May 14, 2012

THIS IS RAM NATION

The Quick Facts


Location

Richmond, Va.

Founded
1838

Enrollment
32,000

Nickname
Rams

Colors
Black & Gold

President
Dr. Michael Rao
(University of South Florida)

Interim Director of Athletics
David Benedict
(Southern Utah University)

University Homepage
VCU.edu

THIS IS RAMNATION

RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Athletics has entered an exciting new era with the announcement of the move to the Atlantic-10 Conference, effective July 1, 2012. We here at VCUathletics.com know that many new fans will visit our site trying to learn about not only this athletic department, but this University as a whole.

We hope the following information serves that exact purpose and you learn exactly what “Ram Nation” is all about.

THE UNIVERSITY

Situated in Richmond, Virginia’s capital city since 1779, VCU continues to grow in size, programs and students. With more than 32,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, the university offers prestigious programs that have developed the university into an institution with an international reputation.

VCU is the third-largest research university in Virginia. Since its founding, the university has combined the traditional and nontraditional, creating diversity in our academic programs, campus events, students, faculty and staff.

Richmond is home for both the Monroe Park Main Campus as well as the VCU Medical Center, which is located just a few blocks from the Monroe Park Campus.

The VCU Medical Center, adjacent to the city’s business and financial district, has roots tracing back to 1838. The Monroe Park Campus is located in the picturesque early 20th-century residential neighborhood called the Fan District. The campus began in 1917 as the Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health, later became the Richmond Professional Institute and in 1968 merged with the Medical College of Virginia to create VCU.

THE ATHLETICS

Virginia Commonwealth University supports approximately 275 student-athletes participating in 16 intercollegiate Division I sports, including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field (indoor/outdoor) and volleyball.

In the past 20 years, 14 different VCU athletic programs have accounted for 44 conference championships and secured 88 NCAA Tournament bids.

The pinnacle of VCU’s athletic success came in 2011 when the men’s basketball team staged a historic run to the NCAA Final Four and captured global attention for the University and the program.

VCU Tennis Coach Paul Kostin has been a consistent force for the Rams. In 2000, he led the men’s tennis team to the NCAA Championship match, a first for any VCU program. The men’s squad has earned NCAA Tournament bids in 16 of the past 17 years, and Kostin is one of only two active coaches with over 950 career victories.

The baseball program has enjoyed a period of extended success, not just in the CAA, but also the East Region. The Rams have won five conference titles the last 10 years and have received eight NCAA Tournament bids since 1998. On two occasions, the Rams advanced to a regional final, where VCU vied for one of eight spots to the College World Series. The on-field production has led to numerous professional opportunities. Four former Rams are currently playing Major League Baseball, twice as many as any other CAA institution. In the past 10 years, 25 VCU players have signed professional contracts with Major League organizations.

VCU Athletics is also planning for a bright future. The department is crafting a master facility plan it will present to the Board of Visitors this summer.  The plan will assess the status of the department's physical resources and recommend actions necessary to provide an environment capable of supporting a top-notch, comprehensive athletics program.  The plan will help chart a course for the next 10 years that aims to build upon the athletic accomplishments and support the University's quest for excellence in all its endeavors.

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