When it’s time to play, play hard.

Whether you’re a varsity student-athlete or just playing for bragging rights in intramural sports, UPIKE offers students the chance to compete, be healthy and have fun! You’re joining a great team, including coaches, faculty and the entire UPIKE community.


  • Mascot: Pikey the Bear / Bears
  • Colors: Orange, Black, White
  • Affiliation: NAIA
  • Conference: Mid-South Conference
  • Varsity Teams: 25 (11 men’s; 10 women’s, 4 co-ed)
  • Athletic Director: Robert Staggs (Interim)
  • Director of Athletic Communications: Rick Bentley

Athletic Highlights

  • National Championships: 9
  • Conference Championships: 38
  • All-Americans: 67
  • Academic All-Americans: 267

• Archery


Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball 

Men’s Bowling

Women’s Bowling 


Men’s Cross Country

Women’s Cross Country




Men’s Golf

Women’s Golf 

Men’s Soccer

Women’s Soccer 


Men’s Swimming

Women’s Swimming

Tennis Women’s

Tennis Men’s

Men’s Track and Field

Women’s Track and Field


• Men’s Wrestling

basketball player dunking

Catch high flying Bears basketball at the Appalachian Wireless Arena

volleyball player hitting ball

Cheer on the Bears volleyball team at the UPIKE Gymnasium

band performing at football game

The UPIKE marching band is a crowd favorite at athletic events – they take school spirit to a whole new level.

dance team cheering
football team running out of tunnel