The University of Dubuque has a rich and storied athletic tradition. The history of sports at the University of Dubuque spans more than a century of events influenced by leading coaches and defined by student-athletes.
Founded in 1852, the University of Dubuque was involved in physical activities as early as 1866. UD women competed in its first intercollegiate competition—a volleyball game in 1974. A year later, UD added women’s golf and won their first women’s conference championship. Women’s basketball was officially added in 1976, but UD played the sport early in the 1900s competing in the Dubuque City League and against local club teams. Today the University supports 23 teams and numerous intramural sports in state-of-the-art facilities. Sports at the University continue to evolve, reflecting the changing trends and interests in athletics.
The changes in facilities, including construction and remodeling of varsity and practice sites, represent the physical plant evolution of sports at UD. The stories behind these building efforts demonstrate the University's resilience in the face of challenges an appreciation for tradition, with a vision for the future.