Southeast Missouri State Redhawks

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Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
University Southeast Missouri State University
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
Athletic director Brady Barke (Interim)
Location Cape Girardeau, MO
Varsity teams 13
Football stadium Houck Stadium (football, soccer)
Basketball arena Show Me Center
Baseball stadium Capaha Field
Other arenas Houck Field House
Mascot Rowdy
Nickname Redhawks
     Red       Black

The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are the athletic teams of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States. The Redhawks athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)[1] and competes at the NCAA Division II[2] level including the Football Championship Subdivision. The SEMO mascot is Rowdy Redhawk and the school colors are red and black.


Southeast Missouri State was a charter member of the Division II athletic conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) from 1912 until moving to Division I and joining the OVC in 1991. Before January of 2005, the athletic team nicknames were the "Indians" (men's teams) and "Otahkians" (women's teams), and the University's mascot was known as Chief Sagamore, represented by a student dressed in Native American regalia. Chief Sagamore was retired as mascot in the mid-1980s due to a growing cultural sensitivity to Native American mascots, but the team names lasted for nearly 20 more years.. After a movement by Student Government, the Booster Club and the National Alumni Council, those names were officially retired in a ceremony on October 22, 2004 and replaced with "Redhawks." [3]

A member of the Ohio Valley Conference, Southeast Missouri State University sponsors six men's and nine women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports:[4]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach
Baseball Steve Bieser Basketball Rekha Patterson
Basketball Redhawks men's basketball Rick Ray Cross Country Ryan Lane
Cross Country Ryan Lane Gymnastics [v 1] Kristi Ewasko
Football Redhawks football Tom Matukewicz Soccer Heather Nelson
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Eric Crumpecker Softball Mark Redburn
Tennis Leah Killen
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Eric Crumpecker
Volleyball Julie Yankus
  1. ^ The gymnastics team is a member of the Midwest Independent Conference.

Basketball (men's)[edit]

The men's basketball team won a share of the regular season OVC title in 2000, and won the conference's tournament as well that year to earn an automatic bid to the 2000 NCAA Tournament. In the team's only appearance in "The Big Dance" to date, the Redhawks were seeded #13 in the West Region and set to face off against Louisiana State University in the opening round of the tournament. In an exciting game, 4th-seeded LSU Tigers narrowly escaped the upset as they held off the Indians 64–61. The current Head Coach, as of the 2015–16 season, is Rick Ray.


The football team has also had its struggles since moving up to Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) in 1991, having only 3 winning seasons (1994, 2002, and 2010). The football program finally had some redemption during the 2002 season as the team made it into the I-AA polls for the first time, finishing the season ranked #23 in the ESPN/USA Today I-AA poll and #24 in the Sports Network I-AA poll. That season also produced the school's only win over a I-A opponent since moving to I-AA, as the Redhawks topped Middle Tennessee 24–14 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. They would go on to win their Ohio Valley Conference title in 2010, making their first playoff appearance the same year.


  1. ^ "OVC Member Institutions". Ohio Valley Conference. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Southeast Missouri State University". NCAA. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "SEMO to retire Indian, Otahkian nicknames Oct. 22". Southeast August 26, 2004. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "GOSOUTHEAST.COM". Southeast Missouri State University. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 

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