The Boston University Department of Athletics is dedicated to excellence in athletics, academics and community. Over the long history of the department our student-athletes have represented BU formidably, achieving and maintaining a high level of excellence both on and off the field while at the same time displaying commitment, integrity and sportsmanship.
All of these successes have been accomplished while maintaining a high level of excellence in the classroom. These impressive accomplishments are a testament to the dedication and perseverance of talented student-athletes and Boston University professors, administrators, coaches, alumni and friends alike. Being able to sustain a high level of academic excellence in a nationally competitive athletic environment is a hallmark of Boston University Athletics.
The Athletic Department's commitment to providing lasting partnership and leadership in the community is demonstrated in the Terriers' association with a variety of local and national charities including Autism Speaks, CityKicks, Susan G. Komen: Race for the Cure, The Home for Little Wanderers and many local school systems and youth programs. The community outreach program is aimed at establishing long-term relationships between Boston University student-athletes and local youth, and strives to promote the benefits of education, fair-play, teamwork and fitness. The program is dedicated to the development and enrichment of our student-athletes as much as it is to making a difference within the community.
Boston University Athletics entered a new era in 2013 when it joined the Patriot League for 21 of its sports and added two programs (men's lacrosse, women's lightweight rowing). The department's strategic vision, which was implemented in 2007, focuses on the continued excellence of Boston University student-athletes and teams and is committed to enhancing the student-athlete experience while at BU by providing opportunities to grow in the classroom, in competition and in the community. This vision builds on the rich tradition of Boston University athletics, a tradition that includes many great professional and Olympic athletes, most notably, Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Jack O'Callahan and Dave Silk, members of the 1980 Gold Medal U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team, former MLB players Harry Agganis and Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane and NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Hobey Baker Award winner Chris Drury.
Other famous graduates include Dr. John Lawlor, a three-time All-America hammer thrower and two-time Olympian, two-time Olympian high jumper John C. Thomas, former NFL standout and 1986 AFL Rookie of the Year Bill Brooks, NHL All-Stars Keith Tkachuk and Tony Amonte and Maddy English, an All-Star and inaugural member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Over the past few years, the foundation of Boston University's Athletic tradition has been strengthened with over $250 million in new or enhanced facilities including renovations to the softball field and Nickerson Field, the construction of the DeWolfe Boathouse, the Track and Tennis Center, the Fitness and Recreation Center and Agganis Arena. The outlook for the future of Boston University Athletics looks even brighter.