Eastern Kentucky Colonels

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Eastern Kentucky Colonels
UniversityEastern Kentucky University
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
NCAADivision I / FCS
Athletic directorMark Sandy, Interim
LocationRichmond, Kentucky
Varsity teams16 (7 men's, 9 women's)
Football stadiumRoy Kidd Stadium
Basketball arenaMcBrayer Arena
Baseball stadiumTurkey Hughes Field
MascotThe Colonel
Fight songYea Eastern & Hail, Hail Eastern Maroons
ColorsMaroon and White[1]

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), located in Richmond, Kentucky, United States. The Colonels athletic program is a charter member[2] of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)[3] and competes at the NCAA Division I[4] level including the Football Championship Subdivision. The EKU mascot is The Colonel, and the school colors are maroon and white. While the women's teams were formerly known as the Lady Colonels, the school now emphasizes that all teams are now Colonels.

Athletic teams[edit]

EKU's intercollegiate athletics teams are nicknamed the Colonels. [5] Maroon has been the official color of Eastern athletics since the school was begun as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School in 1906, and the school's official team nickname was the "Maroons" from the start of intercollegiate competition in 1909–10 until 1963, when then-president Robert Martin changed the nickname to the "Colonels".[6]

A member of the Ohio Valley Conference, Eastern Kentucky University sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[7]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Cross country
Football Golf
Golf Soccer
Track and field Softball
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.


Roy Kidd Stadium, home to EKU Football

Eastern has traditionally been quite successful on the football field, having won 20 OVC conference titles and two Division I-AA National Championships in 1979 and 1982. Much of the success came during the long tenure of head coach Roy Kidd from 1964 to 2002. In 1990, Eastern honored Kidd by naming the school's football stadium Roy Kidd Stadium.[8] With their win over Southeast Missouri State University in 2008, Eastern's football team secured their 31st consecutive winning season. The team is currently coached by Walt Wells, former assistant head coach at Eastern and most recently a quality control assistant at the University of Kentucky.

In September 2013, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper of nearby Lexington, reported that EKU was considering moving its program to the top-level Football Bowl Subdivision. However, under NCAA rules, such a move would require that EKU receive an all-sports invitation from an existing FBS conference.[9]

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record Coach
1954 Ohio Valley 8–1–1 5–0 Glenn Presnell
1962 Ohio Valley 6–3 4–2 Glenn Presnell
1967 Ohio Valley 8–1–2 5–0–2 Roy Kidd
1968 Ohio Valley 8–2 7–0 Roy Kidd
1974 Ohio Valley 8–2 6–1 Roy Kidd
1976 Ohio Valley 8–3 6–1 Roy Kidd
1981 Ohio Valley 12–2 8–0 Roy Kidd
1982 Ohio Valley 13–0 7–0 Roy Kidd
1983 Ohio Valley 7–3–1 6–1 Roy Kidd
1984 Ohio Valley 8–4 6–1 Roy Kidd
1986 Ohio Valley 10–3–1 6–1 Roy Kidd
1987 Ohio Valley 9–3 5–1 Roy Kidd
1988 Ohio Valley 11–3 6–0 Roy Kidd
1990 Ohio Valley 10–2 5–1 Roy Kidd
1991 Ohio Valley 12–2 7–0 Roy Kidd
1993 Ohio Valley 8–4 8–0 Roy Kidd
1994 Ohio Valley 10–3 8–0 Roy Kidd
1997 Ohio Valley 8–4 7–0 Roy Kidd
2007 Ohio Valley 9–3 8–0 Danny Hope
2008 Ohio Valley 8–4 7–1 Dean Hood
Total 20

Men's basketball[edit]

The current head coach of the Colonels is A. W. Hamilton.

The Colonels have appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times. The Colonels play their home basketball games at Alumni Coliseum, located on EKU's campus.

Men's golf[edit]

The men's golf team has won 12 Ohio Valley Conference championships: 1975, 1980, 1982–86, 1992, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2015.[10]


Historically, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers served as the primary rival to EKU, especially in Football. Their matchups, known as the "Battle of the Bluegrass," date back to 1914, with Western leading the overall series 34-47-3.[11] With WKU's recent move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, any future games between the two teams are uncertain.

Outside of Western, EKU has maintained rivalries with its two other in-state OVC foes: Murray State and Morehead State.


Facility Sport(s) Capacity
Roy Kidd Stadium Football 20,000
Alumni Coliseum Basketball 6,500
Gertrude Hood Field Softball n/a
Turkey Hughes Field Baseball n/a
Arlington Golf n/a
Tom Samuels Track Outdoor Track and Field n/a

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Eastern Kentucky University Visual Identity Guide. March 20, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "OVC History". Ohio Valley Conference. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  3. ^ "OVC Member Institutions". Ohio Valley Conference. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "Eastern Kentucky University". NCAA. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.ekusports.com/documents/2016/11/4/2016_17_EKU_WBB_Quick_Facts61.pdf
  6. ^ "What is the origin of the EKU Colonel?". Eastern Kentucky University Special Collections & Archives. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Official Website of the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels". Eastern Kentucky University Athletics. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  8. ^ "EKU Colonels - Facilities". Ekusports.com. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  9. ^ Story, Mark (September 14, 2013). "Mark Story: EKU is 'discussing' moving its football program up to the FBS". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "EKU 2013–13 Men's Golf Guide" (PDF). Ekusports.com. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  11. ^ "Program History" (PDF). Ekusports.com. Retrieved 2015-07-02.

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