|Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers|
|University||Tennessee State University|
|Conference||Ohio Valley Conference|
|NCAA||Division I (FCS)|
|Athletic director||Dr. Mikki Allen|
|Varsity teams||7 men's & 8 women's|
|Football stadium||Nissan Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Gentry Complex|
|Softball stadium||Tiger Field|
|Mascot||Aristocat the Tiger|
|Colors||Reflex blue and white|
The Tennessee State Tigers and Lady Tigers are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Tennessee State University (TSU), located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The Tigers athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and competes in the NCAA Division I, including the Football Championship Subdivision. The women's track team is also known as the Tigerbelles. As a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, Tennessee State is one of two HBCU competing in Division I that is not a member of an athletic conference made up entirely of historically black institutions (MEAC and SWAC), the other being Hampton University of the Big South. The TSU mascot is Aristocat the Tiger, and the school colors are blue and white.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Cross country||Cross country|
|Track and field†||Track and field†|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.|
Men's Basketball: Gentry Center
Women's Basketball: Gentry Center
Softball: Tiger Stadium
Tennis: TSU Tennis Court Complex
Indoor Track & Field: Gentry Center
Outdoor Track & Field: Edward S. Temple Track
Volleyball: Kean Hall
In 1957, coach John McClendon and three-time All-American Dick Barnett led the then-Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State University to become the first historically black college (HBCU) to win a national basketball title, winning the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship. The school went on to win the NAIA title again in 1958 and '59.
The women's track and field team won the championship of the Amateur Athletic Union national senior outdoor meet for all athletes 13 times in 1955–1960, 1962, 1963, 1965–1967, 1969 and 1978. The team likewise won the AAU national indoor championship 14 times in 1956–1960, 1962, 1965–1969 and 1978–1980.
In 2014, From the Rough was released which is a movie based on a true story about the successes and challenges of the first African-American woman (Dr. Catana Starks) to coach a Division I college men's golf team. Starks helped develop several noteworthy golfers at Tennessee State such as Sean Foley and Robert Dinwiddie.
In 2016, the men's basketball team ranked 17th in the nation for increase in home attendance. During the 2015-2016 basketball season, the men's team tied the school record for the most Division I wins with 20.
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