Jacksonville State Gamecocks

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Jacksonville State Gamecocks
University Jacksonville State University
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
NCAA Division I FCS
Athletic director Greg Seitz
Location Jacksonville, Alabama
Varsity teams 15
Football stadium Burgess-Snow Field
Basketball arena Pete Mathews Coliseum
Baseball stadium Rudy Abbott Field
Nickname Gamecocks
Colors Red and White[1]
Website jsugamecocksports.com
Jacksonville State Gamecocks wordmark.svg

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Jacksonville State University (JSU) located in Jacksonville, Alabama, United States. The Gamecocks athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)[2] and competes at the NCAA Division I[3] level including the Football Championship Subdivision. The JSU mascot is Cocky the Gamecock, and the school colors are red and white.[4] Gamecock teams have won six NCAA national championships in four sports, and, along with Wisconsin–Whitewater, is one of only two schools to win titles in baseball, basketball, and football.[5][6]


Jacksonville State athletics began with the 1903 State Normal School (SNS) football team and was the domain of men only until women's sports were added in 1982. The SNS teams were known as the Eagle Owls, and the school colors were blue and gold. In 1946, the school's name was changed to Jacksonville Teachers College, and the team name and colors were also changed to the current Gamecocks and red and white.[4]

A member of the Ohio Valley Conference, Jacksonville State University sponsors teams in six men's, ten women's, and one co-ed NCAA sanctioned sports:[7]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team article Head Coach Co-ed Intercollegiate Sports Team article Head Coach
Baseball Gamecocks baseball Jim Case Basketball Gamecocks women's basketball Rick Pietri Rifle [v 1] Ron Frost
Basketball Gamecocks men's basketball Ray Harper Beach volleyball [v 2] Terry Gamble
Cross Country Steve Ray Cross Country Steve Ray
Football Gamecocks football John Grass Golf James Hobbs
Golf James Hobbs Soccer Neil Macdonald
Tennis Andres Amores Softball Gamecocks softball Jana McGinnis
Tennis Andres Amores
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Steve Ray
Volleyball Terry Gamble
  1. ^ Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other.
  2. ^ Beach volleyball is a fully sanctioned NCAA sport which had its first national championship in the spring of 2016.[8] JSU added the sport for the Spring of 2016 and is currently an independent.

NCAA National Championships[6][edit]

  • 1984 Division II Women's Gymnastics
  • 1985 Division II Men's Basketball
  • 1985 Division II Women's Gymnastics
  • 1990 Division II Baseball
  • 1991 Division II Baseball
  • 1992 Division II Football


  1. ^ Jacksonville State University Style Guide & Identification Standards Manual (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  2. ^ "OVC Member Institutions". Ohio Valley Conference. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jacksonville State University". NCAA. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "WHY WE ARE THE GAMECOCKS". Jacksonville State University Athletics. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "JAX STATE: NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP U". Jacksonville State University Athletics. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "NCAA Combined Championship Summary (through July 1, 2015)" (PDF). Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gamecocks". Jacksonville State University Athletics. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ "NCAA DII, DIII membership approves Sand Volleyball as 90th championship". NCAA. January 17, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 

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