Western State Colorado Mountaineers
|Western State Colorado Mountaineers|
|University||Western State Colorado University|
|Conference||Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference|
|Athletic director||Miles VanHee|
|Football stadium||Mountaineer Bowl|
|Basketball arena||Paul Wright Gymnasium|
|Soccer stadium||Gateway Field|
|Colors||Crimson and Slate
The Western State Colorado Mountaineers (also Western State Mountaineers) are the athletic teams that represent Western State Colorado University, located in Gunnison, Colorado, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Mountaineers compete as members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for all 11 varsity sports.
Facilities include the 65,000 square-foot Mountaineer Field House, completed in 2014; Mountaineer Bowl (elevation 7,769 feet (2,368 m)), completed in 1949, and Paul Wright Gym (elevation 7,723 feet (2,354 m)), which are both the highest collegiate facilities in the world.
The Mountaineers have since collected an RMAC record 19 conference championships. Individual National Championships since 1986, Men's Indoor Track and Field (13 National Champions); since 1996, Women's Indoor Track and Field (8 National Champions); since 1985, Men's Outdoor Track and Field (20 National Champions); since 1987, Women's Outdoor Track and Field (25 National Champions); since 1993, Women's Cross Country (5 National Champions); since 1999, Men's Cross Country (3 National Champions); since 1963, Wrestling (16 National Champions); in 1968, Men's Swimming and Diving (1 National Champion); since 1957, Men's Skiing (7 National Champions); and since 1997, Women's Skiing (2 National Champions). Since 1963 there have been 15 national championships between the NCAA College Division, NCAA Division II, and NAIA classifications in Wrestling (2 National Championships); Women's Cross Country (4 National Championships); and Men's Cross Country (9 National Championships). Western State College's first conference championship in 1954 began a tradition of success that has led to 88 more Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. Everett Brown earned the college's first All-America honor in 1934. Since then there have been 906 All-America honors won by individual athletes of WSCU. Sports Illustrated's weekly "Faces in the Crowd" section has featured seven student-athletes, coaches, and administrators since 1959.
Track and field
The men's and women's indoor/outdoor track and field program in addition to the cross country program has been particularly successful, producing numerous team national championships including many individual national champions and All-Americans. The athletic department has combined for 15 national championships and 89 RMAC championships since 1911. The Mountaineers have had 88 individuals win national championships between skiing, swimming, track and field, cross country, and wrestling.
Mountain sports and club sports
- Mountain Biking
- Trail Running
- Club sports
- Men's Ice Hockey
- Men's and Women's Rugby
- Men's Lacrosse
- Men's Baseball
- Men's and Women's Soccer
- Coed Boxing
- Women's Dance