In 2004: The Lipscomb Bisons women’s basketball team wins their first Atlantic Sun Conference championship.
In 2018: The Lipscomb Bisons men’s soccer team wins their first ASUN Conference championship.
In 2021: Lipscomb alum Ahsan Asadullah is named the ASUN Conference men’s basketball Player of the Year.
History of the Bisons
The Lipscomb Bisons have a long and storied history in NCAA sports. Founded in 1891, the school has competed at the Division I level since 2001. The Bisons are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun), where they have won eight conference championships across multiple sports since joining in 2007.
In basketball, Lipscomb is one of only two schools to win an A-Sun regular season championship and tournament title in back-to-back seasons (2015 & 2016). They also made their first appearance on college basketball's biggest stage when they were invited to play Duke University as part of March Madness 2018. In addition, former player Garrison Mathews was named All A-Sun Player four times during his career with the team from 2015 - 2019 before being drafted by Washington Wizards this year!
Over on the diamond, baseball has been a consistent source of success for years, including winning six consecutive regular season titles between 2011 - 2016 and making it all way to College World Series Regional Finals last year! Unsurprisingly, many players who’ve gone through programs over the past few decades have become professional athletes too – most notably pitcher Casey Weathers who played MLB for Colorado Rockies from 2008 until 2014 after being selected 8th overall pick in the 2006 draft out of high school.
Finally, don't forget about other great programs like golf, tennis, and soccer softball, which consistently compete at the highest levels within their respective conferences! Whether you're looking to cheer your favorite sport or learn more about proud athletic traditions here at Lipscomb University, there are plenty of ways to get involved and show support. So next time you hear someone talking about bison athletics, tell them what ‘go bison' really means!
College Sports Established
1996 - Present / NCAA Division I
2003 - Present / ASUN Conference
2001 - 2003 / Independent
1996 - 2001 / TranSouth Athletic Conference
Bisons - The Lipscomb Bisons have been a part of the NCAA since 1948 and are one of the most beloved teams in college sports. But what is the origin behind their nickname?
When David Lipscomb College was founded in 1891, it didn’t take long for students to adopt a mascot. The bison had already become an iconic symbol of American strength and resilience, so it seemed an obvious choice. As such, they chose “Bisons” as their official school mascot and nicknamed themselves “the herd”—a nod to both their size (they were among the largest universities in Tennessee at that time) and strength (bison are known for being powerful animals).
Over time, however, this nickname has taken on additional meaning: it represents physical power and mental toughness—qualities that embody all successful athletes. This is why today, when you hear someone talk about “the herd," they usually refer to Lipscomb's athletic program members who demonstrate tenacity even when faced with adversity or overwhelming odds against them.
In short: if you want proof that hard work pays off no matter how big or small your team may be, look no further than the resilient spirit embodied by "the herd" — aka The Lipscomb Bisons!
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