Emporia State Hornets

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Emporia State Hornets
Logo
University Emporia State University
Conference MIAA
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Kent Weiser
Location Emporia, KS
Varsity teams 13
Football stadium Jones Field at Welch Stadium
Basketball arena Slaymaker Court at White Auditorium
Baseball stadium Glennen Field at Trusler Sports Complex
Mascot Corky the Hornet
Nickname Hornets
Fight song "Fight On Emporia!"
Colors
     Old Gold       Black
Website www.esuhornets.com
Athletics secondary logo

The Emporia State Hornets and Lady Hornets are the sports teams of Emporia State University located in Emporia, Kansas. They participate in the NCAA's Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).[1]

Sports[edit]

Overview[edit]

  • ESU Athletics has had four top four finishes since 2008 (Women's Basketball, 1st in 2010; Baseball, 2nd in 2009; Softball, 2nd in 2008; Men's Track and Field, 4th in 2011).[2]
  • ESU has produced 17 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 2000 to rank in the top 25 nationally.[2]
  • In 2003-04, ESU became the first school to have their football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and softball teams all advance to NCAA play in the same school year.[2]
  • ESU is the only school in the MIAA to have both their baseball and softball teams earn NCAA Tournament berths in each of the last nine years.[2]
  • ESU has averaged over 100,000 fans a year at home events over the last eight years.[2]
  • ESU has placed in the top 50 out of over 300 Division II schools nationally in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup for seven straight years with a high of 11th in 2007-08.[2]

Women's basketball[edit]

In March 2010, the Lady Hornets basketball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship, defeating the Fort Lewis College (Colorado) Skyhawks.[3]

In 1998, Emporia State's women's basketball team played in the NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Championship. The head coach for that team was Cindy Stein, who left to coach at the University of Missouri.

Softball[edit]

The softball team played for the national championship in 2006 and 2008.

Baseball[edit]

The baseball team played in the national championship game in 2009 and they were MIAA conference champions in 2011. They've played in 9 straight regional tournaments. The hornets have been pre-season ranked top 10 since 2009.

Football[edit]

The current football coach is Garin Higgins. The current head football coach at Emporia State is Garin Higgins, who has held the position since 2007. Higgins was an ESU quarterback from 1987-1990.[4] Past football coaches include Homer Woodson Hargiss, Jerry Kill, and Harold Elliott.

National championship games[edit]

EMPORIA STATE HORNETS CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Football

NAIA NATIONAL
RUNNERS UP

1989
Women's basketball

NCAA NATIONAL
RUNNERS UP

1998
Softball

NCAA NATIONAL
RUNNERS UP

2006
Softball

NCAA NATIONAL
RUNNERS UP

2008
Baseball

NCAA NATIONAL
RUNNERS UP

2009
Women's basketball

NCAA NATIONAL
CHAMPIONS

2010

Current head coaches[edit]

Currently there are 10 head coaches in the athletics program.[5]

Sport Name Season
Baseball Bob Fornelli 2004
M. Basketball Shaun Vandiver 2011
W. Basketball Jory Collins 2010
Cross Country Eric Wellman 2011
Football Garin Higgins 2007
Soccer Bryan Sailer 2011
Softball Julie LeMaire 2012
Tennis John Cayton 2005
Track & Field Eric Blocker 2011
Volleyball Bing Xu 2004

Mascot[edit]

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Main article: Corky the Hornet

The official mascot of Emporia State Athletic teams is Corky, designed by Paul Edwards (1915— ), a former Disney artist[6]

Facilities[edit]

Hornets athletics have four facilities they play at, three of which they own.

  • Jones Field at Francis G. Welch Stadium – The football team playcompetes on Jones Field at Francis G. Welch Stadium, located on the campus.[7] They have played at Welch Stadium since 1937. The stadium is named after Francis G. Welch, who coached at the Kansas State Teachers College from 1928–42, and again from 1946–1954.[7] Zola Witten Track is also in the facility, used by the track teams.
  • William L. White Civic Auditorium – The Hornet basketball teams and volleyball team compete on Slaymaker Court at William Lindsay White Civic Auditorium.[8] They have played there since it opened in 1940. It is named after William Lindsay White, son of William Allen White.[9] It is owned and operated by the City of Emporia.[9]
  • Trusler Sports Complex – The baseball and softball teams compete at Trusler Sports Complex.[10] The complex is made up of four fields: Glennen Field, Turnbull Field, Cannon Field, and Thomas Field.[10] The baseball team competes on Glennen Field, named after Dr. Robert E. Glennen, thirteenth president of Emporia State University. The softball team competes on Turnbull Field, named after J. Michael Turnbull, president of the Trusler Foundation.[10]
  • Milton Tennis Courts – The Hornet tennis teams compete on the George Milton Tennis Courts. George Milton was the longtime tennis coach for Emporia State, having served from 1966–99.[11]

Songs[edit]

Fight song[edit]

Fight On, Emporia! is the official fight song for Emporia State University.[12] The lyrics are listed below, as well as the mp3 version of the song.

Fight On, Emporia!

Lyrics

Fight on, Emporia, for the right, Emporia!
Unfold your black and gold,
Hold your banner high.
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Sing to Emporia, Alma Mater dear.
Might with right will always win the fight--
To victory, Emporia!

Written by Alfred Thompson (BME '34), student at Kansas State Teachers College.[12]

Alma mater[edit]

Shall we exalt our University
True to our forebears and posterity?
Our finest efforts we shall yield
In classroom, concert, lab and field-
And cheers for ESU
And cheers for ESU.

Shall we remember in our future years
Bold shouts of victory or sentimental tears?
Then shall the memories abound
We made these hallowed halls resound-
With cheers for ESU
With cheers for ESU.

Words by Tom Isern Music by Joseph Ott[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

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