Southeast Missouri State Redhawks

The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are the athletic teams of Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States. The Redhawks athletic program is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)[2] and competes at the NCAA Division I[3] level including the Football Championship Subdivision. The SEMO mascot is Rowdy the Redhawk and the school colors are red and black.

Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
UniversitySoutheast Missouri State University
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
Midwest Independent (gymnastics)
NCAADivision I / FCS
Athletic directorBrady Barke
LocationCape Girardeau, Missouri
Varsity teams13
Football stadiumHouck Stadium
Basketball arenaShow Me Center
Baseball stadiumCapaha Field
Other arenasAbe Stuber Track Complex
Houck Field House
ColorsRed and Black[1]

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
BasketballCross Country
Cross CountryGymnastics
Track and fieldSoftball
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Southeast Missouri State was a charter member of the Division II athletic conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) from 1912 until moving to Division I and joining the OVC in 1991. Before January 2005, the athletic team nicknames were the "Indians" (men's teams) and "Otahkians" (women's teams), and the University's mascot was known as Chief Sagamore, represented by a student dressed in Native American regalia. Chief Sagamore was retired as mascot in the mid-1980s due to a growing cultural sensitivity to Native American mascots, but the team names lasted for nearly 20 more years. After a movement by Student Government, the Booster Club and the National Alumni Council, those names were officially retired in a ceremony on October 22, 2004 and replaced with "Redhawks." [4]

A member of the Ohio Valley Conference, Southeast Missouri State University sponsors six men's and nine women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports:[5]


The men's basketball team won a share of the regular season OVC title in 2000, and won the conference's tournament as well that year to earn an automatic bid to the 2000 NCAA Tournament. In the team's only appearance in "The Big Dance" to date, the Redhawks were seeded #13 in the West Region and set to face off against Louisiana State University in the opening round of the tournament. In an exciting game, 4th-seeded LSU Tigers narrowly escaped the upset as they held off the Indians 64–61. The current head coach, as of the 2015–16 season, is Rick Ray.


The football team has also had its struggles since moving up to Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) in 1991, having only 4 winning seasons (1994, 2000, 2010, 2018). The football program finally had some redemption during the 2002 season as the team made it into the I-AA polls for the first time, finishing the season ranked #23 in the ESPN/USA Today I-AA poll and #24 in the Sports Network I-AA poll. That season also produced the school's only win over a I-A opponent since moving to I-AA, as the Redhawks topped Middle Tennessee 24–14 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. They would go on to win their Ohio Valley Conference title in 2010, making their first playoff appearance the same year.


  1. "Brand - SEMO". Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  2. "OVC Member Institutions". Ohio Valley Conference. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  3. "Southeast Missouri State University". NCAA. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  4. "SEMO to retire Indian, Otahkian nicknames Oct. 22". Southeast August 26, 2004. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  5. "GOSOUTHEAST.COM". Southeast Missouri State University. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
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