SIU Edwardsville Cougars

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SIU Edwardsville Cougars
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University Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Conference

Ohio Valley Conference - All Women's & Most Men's Sports
Missouri Valley Conference – Men's Soccer

Southern Conference – Wrestling
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Dr. Brad Hewitt
Location Edwardsville, IL
Varsity teams 8 men's & 8 women's
Basketball arena Vadalabene Center
Baseball stadium Roy E. Lee Field at Simmons Baseball Complex
Soccer stadium Ralph Korte Stadium
Mascot Eddie the Cougar, #57
Nickname Cougars
Fight song Mighty Cougar Roar
Colors
     Red       White
Website www.siuecougars.com

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), located in Edwardsville, Illinois. The Cougars athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)[1] and competes at the NCAA Division I[2] level. The SIUE Athletic Department fields a total of sixteen varsity teams in nine sports each for men and women.[3] Cougar teams have won seventeen NCAA national championships in five sports.[4]

NCAA Division I[edit]

In 2007 the university began the transition to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I[5] and joined the Ohio Valley Conference in 2008. The 2011–12 season was the Cougars' first campaigns for the Ohio Valley Conference regular season titles, although they were not eligible for post-season play until 2012–13 except in softball and men's soccer, which were "fast-tracked" by the NCAA.

The Cougars also compete in the Missouri Valley Conference[6] for men's soccer and the Southern Conference[7] for wrestling.

SIUE had competed in Division II since initiating athletics during the 1967–68 school year, except men's soccer, which competed in Division I from 1973 through 1995. From 1994 to 2008, the Cougars were members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC).[8]

Teams[edit]

SIUE entered intercollegiate athletic competition during the 1967–68 school year. At that time, college athletics was almost exclusively the realm of the male student athlete, but times were on the verge of change. On October 4, 1972, SIUE's first women's team took the field, as women's athletic director and coach Rosemarie Archangel's field hockey team played and won its first game.

Field hockey has since been discontinued; other sports have come and gone. SIU Edwardsville currently sponsors teams in nine men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[3]

Baseball[edit]

Roy Lee initiated the baseball program in 1967–68 and headed it for its first eleven years. In that time, he garnered a record of 237–144–3,[9] leading his teams to 8 consecutive NCAA Division II playoffs and 3 Division II College World Series, with a runner-up finish in 1976.[10]

After Coach Lee's retirement, the program was led by SIUE alumnus Gary Collins. In his 34 years as the Cougars' coach, Collins won 1028 games (with 766 loses & 7 ties).[9] While still in Division II, his teams made 14 NCAA appearances and went to the Division II College World Series 5 times.[10] He led them into Division I and the Ohio Valley Conference, where the Cougars completed their first season in the OVC with an overall record of 27-28 and a conference record of 13-14, which tied for fifth place in the ten team league.[11]

On July 11, 2012, it was announced that Gary Collins would be making the transition from coach to the University's first Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics.[12] The following day, it was announced that, after thirteen seasons as Collins' assistant, SIUE alumnus Tony Stoecklin was named acting head coach with the opportunity to earn the permanent job,[13] and he has since continued as the head coach.[14]

Basketball[edit]

The Cougar men's basketball program was begun as a Division II program in 1967 by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach Harry Gallatin[15] who had no scholarships, inadequate facilities, and almost no money to work with. The program has since seen mixed success under 7 coaches, with the most successful having been Larry Graham (147–84 with 3 NCAA DII appearances in 8 seasons from 1984–92) and Marty Simmons (88–59, 2 DII NCAAs in 5 seasons from 2002–07).[16]

The Cougars' women's program first took to the court in 1974 under Ina Andderson. For 29 of its first 34 seasons, it was guided by Wendy Hedberg who amassed a record of 470–361 and led her teams into the NCAA Division II tournament 5 times.[17]

Coaches Lennox Forrester and Amanda Levens were in charge during SIUE's move from Division II to Division I and competing in the Ohio Valley Conference.[18][19]

On May 4, 2012, it was announced that, following steady improvement, Coach Forrester's contract had been extended for three more years.[20] On March 10, 2015,it was announced that, due to lack of success, Coach Forrester and his entire staff would not be retained.[21] Following a national search, it was announced on April 3 that Edwardsville native and California assistant Jon Harris was named the new head coach.[22]

Picked by the OVC coaches to finish eighth of the eleven teams, the women's Cougars finished the 2011-12 season 12-4 in the conference and in third place. This and their 18-11 regular season record earned them an invitation to the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) tournament[23] and earned OVC Women's Coach of the Year honors for Levens.[24] On April 20, 2012, it was announced that Levens had resigned to accept the position of associate head coach at Arizona State University, her alma mater.[25]

On June 13, 2012, it was announced that Bradley University head coach Paula Buscher had been named the new SIUE women's head coach.[26]

Cross country and track and field[edit]

SIUE's men's cross country team initiated competition in the Fall of 1968, winning its first dual meet.[27] The men's outdoor track and field team began a year later, coached by Jack Whitted and lost its first meet.[27] And so did the programs muddle through for many years, with highs, lows, and a number of shining successes along the way.

