Nashville is home to four separate Divison I college athletic programs, supporting the athletic departments of some of the schools in the city.
The Vanderbilt Commodores is a part of the Southeastern Conference and represents the athletic teams of Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is home to 16 different varsity teams, 14 of which play in the Southeastern Conference. The school’s bowling team and women’s lacrosse team are the only sports not involved in the division. The Vanderbilt Commodores are built up of men and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, and tennis; men’s baseball and football; and women’s soccer, swimming, and track and field.
The Tennessee State Tigers is a part of the Ohio Valley Conference, representing the athletic teams of Tennessee State University. The teams of Tennessee State are known as either the Tigers or the Lady Tigers. The sports represented in the Tigers’ conference are men and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track and field; men’s football; and women’s softball, tennis, and volleyball.
The Belmont Bruins are a part of the Ohio Valley Conference as well, though the program supports the athletic teams of Belmont University. The teams represented by the Belmont Bruins are men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, and track and field; men’s baseball; and women’s soccer, softball, and volleyball.
Lastly, the Lipscomb Bisons play for the Atlantic Sun Conference, representing Lipscomb University. The Bisons represent the 15 sports teams playing for the university. The teams include men and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field. The Bisons also represent the men’s baseball team, and the women’s softball and volleyball teams.