Athletics and Recreation

Bethany College is a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Varsity women’s and men’s teams participate in the Presidents’Athletic Conference. Members of the Conference, in addition to Bethany, are Chatham, Franciscan, Geneva, Grove City, Saint Vincent, Thiel, Washington & Jefferson, Waynesburg, and Westminster. Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve are associate members of the PAC in football. The Bethany Men’s Lacrosse program competes in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference. Men’s teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track. Women’s teams compete in basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, cross country, swimming, and indoor and outdoor track.

Equestrian is offered as a co-educational club sport.

Each year, club sports provide Bethany students with opportunities to compete as well. Past clubs have included Soccer, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and Softball. Bethany’s popular Outdoors Club provides opportunities for hiking, skiing, and whitewater rafting, for both men and women.

A wide variety of sports is offered to the entire student body through Bethany’s intramural program. Facilities for numerous individual or group athletic, health, and recreation activities are located on or nearby the campus.

The Thomas Phillips Johnson Recreation Center provides facilities for excellent recreational activities, including a large gymnasium, fitness arena, a swimming pool, courts for racquet sports, a weight room, and an exercise area. A fitness center in Cummins Community Center allows students 24-hour access to state-of-the-art training equipment.