Missouri Western Griffons

The Missouri Western Griffons are the sports teams of Missouri Western State University located in St. Joseph, Missouri. They participate in the NCAA's Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).[2]

Missouri Western Griffons
UniversityMissouri Western State University
ConferenceThe MIAA
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorJosh Looney
LocationSt. Joseph, Missouri
Varsity teams10
Football stadiumSpratt Memorial Stadium
Basketball arenaMWSU Fieldhouse at Looney Complex
Fight song"Fight On Griffons!"
ColorsBlack and Gold[1]

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
BasketballCross country
Cross countryGolf
Track and fieldTennis
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor


Football at Missouri is played at Spratt Stadium. The current head football coach is Matt Williamson, who has held the position since 2017. He replaced Jerry Partridge, who was head coach from 1997-2016. Partridge became Missouri Western's all-time wins leader on September 30, 2006 as the Griffons defeated Truman State University. His current total of 128+ career victories ranks third on the MIAA all-time list.[3]

Kansas City Chiefs summer training camp

The school has been the summer training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs since 2010. The $15.7 million facility was paid for by $10 million from the Chiefs (from state tax credits) and $1.2 million from student fees at Missouri Western, with the rest coming from the City of St. Joseph, Buchanan County and private donations.[4] It was designed by St. Joseph architect firm Ellison-Auxier architects, Inc., which designed the school's Spratt Hall and clock tower.[5]

A climate-controlled, 120-yard NFL regulation grass indoor field, with a locker room, weight room, training room, classrooms and office space was completed in the summer of 2010.[6] This facility is referred to as the "Griffon Indoor Sports Complex."

Notable alumni


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