|Conference||Peach Belt Conference|
MEAC (men's golf)
|NCAA||Division I in golf, Division II in all other sports|
|Athletic director||Clint Bryant|
|Basketball arena||Christenberry Fieldhouse|
|Baseball stadium||Jaguar Field|
Lake Olmstead Stadium
|Colors||Navy and Gray|
The Augusta Jaguars (formerly Augusta State Jaguars and Georgia Regents Jaguars) are the varsity athletics, consisting of six men's and seven women's sports, teams that play for Augusta University (AU) in Augusta, Georgia. All teams compete at the Division II level of the NCAA except for men's and women's golf, which compete at the Division I level. AU competes in the East Division of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Men's golf is a single-sport member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and women's golf competes as an independent.
AU's colors are a dark blue and gray. They have two main rivals: the USC-Aiken Pacers, located 30 minutes away and a PBC division foe, and the Paine College Lions, a city rival; Paine College is located on 15th Street across from the Health Sciences campus of AU.
The Jaguars compete in 13 different sports:
The men's golf team has made a name for itself over the years competing at the Division I level, with multiple NCAA Championships appearances. It made history in 2010, winning the National Championship, and repeating as back-to-back champions in 2011. They annually host a collegiate tournament hosted at Forest Hills. Since 2014, the men's golf team has been a member of the MEAC; it is that league's first-ever associate member in any sport, and also the first school with any level of MEAC membership that is not a historically black institution.
The team's regular season qualified the team for the postseason with nine consecutive top-five finishes, including three wins under head coach Josh Gregory. After finishing sixth in medal play to qualify for the NCAA's new playoff format, the Jaguars defeated Georgia Tech 3-2 in the opening round, Florida State 4-1 in the semifinals, and host Oklahoma State 3-2 to win their first national title. Patrick Reed, Henrik Norlander, and Mitch Krywulycz all won their matches against the top-seeded Cowboys, with Krywulycz clinching the victory on the first extra hole.
In the NCAA National Championship, the team:
Featuring four future professional players on its roster, the 2011 men's golf squad took down Georgia 3-2 in the final after taking down Georgia Tech 3-2 and then host Oklahoma State 3-2 in the semifinals. The title made the Jags the first team since the 1984-1985 Houston squad to repeat as Division I National Champions.
Head coach Josh Gregory, who led both squads, accepted a job with his alma mater SMU after winning the second title.
The women's program gained steadily competing as a Division I independent on its men's counterpart, competing in back-to-back NCAA Regionals in 2011 and 2012, the team's first back-to-back postseason appearance. The teams hosts an annual tournament at Forest Hills Golf Club that attracts many top-50 teams.
Men's hoops is one of the most popular sports at the university, and are frequently near the top of the PBC standings and show in the national rankings. The 2008-2010 squads set a high standard of success, going to three consecutive Elite Eights, including a national title game appearance in 2008.
Garret Siler graduated holding the NCAA record for field goal percentage, and played a short stint with the Phoenix Suns afterwards.Ben Madgen also enjoyed a highly decorated career as a Jaguar, and went on to a stellar career in the NBL in Australia, where he hailed from.
NCAA Division II title game appearances: One (2008)
NCAA Elite Eights: Three (2008, 2009, 2010)
NCAA Tournament appearances: Nine, most recently in 2014.
The women's hoops team has had runs of success, with a 2004 Elite Eight appearance and final ranking in the top 10. They enjoyed a 20-win season in 2012, clinching the PBC East division crown.
The squad competes in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
The head baseball coach is Chris Howell. All home baseball games in 2019 are scheduled at Jaguar Field on the Forest Hills Campus after playing at Lake Olmstead Stadium for most of their home games from 2009 to 2013 and all of their home games from 2014 to 2018.
Shannon Wilkerson set a high standard for the team, garnering Division II Player of the Year honors in 2009 and getting drafted by the Boston Red Sox as he became the first player to earn back-to-back All-American honors.
