Sports and Recreation

Men's crew at sunset

With 17 Division I teams, a wide variety of club sports and some of the best facilities in the nation, the University of San Diego provides the ideal environment for all types of athletes to take their game to the next level.

Sanctioned men's and women's athletic teams represent the university in Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition as members of the eight-team West Coast Conference. (The football team competes in the NCAA Division IA Pioneer Football League, the swimming and diving team competes in the Western Athletic Conference and the women’s softball team is in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference). The university is represented in the following Division I sports: baseball, basketball, rowing, cross country, football, men's golf, soccer, rowing, cross country, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field and women's volleyball.

The mascot for the University of San Diego is the Torero (Tor-er-o), a Spanish bullfighter. Chosen by USD co-founder Bishop Charles Francis Buddy in 1961, the Torero symbolizes the university's close affiliation with Spain, as well as its athletes’ commitment to courage, honor and fidelity.

Both Division I athletes and the more than 400 students who compete in club sports use USD's first-class athletic facilities. With a capacity of over 6,000, the Jenny Craig Pavilion (JCP) houses basketball and volleyball events along with a fitness center open to all students. Along with the JCP, the newly renovated Torero Stadium, Cunningham Baseball Field and Manchester Canyon Field all are located within a quarter-mile radius, making sporting matches convenient for both athletes and fans.

Club sports, intramural sports and recreational clubs offer an assortment of activities for students of all skill levels to enjoy. Club sports teams like equestrian, lacrosse and waterskiing compete against other schools from up and down the West Coast. Intramural sports give students an opportunity to play against other Toreros in sports ranging from football to table tennis. Sports clubs like men’s and women's rugby compete with other schools through league and national collegiate club memberships. Recreational clubs allow students to enjoy hobbies ranging from tango dancing to scuba diving.

Students can also earn credit through the campus fitness program. Part of the university's initiative on wellness, the Campus Fitness program sponsors personal training sessions, fitness classes and wellness seminars.

"I want our athletic programs to have the same reputation as academics do at this university." Ky Snyder, executive director of athletics

Athletics and Recreation

Sports and Recreation


From NCAA Division I sports to fitness classes to club sports, the opportunities are endless for Toreros to stay active.