Kentucky State Thorobreds and Thorobrettes

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Kentucky State Thorobreds and Thorobrettes
University Kentucky State University
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director William K. Head
Location Frankfort, Kentucky
Varsity teams 11
Football stadium Alumni Stadium
Nickname Thorobreds and Thorobrettes
Colors Green and Gold[1]

The Kentucky State Thorobreds and Thorobrettes are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent Kentucky State University, located in Frankfort, Kentucky, in NCAA Division II sports championships. The Thorobreds and Thorobrettes are members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. KSU has been a member of the SIAC since 1997.[2]

Varsity teams[edit]


The Exum Center, the university's athletic and recreational complex, was named after William Exum, the first African-American varsity football player at the University of Wisconsin.[3] Exum was hired as head of KSU's Physical Education department in 1949, and later made head of the Athletics department. He then became manager of the United States Track and Field teams at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. Exum retired from KSU in 1980.

List of teams[edit]

Men's Basketball[edit]

In 1970-1972 the Thorobreds won three straight NAIA National Titles (1970, 1971, 1972). As of 2017, they are still only the second team to do so, joining Tennessee State (1957, 1958, 1959).



  • 1951–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1958–1969: NAIA
  • 1970–1984: NAIA Division I
  • 1973–present: NCAA Division II

Conference affiliations[edit]


  1. ^ "Brand Standards | Kentucky State University". Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "KSU Thorobreds". Kentucky State University. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Exum, William". University of Kentucky Libraries. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 

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