Iowa State Cyclones
|Iowa State Cyclones|
|University||Iowa State University|
|Athletic director||Jamie Pollard|
|Football stadium||Jack Trice Stadium|
|Basketball arena||Hilton Coliseum|
|Mascot||Cy the Cardinal|
|Fight song||ISU Fights|
|Colors||Cardinal and Gold
The Iowa State Cyclones are the athletic teams of Iowa State University. The university is a member of the Big 12 Conference and competes in NCAA Division I, fielding 16 varsity teams (6 men's and 10 women's teams) in 12 sports. The "Cyclones" name dates back to 1895. That year, Iowa suffered an unusually high number of devastating cyclones (as tornadoes were called at the time). In September, the football team from what was then Iowa Agricultural College traveled to Northwestern University and defeated that team by a score of 36-0. The next day, the Chicago Tribune's headline read "Struck by a Cyclone: It Comes from Iowa and Devastates Evanston Town." The article began, "Northwestern might as well have tried to play football with an Iowa cyclone as with the Iowa team it met yesterday." The nickname stuck.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Men's sports
- 3 Women's sports
- 4 Former varsity sports
- 5 Club sports
- 6 Rivalries
- 7 Traditions
- 8 Championships
- 9 Facilities
- 10 Director's Cup
- 11 Hall of fame
- 12 Voice of the Cyclones
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Iowa State's Athletic Director, Jamie Pollard (2005–present), has changed the direction of the athletic program. Since his arrival, Pollard has replaced two head coaches in football and wrestling, and has also replaced coaches in men's basketball, gymnastics, soccer, cross country/track and field, women's golf, tennis, and softball. He has dramatically increased the athletic budget and has improved player academics. Additionally, he has initiated major renovations to Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium, and constructed a basketball practice facility.
Until recently, Pollard did have critics that pointed to poor team performances in men's basketball and football. With Pollard's hires of Paul Rhoads in football and Fred Hoiberg in men's basketball, these concerns have diminished as Iowa State is enjoying increased success on both the football field and basketball floor. Pollard's supporters point out the improved facilities, the better patron interaction, and that the increased ticket prices are only average compared to other Big 12 schools.
The Iowa State Cyclones Men's Lacrosse team competes at the highest level, Division 1. Jason Parnell is the current ISU Men's Lacrosse head coach. Prior to the 2015-2016 season, the team struggled to keep numbers up with lackluster performances but this year with a new recruiting class, the future of ISU Men's Lacrosse is on the rise. Look out for the Cyclones this season, especially Ted Ramert (Junior) who has led the team in goals and points the previous two years. The Cyclones are looking to make a deep run in the MCLA tournament this year.
The Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball team competes in the Big 12 Conference of NCAA Division I athletics. Steve Prohm is the current ISU men's basketball head coach. Prior to the 2015-16 season, Iowa State has a 1290–1263 all-time record, and has been to the NCAA Tournament seventeen times including four Sweet 16 appearances, an Elite 8 appearance, and a Final Four appearance. ISU has also won six regular conference titles and four conference tournament titles. Iowa State men's basketball team plays in Hilton Coliseum, part of the Iowa State Center on the south-east side of Iowa State University, and is known as one of the best venues in all of college basketball.
Men's cross country
Iowa State Cyclones Cross Country men's team, since beginning in 1954, has won two NCAA national titles, two conference titles, and has made the NCAA tournament 22 times.
Iowa State plays NCAA Division 1 FBS football in the Big 12. Iowa State football team is led by head coach Matt Campbell. ISU started playing football in 1892, however, it did not become an official sport until 1894. The Cyclones have a 476-556-46 all-time record and are 3-7 in post season play.
