Princeton’s basketball group is possibly the best-known team inside the Ivy League. It’s known as the”perennial giant killer,” a nickname which it obtained during Pete Carril’s training career from 1967–1996. Its most noteworthy upset was that the 1996 defeat of defending NCAA champion UCLA from the tournament’s opening round, Carril’s final playoff success. In 1989, the group nearly became the sole #16 seed to win, losing to Georgetown 50–49, after major 29–21 in the half. Throughout that 29-year period, Pete Carril won thirteen Ivy League championships and obtained eleven NCAA berths and 2 NIT bids. Princeton placed third at the 1965 NCAA Tournament and won the NIT championship in 1975. The willful”Princeton offense” is a heritage of his training career. It’s employed by many of additional collegiate basketball clubs.

By 1992–2001, a nine-year period, the men’s basketball team entered the NCAA tournament four days. Especially, the Ivy League hasn’t needed an at-large entrance from the NCAA championship game. For the previous half-century, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania have fought for men’s basketball dominance at the Ivy League; Princeton had its first losing season in 50 decades of Ivy League basketball in 2005. Princeton tied the record for fewest points in a Division I game since the 3-point line began in 1986–87 if they scored 21 points in a loss against Monmouth University on December 14, 2005.

The 1924–25 group was retroactively named the national winner by the Helms Athletic Foundation along with also the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.

Princeton’s Varsity Women’s basketball program is the most powerful from the Ivy League, taking on the heritage of these men’s championship football program. At no time was that the women’s team greater than it had been at 2015, using a 31–0 album, a nationwide NCAA Division 1 position among the best 25 teams, also entering the field of 32 teams staying from the 2015 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament. Courtney Banghart, a Dartmouth grad, is entering her tenth year because the Tigers’ highly esteemed head coach.

The 1869 game between Rutgers and Princeton is notable because it is the first documented game of any sport called”soccer” between two American colleges.

They have had seven NCAA individual champions: Louis Bayard, Jr. (1987), Percy Pyne (1899), Frank Reinhart (1903), Albert Seckel (1909), Simpson Dean (1921) and George Dunlap (1930 and 1931). They have won the Ivy League title 30 times: 1928, 1930, 1938, 1939, 1947, 1961, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2019.

Women’s golf

The women’s golf team was founded as a club sport in 1978, coached by Betty Whelan. A group called “Friends of Women’s Golf” began fundraising immediately, and the group began lobbying for inclusion as a varsity sport. After ten years of being denied varsity status by the university, representatives from the team contacted the ACLU asking for assistance and raising the possibility of a lawsuit under the protections of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. In 1991, the university committed to supporting a varsity women’s golf program.

After becoming a varsity team, women’s golf too the Northeast championships in 1995, and Mary Moan won the first Ivy League individual championship in 1997. The team won its first Ivy League title in 1999.


Men’s lacrosse

The university’s men’s lacrosse team has enjoyed significant success since the early 1990s and is widely recognized as a perennial powerhouse in the Division I ranks. The team has won thirteen Ivy League titles (1992, 1993, 1995–2004, 2006) and six national titles(1992, 1994, 1996–1998, 2001).

Women’s lacrosse

The Princeton Tigers women’s lacrosse team has enjoyed much success, winning 3 NCAA championships, tied for 3rd place with Virginia in the number of NCAA championships won. They won NCAA division 1 titles in 1994, 2002, and 2003. Their record in the NCAA tournament finals is 3–4.


The varsity lightweight men celebrate winning the Temple Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, July 2009.

Rowing was introduced to Princeton in 1870 by a handful of undergraduates who bought two old boats with their own funds and formed an impromptu”Cable” on the Delaware and Raritan Canal. The construction of Lake Carnegie in 1906 enabled the sport to expand and laid the foundation for today’s rowing program at Princeton. More recently, an $8 million upgrade and expansion of the existing boathouse in 2000 formed Shea Rowing Center, one of the finest rowing facilities in the country.

With 150 athletes, 60 rowing shells, and 12 coaches, trainers, and boat riggers, crew is the largest varsity sport at Princeton, and one of the most successful. In recent years, from 2000 through 2010, Princeton varsity crews (both men’s and women’s) won a total of 14 Eastern Sprints, IRA (national), and NCAA championships, as well as two international events at Henley Royal Regatta.

The Princeton boathouse is often a summer base for U.S. national teams in training, and many Princeton rowers and coaches have gone on to compete at the World Rowing Championships and the Olympics.


Men’s rugby

Ivy League Champions in 2004, 1979, 1977, 1973, 1971 and 1969.

Women’s rugby

National champions in 1995 and 1996. Princeton women advanced to the Final Four in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005. 32 Princeton women have been named All-Americans.