When SIUE began to emphasize excellence in its athletic programs as much as in academics, the track and field program came of age. Between 2004 and 2008, when the move to Division I began, SIUE became an NCAA Division II powerhouse. In that short span, 16 men won 36 All-American awards,[28] yet they were overshadowed by the Cougar women, with 15 winning 70 All-American certificates and capturing 6 individual National Championships.[29]

Current coach Eileen McAllister (XC) and former coach Kareem Jackson (T&F) and have not yet seen that level of success in Division I, but their athletes have toppled school records with regularity.[30][31][32][33] In the 2013 outdoor season, long jumper La'Derrick Ward became the first Cougar athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.[34]

On September 17, 2013, it was announced that Jackson had followed his predecessor, David Astrauskas, to also become an assistant coach at Wisconsin, and that McAllister would be the interim head track and field coach, as well as the head cross country coach.[35] As of March 2015, she remains as track and field head coach.[36]

In the 2014 indoor season, both La'Derick Ward and triple jumper Jatavia Wright qualified for the NCAA championships, giving the Cougars representation in both the men's and women's competitions. On March 14, Ward finished 6th in the men's long jump and became SIUE's first Division I Track and Field All-American.[37] The following day, Wright finished 11th in the women's triple jump and earned a spot on the All American second team.[38][39]

For the 2014 outdoor season, Ward, Wright, and sprinter Braxton Klavins qualified for the NCAA championships, again giving the Cougars representation in both the men's and women's competitions. On June 11, Klavins finished 16th in the 400 meters, earning 2nd team All-American status.[40] On the 12th, Ward placed 4th in the long jump, earning his second 1st team All-American certificate.[41] On the 13th, Wright moved up from the 24th qualifier to 18th in the women's triple jump, just missing a repeat as 2nd team All-American but earning honorable mention on the All-America lists.[42] All three were juniors and are eligible again in 2015.[43]

Golf[edit]

Bill Brick started the men's golf program in the spring of 1968. Although he had quick success, he soon left to further his own education.[44] He was replaced by SIUE's first athletic director and basketball coach, Harry Gallatin, who remained at the program's helm for 24 years,[15] leading his teams to the NCAA DII championships 19 times--- including 6 top 10 finishes.[45] Fourteen of his golfers earned 22 All-American awards or honorable mentions. Soon after Gallatin's retirement, the university decided to discontinue the program.

In 2005–06, the program was resurrected, with funding raised by friends and alumni, following the example of the support for the wrestling program (see below). [46]SIUE alumni Mark Marcuzzo and Kyle Viehl, who had both played for Gallatin, were appointed head coach and associate. [47] Marcuzzo left after that first season, replaced by Vielh who led the program into DI competition. When Viehl departed in 2010, he was replaced by current coach Derrick Brown.[48]

Larry Bennett began the women's program in 1998–99. The team qualified to compete in the NCAA Division II East Regional five times, 2002–06.[49] Jennifer Jakel was its 3rd coach from '06-07, leading the program into Division I and the Ohio Valley Conference, until leaving in July, 2013.[50]

On June 24, 2013, ground was broken for a new golf training facility. It is to be named the Harry Gallatin Golf Training Facility.[51]

On July 29, 2013, men's coach Derrick Brown was named Director of Golf, making him the head coach of both the men's and the women's programs.[52]

Soccer[edit]

National Soccer Hall of Fame coach Bob Guelker came to SIUE in 1966 to start the men's soccer program. He had previously also begun the program at St. Louis University, where his teams won 5 NCAA titles, including the very first in 1959.[53] As coach of the Cougars, he led them for 19 seasons, compiling a record of 216–67–21 and winning the very first Division II title in 1972 and the Division I championship in 1979 in their 14 NCAA tournament appearances.[54]

Coach Guelker was succeeded by Ed Huneke, who remained for 22 seasons, building a record of 251–155–34 with 7 NCAA tourney appearances. In the mid-1990s SIUE had reluctantly moved from Division I to Division II, yet the move heralded a return to the NCAAs, including 3 Semifinals and a Division II runner-up finish.[55] From 2007 through 2013, the program was headed by Kevin Kalish, who led it back into Division I, including competition in the Missouri Valley Conference.[56]

On December 6, 2013, Scott Donnelly, Associate Head Coach since 2012, was named as the Cougars' fourth head coach. After leading the Cougars to an undefeated spring exhibition season, it was announced less than three weeks before the start of the 2014 regular season that Donnelly had been recruited away to a position with the U.S. Soccer Federation. He was replaced by seventh year goalkeepers coach Brian Jones and first year assistant coach David Korn, who were named co-head coaches.[57] After a rough start to the season, the Cougars finished the MVC regular season as the runnerup to Missouri State. They then beat Bradley and Missouri State in the MVC Tournament, for the school's first MVC title and a spot in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship for the first time since 1982[58] and advanced to the second round.[59]

Through 48 seasons, the men's teams have a record of 524–277–73.[60]

Following a nationwide search by a committee that had former head coaches Kevin Kalish and David Korn as consultants, on January 27, 2015 Mario Sanchez, the associate head coach of the Louisville Cardinals was introduced as the Cougars fifth head coach.[61]

Begun in 1982, the women's program has been a consistent winner under 7 head coaches (or coaching combos), who have garnered a record of 331–209–50, with 5 appearances in the NCAA playoffs.[62][63] The program is currently headed by Derek Burton, who has taken it into Division I in the Ohio Valley Conference.[64]

The 2014 women's squad tied for the OVC regular season title, earning the #2 seed in the conference tournament.[65] After trailing 5th seed Jacksonville State 2–0 in the championship game, the Cougars scored two late goals to tie, then won in extra time to advance to SIUE's first NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.[66] At Lexington, the Cougars played Kentucky to a scoreless draw despite being heavily overmatched, but fell in a shootout 4–2 and ended the season with a record of 13–6–2.[67]

Softball[edit]

The SIUE softball program, has seen only 2 head coaches in its history. Cindy Jones (376–201, 1975–88) and Sandy Montgomery (914–464–2 since 1989) have combined for a record of 1260-642-2 record thru 2013, with 13 NCAA appearances.