The Cyclones play home games in Jack Trice Stadium. The stadium is named after Jack Trice, a football player who incurred a fatal injury while playing for the Cyclones against Minnesota in 1923. The stadium is currently under a major renovation which has doubled the luxury suites, widened the concourses and built new restrooms and concession stands. Plans have been approved by the Iowa Board of Regents to construct a south end-zone, which will be completely bowled in, raising the stadium's seating capacity from around 55,000 to nearly 65,000.
|Yearly Football Records|
Iowa State Cyclone's men's golf is coached by former U of Minnesota coach, Andrew Tank who is in his 2nd season at Iowa State. Iowa State has made twelve NCAA appearances and has won three Big 6 conference titles. Iowa State plays and practice at Veenker Memorial Golf Course on the Iowa State Campus.
Men's track and field
Iowa State Cyclones Track and Field is led by Corey Ihmels. Iowa State has won 20 conference titles and made 52 NCAA appearances in indoor and outdoor events.
Iowa State's is coached by Olympic gold medalist Kevin Jackson. Jackson was introduced as the Cyclones head coach on April 30, 2009, replacing Cael Sanderson. In wrestling, Iowa State has won eight national team titles and 15 conference team titles including winning the last three Big 12 titles. Iowa State wrestlers have claimed 66 individual national titles, and 16 Iowa State wrestlers have participated in the Olympics resulting in 5 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals. Well known wrestlers for Iowa State include Cael Sanderson, Dan Gable, Kevin Jackson, Bobby Douglas, and Glen Brand.
|Yearly Wrestling Records|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
Iowa State is known for having one of the best women's basketball programs in the nation. Since the founding of the Big 12 in 1996, ISU has had only one losing season, has won three conference titles (1 regular season, 2 tournament), and has a winning record against every Big 12 opponent, except Baylor. Bill Fennelly is the coach and is largely responsible for building this successful program. On a national level, the Cyclones have made the NCAA tournament ten times, making it four times to the Sweet Sixteen and twice to the Elite Eight, most recently in 2009. They have also made the WNIT twice. ISU has been ranked in the top 10 for attendance for the past eight years and finished the 2008-2009 season ranked #3 in the nation for attendance.
Iowa State Women's Gymnastics program has won two Big 12 titles in the past ten years (2000, 2006) and made an appearance in the NCAA "Super Six" gymnastics championship (2006). Iowa State has also won two Big 8 conference titles in 1975 and 1977. Iowa State women's gymnastics are coached by Jay Ronayne who is 18-24-1 overall since hired in 2007.
Iowa State's newest sport is soccer. It was officially named a Cyclone sport in 1996 and has built a 98-118-19 overall record including one NCAA tournament appearance in 2005. Iowa State Cyclone soccer is led by second year (2009–2010) Head Coach, Wendy Dillinger.
Iowa State Women's Softball is coached by Stacy Gemeinhardt-Cesler (2006–present), who has a 65-72 record at Iowa State and 218-148 overall. Iowa State's softball team has an all-time record of 743-693-5 and is 53-168 in Big 12 play. The softball team plays at the Cyclone Sports Complex that opened in 2012. The team practices there and at the Bergstrom Indoor Practice Facility. The team has appeared in two Women's College World Series, in 1971 and 1973. In 1971, the team advanced to the championship final undefeated in the double elimination tournament, only to lose two games in the eventual champion's third consecutive WCWS title performance.
Women's track and field
Iowa State Cyclones Track and Field is under the leadership of Corey Ihmels. Iowa State has won 9 conference titles and made 24 NCAA appearances in indoor and outdoor events.
Head Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch has led Iowa State to one of the most impressive turn-arounds ever. Since taking over the program in 2005, Johnson-Lynch has coached the Cyclones to a 105-58 (.644) record, including four NCAA tournament appearances and the programs first ever national ranking. The Cyclones' four NCAA tournament appearances include a second round appearance in 2006, a Sweet 16 appearance in 2007, an Elite 8 appearance in 2008, and another Sweet 16 appearance in 2009. The Cyclone fans have recognized the success and in 2009, ISU ranked 9th in the country for attendance. After upsetting 8th ranked Wisconsin in the second round in 2007, the Cyclones earned their first-ever national ranking at the No. 18 spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll. In 2009 the Cyclones reached an all-time high ranking of 5th. Overall, Iowa State has a 619-650-10 record, a 151-281 conference record, and a 9-5 NCAA tournament record.
