UMKC Kangaroos

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UMKC Kangaroos
University University of Missouri–Kansas City
Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Carla Wilson
Location Kansas City, Missouri
Varsity teams 16
Basketball arena Municipal Auditorium (men)
Swinney Recreation Center (women)
Softball stadium Complex[1]
Soccer stadium Durwood Soccer Stadium
Other arenas Plaza Tennis Center[2]
Mascot Kasey Kangaroo
Nickname Kangaroos
Colors Blue and Gold[3]
Western Athletic Conference in UMKC's colors

The UMKC Kangaroos, sometimes called the Kansas City Kangaroos are the intercollegiate teams representing the University of Missouri–Kansas City that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. UMKC currently competes in the Western Athletic Conference after leaving The Summit League in July 2013.[4]

The name was chosen in the 1930s for the school's debate team, following the acquisition of two baby kangaroos by the Kansas City Zoo.[5]


A member of the Western Athletic Conference, the University of Missouri-Kansas City sponsors seven men's and nine women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports:[6]

Men's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach Women's Intercollegiate Sports Team Article Head Coach
Basketball Kangaroos men's basketball Kareem Richardson Basketball Kangaroos women's basketball Jacie Hoyt
Cross Country Shameika McField Cross Country Shameika McField
Golf J.W. VanDenBorn Golf Brianna Broderick
Soccer Rick Benben Soccer Chris Cissell
Tennis Kendell Hale Softball Meredith Smith
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Shameika McField Tennis Kendell Hale
Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor) Shameika McField
Volleyball Christi Posey

Name note[edit]

The school consistently brands itself for athletic purposes as "UMKC".

While its current conference, the WAC, uses "UMKC", its previous conference, The Summit League, persisted in using "Kansas City" - a contributing factor to the school's move.

The national media is inconsistent in usage.


  1. ^ Missouri 3&2
  2. ^ "Plaza Tennis Center - UMKC Athletics". Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  3. ^ UMKC Athletics Branding Guidelines (PDF). Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ "UMKC Heading to the Western Athletic Conference - UMKC Athletics". Retrieved 2015-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Evolution of the kangaroo". Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  6. ^ "UMKC Roos". University of Missouri-Kansas City. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 

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