Washburn Ichabods

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Washburn Ichabods
University Washburn University
Conference MIAA
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Loren Ferre'
Location Topeka, KS
Varsity teams 10
Football stadium Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl
Basketball arena Lee Arena
Baseball stadium Falley Field
Nickname Ichabods
     Blue       White
Website www.wusports.com

Washburn University athletic teams are known as the Ichabods (named for Ichabod Washburn). Washburn is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.


The university currently fields 10 intercollegiate sports programs:[n 1][1]

  1. ^ Beginning in 2016–17, men's and women's cross country and track & field teams will be added.


Washburn's mascot, the Ichabod.


Washburn claims two national championships. Washburn won five straight games to claim the 1925 AAU National Championship, becoming the fourth school to claim an AAU title (joining Utah (1916), N.Y.U. (1920), and Butler (1924)). They defeated St. Phillips Athletic Club, 34-11, in the final. In 1987, the Washburn men's basketball team defeated West Virginia State 79-77 to win the NAIA national championship at Kemper Arena in Kansas City.


In 2005 the Washburn basketball team posted a record of 35-2, setting a school record for wins and capturing the NCAA Women's Division II Basketball National Championship by defeating Seattle Pacific University 70-53.


Washburn began playing Football in 1891 with a record of 1 win and 4 losses. In 1907, under Garfield Weede the team completed a perfect season of 8 wins and 0 losses to be declared champions of the Kansas Conference, forerunner to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The program has won 8 conference championships in its history.[2]

The current head coach is Craig Schurig, who has held the position since the start of the 2002 season and led his team to a victory in the Mineral Water Bowl in 2004.[3] Former coaches at Washburn include John H. Outland, Garfield Weede, Bert Kennedy, Dick Godlove, Ellis Rainsberger, Harold "Bud" Elliott, Tony DeMeo.

"Lady Blues" nickname[edit]

When women's teams began competing at Washburn University during the 1969-70 school year, they were called the "Lady Blues". However, beginning in fall 2013 all the athletic teams, men and women will be Ichabods. On May 24, 2013, the Lady Blues nickname was dropped. President Farley stated that "From the moment a student arrives on campus, until the time they graduate and are alumni, they are "Ichabods", not a "Lady Blue".[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Washburn Athletics". Washburn Athletics. 
  2. ^ Washburn Football Media Guide
  3. ^ "Excelsior Springs Mineral Water Bowl". mineralwaterbowl.net. 
  4. ^ "Washburn Athletics". Washburn Athletics. 

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