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|Sports at Rice
Rice students enjoy watching and/or playing sports through participation in varsity athletics, club and intramural sports.†
Rice is a member of Conference USA (C-USA) and is in NCAA Division I-A. Rice currently has varsity athletic teams in basketball, cross-country, tennis and track & field for both men and women. Men also participate in football, baseball and golf. Women have additional teams in soccer, swimming and volleyball.
The 2005 season was the last year Rice played in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). On July 1, 2005, Rice, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, Central Florida, Marshall and Texas El Paso joined East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Tulane and Alabama-Birmingham to create a new 12-team conference.
In 2004, more than 130 Rice students were designated as WAC scholar-athletes and†baseball coach Wayne Graham led Rice to†its first national team sports title and was named Coach of the Year by†Collegiate Baseball.
|For the latest
news and information on these teams, please visit
the official web site of the Rice Athletic Department.
A club sport is a special interest group organized by students who want to play and promote interest in a particular sport. Club sports provide a way for skilled athletes in non-varsity sports to compete against similar teams from other universities.† Although no scholarships are given to club athletes, these teams do travel to other schools, both in and out of state, and compete at the national level.
Rice University’s intramural sports
program is one of the most active in the country and ensures that every
interested student has an opportunity to participate. Any student,
faculty, or staff member may participate in individual, dual or team
sports; swim meets; and track and field events.
|Reckling Park has
taken its place among the very best college baseball stadium in the
The reviews have been nothing but positive for the new home of Rice baseball. From its picturesque setting on the Rice campus facing the Texas Medical Center, to the comfort of the more than 3,100 chairback seats (most with cupholders), to the eight private suites, to the spacious locker rooms for both teams and umpires, to the best press box in college baseball; every visitor has raved about Reckling Park.
First and foremost, the new stadium gives Rice student-athletes a venue befitting one of the top programs in the nation. Owl baseball is completely housed in the facility. Head coach Wayne Graham and his assistants work in a spacious office suite which includes their private locker room, equipment storage areas and clerical areas.
For the players, the Rice clubhouse is one of the
best anywhere, adjacent to the weight and aerobic workout areas and
athletic training room. On game day, the Owls and their guests use some of
the largest dugouts in the country. Visiting teams and umpires also have
use of large, functional locker room areas.
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