The University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff (UAPB) is a historically black university located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Founded in 1873, University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff is the second oldest public institution in the state of Arkansas. UAPB is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It is known popularly by its moniker the “Flagship of the Delta.”
UAPB’s colors are black and gold and their nickname is the Golden Lions.
Arkansas–Pine Bluff’s sports teams have participated in NCAA Division I in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) since re-joining the conference in 1998, and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) for football. Home football games are held at Golden Lion Stadium. Men’s sports also include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field; while women’s sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The Lions participated in the SWAC Championship Game for the first time in 2006 after recording a 7–2 conference record. The Alabama A&M Bulldogs defeated the Lions (22–13) in the championship game. The Lions finished that season with an overall record of 8–4.
The Lions won the SWAC Championship on December 8, 2012 against Jackson State in Birmingham, Alabama. UAPB finished the 2012 season 10-2 and are the 2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference champions.
In 2009–2010, for the first time in school history, the women’s soccer team won the SWAC tournament and made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time ever. Also the men’s basketball team received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament as champions of the SWAC. The Golden Lions won the opening round game against Winthrop and were awarded the #16 seed in the South Region. The team was eliminated from the tournament in the following round by Duke who ultimately became the NCAA Champions.