In 2007, SIUE won their last sixteen consecutive games of the season en route to the NCAA Division II softball championship, where they defeated Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania 3–2 in 12 innings (the longest championship game in history).[68]

The 2011 Cougars completed their first full season of Ohio Valley Conference play with an overall record of 28-30 and an OVC record of 19-11, which took seventh place in the eleven team league, qualifying the Cougars for their first OVC Tournament.[69]

The 2014 Cougars became the first SIUE team to win an OVC championship, beating the Murray State Racers 12-1 in six innings at Jacksonville, Alabama on May 10, also qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament.[70]

Tennis[edit]

Unlike some of the other coaches who started up Cougar sports programs, Kent DeMars at least had scholarships to offer when he began the men's tennis program in 1973–74. With these, he was able to put Cougar tennis on the map in short order, finishing 2nd in NCAA Division II in the team's first year of eligibility. This was followed by seven (7) consecutive DII National Championships.

Bob Meyers inaugurated the women's program in 1979–80 and found almost as much rapid success as DeMars, winning the first of four (4) consecutive NCAA DII Championships in 1986.

In 1986, Meyers also became head coach of the men's team, following DeMars' departure, and both teams have since mostly shared one coaching staff. Since coach Meyer's departure following the '89 women's title, the programs have seen mixed success and have not approached the success of the championship years.

Jason Coomer, the 8th coach for both the men's and women's teams has overseen the move to Division I and the Ohio Valley Conference.[71][72]

On May 6, 2014, after four years as assistant coach, Amanda Pratzel was promoted to head coach of the women's team, with Coomer retaining leadership of the men's team.[73] In the season which had just ended, both teams qualified as the fourth seed for its first OVC tournament.[74]

Volleyball[edit]

Sandy Montgomery began the volleyball program in 1995 and coached for its first four years, guiding it to a record of 83–54 and its first appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament in 1998. Todd Gober led the program for a decade, with a record of 205–112 and 3 NCAA appearances in 2005–07 before beginning the transition to Division I. Leah Johnson became SIUE's 4th volleyball coach in 2011 as it began competition in the Ohio Valley Conference.[75]

Wrestling[edit]

Larry Kristoff started the SIUE wrestling program in 1969 with resources similar to those available to soccer coach Bob Guelker, basketball coach Harry Gallatin, and baseball coach Roy Lee--- next to none. He quickly developed one of the dominant Division II programs. In 30 seasons, his teams were consistently top competitors and won back-to-back-to-back NCAA Division II championships in 1984–86 and were runners-up in 1975 and 1987. Kristoff's program was initially unaffected when the university de-emphasized athletics in the mid-1980s, but went into decline after its championship years when the recruiting budget was repeatedly decreased despite the program's success.

Following the 2002–03 season, the SIUE administration decided to eliminate the wrestling program. A number of staunch supporters and alumni formed the Friends of Wrestling that has since raised monies from sources outside the university to maintain the program.[76]

David Ray, the 4th coach since Kristoff's retirement was in charge as the program made the move to Division I and competition in the Southern Conference (the OVC does not sponsor wrestling) until it was announced on April 12, 2013 that he had tendered his resignation to accept a position in the university's administration.

On July 19, 2013, after a nationwide search, Cornell assistant coach Jeremy Spates, who had mentored Kyle Dake, Cornell's four-time national champion and the NCAA's 2013 Most Outstanding Wrestler, was named the new Cougar coach.[77] At the conclusion of Spates' first season, senior David Devine won the Southern Conference heavyweight championship, becoming the first Cougar wrestler to advance to the NCAA National Championships since SIUE's move to Division I.[78] In 2015, two Cougar wrestlers won SoCon titles, advancing to Nationals; by winning his first natch, Jake Tindle earned SIUE's first championship point as a Division I program.[79]

Early shoestring budgets[edit]

As indicated in some of the prior sections. intercollegiate athletics at SIUE mostly began with very little in the way of funding. Although the programs competed in Division II from their beginnings, it was not until 1973, the year after the school had won its first NCAA championship, that the SIU Board of Trustees authorized the granting of 114 athletic scholarships and an additional 28 tuition waivers. Up until that time, the athletic department had only been able to offer about 50 student activity grants, while the Salukis at SIU Carbondale had 220 full NCAA scholarships.[80]

Success & scandal[edit]

During the 1970s and early '80s the SIUE Cougars were extremely successful in several sports, winning multiple NCAA championships in men's soccer, wrestling, and both men's and women's tennis. In 1983, it was discovered that two men's tennis players who were both All-Americans and NCAA champions were "majoring in tennis" and neglecting to attend classes.[81] It further came to light that the men's basketball coach had violated a number of the NCAA's restrictions on recruiting. While the tennis program was able to defend its string of NCAA Division II championships by winning their seventh title in a row in 1984, the university took the almost unprecedented action of suspending the men's basketball program for the 1983-84 season. Additionally, the athletic director was assigned to other duties within the university, with other actions against him held in abeyance, as he was a tenured faculty member. After these events, the university severely reduced funding to all athletics, and the overall program went into a period of decline.

