Drake University – D1 Athletics

Drake University (Des Moines, IA), is Division 1 in all its sixteen sports (nine women’s teams, seven men’s). Its mascot is the Bulldog, so called because a beloved coach brought his two pet Bulldogs to games. They play in a variety of different conferences including the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), Pioneer Football League (PFL), Summit League, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Recent Updates

  • The Knapp Center was recently renovated and finished mid-October of 2022
  • Volleyball is off to a great start, with a 20-6 record!
  • Basketball season tickets are on sale at draketix.com
  • Griff II took over for Griff I in 2021 (Griff I retired at the age of seven)
  • Drake football has a record of 1-8 going into the bye week
  • Basketball season is starting; pre-season polls men’s are ranked 1st and women are ranked 3rd

Season Dates

  • Football: August-November
  • Soccer: August-November
  • Track & Field: December-May
  • Drake Relays: April
  • Basketball: November-March
  • Volleyball: August-November
  • Golf: February-April
  • Rowing: March-May
  • Tennis: January-May
  • Softball: March-May
  • Cross Country: September-November

Facilities

Drake Stadium

  • Football
  • Women’s soccer
  • Track & field
  • Drake Relays

Knapp Center

  • Men’s basketball
  • Women’s basketball
  • Volleyball

Shivers Practice Facilities

  • Men’s basketball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Volleyball

Drake Fieldhouse

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track & field
  • Softball
  • Golf

Ron Buel Field

  • Softball

Brick-Beckwith Boathouse

  • Rowing

Cownie Sports Complex

  • Men’s soccer

Roger Knapp Tennis Center

  • Men’s tennis
  • Women’s tennis

Unnamed Soccer Stadium (Coming Fall 2023!!)

  • Future location of men’s soccer

Drake University Sports

Men’s Sports

  • Basketball – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Cross Country – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Football – Pioneer Football League
  • Golf – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Soccer – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Tennis – Summit League
  • Track & Field – Missouri Valley Conference

Women’s Sports

  • Basketball – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Cross Country – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Golf – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Rowing – Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
  • Soccer – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Softball – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Tennis – Summit League
  • Track & Field – Missouri Valley Conference
  • Volleyball – Missouri Valley Conference

What Does it Mean to be D1?

The way that a school is qualified as division 1 has to do with the amount of money a school invests into athletics. With the generous donors that Drake has, they are able to facilitate a full support staff for the entire department.

A Few of Our Sponsors

  • Broadlawns
  • Iowa Ortho
  • Select PT
  • MidAmerican Energy Company
  • Authentic Brand
  • McDonald’s
  • Fast Signs
  • Jethro’s
  • Fong’s Pizza
  • Hyvee
  • State Farm

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