Embry–Riddle Eagles

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Embry–Riddle Eagles
UniversityEmbry–Riddle Aeronautical University
ConferenceSunshine State (primary)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorJohn Phillips
LocationDaytona Beach, Florida
Varsity teams20 (9 men's, 10 women's, 1 co-ed)
Basketball arenaICI Center
Baseball stadiumSliwa Stadium
Softball stadiumRadiology Associates Field
Soccer stadiumERAU Soccer Stadium
Lacrosse stadiumEmbry-Riddle Lacrosse Field
Tennis venueCrotty Tennis Complex
ColorsRoyal blue and gold[1]

The Embry–Riddle Eagles are the athletic teams that represent Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University, located in Daytona Beach, in intercollegiate sports as a member of the NCAA Division II ranks, primarily competing in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) as a provisional member since the 2015–16 academic year for most of their sports (achieving D-II full member status in 2017–18);[2] while its men's and women's track and field teams compete in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) as associate members.[3] Prior to joining the NCAA and the SSC, the Eagles previously competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as a founding member of the Sun Conference (formerly known as the Florida Sun Conference (FSC) until after the 2007–08 school year) from 1990–91 to 2014–15.


Daytona Beach-based Embry–Riddle began its athletics program in the 1988–89 school year with baseball, men's basketball, and men's tennis and now sponsors 22 intercollegiate sports. In 2013, Embry–Riddle announced their intention to transition from the NAIA into NCAA Division II athletics and accepted an invitation in 2014 to join the Sunshine State Conference, effective in the 2015–16 school year.[4] Embry–Riddle was granted full NCAA Division II membership on July 14, 2017,[5] and are now eligible to compete for regular and post season championships.[6]

Sun Conference: 1990–2015[edit]

Embry–Riddle enjoyed great success in the NAIA and The Sun Conference, winning 104 Sun Conference regular season titles,[7] 32 conference tournament crowns, 29 individual national titles, as well as team national championships in men's basketball (2000) and men's tennis (2013). Embry–Riddle's student-athletes have also proven to be very successful in the classroom, as evidenced by the 321 NAIA scholar-athletes and 80 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 1990. Embry–Riddle has had 59 of those CoSIDA Academic All-Americans come since 2010, which is the 11th-highest total among NCAA schools across all three divisions.[8]

Varsity teams[edit]

ERAU–Daytona Beach competes in 22 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, tennis and track & field (indoor and outdoor); while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball; and co-ed sports include cheerleading.

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Golf Lacrosse
Lacrosse Rowing
Rowing Soccer
Soccer Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track & field Track & field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.


Embry–Riddle finished its NAIA affiliation with 1,058 wins, 15 Sun Conference regular season championships, six Sun Conference Tournament titles, 17 NAIA postseason appearances and 13 World Series trips (third-most all-time).

Embry–Riddle has had 22 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[9]

Year Player Round Team
1995 Robert Gray 25 Tigers
1996 Frank Thompson 40 Dodgers
1998 Doug Bridges 17 Angels
2000 Bryan Carter 42 Giants
2000 Luke Martin 34 Twins
2000 Brad Murray 27 White Sox
2002 Kevin Hawkins 35 Indians
2005 Kenny Holmberg 22 Brewers
2005 Patrick Ryan 19 Brewers
2007 Steven Otterness 29 Reds
2007 Brian Letko 19 Blue Jays
2008 Jordan Roberts 28 Dodgers
2009 Austin Goolsby 49 Giants
2010 Austin Goolsby 26 Orioles
2010 Jonathan Kountis 19 Mets
2011 Brandon Creath 44 Cardinals
2012 Ben Kline 32 Rays
2012 Adam Paulencu 26 Rockies
2013 Eric Green 36 Orioles
2014 Darryl Knight 14 Mets
2014 Daniel Ponce de Leon 9 Cardinals
2015 Zac Grotz 28 Astros
2015 Tyler Cyr 10 Giants

Men's basketball[edit]

The Eagles have won 9 regular season Sun Conference Titles, 11 Sun Conference Tournament Titles, have 17 NAIA Postseason Appearances, with 15 NAIA National Tournament Appearances, and one NAIA National Championship (1999–2000).[10]

Men's tennis[edit]

The Embry–Riddle Eagles men's tennis team won the 2013 NAIA National Championship.[11]

Track and field[edit]

The Embry–Riddle Eagles track and field program began in 2005. The men's program has had three individual national champions, won nine conference titles and finished fifth at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in 2009, while the women's program boasts 13 individual national championships and seven conference titles, as well as fourth-place finishes at both the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships in 2012.[12]

National Championships[edit]

Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-up Score
NAIA Division II Men's Basketball 2000 College of the Ozarks 75–63
NAIA Division II Men's Tennis 2013 Auburn University at Montgomery 5–4


ICI Center[edit]

The ICI Center, formerly known as University Fieldhouse, has been the home of the Embry–Riddle men's basketball and volleyball Eagles since 1995. The facility was completed in August 1995 with 51,511 gross square feet of space. In addition to serving as host to the basketball and volleyball teams, the ICI Center brings numerous events and assemblies throughout the year.