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Athletic facilities[edit]

The following are among the athletic facilities used by SIUE Cougar teams:[82]

  • Ralph Korte Stadium & Bob Guelker Field[83] "The Ralph" is a 4,000-seat outdoor stadium that serves as the home for men’s and women’s soccer and track & field programs. The playing field of FIFA-approved artificial turf is named for the Cougars' Hall Of Fame soccer coach (see above). In 2011, placement of a berm on the east side of the stadium was begun to provide seating on the grass. The stands at The Ralph is one of the places on the SIUE campus from where the Gateway Arch can be seen, 20 miles (32 km) to the southwest on the St. Louis riverfront.
  • The Sam M. Vadalabene Center[84] "The VC" is a multi-purpose facility that opened in 1984 and is the home for Cougars basketball, volleyball, and wrestling teams; it was host to the 1986 & '87 NCAA Division II wrestling championships.[85] The VC contains a 4,000 seat arena, an indoor pool, classrooms, offices, and several activity areas. It is immediately adjacent to the Student Fitness Center[86] which opened in 1993 and contains a wide range of recreation and fitness facilities. In 2008, as the school began its transition to Division I, the Vadalabene Center underwent a $6 million makeover.[87] The renovation nearly tripled the number of chair back seats, increased the seating from 2,400 to 4,000, and added a new locker room, classroom, and office spaces. Since the renovation, the VC's largest crowd has been the sold-out crowd of 4,157, in attendance to see the Cougars men's basketball team play 10th ranked (in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll) Murray State, on January 21, 2012[88] in the Cougars' first nationally televised (on ESPNU) home game. This did not, despite expectations, surpass the crowd of January 8, 1987, when--- with the fire marshal conspicuously absent--- 4,392[89] avid fans managed to cram into the VC to witness the SIU Carbondale Salukis narrowly escape an upset at the hands of the then-Division II Cougars (final score, SIUC 84-SIUE 83 in overtime[90]).
  • Roy E. Lee Field at Simmons Baseball Complex[91] is the home for the SIUE baseball program. The playing field is named for the coach who started the program (see above). Seating 1,500 spectators, the fully lighted stadium has an artificial turf infield, natural grass outfield (to be replaced with artificial turf), and electronic scoreboard. The dugouts and locker rooms were newly constructed for the 2011 season.
  • Cougar Field[92] (aka Cougar Stadium) is the home to SIUE Softball. The stadium seats 1000+ in the stands and more on the lawn beyond the outfield fence. It is lighted for night games and has a locker room with showers and restroom, team meeting room, and training room to provide the Cougars with top-tier facilities. The Cougars and their visitors both have full dugouts. January, 2012 saw the dedication of the new 110' x 110' (33.53m x 33.53m) Fulginiti Indoor practice facilility located adjacent to the stadium.[93]
  • Cougar Tennis Courts[94] located just to the west of the Vadalabene Center, feature six hardcourt surfaces with courtside chairback seating. They were opened on May 15, 1980, in time to host the NCAA’s men's Division II national championship finals. The men's NCAAs returned in 1990,[95] and the women's Division II championships were held on the Cougar Courts in 1982 & '89.[96]
  • SIUE Cross Country Course[97] has permanently marked 5K, 6K, 8K & 10K courses that are 98% grass along their routes. The courses occupy a 10 acre site on University Drive just south of New Poag Road on the scenic SIUE campus. The courses have been host to numerous NCAA Division II Regional and conference championships and to IHSA regionals and sectionals.

Athletic director[edit]

In August 2002, Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Relations Dr. Bradley Hewitt, an SIUE administrator since 1989, was appointed Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, the 7th in the school's history. With his appointment, Dr. Hewitt was assigned the twofold task of returning SIUE athletics to the glory of the 1970s & 80's, when the Cougars won 16 NCAA championships, and expanding that success through the entire spectrum of the university's athletic program. During the first six years of his term, SIUE sent Cougar teams or individual athletes to 48 NCAA Division II championship competitions. The Cougars earned 3 top-15 finishes in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup, and they twice won both the GLVC All-Sports Trophy and the Commissioner's Cup. And... in 2007, the softball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship--- SIUe's first national title since 1989.

In the Fall of 2007, Dr. Hewitt was assigned new tasks--- preparing Cougar athletics for entry into NCAA Division I competition and arranging for affiliation with a Division I athletic conference. The softball and men's soccer were able to be "fast-tracked" into Division I competition, with all other sports becoming full members of Division I in the Fall of 2012. Membership was secured for all but 2 teams in the Ohio Valley Conference in July 2008; in November 2008, the men's soccer team gained associate membership in the Missouri Valley Conference; in June 2011, the wrestling team was accepted as an associate member of the Southern Conference.

A 1981 mathematics graduate of Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri), Hewitt also earned his masters degree in athletic administration from CMSU in 1982 and received his Ph.D. in education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1994; he is also a 2006 executive management graduate of the Sports Management Institute. Prior to coming to SIUE, he was an athletic administrator and coach at Morningside College (Iowa), SIUC, and CMSU. At SIUE, Dr Hewitt has served as an assistant athletic director, acting CEO of the SIUE Foundation, acting Vice Chancellor of University Relations, adjunct professor in Kinesiology and Health Education, acting Alumni Director, as well as his current double-duty of Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.[98]

Athletics & Academics[edit]

As proud as he is of SIUE's athletic success, Dr. Hewitt is even more proud of its academic success. Concerning the Cougars' Fall of 2014 achievements, he said, “I congratulate them for their academic accomplishments. We will continue to make graduation and their academic progress a high priority in this athletic department.” In the Fall of 2014, SIUE student-athletes recorded a combined 3.089 grade point average (GPA). This marked the 17th consecutive semester that the Cougar student-athletes posted a combined GPA of greater than 3.0. The women’s golf team finished with the highest team GPA for the fifth consecutive semester with a 3.587. They were followed by women’s tennis (3.513), softball (3.380), men’s tennis (3.3555), women’s cross country (3.302), men's cross country (3.225), men’s golf (3.198), volleyball (3.182),, women’s track and field (3.140), women’s soccer (3.124), men’s track and field (3.082), and men's soccer (3.048).[99]

