UIS Prairie Stars

The UIS Prairie Stars (also Illinois–Springfield Prairie Stars and formerly Sangamon State) are the athletic teams that represent the University of Illinois at Springfield, located in Springfield, Illinois, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Prairie Stars compete as members of the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. UIS joined the GLVC in October 2008, and earned full Division II membership in August 2010.

UIS Prairie Stars
UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Springfield
ConferenceGreat Lakes Valley Conference (East Division)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorJim Sarra
LocationSpringfield, Illinois
Varsity teams17 (8 men’s and 9 women’s)
Basketball arenaThe Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC)
Baseball stadiumUIS Baseball Field
Soccer stadiumKiwanis Stadium
Other arenasLand of Lincoln Softball Complex
Piper Glen Golf Course
UIS Cross Country Course
Velasco Tennis Center
NicknamePrairie Stars
ColorsNavy, Vegas Gold, and White[1]

Prior to joining the NCAA, UIS was a member of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

In 2018, both the baseball and softball programs won GLVC Conference Championships and hosted NCAA Regionals.

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
BasketballCross country
Cross CountryGolf
Track and fieldTrack and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

A member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the University of Illinois at Springfield sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.


While a member of the NAIA, the Prairie Stars won the NAIA national men's soccer championship in 1986, 1988, and 1993 and were runner-up in 1998.[2]


  1. "UIS Sports Information". Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  2. "NAIA Men's Soccer Championship Results" (PDF). NAIA. NAIA Honors.com. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
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