Tarleton State Texans and TexAnns

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Tarleton State Texans and TexAnns
University Tarleton State University
Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Lonn Reisman
Location Stephenville, TX
Varsity teams 12
Football stadium Memorial Stadium
Basketball arena Wisdom Gym
Baseball stadium Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex
Nickname Texans (men)
TexAnns (women)
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Website www.tarletonsports.com

The Tarleton State Texans and TexAnns are the athletic teams that represent Tarleton State University, located in Stephenville, Texas, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. Prior to becoming a four-year institution in 1961 they were known as the "Plowboys". The Texans (male teams) and TexAnns (female teams) compete as members of the Lone Star Conference for all 12 varsity sports. Tarleton State re-joined the Lone Star Conference in 1995 after having previously participated from 1968 to 1975. They were a founding member of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association (TIAA) in 1976 and remained in that league until 1990. From 1991 to 1994 Tarleton played as an Independent.


The football team plays at Memorial Stadium. The baseball team plays at Cecil Ballow Baseball Complex. The softball team plays at the Tarleton Softball Complex. The basketball and volleyball teams play at Wisdom Gym.[1]

Varsity sports[edit]

List of Teams[edit]

Spirit Programs[edit]


The Tarleton State University Cheerleaders pride themselves in being one of the most enthusiastic and outgoing groups at the University. They rank among Tarleton's most visible student organizations and feature a solid core of campus leaders.

The Tarleton Cheerleaders are active throughout the entire school year, attending and performing at most of the University's home athletic events while also traveling to many of the road contests. Additionally, the Tarleton Cheerleaders perform for those in attendance at the Traditions Rally, "Midnight Madness", pep rallies, and many of the homecoming activities.[2] At football and basketball games, the Tarleton Cheerleaders entertain the crowd with elite stunts, tumbling, basket tosses and pyramids, as well as involving the crowd and providing enthusiasm for the Texan and TexAnn sports teams.

The Tarleton State University Cheerleaders have also competed at the National level for many years at the NCA/NDA National Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida. They are known throughout the country as one of the most consistent and impressive teams throughout the years. So much attention has been drawn by the program that recruits come from states across the country including Arkansas, California, Michigan, Illinois, and even Canada, just to be part of this storied program. Since 2008, the Texan's have had enormous success at the National Competition:

Year Place
2007 5th
2008 2nd
2009 6th
2010 3rd
2011 3rd

Texan Stars[edit]

For over 25 years the Texan Stars Dance Team has been an integral part of Tarleton State University andone of the most recognized student organizations on campus. The Stars were formed in the spring of 1974, and the precision dance team has had a tradition of excellence and perfection ever since.

The Texan Stars Dance Team is active throughout the entire school year. During the fall semester the Texan Stars perform at halftimes of all Tarleton home football games. Also, the Texan Stars perform for those in attendance at the Traditions Rally, "Midnight Madness", pep rallies, and many of the homecoming activities.

Spring events include a spring variety show featuring different styles of dance, as well as the nationals competition. The Texan Stars Dance team won the title of National Champions at the American Dance and Drill Team Collegiate Competition that was held in March 2002 in Denton, Texas.

Additionally, the Texan Stars continue their support for the Texans and TexAnns by attending and performing at home basketball, softball, and baseball games.[2]


  1. ^ Wisdom Gym at TSU
  2. ^ a b "Tarleton State Athletics - Cheer and Dance". Tarletonsports.com. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 

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