On June 12, 2013, the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) report (based on cumulative progress from 2008-09 through 2011-12) showed that fifteen SIUE programs outperformed the national average. Eight teams led their sport in the Ohio Valley Conference (more than for any other OVC school), and wrestling was second in the Southern Conference. Eight teams led their sport in the Ohio Valley Conference (more than for any other OVC school), and wrestling was second in the Southern Conference. Additionally, four programs (men’s cross country, women’s soccer, softball, and women’s tennis) were honored by the NCAA for recording a perfect 1000 in the multiyear APR scores.[100]

Three SIUE teams were given public recognition awards by the NCAA in 2014 for top academic performance. The men’s cross country, women’s tennis, and women’s soccer teams were honored for scoring in the top 10% nationally on the APRs. Dr, Hewitt commented that, "This success is a reflection of the daily efforts and support of the student-athletes and departments on campus, including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, and faculty and staff members who provide services."[101]

In the NCAA's Graduate Success Rate (GSR) rankings, SIUE had eight programs rated at 100% and ranked #2 in the OVC (behind Belmont), in the Top 25 of all public institutions, and in the top third of all schools nationally.[102][103][104]

Mascot[edit]

The cougar was chosen as the university mascot[105] in 1967, before any SIUE athletic teams ever took the field.

In February 1968, through the efforts of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, the university acquired a young cougar that had been born at the San Diego Zoo the previous August and adopted by Thomas Blackshear. The cub, named Danie, was donated to SIUE by Blackshear's mother, Mrs. Nonette Lewis, following his untimely death. A “Name the Cougar” contest was held to rename the cub, and Mary Ann Kucinick won with the name, Chimega--- the Apache word for cougar.

Chimega, possessed of a warm and patient personality, soon became the university's beloved mascot. She resided in a large cage just to the south of the University Center that was topped with a geodesic dome designed by visiting professor R. Buckminster Fuller. She was cared for by a student organization aptly named the Cougar Guard, who accompanied her on her twice-daily walks around the core campus and to a myriad of university activities, especially including athletic events. (In keeping with the times, the Cougar Guard was originally all-male, but eventually became co-ed.) Chimega mated in 1974 and bore two cubs, one stillborn, the second dying within hours. In the summer of 1982, having become less patient with people than she had always been, Chimega was retired from active mascot service. She passed away in March 1985 and was buried near the pond located east of the classroom building now known as Founder's Hall.

In January, 1983, a second cougar, seven-month-old Kyna--- Welsh for wise or graceful lady--- became SIUE's second live mascot. Chimega's cage had been divided in two and a large, caged run would later be added. At one time, Kyna was released by pranksters/vandals. Later, she had severe health issues after eating a soccer ball. Due to liability insurance issues, she was restricted from interacting with the public in late 1986. Then, in June, 1987, the university administration, without consulting students, staff, or alumni, donated Kyna to an exotic animal park. Despite protests, Kyna did not return, and SIUe has since been without a live cougar mascot.

In 2007, the university unveiled the bronze cougar statue[106] in front of the Morris University Center, "a monument" to commemorate Chimega and Kyna.

In January 2010, Eddie the Cougar[107] made his first appearance as the costumed SIUE mascot, replacing Corey the Cougar. Eddie has since made appearance at many campus events, wearing number 57, which commemorates SIUE's founding in 1957.

Fight song[edit]

Mighty Cougar Roar[108]
The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Fight Song
Words: Darryl Coan
Music: Kim Archer

Cougars! Roar!
Cougars! Roar!
Mighty Cougars, Fearless Cougars!
Show your claws of might!
S - I - U - E,
S - I - U - E,
Ready for the fight!
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Mighty Cougars, Fearless Cougars!
Cougars Pride Forevermore!
See the charge and feel the fury!
Hear the mighty Cougar roar!
Cougars!
Roar!
Cougars!
S! I! U! E!
Roar!

Honors[edit]

NCAA National Championships[edit]

SIUE Cougar teams have won one NCAA Division I National Championship and 16 NCAA Division II National Championships.[109]

Division I National Championships[edit]

Men's Soccer – 1979[110]

Division II National Championships[edit]

Men's Soccer – 1972[111]
Softball – 2007[112]
Men's Tennis – 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984[95]
Women's Tennis – 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989[96]
Wrestling – 1984, 1985, 1986[85]

Athletics Hall of Fame[edit]

The SIUE Athletics Department established its Hall of Fame[113] in 2005 to honor outstanding athletes, coaches, teams, and other contributors to the SIUE athletic programs.

These individuals and teams have been honored through 2014:

Individuals (Sport/Other Reason)

