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Work hard, play hard, compete hard, and come out on top. Join Green Terror athletics on the field, court, or track and discover what you're really made of. Your legacy as an NCAA Division III college athlete at McDaniel College awaits. 

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Apply as a Student-Athlete

Are you ready to become an NCAA Division III college athlete? McDaniel College admissions counselors are standing by to support your journey to the Hill. They'll put you in touch with members of the McDaniel community and answer all of your questions about sports recruitment and applying.

Meet Your Admissions Counselor.

Get Recruited Today

Connect with McDaniel coaches!

Visit for a Home Game

Games are free to attend and open to visitors (and our tailgating at Gill Stadium is nationally famous). 

Compete in the Centennial Conference

McDaniel College is a charter member of the Centennial Conference, one of the elite conferences in NCAA Division III (DIII). Founded in 1981, the conference includes Bryn Mawr College, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Haverford College, Johns Hopkins University, Muhlenberg College, Swarthmore College, Ursinus College, and Washington College.

Being a student-athlete at McDaniel College allows you to pursue your athletic passion, and balance it with an outstanding academic experience.

Brittany Lang Athletics

NEW: Head coach for women's cross country and track & field

Brittany Lang has been promoted to head coach of the women's cross country and track & field teams at McDaniel. Lang, who came to McDaniel in the fall of 2022, takes over for Doug Renner who will continue his duties as head coach of the men's cross country and track & field teams.



+ Intramural Sports

What are intramural sports? Intramural sports are open for anyone to participate and learn a new sport or practice a familiar one. Players compete only with their fellow students for the purpose of having fun and staying active.

Diversify your playing time by registering for fall and spring intramural sports: Basketball | Flag Football | Dodgeball | FootGolf | Indoor Soccer | Dodgeball | Pickleball | Volleyball

Join an intramural.

Transferring as a Student-Athlete From Division I to Division III

Ben Stapleton '20 started out playing football at a Division I school, but something was missing. When he transferred to McDaniel College, he found family on and off the football field.

McDaniel is a transfer-friendly school, with block transfer and dual admissions with Carroll Community College.

Show Your Love for Athletics

Get Your Spirit Wear

All your green and gold gear can be found at the McDaniel College Barnes and Noble Bookstore. You'll be fully decked out in your best spirit wear for the next big game.

Green and Gold Fund

Support student-athletes by making a gift to the Green and Gold Fund. Keep an eye out for the annual Green and Gold Challenge for opportunities to have your gift matched and participate in a competitive day of giving in support of your favorite team! 

Return as an Alum

Alumni have a standing invitation to return to the Hill and cheer at home games, or enjoy memorial games and events that celebrate athletics alumni! The newest generations of Green Terrors love to connect with alumni and meet McDaniel sports legends.

The Power of Team

More than 30% of McDaniel’s 1,800 undergraduates are student-athletes. With over 20 intercollegiate teams, plus intramurals and club sports, athletics are embedded into the McDaniel experience and culture. Your classmates become your #1 fans — and don’t be surprised if you see your First Year Seminar professor at the most important competition of the season.

Bring Your A(+) Game. McDaniel College student-athletes consistently achieve GPAs above the college average and are recognized for their contributions on and off the field.


of senior award recipients at 2023 Commencement were athletes during their time on the Hill.

Tournament of Champions Spirit of Community

Our student-athletes volunteer annually with the Tournament of Champions. Read about how students get involved

Essential to the Game

Every Green Terror receives the empathy, respect, and support they need to succeed. Our goal is holistic wellness, and every McDaniel student-athlete benefits from the following resources:

Winning is about more than just sport.

That’s why our varsity head coaches are considered educators and work to support the college’s academic mission.

Faculty Care

McDaniel’s Athletics Faculty Mentor Program pairs a sports team with a faculty member who cheers you on and provides advice when you need it. This guarantees close ties between athletics and academic development at the college, so that grit and resilience are in everything we do.

Your Network

Green Terror blood runs deep, and the loyal connections you make on the Hill will last a lifetime. Alums return annually for alumni games and networking opportunities with current players, giving you the competitive edge when it comes to landing your first (or next) career opportunity.

Top Tailgating in the Nation

No one does tailgating like McDaniel, and that’s been true for more than a century. We have a national reputation for our one-of-a-kind drive-in gamedays at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium.

  • The Weather Channel named McDaniel the No. 6 tailgating school in the nation. Our famous drive-in stadium and passionate fans put McDaniel among six Division I universities in the “Top Tailgaters” show, the only non-Division I school recognized.
  • Southern Living magazine named McDaniel one of the top 20 tailgaters in the U.S.
  • The Daily Meal named McDaniel a Best College Tailgate. McDaniel ranks at No. 8 and is the only non-Division I school to make the list.

All students join the tradition by making the most of gameday — attendance is free for students and community members. And Greek organizations have a long history of painting the grass bowl around the stadium, competing for recognition of “Best Letters on the Hill,” awarded annually at Homecoming.

A female student leans over to spray paint on grass by the McDaniel football field with campus building in the background.
Photo of a student using a weightlifting machine in Merritt Fitness Center.

Find what moves you at McDaniel. McDaniel Fitness and Recreation

You can stay active at McDaniel in all your favorite ways, whether that’s going for a jog around the Hill, gardening at the McDaniel Environmental Center, or scoring a hole-in-one at the on-campus golf course. The Hill is home to professional-grade sport and fitness facilities where you can enjoy independent and group recreation. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even add courses on activities like yogalates and weight training to your course schedule.

Green Terror at football game

You might be wondering... What is a Green Terror?

The Green Terror first appeared in the Oct. 15, 1923, edition of the Western Maryland Monthly. The article recounts a football game between McDaniel (known as Western Maryland College at the time) and Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia. Although McDaniel lost by a 19-7 margin, the 11 players fielded that day were called “green terrors.”

The name has come to represent the spirit of the McDaniel community both on and off the athletic field. The Green Terror reigns as the symbol of the deep-rooted commitment to excellence and perseverance found on the Hill.

Team photo of men's soccer in Costa Rica.

Blog: Men's Soccer Travels to Costa Rica Explore the World With Your Team

The 2024 men's soccer team spent eight days in Costa Rica with stops in San Jose, Dominical, Ventanas Beach, El Silencio, and Nauyaca Falls.

The Green Terror participated in two international friendly matches and activities like white water rafting, ziplining, and cultural tours.

Senior Nick Lewis blogged about the experience: "Overall, this was the trip of the lifetime with the friends of a lifetime. I know I'll never forget the experiences. 10/10," he wrote.

Become a Champion at McDaniel


Conference Team Championships

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Individual Conference Champions


Centennial Conference Sport Scholar-Athletes of the Year


Overall Scholar-Athletes of the Year

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Individual National Champions

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Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, One Honored 3 Separate Times


Maryland & D.C. Collegiate Association of Athletics Administrators Postgraduate Scholarship Winners


Academic All-Americans (2 Hall of Famers)



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