Other women's sports
The Iowa State Cyclones golf women's team is led by head coach Christie Martens (2005–present). Iowa State has won one Big 8 conference title and has made the NCAA tournament four times and the AIAW (NCAA predecessor for women's golf) tournament three times. The Iowa State women's golf team plays at Veenker Memorial Golf Course on campus.
Iowa State Swimming & Diving is coached by Duane Sorenson, who is 61-55 in his 13th season at Iowa State (1996–present). Iowa State has won one Big 8 conference title in 1974, and has a 165-154 all-time record. The team competes in ISU's Beyer Pool.
Iowa State Women's Tennis is coached by first-year head coach Armando Espinosa. Iowa State Tennis team has had a 100% graduation rate over the past 16 years and the programs athletes consistently post some of the highest GPA's of all Iowa State athletes.
Former varsity sports
Iowa state has dropped the following sports:
- Men's tennis (1994)
- Men's gymnastics (1994)
- Men's swimming (2001)
- Men's baseball (2001)
Iowa State dropped men's tennis and men's gymnastics in 1994 and added women's soccer in 1995, ahead of a 1998 deadline for compliance with Title IX; these changes resulted in 9 men's sports and 11 women's sports.
As of 2000, Iowa State offered 20 varsity sports, which was the second-highest number in the Big 12. Iowa State was able to trim its deficit by cutting men's swimming, which had annual operating expenses of $300,000, and men's baseball, which had annual operating expenses of $130,000.
Iowa State University fielded baseball as an official sports team from 1892 until the conclusion of the 2000-2001 season. Iowa State discontinued baseball due to budget constraints, but it remains as a club sport. Iowa State had an 1,346-1,412-17 all-time record including a 7-6 NCAA tournament record.
Iowa State has a number of club sports. Most are sports not sponsored by the university's athletic department or NCAA Division I athletics, others are supplementary to ISU sports and allow students a chance to compete but not at a Division I level.
A number of clubs experience notability on campus and nationwide:
- ISU baseball was cut by the school's athletic department in 2000; but it continues, as a club sport, to provides students with the opportunity to attend ISU and play competitive baseball.
- Iowa State Men's Hockey is non-scholarship sport since it is not considered a recreational sport like other club sports. ISU has been an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) powerhouse since its inception, the team has many ACHA Frozen Four appearances and was the ACHA National Champion in 1992. The Iowa State women's hockey team is also a rising power in the ACHA, winning the D2 National Championship in 2014.
- The Iowa State Golf Club has been a rising club sport in recent years. The team offers outlets for both recreational golfers and competitive golfers, while both parts of the club use Veenker Memorial Golf Course as their home course. The competitive team joined the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) in 2013, and has since been a rising powerhouse in the Twin Cities Region, qualifying for the NCCGA National Championship in both the spring and fall semesters of 2015.
- ISU Rodeo is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) and is one of the oldest collegiate rodeo athletic events in the US.
- The Iowa State Rugby Club plays college rugby in Division IAA in the Heart of America conference against many of Iowa State's traditional athletic rivals such as Missouri and Kansas State. ISU Rugby has made huge strides on and off the field in recent years behind Coach Malcolm Robertson and under Club Presidents Anthony Frein, Matthew Vermillion, and Matthew Kriha. Most recently, they were selected to play in the round of 16 during the 2014 USA Rugby National Championships. They finished the year as one of the top 12 teams in Division IAA. 
- Ballroom Dancing
- Canoe & Kayak
- Disc Golf
- Ice hockey
- Muay Thai
- Nordic Skiing
- Table Tennis
- Track and field
- Ultimate (Frisbee)
- Water Polo
Iowa State's most heated rival is the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. The two teams first played each other in 1894 (in football). The Cy-Hawk Trophy was introduced in 1977 when the two teams met for the first time since 1934. The trophy is awarded to the victor of the annual football game. The trophy features a football player, with the Cyclone's and Hawkeye's logos.