  • Les Agne (Men's Golf)
  • Fernando Aguirre (Baseball/Friend of Program)
  • Mike Allaria (Baseball)
  • Mike Allen (Men's Cross Country/Track and Field)
  • Lilian Almeida (Women's Tennis)
  • Rosemarie Archangel (Administrator)
  • Nik Baltz (Baseball)
  • Al Barnes (Sports Information)
  • Rick Benben (Men's Soccer)
  • Lori Blade (Women's Basketball/Softball)
  • Jack Blake (Men's Soccer)
  • Christina Bokelund (Women's Tennis)
  • Maurice Brown (Wrestling) *
  • Wilfred "Bud" Buddell (Athletic Trainer)
  • Mark Bugger (Baseball)
  • Doug Burke (Men's Tennis)
  • Jeff Cacciatore (Men's Soccer)
  • Elisabeth Calendar (Women's Tennis)
  • Chris Carenza (Men's Soccer)
  • John Carenza (Men's Soccer)
  • Dr. Emerson Carpenter (Team Physician)
  • Misi (Clark) Jones (Women's Basketball)
  • Daniel Cole (Baseball)
  • Michele Cleeton (Softball)
  • Charlie Cox (Jean McDonald Service Award)
  • Michelle (Gilman) Cox (Volleyball)
  • Pete Delkus (Baseball)
  • Kent DeMars (Men's Tennis)
  • Tony Duenas (Baseball)
  • Rich Essington (Men's Basketball)
  • Juan Farrow (Men's Tennis)
  • Vince Fassi (Men's Soccer)
  • Arjun Fernando (Men's Tennis)
  • Ken Flach (Men's Tennis)
  • Janece Friederich (Women's Soccer)
  • Amy Frey (Field Hockey, Women's Basketball, Softball)
  • Sharon Frey (Field Hockey, Women's Basketball, Softball)
  • Tom Galati (Men's Soccer)
  • Harry Gallatin (Men's Basketball, Men's Golf, Director of Athletics)
  • Portia George-Morrow (Women's Tennis)
  • Ed Gettemeier (Men's Soccer)
  • Alan Grammer (Wrestling)
  • Tom Groark (Men's Soccer)
  • Bob Guelker (Men's Soccer)
  • LeAnn (Bryan) Harris (Women’s Basketball)
  • Wendy Hedberg (Women’s Basketball) *
  • Jason Holmes (Men's Basketball)
  • Kevin Howe (Men's Soccer)
  • Tom Howe (Men's Soccer)
  • Dion Joannou {Men’s Tennis}
  • Cindy Jones (Softball/Director of Athletics)
  • Mike Kelley (Men's Soccer/Women's Soccer)
  • Bob Kessen (Men's Soccer)
  • Larry Kristoff (Wrestling)
  • Roy Lee (Baseball)
  • Joan Mahon-Finder (Women's Tennis)
  • Greg Makowski (Men's Soccer)
  • Laura McCune (Softball)
  • Dick and Jean McDonald (Friends of Program)
  • Bob Meyers (Women's & Men's Tennis)
  • Pat McBride (Men's Soccer)
  • Sandy Montgomery (Softball)
  • Keith McFarland (Men's Basketball)
  • Chad Opel (Baseball) *
  • Keil Peebles (Men's Basketball)
  • Tom Reed (Wrestling)
  • P.J. Riley (Baseball) *
  • Kathy (Going) Rogers (Field Hockey/Women’s Basketball/Softball) *
  • Bill Rusick (Men's Tennis)
  • Lindsay Rust (Volleyball) *
  • Becki Saylor (Softball)
  • Denise Schaake (Women's Basketball, Softball)
  • August (Gus) Schalkham (Cross Country/Track and Field/Wrestling)
  • Al Sears (Wrestling)
  • Lori Sebastian (Women's Basketball)
  • Robert Seguso (Men's Tennis)
  • John Simmons (Friend of the Program)
  • Ted Smith (Baseball/Men's Basketball)
  • Dewayne Staats (Friend of the Program)
  • Don Stevens (Wrestling)
  • John Stremlau (Men's Soccer)
  • Johan Sjogren (Men's Tennis)
  • Michelle (Wreen) Staroba (Women's Tennis)
  • John "Champ" Summers (Baseball)
  • Kimberly (Lowe) Thompson (Women’s Basketball) *
  • Steve Trittschuh (Men's Soccer)
  • Tom Twellman (Men's Soccer)
  • George Vogel (Baseball)
  • Deana Wallace (Women's Soccer)
  • Jack Whitted (Jean McDonald Distinguished Service Award)
  • Marco Winter (Men’s Tennis)
  • Tim Wright (Wrestling)

Teams

  • 1972 Men's Soccer
  • 1972 Baseball
  • 1975 Wrestling *
  • 1976 Baseball
  • 1978 Men's Tennis
  • 1979 Men's Tennis
  • 1979 Men's Soccer
  • 1980 Men's Tennis
  • 1981 Men's Tennis
  • 1982 Men's Tennis
  • 1982 Softball
  • 1983 Men's Tennis
  • 1983 Baseball
  • 1983 Men's Golf
  • 1984 Men’s Tennis
  • 1984 Wrestling
  • 1985 Wrestling
  • 1986 Wrestling
  • 1986 Women's Tennis
  • 1987 Women's Tennis
  • 1988 Women's Tennis
  • 1989 Women's Tennis
  • 2014 Inductees indicated by *

All-Americans[edit]

Through the 2013-14 academic year, 206 SIUE athletes have earned 437 All-American awards. (Some athletes were honored in more than one year; tennis and track & field athletes can be honored for multiple events in a single season; some wrestlers earned both Division I & Division II awards in the same year.) (Number of awards in parentheses.)[114][115][116][117][118][119][120][121][122][28][29][123][124]

Division I Awards

  • Booker Benford/Wrestling (2) 1984–85
  • Jack Blake/Men's Soccer 1970
  • Chris Carenza/Men's Soccer 1974
  • John Carenza/Men's Soccer (2) 1970–71
  • Vince Fassi/Men's Soccer 1972
  • Tom Galati/Men's Soccer 1973
  • Ed Gettemeier/Men's Soccer 1982
  • Alan Grammer/Wrestling (2) 1985–86
  • Tom Groark/Men's Soccer 1981
  • Mark Hattendorf/Wrestling (2) 1978–79
  • Chris Hundelt/Men's Soccer 1983
  • Mike Kelley/Men's Soccer 1978
  • Bob Kessen/Men's Soccer 1974
  • Braxton Klavins/Men's Track & Field 2014
  • Greg Makowski/Men's Soccer (3) 1975–77
  • Dustin Quattrocchi/Baseball 2012
  • Tom Reed/Wrestling 1980
  • Al Sears/Wrestling 1985
  • Don Stevens/Wrestling (2) 1983–84
  • Bill Stallings/Soccer 1984
  • John Stremlau/Men's Soccer (2) 1973 & '75
  • Steve Trittschuh/Men's Soccer (2) 1985–86
  • La'Derrick Ward/Men's Track & Field (2) 2014
  • Jatavia Wright/Women's Track & Field 2014
  • Tim Wright/Wrestling 1987

