevin Ward took over the program. Ward is best known for starting the Ouachita Baptist University wrestling program in 2010, the first NCAA wrestling program in Arkansas.

See also

  • Army West Point Black Knights men's basketball
  • Army West Point Black Knights baseball
  • Army West Point Black Knights men's lacrosse

Women's sports

Women's basketball

See footnote

Women's cross country

See footnote

Women's soccer

See footnote

Women's softball

See footnote

Women's swimming and diving

See footnote

Women's tennis

See footnote

Women's track and field

See footnote

Women's volleyball

See footnote

Co-ed sports


See footnote

Non-varsity sports

Women's fencing

Alpine skiing


  • Lt. Raymond Enners Award (national men's lacrosse award; named for a member of the Class of 1967)
  • Maggie Dixon Award (national women's basketball rookie coach award; named for Army West Point women's basketball coach)
  • NCAA Award of Valor:
    • 2007 - Derek Hines (Class of 2003), who demonstrated valor in Afghanistan before being killed there.
    • 2008 - Emily Perez (Class of 2005), who died after an improvised explosive device exploded near her vehicle in Iraq and whose U.S. Army unit recognized her for her leadership after her death.
  • NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award:
    • 1967 - Dwight D. Eisenhower (football)
    • 1973 - Omar Bradley (baseball)

Hall of fame

For a list of members by induction year, sport, and alphabetically, see footnote

The Army Sports Hall of Fame consists of displays in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports, which is located within the Kimsey Athletic Center. The first set of members was inducted in 2004.

See also

  • Military World Games
  • List of college athletic programs in New York#Division I
  • United States Military Academy grounds and facilities#Athletic facilities
  • List of sportspeople educated at the United States Military Academy


External links

  • Official website
  • Army Black Knights on Twitter
  • Army Black Knights on Facebook

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