Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers

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Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers
University Kentucky Wesleyan College
Conference Great Midwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Jim Askins
Location Owensboro, KY
Varsity teams 8 men's, 9 women's
Football stadium Robert "Bullet" Wilson Field at Steele Stadium
Basketball arena Owensboro Sports Center
Baseball stadium Panther Park
Softball stadium Foster Field
Soccer stadium Panther Field
Colors Purple

The Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers are the athletic teams of Kentucky Wesleyan College, which compete in the NCAA Division II and the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Sports teams[edit]

Men Women
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Football Soccer
Golf Softball
Soccer Tennis
Track & field (I/O) Volleyball
Track & field


The men's basketball team advanced to the Division II championship game six consecutive years (1998–2003), winning in 1999 and 2001. In addition to these most recent successes, they also won six other championships (1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1987, and 1990) and were runners-up in 1957. Overall, Kentucky Wesleyan has won eight NCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Championships, which is the most by any NCAA Division II School.


Kentucky Wesleyan has an American football team, which competes as an independent in the Division II since Great Midwest Athletic Conference does not sponsor football.


Kentucky Wesleyan has a long athletic history, and currently has men's teams competing in baseball, basketball, football, golf, cross country and soccer, and women's teams competing in basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, cross country and volleyball.[1]

In the fall of 2013, the Panthers joined the new Great Midwest Athletic Conference, after previously competing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Kentucky Wesleyan's GLVC championship teams[edit]

Kentucky Wesleyan College's athletic teams have won eighteen (18) Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) championships. The KWC softball Team won as total of four GLVC Championships, three in the 1980s (1984, 1986, and 1989) and one in 1994. The KWC men's golf team won its only GLVC championship in 1983. The KWC men's basketball team has won 13 GLVC championships.