Eastern Kentucky Colonels and Lady Colonels
|Eastern Kentucky Colonels|
|University||Eastern Kentucky University|
|Conference||Ohio Valley Conference|
|NCAA||NCAA Division I (FCS)|
|Athletic director||Steve Lochmueller|
|Varsity teams||7 men's, 8 women's|
|Football stadium||Roy Kidd Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Alumni Coliseum|
|Baseball stadium||Turkey Hughes Field|
|Nickname||Colonels and Lady Colonels|
|Fight song||Rally Maroon and White & Hail, Hail Eastern Maroons|
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and Lady 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 of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and competes at the NCAA Division I level including the Football Championship Subdivision. The EKU mascot is The Colonel, and the school colors are maroon and white.
EKU's intercollegiate athletics teams are nicknamed the Colonels with the exception of the women's basketball Lady Colonels. 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".
|Men's Intercollegiate Sports||Team Article||Head Coach||Women's Intercollegiate Sports||Team Article||Head Coach|
|Baseball||—||Edwin Thompson||Basketball||—||Chrissy Roberts|
|Basketball||Colonels basketball||Dan McHale||Golf||—||Mike Whitson|
|Cross Country||—||Rick Erdmann||Cross Country||—||Rick Erdmann|
|Football||Colonels football||Dean Hood||Soccer||—||Andrew Fleming (Interim)|
|Golf||—||Pat Stephens||Softball||—||Jane Worthington|
|Tennis||—||Rob Oertel||Tennis||—||Rob Oertel|
|Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)||—||Rick Erdmann||Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)||—||Rick Erdmann|
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. 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 Dean Hood, a former defensive coordinator for Wake Forest.
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.
|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|
The current head coach of the Colonels is Dan McHale.
The men's golf team has won 12 Ohio Valley Conference championships: 1975, 1980, 1982–86, 1992, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2015.
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. With WKU's recent move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision, any future games between the two teams are uncertain.
|Roy Kidd Stadium||Football||20,000|
|Gertrude Hood Field||Softball||n/a|
|Turkey Hughes Field||Baseball||n/a|
|Greg Adams Indoor Tennis Center||Tennis||n/a|
|Tom Samuels Track||Outdoor Track and Field||n/a|
Eastern Kentucky University is unusual as it recognizes two songs as their official fight songs. They are named Rally Maroon and White (a.k.a. Yea, Eastern) and Hail, Hail Eastern Maroons.
Rally Maroon and White
Yea Eastern let's win this fight,
Rally Maroon and White;
We've got the spirit; you've got the speed,
These two with grit are all that we need;
So carry and pass that ball;
Show them our boys beat all;
Show them we're right with main and might;
The way to win is fight, fight, fight.
Hail, Hail Eastern Maroons
Hail, Hail Eastern Maroons,
You're the pride of dear old Alma Mater.
Hail, Hail, Eastern Maroons,
For thee we'll give three rousting cheers.
Rah, rah, rah! Hail, Hail, Eastern Maroons,
Loyal to thee we stand,
Ever fight for the right,
We'll make our school the best in the land.
- List of college sports teams in the United States with different nicknames for men's and women's teams
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