The University of Virginia
's athletics program have been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference
since 1953. The current Athletic Director at Virginia is Craig Littlepage
. The Virginia Cavaliers
, also called "Wahoos" or "Hoos", have won 21 recognized national championships, 16 of them since 1980. Virginia has won multiple national titles in six different sports, including three men's sports (lacrosse
, 7; soccer
, 6; and boxing
, 2) and three women's sports (lacrosse
, 3; rowing
, 2; and cross country
, 2). It also holds a national championship in track and field
. The men's college basketball
team has won either the ACC regular season (1981, 1982, 1983, 1995, 2007) or ACC Tournament
(1976) titles six times and has been to the Final Four
twice, while the women's squad has been three times.
The football team won a share of the ACC Championship in both 1989 and 1995 (both before the conference had a championship game). After never reaching a bowl before 1984, the team has played in 17 bowl games since. The program is also notable for its recent high draft picks in the National Football League, including the #4 overall pick of 2006, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, and the #2 overall pick of 2008, Chris Long. The program is a party to three major rivalry games in the conference: the longest series in the ACC, the South's Oldest Rivalry with North Carolina; the Commonwealth Cup with Virginia Tech (part of the greater Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry); and the Beltway Brawl with Maryland. While the Cavaliers have played UNC more times (114) than any other rival, all of these opponents – North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Maryland – each list Virginia as their schools' longest-standing football rivals.
The new John Paul Jones Arena opened in the fall of 2006 for men's and women's basketball. It seats 14,593 fans, making it the third largest on-campus basketball facility in the ACC and the largest arena not located in a major metropolitan area. The arena's inaugural year witnessed the Virginia men's basketball team's first place finish in the ACC. The basketball program reached the final four in 1981 and 1984 and has 17 NCAA tournament appearances in its history.
Davenport Field, where the UVa baseball team plays, opened in 2002. In 2009, the baseball team won a place in the College World Series for the first time. In 2006, the men's lacrosse team won its fourth NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship, and sixth including the pre-tournament era. The soccer teams are also national powers, with men's soccer having won 6 national championships to date and the women's team is regularly ranked in the top 10 nationally. The teams play their home matches at Klöckner Stadium, the largest soccer stadium in the ACC. The men's team has been invited to the NCAA Tournament for 26 consecutive years and made the College Cup many times.