Missouri Western Griffons

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Missouri Western Griffons
University Missouri Western State University
Conference MIAA
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Kurt McGuffin
Location St. Joseph, Missouri
Varsity teams 10
Football stadium Spratt Memorial Stadium
Basketball arena MWSU Fieldhouse at Looney Complex
Mascot Max
Nickname Griffons
Fight song "Fight On Griffons!"
Colors Black and Gold[1]
Website www.gogriffons.com
MWSU Athletics wordmark.svg

The Missouri Western Griffons are the sports teams of Missouri Western State University located in St. Joseph, Missouri. They participate in the NCAA's Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).[2]



Football at Missouri is played at Spratt Stadium. The current head football coach is Jerry Partridge, who has held the position since 1997. Partridge became Missouri Western's all-time wins leader on September 30, 2006 as the Griffons defeated Truman State University. His current total of 128+ career victories ranks third on the MIAA all-time list.[3]

Kansas City Chiefs summer training camp[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs training camp

The school has been the summer training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2010. The $15.7 million facility was paid for by $10 million from the Chiefs (from state tax credits) and $1.2 million from student fees at Missouri Western, with the rest coming from the City of St. Joseph, Buchanan County and private donations.[4] It was designed by St. Joseph architect firm Ellison-Auxier architects, Inc., which designed the school's Spratt Hall and clock tower.[5]

A climate-controlled, 120-yard NFL regulation grass indoor field, with a locker room, weight room, training room, classrooms and office space was completed in the summer of 2010.[6] This facility is referred to as the "Griffon Indoor Sports Complex."


Max the Griffon, the school's mascot

The official mascot of Missouri Western Athletic teams is Max the Griffon.[7]


"Fight On, Griffons!" is the official fight song for Missouri Western State University.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


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