Chicago State Cougars

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Chicago State Cougars
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University Chicago State University
Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Nino Berticelli (Acting)
Location Chicago, IL
Varsity teams 12 (14 in 2014)
Basketball arena Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center
Baseball stadium New Baseball Stadium at Chicago State[1]
Soccer stadium To be determined
Other arenas Jacoby D. Dickens Center (volleyball)
Nickname Cougars
Colors
     Evergreen       White
Website www.gocsucougars.com

The Chicago State Cougars are the varsity athletic teams representing Chicago State University of Chicago, Illinois in intercollegiate athletics. The university currently sponsors twelve varsity teams.[2] The Cougars compete in NCAA Division I and are members of the Western Athletic Conference, joining that conference on July 1, 2013.[2]

Teams[edit]

Chicago State University currently sponsors seven men's and seven women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports with men's and women's soccer to be added:[3]

  • * = The new Cougars women's soccer team will start competition in the WAC in the Fall of 2014. The inauguration of the men's soccer team is "pending."

Program History[edit]

Melvin Bland was the first CSU student athlete to gain NAIA All-American status in 1974 as a wrestler. Tyrone Everhart also was a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American wrestler the same year. Fred Evans as a sophomore became the first black swimmer ever to win a National Championship in 1975.[4] The Chicago State University Ice Hockey Team produced 2 NCAA Division 2 All-Americans in the 1975–76 season. George Hansen and Bob Janecyk were selected in 1975–76 to the NCAA (College Division) West All-American Team. Janecyk was selected two more times designated as an NCAA (College Division) West All-American Team goaltender for CSU in 1976–77 and 1977–78. He went on to play for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.[5] The first NAIA District #20 Championship Team in any sport was the 1975 wrestling team, which captured the NAIA District #20 Championship coached by Dr. James G. Pappas. The Cougar Wrestling Team also won District #20 titles in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.

In 1984, the CSU Men's Basketball Team captured third place at the NAIA National Championships.[6] The team's performance throughout the tournament was as follows:

Chicago State (Ill.) 79, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 62

Chicago State 105, Kearney State (Neb.) 104 2OT

Chicago State 68, Chaminade (Hawaii) 66 (Quarterfinals)

Fort Hays State (Kan.) 86, Chicago State 84 OT (Semifinals)

Chicago State 86, Westmont (Calif.) 82 OT (3rd)

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics honors and All-Americans[edit]

  • 1974 – Melvin Bland – All-American – Third Team Wrestling
  • 1975 – Fred Evans – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1976 – Fred Evans – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1976 – Scott White – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1977 – Fred Evans – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1977 – John Ebito – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1978 – Ken Cyrus – All-American – Second Team Men's Basketball
  • 1979 – Chandler Mackey – All-American – Wrestling
  • 1979 – Joseph Curtis – All-American – Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1979 – Joseph Curtis – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1979 – Mike Eversley – All-American – Second Team Men's Basketball
  • 1980 – Chandler Mackey – All-American – Wrestling
  • 1980 – Derrick Hardy – All-American – Wrestling
  • 1980 – Ken Dancy – All-American – Second Team Men's Basketball
  • 1981 – Eric Blackmon – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1983 – Jon Jahnke Academic – All-American – Baseball
  • 1983 – Sherrod Arnold – All-American – First Team Men's Basketball
  • 1983 – Stanley Griffin – All-American – First Team Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1984 – Charles Perry – All-Tournament Team – First Team Men's Basketball
  • 1984 – Denise Bullocks – All-American – Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1984 – Denise Bullocks – Outstanding Performer – Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1984 – Denise Bullocks – Scholar-Athlete – Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1984 – Learando Drake – All-American – Third Team Men's Basketball
  • 1984 – Lionel Keys – All-American – Wrestling
  • 1986 – Jimmy McGriff – All-American – Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Chris Garrett – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – David Rogan – All-American – Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – David Rogan – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Deanail Mitchell – All-American – Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Deanail Mitchell – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Denise Bullocks – All-American – Women's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Denise Bullocks – All-American – Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Enos Watts – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Ron Walton – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field

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