Northwest Missouri State Bearcats

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Northwest Missouri State Bearcats
University Northwest Missouri State University
Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Mel Tjeerdsma
Location Maryville, Missouri
Varsity teams 14
Football stadium Bearcat Stadium
Basketball arena Bearcat Arena
Mascot Bobby the Bearcat
Nickname Bearcat
     Bearcat Green       White

The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats are the athletic teams for Northwest Missouri State University, located in Maryville, Missouri. The Bearcats play in the NCAA Division II. Northwest is a founding member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 1912 and has remained in the conference ever since. From its founding until 1937 it competed in the Amateur Athletic Union. From 1937 to 1957 it competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 1957 it joined NCAA Division II. Northwest has appeared in eight Division II football title games (winning four) since 1998. The men's basketball team appeared in an AAU title game in 1930.


Northwest offers the following sports:


National football championship trophy room at Bearcat Stadium. The two trophies in the middle are national championships in 1998 and 1999. The four trophies on the left are for appearances in the title games in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. Northwest made an unprecedented fifth consecutive national title game in 2009, which they won. The stick in the middle left is the Hickory Stick in the contests with Truman State.

The Bearcats have appeared in nine NCAA Division II national title games (and won four) since going 0-11 in Mel Tjeerdsma's first season in 1994.[1]


Men's basketball[edit]

Northwest has appeared in one national title and two Elite 8 title games.[2]

Women's basketball[edit]

Head coach Michael Smith finished his second season at Northwest Missouri State after the 2014–15 season, with a total record of 18–37.[3] Since 1971, the women's basketball team has a combined record of 667–533.[4]


Bearcat Stadium[edit]

Bearcat Stadium
Main article: Bearcat Stadium

Bearcat Stadium (formerly Memorial Stadium and Rickenbrode Stadium) is the football stadium of the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats in Maryville, Missouri and is the oldest continuous site for any NCAA Division II school.[5] The Stadium was originally opened in 1917 as Memorial Stadium. It has a capacity of 6,500 and had lights and FieldTurf installed in the summer of 2007.

Bearcat Arena[edit]

Main article: Bearcat Arena

The Arena is in Lamkin Activity Center, a part of the Ryland Milner Complex and is located between Bearcat Stadium on the west and the Martindale Gymnasium and the Robert P. Foster Aquatic Center on the east.[6]


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