BYU’s intercollegiate athletic program has become one of the top programs in the country, repeatedly earning national rankings and recognition.
Over the past 25 years, BYU athletic teams have consistently dominated conference competition. In addition to team excellence, several BYU athletes have received a variety of individual national awards and recognition. In 2005, former San Francisco 49er quarterback Steve Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first Cougar to receive this distinguished honor. Some other notable BYU athlete award winners include:
Jimmer Fredette: 2011 Naismith Trophy, Wooden Award
Luke Staley: 2001 Doak Walker Award, Consensus All-American
Ty Detmer: 1991 Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Trophy, Sammy Baugh Trophy
Danny Ainge: 1981 Wooden Award, Eastman Trophy
To see a full list of national awards for BYU athletes click here.
Men's Teams - 10
|NCAA Team Championships|
|Volleyball||1999, 2001, 2004|
Women's Teams - 11
|Cross Country||1997, 1999, 2001, 2002|
In September 2010, BYU announced it was going independent in football while most other sports joined the West Coast Conference. BYU teams started competing in the WCC beginning in the fall of 2011. Prior to that, BYU teams competed in the Mountain West Conference.
Success in BYU sports goes beyond athletic competition. BYU teams annually led the MWC in the number of student-athletes named to the MWC Academic All-MWC Student-Athlete Team. During the 2010-2011 season, BYU had a conference high of 235 student-athletes on the Academic All-MWC team.
Since 1966, 48 BYU student-athletes have received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, ranking the Cougars in the top-10 nationally in awards received. Since 1977, seven BYU athletes have been honored by the NCAA as Top Eight Award recipients, recognizing their character as well as athletic and academic achievement. In addition, three former athletes have been named NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winners and three have been inducted into the CoSIDA National Academic Hall of Fame.
Athletic facilities at BYU are among the best in the nation, including major sports complexes that provide for practice, training and events. Completed in 2004, the Student Athlete Building and the Indoor Practice Facility help students achieve excellence in academics and athletics and allow BYU Athletics to continue recruiting at the highest level.
Mark A. Philbrick