Buccaneer Athletic Tradition
Though Barry University is still young when it comes to intercollegiate athletics, it is a heavyweight when it comes to national success. Over the first 30 years of Buccaneer Athletics, Barry has already won 13 national championships -- three each in women's soccer, men's golf and volleyball and two each in women's tennis and men's tennis. In addition, Barry has crowned 277 All-Americans in 13 different sports and 319 Scholar All-Americans, sending numerous teams and individuals to post-season playoffs and national championship competitions.
The Buccaneer athletic program is one of the most competitive in NCAA Division II. The men's and women's tennis teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament 21 straight years. The women's tennis team earned their 23nd total bid in 2014, two more than men's tennis and three more than women's soccer.
The Bucs have advanced at least five of their 12 teams to NCAA post-season play in each of the last 19 years. In 2003-04, the Bucs set a school record with eight teams earning NCAA Tournament bids (men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s golf and rowing). They tied that mark, sending eight teams to the post-season in 2005-06 (women's soccer, volleyball, women's golf, men's golf, rowing, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis), 2009-10 (men's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, rowing, men's golf, women's golf, men's tennis and women's tennis) and 2010-11 (men's soccer, volleyball, rowing, men's golf, softball, baseball, men's tennis and women's tennis).
In 2012-13, the Bucs finished 13th in the Learfield Sports/NACDA Director's Cup compeition, their third highest finish, bolstered by national championships in both men's tennis and men's golf. It was the first time in school history that the Bucs had won two national titles in the same year. The rowing team came in second, women's golf finished third and women's tennis ended up tied for fifth. Along with a regional semifinal finish by softball, the Bucs compiled the most spring points of any school in Division II, the third time in four years that they were spring champions.
In 2001-02, seven of the Bucs' 12 teams earned NCAA Tournament bids, led by the volleyball team which won the national championship. Women's golf posted a second-place finish in their first trip to the national finals. Women's tennis finished third for the second straight year. Rowing was fourth at the first-ever national championship regatta. Softball finished fifth in their third trip to the national finals. And the women's soccer and men's tennis teams each reached the regional finals. Barry finished 11th overall in the competition and first among private institutions, thre second time they finished as the top private school in Division II (1997-98 when they finished third overall).
Barry's athletic program was guided to national prominence by Dr. G. Jean Cerra, who served as Director of Athletics from June 1991 until January 1998. Under her leadership, the Barry athletic program has attained overwhelming success at the conference, regional, and national levels. Barry has also gained acclaim for its emphasis on academics.
Since Fall of 2001, Barry's athletic teams have complied a combined cumulative GPA of better than 3.0 and in the Spring Semester of 2012, a record 72.5 percent of all student-athletes finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
Michael L. Covone, who served as Associate Athletic Director for 10 years and guided the Bucs to three NCAA Division II National Championships in women's soccer, was named Director of Athletics in January of 1998.
The Buccaneers compete in the prestigious Sunshine State Conference (SSC). Barry has won 57 SSC titles in 13 different sports since it joined the conference in 1988. The Buccaneers have also won the SSC Women's Mayor's Cup All-Sports Trophy on five occasions, in 1990-91, 1996-97, 1999-00, 2001-02 and 2005-06. In 2006-07, the Buccaneer men finally claimed a Mayor's Cup of their own, as none of the five teams finished outside the top three in the conference. The men were co-winners in 2008-09 for their second cup and took their third in 2010-11.
Barry's coaches have also claimed 54 Sunshine State Conference Coach-of-the-Year awards and nine National Coach-of-the-Year awards.
Barry University currently competes in 12 intercollegiate sports for men and women. Women's sports include basketball, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis.