Minnesota State–Mankato Mavericks
|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (April 2013)|
|Minnesota State Mavericks|
|University||Minnesota State University|
|Conference(s)||Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference|
|NCAA||NCAA DII most sports
NCAA DI Men's & women's ice hockey
|Athletics director||Kevin Buisman|
|Football stadium||Blakeslee Stadium (7,500)|
|Basketball arena||Taylor Center (4,800)|
|Baseball stadium||MSU Baseball Complex|
|Other arenas||Verizon Wireless Center (5,280)|
|Colors||Purple, Black, and Gold
The athletic teams of Minnesota State University, Mankato are known as the Mavericks. More than 600 students participate each year in athletics for the university. Most of the university's athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The men's and women's ice hockey teams compete at the Division I level in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).
Minnesota State began competition in the NSIC in 2008-09, due to the dissolution of the North Central Conference.
Minnesota State finished third in the NACDA Director's Cup Division II 2007-08 rankings, finished second in 2008-09 and was fourth in 2009-10.
- Men's: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, wrestling.
- Women's: Basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball.
In 1947 the Mavericks lost in the championship game to Marshall University 73-59.
Men's ice hockey
The Mavericks are presently led by head coach Mike Hastings, who started in 2012. His assistants are former MSU defenseman Darren Blue and Todd Knott. Hastings took the place of Troy Jutting, who was named the WCHA Coach of the Year during the 2007-08 season after finishing 19-16-4 overall. Jutting held the post as head coach since the 2000-01 season after replacing longtime coach Don Brose. The Mavericks commenced play at the Division I level during the 1996-97 season. The Mavericks competed at the Division II level prior to joining the Division I ranks and won the 1980 NCAA Division II National Championship, having defeated Elmira College 5-2 in the final. The Mavericks earned their first berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2002-03. They lost to eventual East Regional champion Cornell University 5-2 in the opening round.
Mavericks alumni who have played in the NHL include Ryan Carter (Anaheim/Carolina), Steve Wagner (St. Louis/Pittsburgh), David Backes (St. Louis), Tim Jackman (Columbus/Phoenix/Los Angeles/New York Islanders/Calgary), Grant Stevenson (San Jose) and Jon Kalinski (Philadelphia).
Women's ice hockey
Track and field
Junior pole vaulter Katelin Rains claimed her second NCAA Division II indoor pole vault championship and was named the USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year. She hails from the same high school as former Maverick and U.S. Olympian David Backes, both attended Spring Lake Park High School in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota.
In 2010, senior Denise Mokaya won the Division II Indoor NCAA National Championship in the 800m, winning in 1:51.41
Jason Rhoten and Andy Pichar each won individual national championships during the 2007-08 season.