In December 2000, the athletic department opened the door to a new wing of the facility. The expansion on the north end of the ICI Center brought with it four new team locker rooms on the first floor. The second floor of the new edition is home to state-of-the art office space for the athletic department, giving each coach and administrator their own office as well a reception area, kitchen and meeting room.

The facility earned its current moniker in 2002 when Embry–Riddle dedicated the building in appreciation of a generous contribution to the university by Mori Hosseini, president and CEO of ICI Homes and one of the university's most dedicated alumni. ICI Center seats 1,968 spectators overall, including 600 permanent chair-back seats on its south sideline. The main arena features an Aacer Channel maple floor with two Daktronics LED message center scoreboards. The climate of ICI Center is controlled by an HVAC System served by Thermal "Ice" Storage, providing energy-efficient cooling. In addition to serving as the Eagles' home court and home to the athletic department offices, the facility also houses the Sports Medicine Office and a 3,200 square foot weight room/fitness center.[13]

Sliwa Stadium[edit]

University Ballpark ushered in a new era for Embry–Riddle baseball in the spring of 2001. The ballpark allowed the Eagles, who racked up many miles traveling to DeLand and Jackie Robinson Ballpark for practices and games, to play their first game on campus. Six years later, University Ballpark received a new look and a new name. The facility, which was upgraded to include bleacher seating for 615 spectators, a press box and an entry way with 16-foot columns, was renamed Sliwa Stadium in recognition of the continued support of the Sliwa Family. During his tenure as Embry–Riddle's third president, Dr. Steven M. Sliwa established a lasting legacy of growth and prosperity that advanced the university's reputation as a world leader in aviation and aerospace education. The ballpark, which was completed in September 2000, is located behind the ICI Center and is one of the premier baseball facilities at the small college level.[14]

Crotty Tennis Complex[edit]

The Ambassador E. William Crotty Tennis Complex opened on April 5, 2004, with a formal dedication ceremony by former ATP Tour tennis pro Tom Gullikson. The tennis complex features nine lighted tennis courts, three sets of bleachers for 50 spectators each, and an electronic scoreboard that can show set scores for six matches simultaneously. The facility has not only gained the attention of the Embry–Riddle campus, but in September 2004 the center earned national recognition as one of 15 facilities claiming the 2004 USTA Facility Awards. The USTA's Outstanding Facility Awards, now in its 23rd year, encourages higher standards for the construction and/or renovation of public tennis facilities throughout the country.[15]

ERAU Soccer Stadium[edit]

Embry–Riddle invested in a major upgrade to the soccer complex prior to hosting the 2005 men's soccer national tournament and the results were a tremendously positive impact for the event, as well as both of the Eagle soccer programs. A completely new grandstand increased the seating from 350 to 1,000 with approximately 200 chair-back seats. An adjacent spectator amenities building at the east end of the field houses restrooms, a concession stand, ticket booth and storage area.[16] Embry–Riddle hosted the 2005 and 2006 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship, the 2007 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship, and the 2008 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship.


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  2. ^ Dean, Zach (July 17, 2017). "After two year provisional period, Embry–Riddle officially NCAA member". Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach.
  3. ^ "Peach Belt Welcomes Embry–Riddle as Associate Member for Track & Field" (Press release). Peach Belt Conference. August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Boyle, Chris (July 11, 2014). "Embry-Riddle approved for NCAA Division II membership process". Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach.
  5. ^ "Sunshine State Conference Expands to 11 Institutions" (Press release). Sunshine State Conference. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
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  7. ^ "Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach Athletics Program Now NCAA Member" (Press release). prweb. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "@ERAUAthletics Officially a Member of the Sunshine State Conference" (Press release). ERAUAthletics. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Embry-Riddle (Daytona Beach, FL)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Kernan, Sean (December 1, 2012). "Top 10 moments in Embry-Riddle athletic history". Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach. 1. Basketball National Championship: The men's basketball team wins the 2000 NAIA Division II Basketball National Championship
  11. ^ "2013 NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll". www.naia.org. May 23, 2013. National Champions Embry-Riddle sits atop the Coaches' Poll
  12. ^ "Peach Belt Welcomes Embry-Riddle as Associate Member for Track & Field" (Press release). Peach Belt Conference. August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  13. ^ "ICI Center".
  14. ^ "Sliwa Stadium".
  15. ^ "Crotty Tennis Complex".
  16. ^ "Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium" (Press release). Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. September 26, 2006. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2007.

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