Augusta softball plays their home games at Jaguar Field, and reached four consecutive NCAA Regionals from 2008-2012 - finishing within one game twice of advancing the Super Regionals in that span. Kacee Camp became the first Jaguar in school history to earn Academic All-American honors in 2012, batting .390 and graduating with a 3.88 GPA in Biology.
Competing in what is regarded as one of the premier tennis conferences in Division II with plenty of teams dotting the NCAA Top 25 rankings annually, the men's tennis team has enjoyed consistent success as they keep qualifying for NCAA Tournament play.
In 2012, the team enjoyed its winningest season ever, notching a 19-10 record as they defeated conference foes Lander and Columbus State, then upset No. 17 Drury and No. 9-ranked Grand Valley State in consecutive matches to make their first Final Four appearance. The team finished the year ranked No. 9 and placed Bernardo Fernandes on the All-American squad, both firsts.
The squad is coached by Micahel McGrath.
The women's squad has earned nine NCAA Regional berths since 1999, and is coached by Michael McGrath. Their home matches are played at Newman Tennis Center.
In 1992, the women's team won the Peachbelt Conference, under coach Richard Hatfield. Senior Cheri Cathey, juniors Andrea Barnes and Kimberley Kile and Freshman Courtley Winter and Aimee Woo were named to All Conference.
The women's volleyball team hosts their home matches in Christenberry Fieldhouse, and is coached by Sharon Bonaventure. The Jaguars still hold the PBC record for most aces per set, at 3.20 from the 1992 squad. The 2009 edition enjoyed success behind the power of Jessica Howard, who was named a Daktronics Second-Team All-American.
The men's cross country team was restarted in 2011 and immediately made an impact, winning the conference championship in 2011 and then stepping up further by finishing third in the 2013 Southeast Regional to advance to the NCAA National Championships.
They host the Jaguar Invitational annually in Augusta, Ga.
The women's team set a new program best by qualifying for the 2008 NCAA Championships after a second-place finish in the Southeast Regional. They won three events, with another two top-five finishes on the season. They finished second in the 2011 PBC Championships, and are coached by Adam Ward.
|Name||Sport||Years at AU||Highest level played|
|Shannon Wilkerson||Baseball||2007-09||AAA baseball - Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)|
|Gary Boodnikoff||Basketball||1999-02||National Basketball League (Australia)|
|Kavossy Franklin||Basketball||1998-99||National Basketball League (Australia) - Harbour Heat|
|Greg Hire||Basketball||2009-10||National Basketball League (Australia) - Perth Wildcats|
|Ben Madgen||Basketball||2007-10||National Basketball League (Australia) - Sydney Kings|
|A.J. Bowman||Basketball||2005-08||Ola Verde - Mexico|
|Fred Brathwaithe||Basketball||2009-10||Germany - Leipzig|
|Richard Johnson||Golf||1991-95||PGA Tour|
|Henrik Norlander||Golf||2008-11||PGA Tour|
|Taylor Smith||Golf||1985-86||PGA Tour|
|Vaughn Taylor||Golf||1996-99||PGA Tour|
|Patrick Reed||Golf||2010-11||PGA Tour|
|Jamie Elson||Golf||1999-2001||European Tour|
|Gary Murphy||Golf||1992-94||European Tour|
|Scott Jamieson||Golf||2002-05||European Tour|
|David Park||Golf||1995-96||European Tour|
|Oliver Wilson||Golf||2000-03||European Tour|
|Jake Amos||Golf||2008-09||EuroPro Tour|
|Wallace Booth||Golf||2004-07||Challenge Tour|
|James Heath||Golf||2003||Challenge Tour|
|Janne Kaske||Golf||2006-09||Challenge Tour|
|Major Manning||Golf||2003-06||Web.com Tour|
|Jay Haas, Jr.||Golf||1999-2003||eGolf Tour|
|Mitch Krywulvcz||Golf||2007-11||eGolf Tour|
|Carter Newman||Golf||2007-11||eGolf Tour|
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