Started in 2004, the annual Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series gives points to the Hawkeyes and Cyclones based on wins in 11 sports and academic achievement. Each team is awarded 2 points for a win (except football which gets 3 points), 1 point for a tie, and 2 points for having athletes average GPA better than national average. At the end of the year the team with the most points wins the series for that year and bragging rights.
Iowa State also has a rivalry with the University of Missouri Tigers. When the coaches’ field phones were tested prior to the 1959 Iowa State-Missouri football game in Ames, Iowa, it was found that the teams could hear one another. The problem was solved by game time, but not without considerable worry on the part of the coaching staff. The Northwestern Bell Telephone Company of Ames had a trophy made after the field phone controversy and it continues to be presented today to the winner of the game between ISU and Mizzou.
Iowa State uses a cardinal, Cy, as its mascot instead of an actual tornado or Cyclone. Prior to the football match up against the University of Colorado on November 12, 2005 a tornado touched down in Ames, Iowa and forced fans to either stand out in the parking lot and watch the storm or flee to shelter in Hilton Coliseum. It created such an atmosphere that Iowa State was able to win over the favored Buffaloes 30–16. When asked about the event, Colorado coach Gary Barnett said, "I thought we had a pretty good mascot. But when we showed up at Iowa State and they had a real tornado, that's the real deal."
Originally silver, yellow, and black, the school colors were changed to cardinal and gold in 1899 to make dyeing sweaters easier. A council was formed in October 1899 with the purpose of finding new colors that would be suitable for sweaters. The council reported in favor of cardinal sweaters with gold lettering. According to cyclones.com (Iowa State Athletics official website), the Iowa State teams were originally known as the "Cardinals", though there is no other evidence to support it, it is assumed that the cardinal color was derived from the original team name.
O we will fight, fight, fight for Iowa State,
And may her colors ever fly.
Yes, we will fight with might for Iowa State,
With a will to do or die,
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Loyal sons forever true,
And we will fight the battle through.
And when we hit that line we'll hit it hard every yard for I. S. U!
National team championships
As of July 1, 2015, Iowa State has 13 NCAA team national championships.
- Men's (13)
- see also:
Below are 5 national team titles that were not bestowed by the NCAA:
- Cross Country (AIAW) (5): 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981
Iowa State's most successful sport is wrestling, which has been a perennial contender for the national title. Iowa State has also posted team runner-up finishes in the national championship wrestling meet on numerous occasions, most recently in 2007. Its most recent NCAA national team championship was in men's cross country in 1994. Iowa State also had a successful men's gymnastics program, winning three national titles in four years in the 1970s. Men's gymnastics was cut as a sport sponsored by Iowa State in 1994.
