In 1963 Belmont joins the Volunteer State Athletic Conference (VSAC) in basketball. In 1972 The Bruins win the VSAC championship, the first conference championship in school history.
History of the Bruins
The Belmont Bruins are an NCAA Division I basketball team competing since the late 1950s. The team is based out of Nashville, Tennessee, and plays its home games at the Curb Event Center on campus. Over the years, they have established themselves as one of college basketball's most successful programs, with numerous conference titles and trips to the NCAA Tournament.
In their early days in Division I, Belmont was part of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). 1988-2012, they won 11 regular season championships and 8 tournament titles, including 4 consecutive OVC Tournament Championships from 2006-2009. This success led them to move up to Atlantic Sun Conference in 2012, where they continued winning by claiming 3 more regular season championships and 2 tournament titles before joining the current conference home - The Ohio Valley Conference - for the 2019–20 school year.
Throughout all these successes over these past few decades, there have been some truly remarkable players who have put on a Bruin uniform, including NBA Hall Of Famer Ian Clark, who played for Belmont during the 2011–12 season, All-American Craig Bradshaw (2014), First Team All OVC selection Kerron Johnson (2013), three-time Player Of Year award winner Jami Cornwell(2016 & 2017) among others.
In addition to all this success on the court over the last several years under Head Coach Rick Byrd’s tenure since 1986, Belmont also stands out off the court due to its commitment towards academics, having placed 28 student-athletes onto Academic All-District teams between the 2014 & 2018 seasons combined. With such an impressive athletically and academic track record, it should be no surprise that many consider Bruins one best mid-major programs nationwide today!
College Sports Established
1981 - Present / NCAA Division I
1989 - 2004 / NAIA Division I
2022 - Present / Missouri Valley Conference
2012 - 2022 / Ohio Valley Conference
2001 - 2012 / Atlantic Sun Conference
1996 - 2001 / Independent
Bruins - The Belmont Bruins are among the most popular NCAA teams in college sports. But do you know where their nickname came from? The origins of the Belmont Bruins can be traced back to a student-led campaign that began in 1996.
At that time, students wanted to choose a mascot and name for their team that reflected school spirit and pride. After much debate, they decided on "Bruins" as they symbolized strength, courage, and determination—traits all athletes strive for during competition.
In addition to its emotional connotations, the word itself is derived from an Old English term meaning “brown bear” or “black bear” – two animals known for being powerful yet agile creatures with great endurance—all qualities any successful athlete needs! It seemed appropriate, given Belmont's athletic prowess across many different sports.
To further emphasize this concept even more so than just using "Bruins," students chose two mascots: Bruiser (a brown bear) and Blaze (a black panther). These characters embody physical strength and mental toughness, traits necessary when competing at any level against tough opponents! Furthermore, having these mascots helps add another layer of fun to attending games while showing off school spirit too!
All things considered - there's no doubt why fans have embraced 'Belmont Bruins' as its official moniker since then; after all these years later, it still captures what makes this program special - sheer dedication & resilience combined with a sense of community & camaraderie amongst players & fans alike who support them every step along the way towards victory!
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