Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC), Livingston Campus.
Rutgers University—New Brunswick Intercollegiate Athletics:
The Scarlet Knights
■ Rutgers sponsors 24 intercollegiate athletics programs and educates approximately 650 student-athletes.
■ College football was born here in 1869 when Rutgers defeated Princeton 6-4. College football has since grown to be the third most popular sport in the U.S., behind professional football and major league baseball.
■ Rutgers officially became a member of the Big Ten, the nation’s premier athletic and academic conference, on July 1, 2014. Each year more than 11 million patrons attend Big Ten home contests as the conference leads the nation in attendance for men’s basketball, volleyball, and wrestling.
■ Patrick Hobbs was named the new Director of Athletics on November 29, 2015 after notable achievements at Seton Hall University. He served as dean at the Seton Hall School of Law from 1999 to 2015 and oversaw the Department of Athletics for the Pirates from 2009 to 2011.
■ Rutgers has been competing in collegiate football for 146 years and has appeared in a postseason bowl game in nine of the past 11 seasons.
■ Chris Ash, co-defensive coordinator on the Ohio State staff that won the 2014 National Championship, was named the 30th head coach in Rutgers’ history on December 7, 2015. Ash brings over two decades of collegiate coaching experience, including five years in the Big Ten Conference with four Big Ten championships.
■ Steve Pikiell enters 2016-2017 as the new men’s basketball coach, and Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Vivian Stringer directs the women’s program.
■ As 2016 America East Conference Coach of the Year, Steve Pikiell has 25 years of coaching experience and led Stony Brook to six postseason appearances over the past seven years.
■ A bestselling author denoted as one of the most influential minorities in sports by Sports Illustrated, Vivian Stringer is the first coach in men’s or women’s basketball history to take three different schools to the Final Four.
■ Rutgers was one of just two universities in 2015-16 to have its men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling, and men’s lacrosse programs all nationally ranked.
■ Women’s soccer won at No. 1 Virginia to advance to its first College Cup and concluded its season ranked No. 4 after leading the nation in goals against average (0.37) and shutout percentage (.731).
■ Wrestling concluded its season ranked No. 10 and was one of just three programs to have all 10 weight classes qualify for NCAA championships.
■ Rutgers boasted two Big Ten Coach of the Year honors in 2015-16: Dan Donigan (men’s soccer) and Brian Brecht (men’s lacrosse).
■ Rutgers student-athletes won 16 Big Ten Player of the Year honors and individual championships in 2015-2016.
■ Forty-six Rutgers student-athletes earned All-Big Ten accolades in 2015-16.
■ Rutgers had 228 student-athletes recognized as Academic All-Big Ten in 2015-16. In the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) report, Rutgers posted a 987 rate, eight points above the NCAA average.
■ Rutgers student-athletes performed more than 3,500 hours of community service in 2015-16.
■ In 2015-16, Rutgers had 279 games/competitions televised or streamed, including 90 televised on national linear networks.