Fort Hays State Tigers
|Fort Hays State Tigers|
|University||Fort Hays State University|
|National Collegiate Athletic Association||Division II|
|Athletics director||Curtis Hammeke|
|Football stadium||Lewis Field|
|Basketball arena||Gross Memorial Coliseum|
|Baseball stadium||Larks Park|
|Mascot||Victor E. Tiger|
|Colors||Black and Gold
|Homepage||Fort Hays Tigers home page|
The Fort Hays State University athletic teams are known as the Tigers. The school's teams participate in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), except for wrestling, which competes as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
Fort Hays State offers sixteen sports at a varsity level. Entering the 2010–2011 school year, Fort Hays State has captured 58 Conference titles in the following conference, Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAC), Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), Central States Intercollegiate Conference (CSIC), and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). They also have captured nine total national championships.
The Fort Hays State basketball program holds several national basketball titles; the men's team claimed national championships in 1984 and 1985 (NAIA), back to back, and in 1996 (NCAA Division II) with a remarkable 34 and 0 record.
Softball Holub just completed one of the most decorated regular seasons in Fort Hays State history. She led the MIAA and ranked in the top five in NCAA Division II in strikeouts (279) and saves (4) and set an FHSU single-season record in both categories. Holub is currently 17-8 on the year with a 1.64 ERA in 175.0 innings pitched. She was a three-time MIAA Player of the Week, twice as a pitcher and once as a hitter, and was just named the Louisville Slugger Division II Pitcher of the Week by the NFCA on Wednesday. Holub, a junior from Hays, is also one of the Tigers top offensive threats, leading the team in batting average (.347), hits (51) and home runs (7) and ranking in the top three in almost every other offensive category. This is the third All-MIAA selection for Holub, who was a second team choice in 2010 and an honorable mention selection last season, both as a utility player.
Adriana Wortley becomes the first FHSU player to win the MIAA's Defensive Player of the Year award and she earns her third consecutive second team selection at first base. She has a .319 batting average for the year and ranks second on the team with seven doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI. Wortley, a senior from Tacoma, Wash., earns the defensive award after recording 273 putouts and 12 assists while committing only four errors for a .986 fielding percentage. She is the first Fort Hays State player to win the award since the Tigers joined the conference for the 2007 season.
Wortley and Holub finished number 1 and 2 on the all-time Home Runs list with 28 and 27.
The women's basketball team also brought home the national title in 1991 (NAIA).
The football program at Fort Hays began in 1902. The first year a coach was assigned to the team was 1913 when Ira Van Cleave led the team to a record of 4 wins and 2 losses. Other coaches in the schools history include Wayne J. McConnell, Jim Gilstrap, James J. Yeager, and former Kansas Governor Andrew Frank Schoeppel. The coach beginning in 2011 is Chris Brown.
FHSU Shooting Team won 3rd place in 2009 in the American Trap event at the National ACUI competition.
Conference membership history
- 1902-1927 Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1928-1968 Central Intercollegiate Conference
- 1969-1975 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
- 1976-1990 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
- 1991-2006 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
- 2006–present Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association