Sioux Falls Cougars
|University of Sioux Falls Cougars|
|University||University of Sioux Falls|
|Athletic director||Josh Snyder|
|Location||Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
|Football stadium||Bob Young Field (3,400)|
|Basketball arena||Stewart Center (2,000)|
|Baseball stadium||Harmondon Park (300)|
|Softball stadium||Sherman Park (100)|
|Colors||Purple, Black, and White
University of Sioux Falls athletic teams are known as the Cougars. They currently compete in NCAA Division II after participating in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics through 2011. They were formally members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference from 2000-2011 and the South Dakota Interstate Conference (SDIC) until the year 2000. The university is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) for the majority of sports and in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) for men's soccer.
Move to NCAA
On April 28, 2009 the university board of trustees voted to leave the NAIA and apply to join the NCAA Division II. For two years, USF remained a member of the NAIA and Great Plains Athletic Conference. In 2011-2012, the school became a provisional member of the NCAA, playing full NCAA schedules and required to operate under NCAA Division II regulations but was ineligible for postseason events.
In July 2012, the university became one of six universities to join the NCAA as full members, with official membership commencing on September 1, 2012. As part of the successful transition to the NCAA, the Cougars will be eligible for postseason conference and NCAA postseason competition. With the acceptance into the NCAA as a full member, the university will begin conference play in the NSIC for the majority of sports and in the GNAC for men's soccer.
The USF Athletic Department sponsors the following sports:
Men's intercollegiate athletic teams
Women's intercollegiate athletic teams
The University of Sioux Falls Cougars football team won the NAIA Division II Football National Championship in 1996, and the NAIA Football National Championship in 2006, 2008 and 2009. All four of USF's national championships have been undefeated seasons. The football program has had four NAIA Players of the Year Award winners, running back Nick Kortan in 2002, quarterback Chad Cavender in 2007, quarterback Lorenzo Brown in 2009 and receiver Jon Ryan in 2010. The program has won 19 conference titles, including 10 in the SDIC (1981, 1984, 1988-1989, 1994-1999) and 9 in the GPAC (2001-2004, 2006-2010). From 2008-2010 the team sported a 42-game winning streak which tied an NAIA record.
The current head coach is Jed Stugart who replaced alum Kalen DeBoer in 2010. DeBoer led USF to a 67-3 record in his five years with 3 national titles as head coach. Legendary coach Bob Young led the Cougars from 1983-2004 guiding them to their first national championship in 1996.
|Year||Coach||Record||Championship Game Opponent||Score|
|1996||Bob Young||14-0||Western Washington||47-25|
|2006||Kalen DeBoer||14-0||St. Francis (Ind)||23-19|
|Total national championships – 4|
The USF baseball team won the 2007 GPAC regular and postseason titles with a record of 17-7 (26-19 overall). They had a breakout season in the spring of 2010, setting a school record for wins in a season with a 33-17 record. The Cougars finished second in the GPAC with a 19-5 conference record.
The women's softball team advanced to the NAIA Softball World Series in 2005. That team also won the only postseason GPAC title in school history and finished with a 29-16 record, a school record for victories.
The men's basketball team advanced to 9 NAIA Tournaments, including a Final Four Appearance in 2004. USF won two regular season GPAC Titles (2006, 2007) and 4 postseason GPAC Titles (2004, 2007, 2009, 2011). The current coach is Chris Johnson, who has led the Cougars to tournament appearances in each of his three seasons, including Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2009 and 2010.
The women's basketball team advanced to the NAIA Tournament in 2001, 2003, and 2011. The 2003 team is the only Final Four team in school history. The 2011 team, under current coach Travis Traphagen, reached the Elite 8 and set a school record for wins with 27.
The 2007-2008 women's golf team won the GPAC Championship.
The women's tennis team made four trips to the NAIA Championships in 2000, 2004, 2005, 2010. They won regular season GPAC titles in 2005, 2009, and 2010 and postseason GPAC titles in 2004, 2005, and 2010.
Track and Field
The track and field team has four NAIA individual national champions: Vinnie Olson (2004 - Indoor Shot Put), Colin Koth (2011 - Indoor 400), and Brigitte Gross (2011 - Indoor and Outdoor Pole Vault). The women's outdoor team won the GPAC title in 2011.
- "It's Official; USF Cougars are NCAA D-II Members". University of Sioux Falls. July 12, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
- "USF Accepted Into NCAA Division II Candidacy Membership". Great Plains Athletic Conference. July 10, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
- "USF Accepts Invite to Northern Sun Conference". KDLT-TV. January 20, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
- "New members for 2012-13 could include Association's first Canadian school". NCAA. July 13, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.