|20||Men's Swimming||MVC: 1929, 1931, 1932
Big 6: 1933, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947
Big 7: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1954
Big 8: 1967, 1976, 1977, 1995
|14||Wrestling||Big 6: 1933, 1937, 1941, 1947
Big 7: 1958
Big 8: 1970, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1987
Big 12: 2007, 2008, 2009
|15||Men's Outdoor Track&Field||Big Ten: 1911, 1919, 1920
Big 6: 1944, 1945
Big 8: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
|10||Men's Basketball||Big 6: 1935, 1941, 1944, 1945
Big 7: 1955
Big 8: 1959, 1996
Big 12: 2000(2), 2001, 2014
|10||Men's Gymnastics||Big 8: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975|
|11||Women's Cross Country||Big 8: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1990
Big 12: 2011, 2012,2013, 2014
|8||Men's Indoor Track&Field||Big 6: 1944, 1945, 1946
Big 8: 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993
|6||Women's Outdoor Track&Field||Big 8: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979|
|5||Women's Indoor Track&Field||Big 8: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979|
|4||Baseball||Big 6: 1936
Big 7: 1957
Big 8: 1970, 1971
|4||Women's Gymnastics||Big 8: 1975, 1977
Big 12: 2000, 2006
|3||Football||MVC: 1911, 1912
Big 12: 2004 (North)
|3||Men's Golf||Big 6: 1940, 1947, 1953|
|3||Women's Basketball||Big 12: 2000(2), 2001|
|2||Men's Cross Country||Big 8: 1989, 1994|
|1||Women's Golf||Big 8: 1993|
|1||Women's Swimming & Diving||Big 8: 1974|
|120 Total||Big Ten: 3
Big 6: 26
Big 7: 7
Big 8: 64
Big 12: 15
- Ames/ISU Ice Arena
- Basketball Practice Facility
- Bergstrom Indoor Facility
- Beyer Hall
- Cross Country Course
- Hilton Coliseum
- Hixson-Lied Student Success Center
- ISU Soccer Complex
- Jacobson Athletic Building
- Jack Trice Stadium
- Lied Recreation Center
- Southwest Athletic Complex
- Veenker Memorial Golf Course
James H. Hilton Coliseum is a 14,356-seat multi-purpose arena in Ames, Iowa. The arena, which is part of the Iowa State Center, opened in 1971. It is home to the Iowa State University Cyclones basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and volleyball teams. The building was specifically built to hold in sound with a solid concrete structure, steel doors, and a crowd that sits just a few feet from the court. During big games, players from opposing teams, as well as Iowa State, have even said that the floor has shaken due to the loudness of the crowd. A record basketball crowd of 15,000 saw the Cyclones post a 97-94 win over Iowa in 1971.
Jack Trice Stadium
Jack Trice Stadium (formerly Cyclone Stadium) is a stadium in Ames, Iowa. It is primarily used for college football, and is the home field of the Iowa State University Cyclones. It opened on September 20, 1975 (with a win against Air Force), and with hillside tickets it officially has 55,000 seats. The current record for single-game attendance, 56,800, was set on October 13, 2012 when the Cyclones played Kansas State. In 1997, the stadium was named in honor of Jack Trice, ISU's first African American athlete and the school's first athletics-related fatality. The stadium is the only one in Division I-A named for an African American individual.
The 6,543-yard, par-72, George Veenker Memorial Golf Course is located just two blocks north of the Iowa State campus. The 18-hole course was constructed in 1938 from the design of world-renowned golf course architect, Perry Maxwell. The course hosted the conference championships in 1982 and 1989, two regional AIAW championships, and hosts the annual Iowa Masters Championship. It also hosted the 1949 NCAA national championship.
Sukup Basketball Complex
Opened in September 2009, Iowa State's new basketball practice facility is located on 2 acres (8,100 m2) of land (in west Ames, Iowa) that was donated by a local developer, Dickson Jensen. The $8 million, 36,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) facility, includes two separate 10,000 square- foot gymnasiums for both men's and women's basketball programs, as well as separate lounges and locker rooms, a theater room, a medical treatment area, and coaches' offices and conference rooms.
Bergstrom Indoor Facility
The Steve and Debbie Bergstrom Indoor Training Facility opened in March 2004. It is a 92,000-square-foot (8,500 m2) multi-purpose, indoor practice facility. Inside the facility is a full sized Astro turf football field. Though typically associated with football, it is also used for practice by the softball and soccer teams, as well as community events. The building sits just northwest of Jack Trice Stadium and is part of the Johnny Majors Practice Complex. The facility cost $9.6 million to build and was funded by private gifts to the athletic department and ISU Foundation.
