One of the best ways to show school spirit is supporting your school’s sports teams. College students are the best at showing love for their teams — you can always count on the student section bleachers to be the fullest and loudest at any college football or basketball game. Samford University athletics are an exciting activity to be part of. Before attending a game, it’s important to know some background about the Samford Bulldogs, who the coaches are, what the different stadiums are, where to find the schedules, and how to get tickets. All of that information and more can be found right here in our Samford University Student’s Sports Guide!


About the Samford Bulldogs:

  • Mascot: Bulldog
  • Conference: Southern
  • Division: NCAA Division I


Samford University is a private university in Birmingham, Alabama. They formed their first athletic team, men’s basketball, in 1878. They officially became the Bulldogs in 1916, deciding against the secondary choice of the Bears and foregoing their previous mascot, the Tigers. They became part of the NCAA in 1971 and have participated in multiple championships.


Athletic Schedules:

The entire Samford University athletic schedule can be found in on this calendar. For individual sports schedules, visit the Samford athletics website, and select a sport from the Sports header in the navigation bar to view the schedule.   



  • Student and General Admission Tickets: Samford Ticket Central Online
  • Box Office Hours and Phone: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., (205) 726-3647
  • Samford Employees: Receive up to two complimentary tickets by swiping their employee ID at the entrance on the day of the game. Must purchase general admission tickets for all other games.
  • Children: 12-year-olds and younger get in free to all events


Head Coaches:

  • Baseball: Casey Dunn
  • Basketball (Men’s): Scott Padgett
  • Basketball (Women’s): Mike Morris
  • Football: Chris Hatcher
  • Golf (Men’s): Al DelGreco
  • Golf (Women’s): Haley Wilson
  • Soccer: Todd Yelton
  • Softball: Mandy Burford
  • Tennis (Men’s): Rahim Esmail
  • Tennis (Women’s): David Vest
  • Track and Field/Cross Country: Rod Tiffin
  • Volleyball: Keylor Chan


2017–18 Coaches. For coach updates, visit the Samford Staff Directory.


Stadiums, Fields, and Facilities:

  • Seibert Stadium — Seibert Stadium is the home stadium for the Samford football team. It was built in 1958 and has a capacity of 6,700. The original grass turf was replaced in 2005 with LSR Blade synthetic surface. Also part of the stadium, the Sullivan-Cooney Family Field House provides locker rooms, training rooms, meeting rooms, and coach offices for the football program.
  • Pete Hanna Center — The Pete Hanna Center is where Samford’s basketball teams and volleyball team compete. The arena seats 5,000 and serves as a fitness/wellness complex for the entire student body.
  • Joe Lee Griffin Field — The Samford baseball team plays their home games at the Joe Lee Griffin Field. The field includes a state-of-the-art scoreboard, a press box, lights, and fixed seating. The stadium was named in memory of Samford graduate Joe Lee Griffin, who played golf for Samford and became a successful businessman after graduation.
  • Samford Softball Field — The Samford Softball Field was renovated from corner to corner in 2013, presenting the Bulldogs with one of the best facilities in the Southern Conference. The facility includes a premier playing surface, dugouts, fixed seating, a press box, and a concession stand. It is adjacent to the J.T. Haywood Field House, an indoor hitting facility used by the softball and baseball teams.
  • Samford Track and Soccer Stadium — The Samford Track and Soccer Stadium is one of the university’s newest facilities, completed in 2011. It became the new home for the track and field and soccer teams. The complex includes a nine-lane track and a regulation soccer field, plus locker rooms, a ticket office, and a press box. Up to 1,200 observers can be seated in the stadium.
  • Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavilion — The Samford University men’s and women’s tennis teams practice and compete at the Pat M. Courington Tennis Pavilion. It contains three indoor courts and six NCAA outdoor courts. There are also locker rooms, offices, and restrooms.
  • Greystone Golf and Country Club — The Greystone Golf and Country Club is an off-campus golf course where the Samford Bulldog golf teams practice and compete. The club hosts university tournaments as well as major PGA tours.


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