Govs and Lady Govs Athletics
APSU competes in NCAA Division I as part of the Ohio Valley Conference. Our sports include football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis and cross-country for the men, and basketball, volleyball, tennis, cross-country, softball, indoor/outdoor track, golf, soccer and cheerleading for women.
The Govs and Lady Govs have a long-standing tradition of winning on the court/field as well as in the classroom. The women’s basketball team went to the NCAA tournament in 2009. The men won back-to-back OVC regular season titles in 2002-04 and 2006-08 and played in the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and 2008 and the NIT in 2004 and 2007. The Govs baseball team has won the OVC regular season in 2003, 2004 and 2007 and the OVC Tournament in 2005 and 2007. Also, the men's golf team has won the OVC Tournament in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2009.
Most recently, the entire APSU athletic department was awarded the Ohio Valley Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award in 2008-09.
The official student fan group of the Govs and Lady Govs, the purpose of the Peay!Nuts is to boost school pride. All APSU students are eligible to join, and can cheer "Let's Go Peay!" with other Peaymaniacs in the official Peay!Nut Gallery at all APSU games.
Notable Govs and Lady Govs
Govs and Lady Govs athletes have also excelled at the professional level. Here are a few...
- James "Fly" Williams, 1970's streetball and ABA basketball legend.
- Bonnie Sloan (‘73), the first Austin Peay Governor to play in the National Football League and the first deaf player to play in the NFL.
- Percy Howard (‘75), former APSU basketball player, played wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys (1975). He caught a 34-yard TD pass in Super Bowl X for his only career NFL catch.
- Jeff Gooch (‘96), NFL player for Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions (1996-2004)
- Charles "Bubba" Wells (‘97), NBA player with Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns (1997-1998)
- Trenton Hassell (‘01), NBA player with Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets
- George Sherrill (‘99), relief pitcher for Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. Sherrill was the first APSU hurler named to the MLB All-Star team (2008).
- Jamie "Cat" Walker (‘92), relief pitcher for Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles.
- Jimmy Stewart (‘61), played for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros from 1963-73. He became the first APSU alum to play both in a Division League championship series and the World Series (1970, Reds).
- Michael Swift ('97), played cornerback in the NFL for San Diego (1997), Carolina (1999) and Jacksonville (2000).
- A.J. Ellis (‘03), catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Brooke Armistead ('03), APSU's all time leading scorer in women's basketball, she was the first OVC player in history to be drafted by the WNBA.
Get the latest information about APSU Athletics at their official Web site...http://www.letsgopeay.com.