Western Illinois Leathernecks

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Western Illinois Leathernecks
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University Western Illinois University
Conference Missouri Valley Football Conference
The Summit League
NCAA Division I
Athletic director James (Tommy) Bell
Location Macomb, IL
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Hanson Field
Basketball arena Western Hall
Baseball stadium Alfred D. Boyer Stadium
Softball stadium Mary Ellen McKee Softball Stadium
Soccer stadium MacKenzie Alumni Field
Other arenas Brophy Hall Pool
Harry Mussatto Golf Course
WIU Tennis Facility
Mascot Colonel Rock (Live Bulldog), Rocky (Costumed Bulldog)
Nickname Leathernecks
Fight song We're Marching On
Colors
Website www.goleathernecks.com

The Western Illinois Leathernecks are the teams and athletes that represent Western Illinois University, located in Macomb, Illinois, in NCAA Division I sports. The school's primary conference affiliation is with The Summit League; its football team is a member of the Division I FCS (formerly Division I-AA) Missouri Valley Football Conference.

WIU's nickname, the Leathernecks, and its mascot, the English bulldog, are taken from the traditions of the United States Marine Corps. The university has had permission to use the official nickname and mascot of the Corps since 1927, when Ray Hanson, then-athletic director and coach of the baseball, basketball and football teams, gained permission to use the symbols as a homage to his service in that military branch during World War I.[1] Western Illinois University is the only non-military university to use a military nickname.[1] Since the fall semester of 2009, the men's and women's teams have been unified under the Leathernecks name;[2] previously, the women's teams and athletes at the school had been known as the Westerwinds.

Teams[edit]

A member of The Summit League, Western Illinois University sponsors teams in ten men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports:[3]

Baseball[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks baseball team represents the university in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team is a member of The Summit League. It plays its home games at the 500-seat Alfred D. Boyer Stadium and are coached by Ryan Brownlee.

Men's basketball[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks men's basketball team competes in NCAA Division I men's college basketball competition. The school's team is a member of The Summit League. The team plays it home games at 5,139-seat Western Hall and are coached by Billy Wright.[4]

Women's basketball[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks women's basketball team is a member of The Summit League, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at 5,139-seat Western Hall.

Football[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks football program competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The team has made numerous NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) playoff appearances. The Leathernecks have been ranked as high as number one and ranked number two numerous times. The team plays its home games at the 16,368 seat Hanson Field. They are coached by Bob Nielson.

Softball[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks softball team is a member of The Summit League, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at 500-seat Mary Ellen McKee Softball Stadium.

Notable alumni[edit]

Western Illinois Leathernecks traditions[edit]

We’re Marching On[edit]

The name of the "official" fight song for Western Illinois University is "We’re Marching On".

Western Illinois University Marching Leathernecks[edit]

The Western Illinois University Marching Leathernecks is the marching band which represents Western Illinois University.

Mascots[edit]

Colonel Rock[edit]

"Colonel Rock" is the "official" live bulldog mascot for Western Illinois University.

Rocky[edit]

"Rocky" is the "official" costumed bulldog mascot for Western Illinois University.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Leatherneck Nickname". Western Illinois Athletics. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ University Relations (2009-06-05). "University comes to decision on nickname unification". Western Illinois University. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Fighting Leathernecks". Western Illinois University. Retrieved May 23, 2015. http://www.goleathernecks.com/
  4. ^ http://www.goleathernecks.com/coaches.aspx?rc=439&path=mbball

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