Western Illinois Leathernecks

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Western Illinois Leathernecks
Logo
University Western Illinois University
Conference Summit League
Missouri Valley Football Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Matt Tanney
Location Macomb, Illinois
Varsity teams 16
Football stadium Hanson Field
Basketball arena Western Hall
Baseball stadium Alfred D. Boyer Stadium
Softball stadium Mary Ellen McKee Softball Stadium
Soccer stadium MacKenzie Alumni Field
Other arenas Brophy Hall Pool
Harry Mussatto Golf Course
WIU Tennis Facility
Mascot Colonel Rock (Live Bulldog), Rocky the Bulldog (Costumed Bulldog)
Nickname Leathernecks
Fight song We're Marching On
Colors Purple and Gold[1]
         
Website www.goleathernecks.com

The Western Illinois Leathernecks are the teams and athletes that represent Western Illinois University, located in Macomb, Illinois, in NCAA Division I sports. The school's primary conference affiliation is with the Summit League; its football team is a member of the Division I FCS (formerly Division I-AA) Missouri Valley Football Conference.

WIU's nickname, the Leathernecks, and its mascot, the English bulldog, are taken from the traditions of the United States Marine Corps. The university has had permission to use the official nickname and mascot of the Corps since 1927, when Ray Hanson, then-athletic director and coach of the baseball, basketball and football teams, gained permission to use the symbols as a homage to his service in that military branch during World War I.[2] Western Illinois University is the only non-military university to use a military nickname.[2] Since the fall semester of 2009, the men's and women's teams have been unified under the Leathernecks name;[3] previously, the women's teams and athletes at the school had been known as the Westerwinds.

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Football Soccer
Golf Softball
Soccer Swimming & diving
Swimming & diving Tennis
Track & field Track & field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.
Summit League logo in Western Illinois' colors

Baseball[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks baseball team represents the university in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team is a member of the Summit League. It plays its home games at the 500-seat Alfred D. Boyer Stadium and are coached by Ryan Brownlee.

Men's basketball[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks men's basketball team competes in NCAA Division I men's college basketball competition. The school's team is a member of the Summit League. The team plays it home games at 5,139-seat Western Hall and are coached by Billy Wright.[4]

Women's basketball[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks women's basketball team is a member of the Summit League, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at 5,139-seat Western Hall and are coached by JD Gravina.

Football[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks football program competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The team has made numerous NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) playoff appearances. The Leathernecks have been ranked as high as number one and ranked number two numerous times. The team plays its home games at the 16,368 seat Hanson Field and are coached by Charlie Fisher.

Men's soccer[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks men's soccer team is a member of the Summit League, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at 500-seat MacKenzie Alumni Field and are coached by Dr. Eric Johnson.

Women's soccer[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks women's soccer team is a member of the Summit League, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at 500-seat MacKenzie Alumni Field and are coached by Dr. Eric Johnson.

Softball[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks softball team is a member of the Summit League, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at 500-seat Mary Ellen McKee Softball Stadium and are coached by Holly Van Vlymen. The team has appeared in eight Women's College World Series, in 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1982.[5]

Volleyball[edit]

The Western Illinois Leathernecks volleyball team is a member of the Summit League, which is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. The team plays its home games at 5,139-seat Western Hall and are coached by Kelly Richardson.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Illinois Leathernecks Athletics 2017–18 Branding & Style Guidelines (PDF). July 11, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "The Leatherneck Nickname". Western Illinois Athletics. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ University Relations (2009-06-05). "University comes to decision on nickname unification". Western Illinois University. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  4. ^ http://www.goleathernecks.com/coaches.aspx?rc=439&path=mbball
  5. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4. 

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