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Chicago State Cougars
Logo
University Chicago State University
Conference Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Chris Zorich
Location Chicago, Illinois
Varsity teams15 (7 men’s and 8 women’s)
Basketball arena Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center
Baseball stadium Cougar Stadium
Soccer stadiumRay and Joan Kroc Stadium
Other arenas Dickens Athletic Center (volleyball)
Nickname Cougars
ColorsGreen and White [1]
         
Website www.gocsucougars.com
Western Athletic Conference in Chicago State's colors

The Chicago State Cougars are the varsity athletic teams representing Chicago State University of Chicago, Illinois in intercollegiate athletics. The university currently sponsors fifteen varsity teams. [2] The Cougars compete in NCAA Division I and are members of the Western Athletic Conference, joining that conference on July 1, 2013. [2]

History

Melvin Bland was the first CSU student athlete to gain NAIA All-American status in 1974 as a wrestler. Tyrone Everhart also was a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American wrestler the same year. Fred Evans as a sophomore became the first black swimmer ever to win a national championship in 1975. [3] The Chicago State University Ice Hockey Team produced 2 NCAA Division 2 All-Americans in the 1975–76 season. George Hansen and Bob Janecyk were selected in 1975–76 to the NCAA (College Division) West All-American Team. Janecyk was selected two more times designated as an NCAA (College Division) West All-American Team goaltender for CSU in 1976–77 and 1977–78. He went on to play for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. [4] The first NAIA District #20 Championship Team in any sport was the 1975 wrestling team, which captured the NAIA District #20 Championship coached by Dr. James G. Pappas. The Cougar Wrestling Team also won District #20 titles in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.

In 1984, the CSU Men's Basketball Team captured third place at the NAIA National Championships. [5] The team's performance throughout the tournament was as follows:

Chicago State (Ill.) 79, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 62

Chicago State 105, Kearney State (Neb.) 104 2OT

Chicago State 68, Chaminade (Hawaii) 66 (Quarterfinals)

Fort Hays State (Kan.) 86, Chicago State 84 OT (Semifinals)

Chicago State 86, Westmont (Calif.) 82 OT (3rd)

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Golf
Golf Soccer
Tennis Tennis
Track and field Track and field
Volleyball
† = Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Chicago State is a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). With the school's current financial situation and the needs of the athletic program, in April 2016, the University Budget Committee recommended that the Athletic Department "... study the benefits of being Division 1 or another division." [6], Chicago State University currently sponsors teams in seven men's and eight women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports. [7]

All-Americans

  • 1974 – Melvin Bland – All-American – Third Team Wrestling
  • 1975 – Fred Evans – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1976 – Fred Evans – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1976 – Scott White – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1977 – Fred Evans – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1977 – John Ebito – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1978 – Ken Cyrus – All-American – Second Team Men's Basketball
  • 1979 – Chandler Mackey – All-American – Wrestling
  • 1979 – Joseph Curtis – All-American – Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1979 – Joseph Curtis – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1979 – Mike Eversley – All-American – Second Team Men's Basketball
  • 1980 – Chandler Mackey – All-American – Wrestling
  • 1980 – Derrick Hardy – All-American – Wrestling
  • 1980 – Ken Dancy – All-American – Second Team Men's Basketball
  • 1981 – Eric Blackmon – All-American – Men's Swimming & Diving
  • 1983 – Jon Jahnke Academic – All-American – Baseball
  • 1983 – Sherrod Arnold – All-American – First Team Men's Basketball
  • 1983 – Stanley Griffin – All-American – First Team Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1984 – Charles Perry – All-Tournament Team – First Team Men's Basketball
  • 1984 – Denise Bullocks – All-American – Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1984 – Denise Bullocks – Outstanding Performer – Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1984 – Denise Bullocks – Scholar-Athlete – Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1984 – Learando Drake – All-American – Third Team Men's Basketball
  • 1984 – Lionel Keys – All-American – Wrestling
  • 1986 – Jimmy McGriff – All-American – Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Chris Garrett – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – David Rogan – All-American – Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – David Rogan – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Deanail Mitchell – All-American – Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Deanail Mitchell – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Denise Bullocks – All-American – Women's Indoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Denise Bullocks – All-American – Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Enos Watts – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • 1987 – Ron Walton – All-American – Men's Outdoor Track & Field

References

  1. ^ Chicago State University Brand Style Guide (PDF). September 1, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The Official Site of Chicago State Athletics - Chicago State University Joins Western Athletic Conference". Gocsucougars.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  3. ^ Company, Johnson Publishing (June 1975). "Ebony".
  4. ^ "Bob Janecyk". Hockeygoalies.org. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
  5. ^ "NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship History" (PDF). NAIA. December 23, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  6. ^ "University Budget Committee minutes" (PDF). Chicago State University. April 26, 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  7. ^ "The Official Site of Chicago State Athletics". Gocsucougars.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.

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