Austin Peay Governors

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Austin Peay Governors
UniversityAustin Peay State University
ConferenceASUN Conference (primary)
United Athletic Conference (football)
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletic directorGerald Harrison
LocationClarksville, Tennessee
Varsity teams15 (6 men's, 9 women's)
Football stadiumFortera Stadium
Basketball arenaF&M Bank Arena (from 2023–24)
Baseball stadiumRaymond C. Hand Park
Softball stadiumCathi Maynard Park
Soccer stadiumMorgan Bros. Soccer Field
MascotThe Governor
ColorsRed and white[1]

The Austin Peay Governors are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Austin Peay State University (APSU or Peay), located in Clarksville, Tennessee, United States. The Governors athletic program is a member of the NCAA Division I ASUN Conference for all sports except football, in which it competes in the United Athletic Conference (UAC). The latter conference starts play in the 2023 season as a football-only merger between two conferences in the second tier of Division I football, the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)—the ASUN and the Western Athletic Conference.[2] Before the 2022–23 school year, the Governors were members of another FCS league, the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).[3][4]

The Austin Peay mascot is The Governor, and the school colors are red and white. While the women's teams were formerly known as the Lady Govs, the school emphasizes that all teams are now Governors.

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Varsity teams[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Cross country
Football Golf
Golf Soccer
Tennis Softball
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Athletics began at Austin Peay almost as soon as the school opened for classes in 1929 as Austin Peay Normal School; men's and women's basketball teams were organized that first year. Football was added in the fall of 1930 and baseball in the spring of 1931, with other men's sports added and dropped over the years. Women's basketball was discontinued in 1938, but returned in 1973, along with volleyball, tennis, and golf when women's sports gained widespread inclusion.[5]

A member of the ASUN Conference since July 1, 2022, Austin Peay State University sponsors teams in six men's, and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.

Shortly after the 2022 football season, the ASUN and Western Athletic Conference (WAC), which had been partners in a football-only alliance in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, announced a full merger of their football leagues, creating what eventually became the UAC. Peay is one of nine inaugural members of the new conference, which starts play in the 2023 season.



  1. ^ "APSU Governors Brand Identity" (PDF). May 30, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  2. ^ "ASUN-WAC Football Partnership Formally Rebrands as the United Athletic Conference" (Press release). ASUN Conference. April 17, 2023. Retrieved April 19, 2023.
  3. ^ "OVC Member Institutions". Ohio Valley Conference. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "Austin Peay State University". NCAA. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Austin Peay State University Traditions". Austin Peay State University. Retrieved September 2, 2015.

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