Men’s soccer

Before the NCAA began its tournament in 1951, the annual national champion was declared by the Intercollegiate Association Football League (IAFL) — from 1911 to 1926 — and then the Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association (ISFA), from 1927 to 1958. From 1911 to 1958, Princeton won seven national championships.


Princeton’s softball team appeared in two Women’s College World Series in 1995 and 1996.


Princeton’s men’s and women’s squash teams have earned a strong reputation during the past decade.

Men’s squash

The men have won the Ivy League championship from 2006–2008 and have placed second nationally in five of the past seven championships. [citation needed] On February 19, the Tigers defeated the Trinity Bantams in a 5–4 thriller. The Bantams had won the past 13 National Championship and up until a few weeks prior to the Championship, had won 252 matches straight (before falling to Yale 5–4). The Tigers were undefeated in the Ivy League in 2012 and won the Ivy League championship. They were also the winner of the Sloane Sportsmanship award.

Swimming and Diving

Men’s swimming and diving

The men have a long history of success in the Ivy League, including recently having won the Ivy League Championship each year from 2009–2013 and 2015-2016. They are coached by the fearless leader C. Rob Orr. The 2015 title was the men’s team’s 30th title in program history. The program’s history also includes NCAA relay titles in 1989 and 1990, and 1992 Olympic gold medalist Nelson Diebel.

Women’s swimming and diving

Led by Twitter celebrity, Rolls Boyce, the women have dominated the past decade.

Track and field

Women’s track and field

Princeton’s women’s track & field team has also enjoyed great success under Head Coach Peter Farrell.


Men’s volleyball

The men’s volleyball program achieved varsity status in 1997 — though it had competed for two decades as a club sport before then — and competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. From their inaugural varsity season until 2009, the team was coached by Glenn Nelson, who was also the head coach of the Princeton women’s volleyball team.

The Tigers have the honor of being one of only two teams since the formation of the EIVA in 1988 to win the EIVA championship and advance to the NCAA Men’s National Collegiate Volleyball Championship, with every other title having been won by the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Tigers bested the Nittany Lions in the 1998 EIVA semifinals, then when on to beat Rutgers-Newark, thus winning the 1998 EIVA championship and automatically gaining a berth in the NCAA tournament.

The Tigers have had three players earn All-American honors — Marin Gjaja ’91, Derek Devens ’98 and Cody Kessel ’14.


With a history of over a century, the Princeton Tiger Wrestling team began in 1905. The Princeton wrestling team competes in Dillon Gym, an arena once dominated by the historic basketball icon Bill Bradley. However, the Princeton wrestling team has plenty of historic moments within its own facilities.

Jadwin Gym has served host to five previous EIWA Championships (1969, 1979, 1981, 1987 and 2012), as well as both the 1975 and 1981 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The current head coach is Chris Ayres. Within Jadwin Gym is the Class of 1958 Wrestling Room, home of both the coaching staff and the practice mats.

With 51 Princeton wrestlers have combined to make a total of 75 appearances at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Bradley Glass won the unlimited title in 1951, marking Princeton’s only NCAA champion in the sport. Seven Princeton wrestlers have made three trips to the NCAAs

The Wrestling tigers give out end of the season team awards for the following categories:

The Hooker Trophy — Awarded annually to that freshman member of the Princeton wrestling squad who has shown the greatest improvement during the season.

The Gifford Trophy — In memory of Joseph T. Gifford ’39. Awarded annually to that member of the Princeton varsity wrestling team that has scored the maximum points in contest during the entire year.

The Treide Trophy — In honor of George B. Treide ’36. Awarded annually to that member of the Princeton varsity wrestling team that by his soul, skill and sportsmanship has contributed to the game.

NCAA team championships

Princeton has 24 NCAA team national championships.

Men’s (19)

Golf † (12): 1914, 1916, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1937, 1940

Lacrosse (6): 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001

Fencing (1): 1964

Women’s (4)

Field Hockey (1): 2012

Lacrosse (3): 1994, 2002, 2003

Co-ed (1)

Fencing (1): 2013

† The NCAA started sponsoring the intercollegiate golf tournament in 1939, but it kept the names in the 41 championships formerly conferred by the National Intercollegiate Golf Association in its own records.

The scene is Princeton University Stadium, which replaced Palmer Stadium. Baseball is played in Bill Clarke Field. Basketball is played in Jadwin Gymnasium. Ice hockey is played in Baker Rink. Football is played in Roberts Stadium. Lacrosse is played in Class of 1952 Stadium. The men’s and women’s volleyball teams as well as the wrestling team contend at Dillon Gymnasium. All teams train in Shea Rowing Center and compete on Lake Carnegie. The Rugby Team plays Rickerson Field on West Windsor Fields.