Lyons Pride


Wheaton College fields 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams that compete as members of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Wheaton also sponsors synchronized swimming, one of the oldest programs in the world. 

The Lyons have won NCAA Division III National Championships, while 64 student-athletes have been crowned individual national champions. Over the last decade, the Lyons have won 29 NEWMAC championships during both regular and tournament seasons. 

One of Wheaton’s three Rhodes Scholars was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team. Student-athletes have been named to the dean’s list 1,371
times (3.5 GPA or higher) since spring 2013. Lyon student-athletes have earned 668 NEWMAC Academic All-Conference accolades through fall 2018.

The Wheaton Athletic Mentors (WAMs), serve as “Academic Captains”, providing support with the adjustment to life as a collegiate student-athlete, and are members of the student-athlete advisory council.

860 student-athletes competed on 14 club teams in 2018-19, while 252 individuals participated in Grit ‘n Wit mental and physical obstacle course during Parents and Family Weekend. Wheaton recreation saw 2,140 group exercise participants in 2018-19. In its 28th year, the Head of the Peacock boat race, one of Wheaton’s most popular events.

Lyons in the Community:

  • 55% of student-athletes are active in campus activities and employment, in addition to their sports, such as serving in the Student Government Association and working in Residential Life and Admissions.
  • 100% of student-athletes participate in community service projects during their four years, including cancer awareness events (Dig Pink, Play 4 Kay); juvenile diabetes awareness; Special Olympics; local youth camps, clinics, and events; and sexual assault education.
  • 45% of student-athletes have, on average, an international experience during their four years (junior year study abroad, summer fellowship, international team trip, etc.).
  • 6 teams have partnered with Team IMPACT, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illness through the power of team.
  • 9 “AllWheaAre” programs in fall 2018 drew a total attendance of 1,097student-athletes, in a campaign promoting character, performance, involvement, and self-care.