Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears

The Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears are the athletic teams representing Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University). Missouri State's athletics programs date back to 1908. Missouri State competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision, and most teams compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. Missouri State football competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, while Men's Swimming and Diving competes in the Mid-American Conference, and the beach volleyball team operates independent of a conference. Missouri State athletics are frequently abbreviated as "MOST" when televised.

Missouri State Bears and Lady Bears
UniversityMissouri State University
ConferenceMissouri Valley Conference
Missouri Valley Football Conference
Mid-American Conference
NCAADivision I / FCS
Athletic directorKyle Moats
LocationSpringfield, Missouri
Varsity teams14
Football stadiumRobert W. Plaster Stadium
Basketball arenaJQH Arena
Baseball stadiumHammons Field
Soccer stadiumAllison South Stadium
MascotBoomer the Bear and Growl the Bear
NicknameBears and Lady Bears
Fight songThe Scotsman
ColorsMaroon and White[1]

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
BasketballBeach volleyball
FootballCross country
Swimming and DivingSoftball
Swimming and Diving
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

A member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Missouri State University sponsors six men's and ten women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports.

National championships


Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-Up Score
NCAA Division II Men's Golf[2] 1963 Aquinas 1,188–1,199
AIAW n/a Softball (Women's College World Series) 1974 Northern Colorado 14–7
AIAW Division II Field hockey 1979 Colgate 2–0

Women's basketball NCAA Tournament results

Season Eliminated
Teams Defeated Lost to
19912nd roundTennessee Tech (94–64)Tennessee (47–55)
1992Final FourKansas (75–59)
Iowa (61–60)
UCLA (83–57)
Mississippi (94–71)
Western Kentucky (72–84)
1993Sweet 16Oklahoma State (86–71)
Maryland (86–82)
Louisiana Tech (43–59)
19942nd roundNorthern Illinois (75–56)Virginia (63–67)
19952nd roundUtah (49–47)Colorado (34–78)
19961st roundTexas (55–73)
19981st roundNotre Dame (64–78)
19992nd roundCal.-Santa Barbara (72–70)Colorado State (70–86)
20001st roundAuburn (74–78)
2001Final FourToledo (89–71)
Rutgers (60–53)
Duke (81–71)
Washington (104–87)
Purdue (64–81)
20031st roundTexas Tech (59–67)
20041st roundNotre Dame (65–69)
20061st roundPurdue (52–73)
20161st roundTexas A&M (65-74)

WNIT appearances

2002, 2005 (Champions), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

Conference championships

AIAW (no division 1969–1974, Large College 1974–1979, Division II 1979–1982) 5
1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981

Mid-Continent Conference (1983–1992) 2
1991, 1992

Missouri Valley Conference (1992–2012) 9
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012

Head coaches

  • Reba Sims (10 seasons, 129–116), 1969–1979
  • Marti Gasser (4 seasons, 62–60), 1979–1983
  • Valerie Goodwin-Colbert (4 seasons, 48–63), 1983–1987
  • Cheryl Burnett (15 seasons, 319–136), 1987–2002, 10 NCAA Tournament Appearances, 2 Final Four Appearances, 1 Sweet 16 Appearance. 1 WNIT Appearance
  • Katie Abrahamson-Henderson (5 seasons, 95–61), 2002–2007, 3 NCAA Tournament Appearances, WNIT Championship
  • Nyla Milleson, (5 seasons, 89–69), 2007–2013, 3 WNIT Appearances
  • Kellie Harper, (3rd season, 56–41), 2013–Present, 1 NCAA Appearance, 1 WNIT Appearance

Retired numbers

  • 10 Jackie Stiles, 1997–2001 (NCAA Division I Women's Basketball's all-time #2 leading scorer with 3,393 points)
  • 35 Melody Howard, 1990–1994
  • 42 Jeanette Tendai, 1982–1986


Facility Opened Renovated Sport Capacity
Robert W. Plaster Stadium19411991, 2014Football17,500
JQH Arena20082013Basketball11,000
Hammons Student Center1976Volleyball
Hammons Field2004Baseball7,986
Killian Sports Complex2009Softball1,200
Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium2014Soccer
Track & field
Betty and Bobby Allison North Stadium2014Field hockey
Betty and Bobby Allison Sand Volleyball Courts 2014 Beach volleyball 150
Cooper Tennis Complex
w/Mediacom Stadium
Twin Oaks Country Club
+ 4 Other local courses
Practice Facility 2016

Club sports

The university also sponsors several club sports teams, including ice hockey (ACHA), lacrosse (MCLA), and roller hockey (NCRHA).

Men's ice hockey

Missouri State men's ice hockey, known as the Ice Bears, began in 2001 and despite not being a varsity NCAA sport receives much attention on and off-campus. The Ice Bears currently compete at the Division I level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) in the [Western Collegiate Hockey League]] (WCHL).[3] The teams play off-campus at the 2,000-seat Mediacom Ice Park.[4][5][6]

Men's varsity ice hockey finished the 2009–2010 season ranked 2nd in the MACHA DII with a record of 12–4–0 in 16 league games, the team lost in the MACHA Championship 1–5 to Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville. In addition to the ACHA DII team the University also fields a JV teams playing at the ACHA DIII level.[7] The team won the MACHA DIII championship with a 5–3 win over Robert Morris University- Peoria.[8][9][10]

Men's lacrosse

Missouri State also fields a highly successful club Lacrosse Team. Founded in 2003, it competes in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division II and was a member of the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) through 2017 before it moved to Division II of the Lone Star Alliance (LSA) in 2018. The Bears have been conference champions five times in their history (2004, 2009, 2010, 2017, and 2018) and have qualified for the MCLA National Championships on four occasions (2009, 2010, 2017, and 2018). The Bears finished the 2018 season with a record of 12-3, including a perfect 6-0 conference record and victories over Creighton, Baylor, and in-state rival University of Missouri. Since 2003, Missouri State has fielded 11 All-Americans, over 80 All-Conference players, 3 GRLC Tournament MVP's, and 4 GRLC Division II Coach's of the Year.

Head CoachYearRecord
Daren Turner2002–200824–21
Austin Holman2009–201023–9
Pat Callaham2011–201212-13
Dustin Rich 2013–2018 32-30
Donnie Curran 2019-present 0-0


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  2. "NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
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