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Athletics at Webster

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Even before Webster University (formerly Loretto College) built its first gymnasium in 1920, students engaged in sports such as tennis and basketball. An annual Field Day was held behind Webster Hall.


For many years, basketball and volleyball were the two main sports. Other sports featured in yearbooks, photographs, etc. include archery, bowling, field hockey, track, swimming, tennis, and softball.


In 1984, Webster University began its intercollegiate program with men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s basketball as its inaugural sports. The following year the university officially joined the NCAA as a Division III school. The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) began play in 1990 with Webster as a charter member.


For most of Webster’s history, athletics have been a part of campus life. Long before we had official mascots and conference memberships, students played hard and had fun. Today’s student athletes continue to impress and inspire us with their dedication and hard work.


Photographs and other materials courtesy of the Webster University Archives and Webster Athletics. Thank you to Niel DeVasto, Sports Information Director, for his assistance with this display. Materials originally on display at the Emerson Library in October 2010.