Shawnee State Bears
|Shawnee State Bears|
|University||Shawnee State University|
|Athletic director||Jeff Hamilton|
|Basketball arena||Frank and Janis Waller Gymnasium|
|Baseball stadium||Branch Rickey Park|
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The Shawnee State Bears are the athletic teams for Shawnee State University. SSU has a rich tradition of success in athletics since its inception in 1986. Shawnee State is currently a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA Division II in basketball). SSU has participated in 24 National Championships in 6 of 11 sponsored sports. The SSU women’s basketball team won the NAIA Division II National Championship on March 16, 1999 with an 80-65 win over the University of Saint Francis (Indiana).
Shawnee State was a member of the American Mideast Conference (AMC) from 1991 until 2010, the Bears have won 17 conference championships. In November 2009 the university announced it was would leave the AMC at the conclusion of the 2009-10 academic year and join the Mid-South Conference (MSC) starting in the Fall of 2010.
i. NAIA National Championships:
Other athletic highlights
- 1992 - softball team finishes 10th in NAIA National Tournament
- 1995 - softball team finishes 8th in NAIA National Tournament
- 1995 - women's basketball, NAIA National Tournament Final Four
- 1996 - softball team finishes as NAIA National Tournament Runners-up
- 1998 - softball team finishes 9th in NAIA National Tournament
- 1999 - women's basketball team won the NAIA Division II National Championship
- 2001 - softball team finishes 9th in NAIA National Tournament:
- 2008 - men's cross country team finishes 11th in NAIA National Championships:
- 2008 - women's cross country team finishes 13th in NAIA National Championships:
- SSU Athletic Department. "SSU Softball - Quick Facts". Retrieved 2007-06-25.
- SSU Athletic Department. "SSU Women's Basketball - Quick Facts". Retrieved 2007-06-25.
- SSU Athletic Department. "SSU Men's Cross Country - Quick Facts". Retrieved 2008-12-17.
- SSU Athletic Department. "SSU Women's Cross Country - Quick Facts". Retrieved 2008-12-17.