The Drury Panthers are the athletic teams that represent Drury University, located in Springfield, Missouri, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Panthers compete as members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference for all 18 varsity sports. Drury has been a member of the GLVC since 2005.
|Conference||Great Lakes Valley Conference|
|Athletic director||Mark Fisher|
|Basketball arena||O'Reilly Family Event Center|
|Colors||Scarlet and Gray|
|NCAA Division II||Men's Swimming and Diving||1999||Cal State Bakersfield||829–557|
|2011||UC San Diego||600½–345|
|Women's Swimming and Diving||1997||Oakland||690½–460|
|1998||Cal State Bakersfield||578½–386|
Baseball, in hiatus since the 1970s, was reorganized for the 2007 season by new Head Coach Mark Stratton. Bill Virdon was the first Panther to make a start. Trevor Richards was the first alum to pitch a Major League win, for the Miami Marlins.
On April 7, 2013, Drury won the Division II Men's National Championship in Basketball, defeating Metro State of Denver 74-73 after rallying from a 17-point deficit. The Panthers won their final 23 games of the season - a school record - to finish 31-4 on the season. They also captured their second Great Lakes Valley Conference championship and first NCAA Division II Midwest Regional along the way. In keeping with recent custom, the Division II champions were invited to play an exhibition game against Duke University.
Swimming and diving
Also in 2007, Drury men's swimming head coach Brian Reynolds was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2016, Drury will field a wrestling program, the first in the Ozarks region in over 20 years. The addition means that the GLVC will have the required minimum of six teams to hold a conference championship tournament.
- "Drury University Athletics Style Guide" (PDF). Retrieved November 1, 2016.
- "NCAA Division II Men's Swimming and Diving Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
- "NCAA Division II Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
- "Hall's FTs lift Drury past Metro State, 74-73". CBSSports.com. 7 April 2013.
- "Div. II champion Drury gets invitation from Duke". NCAA Men's Basketball.
- "Drury Athletics - 2012-13 Men's Swim & Dive Coaching Staff". drurypanthers.com.