Bridgewater College encourages participation in athletics by fostering a challenging and versatile athletic program.
Through the dedication of coaches and support staff, the Bridgewater College athletics department provides a meaningful athletic experience for the student-athlete while in the pursuit of success in conference, regional and national competition. Bridgewater College student-athletes develop leadership, discipline, teamwork and perseverance, as they grow as students, athletes and future professionals. The athletics department strives to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among student athletes and athletics staff. Facilities, staffing and resources are prioritized to aid in recruitment and competitive advantage. The coaches and staff act as a connective fiber among students, faculty, staff and the local community.
The College sponsors 12 intercollegiate programs for women-basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball. The College also sponsors 11 intercollegiate teams for men-baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field. The athletic program supports a cheerleading squad, a dance team and a Pep Band that perform at home football and basketball games.
The College is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and follows guidelines and policies set forth by this governing body. Bridgewater’s teams compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).
The College also offers a full array of intramural and club sport opportunities.
Bridgewater College owns and operates the Bridgewater College Equestrian Center (BCEC) in Weyers Cave, about 10 minutes from campus. The College’s equestrian program is based at the BCEC and includes classroom instruction, riding lessons (credit and non-credit) and riding team activities.
The equestrian teams practice, train and host collegiate horse shows at the BCEC, competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, Intercollegiate Dressage Association and United States Eventing Association shows.
The BCEC has boarding facilities available for student-owned horses on an advance reservation basis. Please contact the BCEC staff at 540-480-7850 for information on boarding options.