American Athletic Conference
SMU sponsors 17 sports and competes in the American Athletic Conference at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics.
Ranking and Recognition
In the 2015-2016 season, SMU had 12 All-Americans, one Freshman All-American, seven AAC Players of the Year, two AAC Newcomers of the Year, 80 All-Conference award winners and three AAC Coaches of the Year.
In 2015-16, three SMU teams won conference championships and nine teams reached the postseason. Since 2013-14 has won 11 AAC Championships, tying with UConn and Tulsa for the most in the conference.
SMU recently announced plans to construct a new Indoor Performance Center, an outdoor natural grass football practice field and a new soccer stadium, another sign of the University's commitment to competing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. Recent construction in support of athletics includes Gerald J. Ford Stadium, the Loyd All-Sports Center, the Crum Basketball Center, the SMU Tennis Complex, the Miller Events Center and short-game course and indoor hitting bays at the Dallas Athletic Club. Numerous facilities and spaces have been renovated as well, including Moody Coliseum, the football offices, football locker room, team meeting rooms and football player lounge. In total, since 2001, SMU has invested almost $200 million in athletics facilities.
In February 2016, SMU broke ground on the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center/Barr-McMillion Natatorium, a new 42,000-square-foot facility that will feature an Olympic-sized, eight-lane indoor pool with a platform diving area, four springboards, a 10-meter tower, coaches’ offices, locker rooms and a classroom and meeting area.
In partnership with AT&T and the city of Dallas, SMU is a partner in Trinity Forest Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Coore & Crenshaw, Inc., which features a world-class practice facility, clubhouse and practice academy for SMU's golf teams.