FHSU Profile – Intercollegiate Athletics
Student-athletes who are gifted with exceptional physical abilities represent Fort Hays State University in football, wrestling, men and women’s golf, baseball, women's volleyball, men and women's track and field, men and women's cross-country, men and women's basketball, women's softball, men and women's soccer, and women's tennis. Besides providing an outlet for the talents of the participants, intercollegiate athletics has become a vibrant part of the American university experience. FHSU teams participated in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for 17 years before joining the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in the 2006-07 academic year.
Throughout the University's 111-year history, there have been many notable performances and victories:
- Cross-country runner John Mason was a four-time All-American and two-time national champion.
- Cross-country teams won NAIA national championships in 1963, 1965, 1968 and 1969.
- The men's basketball team won back-to-back NAIA national championships in 1983-84 and 1984-85.
- The women’s basketball team captured the NAIA National Championship in 1990-91.
- The men’s basketball team had a perfect 34-0 record in 1995-96 to claim the NCAA Division II National Championship.
- The Tiger baseball team finished as national runner-up in NCAA Division II in 2000.
- FHSU athletic teams have claimed 33 conference championships while members of NCAA Division II.
- Tiger teams have made 23 NCAA national tournament appearances in six major sports.
The excellence of its facilities set the FHSU Athletic Department apart from most of its peers. The Schmidt-Bickle Indoor Training Facility opened this fall. The 50,400-square-foot building south of Lewis Field Stadium serves as a practice venue for multiple Tiger sports teams. Also, Gross Memorial Coliseum, with seating for 7,000, gives men and women athletes a competitive edge in their games and matches.
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