VMI believes that all cadets are athletes and all athletes are cadets. Athletics at VMI form an integral part of the mission to develop the whole person.
VMI’s proud intercollegiate athletic history dates back to 1866 with the formation of a baseball team. In 1892, Cadet Walter H. Taylor served as captain and coach of the first football team.
VMI fields 18 teams on the NCAA Division I level: baseball, basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, football, lacrosse, men’s and women’s rifle, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field, women’s water polo and wrestling.
VMI also boasts a thriving Club Sports Program administered by the Deputy Commandant. While the sports vary from year to year based on the interests of the cadets, the standard sports include boxing, men’s and women’s rugby, ice hockey, basketball, marathon, trap and skeet, triathlon, power lifting, paintball, and wrestling. New cadets may join a club sport in full member status after the ratline ends.