Division II Awards

  • Les Agne/Men's Golf (3) 1978–80
  • Mike Allaria/Baseball 1972
  • Mike Allen/Men's Track & Field 1974
  • Lillian Almedia/Women's Tennis (2) 1982
  • Juliet Alrich/Women's Track & Field (8) 2007–08
  • Brian Anderson/Wrestling (2) 1996–97
  • Dustin Attarian/Men's Soccer 2007
  • Ernie Badger/Wrestling (3) 1984–86
  • Nick Baltz/Baseball 1975
  • Mike Banner/Men's Soccer 2005
  • Jonathan Bannister/Men's Track & Field (3) 2005–07
  • Tim Bateman/Baseball 1990
  • Zach Bauer/Men's Soccer 2007
  • Mekelle Beck/Women's Track & Field 1999
  • Kurt Bednar/Wrestling 1988
  • Booker Benford/Wrestling (4) 1982–85
  • Tom Blaha/Wrestling 1992
  • Scott Block/Men's Track & Field (4) 2007–08
  • Christina Bokelund/Women's Tennis (8) 1986–89
  • Heather Bonde/Volleyball 2005
  • Shelinda Brackett/Women's Track & Field (2) 2008
  • Monica Briddle/Women's Tennis 1984
  • Brooks Brestal/Men's Golf 1977
  • Deserea Brown/Women's Track & Field (16) 2006–08
  • Maurice Brown/Wrestling (2) 1984–85
  • LeAnn Bryan/Women's Basketball 1994
  • Mark Bugger/Baseball (2) 2000–01
  • Michael Burgund/Men's Soccer 2004
  • Doug Burke/Men's Tennis (5) 1981–83
  • Jon Burnett/Men's Track & Field 1988
  • Christine Butler/Women's Track & Field (6) 2005–08
  • Dave Byrne/Wrestling (2) 1976–77
  • Kathy Byrne/Softball 1984
  • Dennis Byrne/Wrestling (2) 1974–75
  • Elisabeth Calendar/Women's Tennis (3) 1984–85
  • Chris Camacho/Men's Soccer 2002
  • Jason Carter/Wrestling 1997
  • Tom Chernich/Wrestling 1993
  • Misi Clark/Women's Basketball (3) 1998, 2000–01
  • Trevor Clark/Wrestling 1992
  • Michele Cleeton/Softball 1991
  • Mallory Clements/Volleyball 2007
  • Dan Cole /Baseball 1972
  • Kaitlin Colosimo/Softball 2007
  • Ryan Cox/Baseball 1997
  • Greg Crook/Men's Soccer 2007
  • Bob Dahm/Wrestling (2) 1986–87
  • Tim Degener/Baseball 1991
  • Pete Delkus/Baseball 1985
  • Dave Delseni/Men's Tennis (2) 1984
  • Alicia DeShasier/Softball 2006
  • Dwight Downs/Wrestling 1988
  • Tony Duenas/Baseball 1985
  • Lindsey DeFevers/Women's Track & Field (2) 2006
  • Doug Duncan/Baseball 1994
  • John Edwards/Men's Basketball 1987
  • Cody Ellermeyer/Men's Track & Field 2006
  • Coreen Ellis/Women's Track & Field (2) 2008
  • Tim Ervin/Wrestling (3) 1979–81
  • Jenny Esker/Softball 2003
  • Juan Farrow/Men's Tennis (8) 1977–80
  • Jeff Fearday/Men's Track & Field 2005
  • Arjun Fernando/Men's Tennis (7) 1976–79
  • Ken Flach/Men's Tennis (6) 1981–83
  • Tim Flamer/Men's Track & Field 1991
  • Laurie Foederer/Women's Tennis (2) 1983–84
  • Ben Foust/Wrestling 1995
  • Phil Freimuth/Men's Track & Field 2006
  • Amy Frey/Softball 1982
  • Janece Friederich/Women's Soccer (2) 1996 & '98
  • Ray Garcia/Wrestling 1983
  • Bob Gaus/Men's Golf 1983
  • Tim Gehrig/Men's Golf 1979
  • Portia George/Women's Tennis (8) 1986–89
  • Bret Giaudrone/Baseball 2001
  • Kim Gidley/Women's Tennis 1989
  • Joe Glasder/Wrestling (2) 1982–83
  • Callie Glover/Women's Track & Field (5) 2005–07
  • Keith Gocal/Men's Golf (2) 1986–87
  • Alan Grammer/Wrestling (3) 1984–86
  • Steve Harmon/Wrestling (2) 1988–89
  • Nicholas Harold/Men's Track & Field 2008
  • Mark Hattendorf/Wrestling (4) 1976–79
  • Kris Hayward/Wrestling (2) 1992 & '94
  • Mark Hofstetter/Men's Golf 1980
  • Steve Holmes/Men's Tennis 1986
  • Chad Humphrey/Wrestling 1992
  • Phil Janetas/Wrestling 1971
  • Dion Joannou/Men's Tennis (3) 1988–89
  • Phillip Johns/Wrestling (4) 1988–91
  • Kyle Jones/Baseball 2006
  • Chris Kabbes/Baseball 1992
  • Kip Kristoff/Wrestling (4) 1986–88 & '90
  • Mark Kristoff/Wrestling (4) 1983–84, '86 & 88
  • Young Min Kwon/Men's Tennis (2) 1984
  • Steve Landers/Men's Track & Field 2006
  • Hughes Laverdiere/Men's Tennis (2) 1992–93
  • Jessica Levy/Women's Track & Field 2008
