Northwest Missouri State Bearcats

The Northwest Missouri State Bearcats are the athletic teams for Northwest Missouri State University, located in Maryville, Missouri. The Bearcats play in the NCAA Division II. Northwest is a founding member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 1912 and has remained in the conference ever since. From its founding until 1937 it competed in the Amateur Athletic Union. From 1937 to 1957 it competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In 1957 it joined NCAA Division II. Northwest has appeared in ten Division II football title games (winning six) since 1998. The men's basketball team appeared in an AAU title game in 1930.

Northwest Missouri State Bearcats
UniversityNorthwest Missouri State University
ConferenceThe MIAA
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorAndy Peterson
LocationMaryville, Missouri
Varsity teams14
Football stadiumBearcat Stadium
Basketball arenaBearcat Arena
MascotBobby the Bearcat
ColorsBearcat Green and White[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


The Bearcats have appeared in ten NCAA Division II national title games (and won six) since going 0-11 in Mel Tjeerdsma's first season in 1994.[2]


Men's basketball

Northwest has won two national titles (2017, 2019) and appeared in another two Elite 8s (2002, 2004).[3]

Women's basketball

Head coach Michael Smith finished his second season at Northwest Missouri State after the 2014–15 season, with a total record of 18–37.[4] Since 1971, the women's basketball team has a combined record of 667–533.[5]


The Bearcat softball team appeared in one Women's College World Series in 1975.[6]


Bearcat Stadium

Bearcat Stadium (formerly Memorial Stadium and Rickenbrode Stadium) is the football stadium of the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats in Maryville, Missouri and is the oldest continuous site for any NCAA Division II school.[7] The Stadium was originally opened in 1917 as Memorial Stadium. It has a capacity of 6,500 and had lights and FieldTurf installed in the summer of 2007.

Bearcat Arena

The Arena is in Lamkin Activity Center, a part of the Ryland Milner Complex and is located between Bearcat Stadium on the west and the Martindale Gymnasium and the Robert P. Foster Aquatic Center on the east.[8]


  1. Northwest Missouri State University Athletics Brand Standards Guide (PDF). February 8, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  2. "Northwest Missouri State University - Football Year by Year Results".
  3. "Northwest Missouri State University - MBB NCAA Postseason History".
  4. "Northwest Missouri State University - Staff Directory".
  5. "Northwest Missouri State University - Women's Basketball Coaching Records".
  6. 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.
  7. Northwest Missouri State University. "Northwest Museums".
  8. "Northwest Missouri State University - Bearcat Arena".
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