Beyer Hall is home to Iowa State's women's swimming and diving team and women's gymnastics team (men's swimming and diving and gymnastics teams have been discontinued at Iowa State). The swimming and diving team practices and holds competition in the Beyer Pool, a six lane, T-shaped, 25-yard competitive pool with an attached diving well, and seating for approximately 800 spectators. The Beyer Pool has hosted the 1963 and 1971 NCAA meets, as well as numerous conference championships. Though the gymnastics team competes in Hilton Coliseum, they practice across the hall from Beyer Pool in the Amy and Dennis Pyle Family Gymnastics Facility. Renovated in 2002, the practice facility is used by collegiate and elementary athletes alike.
Cross Country Course
The $250,000, Iowa State Cross Country Course was dedicated in 1995 and was host of the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships that fall, and again in 2000. The course runs through the Iowa State Arboretum and was the first course in the nation designed exclusively for competitive cross country racing.
Hixson-Lied Student Success Center
The 10 million dollar, Hixson-Lied Student Success Center, was designed for improving academic achievement campus wide, with the second floor devoted specifically to student athletes. The facility was built using private contributions. Since its completion in 2006, Iowa State student athletes have dramatically improved in the class room and now boost a higher average GPA (Grade point average) than the rest of the student body.
ISU Soccer Complex
Built in 1995 when women's soccer was added as an official sport at Iowa State, the ISU Soccer Complex sits just east of the Lied Recreation Athletics Center. Permanent lighting was installed in 2004 at a cost of $170,000 and a team meeting room was added in 2005. The Iowa State Soccer team practices in the [Bergstrom Indoor Facility] during bad weather or field conditions.
Jacobson Athletic Building
Located off the north end zone of Jack Trice Stadium, The Jacobson Athletic Building houses all football offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, strength and conditioning room, and sports medicine room. In addition to football, it also houses administrative and coaches offices (except men's and women's basketball). The administrative and football offices were renovated in 2008 with the renovation to the Jack Trice Stadium.
Lied Recreation Center
The Lied Recreation Center is a multi-purpose building housing the soccer team lockers, practice facility for wrestling, and a 300-meter track for indoor competition. The $13 million center, was host of the 1998, 2000, and 2007 indoor track and field Big 12 Championships. The new mondo track has eight 42-inch lanes, making it the largest and one of the fastest indoor surfaces in the world. There is portable seating for 2,000 spectators and also includes two long jump/triple jump pits and a pole vault runway. The facility also includes showers, saunas, steam rooms, and a sports medicine center.
Southwest Athletic Complex
The Southwest Athletic Complex is home to multiple sport facilities including: baseball, softball, track and field, and cross country (technically the ISU cross country course is separate, but it runs around and through the athletic complex). The baseball stadium, Capp Timm Field, is still used by university sport clubs, but is no longer used for official athletic competition since the baseball was dropped in 2002. The Southeast Athletic Complex has been home for the softball team since 1980. The softball facility was renovated in 2004, with new bleachers with seating for 500 spectators, a new backstop wall, and new netting. Track and Field also holds outdoor competitions in the athletic complex.
The NACDA Director's Cup is an award given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the colleges and universities with the most success in collegiate athletics. Points for the NACDA Director's Cup are based on order of finish in various NCAA sponsored championships or based on various polls. The following is Iowa State's finish in the Director's Cup since 1993:
|ISU Director's Cup Standings|
^indicates a current standing
Red indicates ranking down from previous year
Green indicates ranking up from previous year
Hall of fame
- For a list of inductees by year of induction, see footnote
Voice of the Cyclones
From early 1970s until his death on March 5, 2003, Pete Taylor was the "Voice of the Cyclones". Initially, Pete both worked the ISU events and was the sports director at KCCI TV, formerly KRNT TV. He provided play by play coverage of Iowa State Cyclones Athletics over the Cyclone network both on the radio and on the television. In 1990 after he left KCCI, Taylor joined the Iowa State staff full-time. Following Pete's death, John Walters succeeded Pete as the "Voice of the Cyclones" on June 17, 2003, providing play by play coverage on both the radio and the television. Initially, John both worked the ISU events and was the sports director at WOI TV. In June 2012, John left WOI TV and joined the Iowa State staff full-time.
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