  • Matt Little/Men's Soccer 1997
  • Chris Littleton/Men's Track & Field (3) 2007–08
  • Kim Lowe/Women's Basketball 1999
  • Joan Mahon-Finder/Women's Tennis (3) 1982–83
  • John Matthews/Men's Soccer 2006
  • Valerie McCoy/Softball (2) 2001–02
  • Laura McCune/Softball 1988
  • Sabra McCune/Softball 2006
  • Keith McFarland/Men's Basketball 1975
  • Dan McGinnis/Wrestling 1985
  • Justin McMillian/Men's Soccer 2001
  • Brian McTague/Wrestling (3) 1985–87
  • Brett Means/Wrestling 1980
  • Dru Meshes/Wrestling (3) 1977–79
  • Norm Mitchell/Wrestling (2) 1979–80
  • Jessie Montez/Wrestling 1998
  • Eric Morgan/Wrestling 1988
  • Mark Mueller/Men's Track & Field 1978
  • Terry Mulrenin/Wrestling (3) 1975, '77 & '79
  • Tim Napier/Wrestling 1979
  • Holly Neuerburg/Softball 2003
  • Erin Newman/Softball (2) 2000–01
  • Holly Noller/Women's Track & Field 2006
  • Ryan Nowakowski/Men's Track & Field 2005
  • Hugo Nunez/Men's Tennis (3) 1980–81
  • Raimo Ojala/Men's Tennis (3) 1979, '80 & '83
  • Chad Opel/Baseball 2001
  • Monty Oppenheim/Men's Tennis (2) 1984
  • Kimberly Potthast/Volleyball 2006
  • Larry Pruitt/Wrestling (2) 1974–75
  • Jayson Querciagrossa/Wrestling 1996
  • Tom Reed/Wrestling (4) 1978–81
  • P.J. Riley/Baseball 1989
  • Addae Rique/Men's Soccer 2003
  • Eric Roberson/Wrestling (2) 1991–92
  • Mike Robertson/Baseball 1997
  • Dave Robinson/Wrestling (2) 1976 & '78
  • Rudy Rocha/Men's Track & Field 1990
  • Harley Roesler/Wrestling 1994
  • Mike Rogers/Wrestling 1997
  • Kyle Rose/Men's Track & Field (9) 2005–08
  • Randy Roy/Men's Soccer 2007
  • Angel Royston/Women's Track & Field (9) 2006–08
  • Bill Rusick/Men's Tennis (5) 1977–79
  • Deb Ryals/Women's Track & Field 1980
  • Frank Savegnago/Wrestling (3) 1974–76
  • Tairisha Sawyer/Women's Track & Field (6) 2005–07
  • Al Sears/Wrestling (4) 1982–85
  • Lori Sebastian/Women's Basketball 1991
  • Denise Schaake/Softball 1981
  • Lisa Schuito/Women's Tennis 1987
  • Robert Seguso/Men's Tennis (3) 1982–83
  • Amber Shelton/Women's Basketball (2) 2006–07
  • Alphonso Shepherd/Men's Track & Field 2008
  • Valerie Simmons/Women's Track & Field (5) 2006–07
  • Niza Simunyola/Men's Tennis 1993
  • Johan Sjogren/Men's Tennis (4) 1983–84
  • Richard Skirball/Men's Track & Field 2004
  • Kent Smith/Men's Tennis (2) 1977–78
  • John Sorbo/Men's Tennis (2) 1984
  • Steve Stearns/Wrestling (3) 1983 & '85–86
  • Zach Stephens/Wrestling 2003
  • Don Stevens/Wrestling (3) 1982–84
  • Jane Sumner/Women's Track & Field 1981
  • Brian Taghon/Men's Track & Field 2006
  • Mike Taylor/Wrestling (2) 1974–75
  • Titus Taylor/Wrestling (2) 1998 & 2000
  • Kevin Thibodeau/Men's Soccer 2005
  • Cal Thomas/Men's Soccer 2003
  • Jamie Thomas/Women's Track & Field (3) 2004
  • Patty Tiddy/Women's Tennis (2) 1983–84
  • John Urban/Baseball 1976
  • Kyler Updyke/Men's Tennis (3) 1992, '93 & '95
  • Elizabeth Valenti/Women's Soccer 2007
  • Joe Vassen/Men's Tennis (3) 1983–84
  • Tim Velten/Men's Soccer 2003
  • Katie Waldo/Softball 2000
  • Barry Walsh/Wrestling 1973
  • Jerry Washington/Wrestling (2) 1974 & 77
  • Anthony Weber/Men's Track & Field (2) 2006
  • Lee Weeden/Men's Track & Field (2) 2005
  • Darrell Wehrend/Baseball 1982
  • Matt Wilkinson/Baseball 2001
  • Kimethia Williams/Women's Track & Field 2006
  • Marco Winter/Men's Tennis (5) 1987–89
  • Russ Witzig/Wrestling (3) 1988–90
  • Michelle Wreen /Women's Tennis 1987
  • Chris Wright/Men's Track & Field (4) 2005 & 07-08
  • Tim Wright/Wrestling (4) 1984–87
  • George Zink/Men's Tennis 1988

Club sports[edit]

There are also many student-run sports clubs at SIUE under the sponsorship of the Department of Campus Recreation.[125]

Included are these competitive sports:

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External links[edit]