Athletic Department Philosophy
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) Intercollegiate Athletics Program exists to afford students the opportunity to participate in a structured program of athletics as they work toward their college degrees.
Students participating in athletics must understand that although participation in athletics can be a rewarding and memorable aspect of the college experience, earning a degree should be their primary goal. They should be committed to regular attendance, academic integrity, and the realization of their academic potential.
There are educational values to be obtained through participation in a structured program of athletics. Athletic participation shall assist in the development of the whole individual: physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. Accordingly the welfare of student athletes is vitally important. UTPB student-athletes have access to health care and mental-health services as well as academic tutoring, counseling and advising as a means of contributing to their well-being and development.
UTPB student-athletes are encouraged to interact with individuals from all areas of campus in order to enhance their social development and quality of life. They are encouraged to participate in student-life programs such as the Campus Activities Board, Student Senate, intramurals, campus clubs and student housing activities as a means of interacting with individuals of various races, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.
The Athletic Department strives to offer equitable participation opportunities to men and women as it fosters acceptance and discourages discrimination of any kind. The Athletic Department will strive to achieve diversity in its Administrative, Coaching and Support Staff positions.
The Athletic Department’s Administration, Coaching Staff, Support Staff and Athletes are committed to:
- Principles of sportsmanship and fair play
- Ethical activity in the areas of recruiting, athletic competition and academic achievement
- Amateurism in college sport
- Compliance with all NCAA, Lone Star Conference, and University of Texas System rules and regulations
UTPB Athletics at a Glance
The current athletic program was started in 1994 and is funded through student fees and public donations - state funds cannot be used. We support 16 varsity teams; over 400 students are involved in the athletic program as athletes, trainers and managers. Furthermore, admission to home athletic events is free to all UTPB students.
Men’s intercollegiate sports offerings include: football, soccer, cross-country, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, and baseball. Women’s intercollegiate sports offerings include: volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, swimming, golf, tennis, and softball. The UTPB athletics program is a NCAA Division II member and participates in the Lone Star Conference. A Lone Star Conference Championship was won by Men’s Basketball in 2017. As a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference, UTPB garnered conference championships in Volleyball (2007 & 2008), Baseball (2009), Men’s Basketball (2011), and Women’s Basketball (2013). Athletics awarded nearly $900,000 in athletic scholarships in 2016-2017. As a member of the NAIA Red River Conference, the Falcons won conference championships in volleyball (1999) and men’s soccer (2005).
General Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible to participate in Intercollegiate Athletics, students must meet all eligibility requirements set forth by the NCAA. Complete requirements are too numerous to list here. A thorough eligibility check is completed before the first competition each season. General eligibility guidelines are presented in following sections.
Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours to be eligible to compete. Students falling below 12 hours are ineligible. In order to assure that students participating in athletics do not fall below 12 hours, an academic hold is placed on the schedule of each participant during the semester(s) of competition. The Athletics Compliance Officer must be consulted before adds or drops can be made.
Freshmen must graduate from high school and meet ALL the following requirements to be eligible:
- Complete 16 core courses:
- Three years of English.
- Two years of math (Algebra 1 or higher).
- Two years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it).
- Three additional years of English, math or natural or physical science
- Two years of social science
- Four additional years of English, math, natural or physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
- Earn at least a 2.0 GPA in your core courses.
- Earn a SAT combined score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
Additional Information on Freshman Eligibility can be found here: http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/play-division-ii-sports
Transfer Eligibility Information
For information concerning transfer eligibility guidelines, please visit the NCAA website and review transfer regulations presented in the NCAA Transfer Guide. http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/current/want-transfer
The Director of Athletics is Dr. Steve Aicinena. His office is located in Gym 202. Any questions or concerns about the athletic program may be directed to him.
For Additional Information Please Contact: