Mary Marauders Information
|Marauders (University of Mary)|
|University||University of Mary|
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference|
Great Northwest Athletic Conference (men's soccer)
|Athletic director||Dale Lennon|
|Location||Bismarck, North Dakota|
|Football stadium||MDU Resources Bowl|
|Basketball arena||McDowell Activity Center|
|Baseball stadium||Bismarck Municipal Ballpark|
|Soccer stadium||MDU Resources Bowl|
The Marauders are the athletic teams that represent the University of Mary, located in Bismarck, North Dakota, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Marauders compete as members of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference  for all 17 varsity sports except for men's soccer, which competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The University also is home to an ACHA men's hockey team. 
The University of Mary is a member of NCAA Division II and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and offers nine varsity sports for women and eight for men. Mary became an active member of the NCAA in 2007 after many years of playing in the NAIA. The process took only three years after the NCAA waived the final two provisional years, making the University of Mary's transition to active membership one of the quickest in the organization's history. The Marauders began competing in the NSIC in the fall of 2006.
The mascot or nickname "Marauders" was chosen by a selection process of the student body in the early 1970s. Dr. Timothy George, prominent theologian and founding Dean of Beeson Divinity School, offered commentary on the choice of this mascot for a Christian, Catholic school in an essay published in First Things in 2014, "Mary on the Prairie."  In 2017 the University unveiled in its campus restaurant a life-sized statue of a Marauder as a barbary corsair absorbed in conversation with Saint John of Matha. In 2018 the mascot was dubbed "Maximus," a nod to Maximus the Confessor.
Athletics at the University of Mary began in 1970 when Fritz Fell was brought on board to start a men's basketball program. Al Bortke succeeded Fell in 1973 as the men's basketball coach and athletic director and over the next 36 years would develop an athletic program that enjoyed tremendous success at the NAIA level and later in NCAA Division II. After achieving a record of 335-156 in 16 years as the men's basketball coach that included 11 20-win seasons, Bortke became U-Mary's first full-time athletic director in 1989. During Bortke's tenure, Mary grew from one varsity sport (men's basketball) to as many as 19 and the Marauders athletic program became a national power in the NAIA. A member of both the Marauders and NAIA athletic halls of fame, Bortke spearheaded the University of Mary's move to NCAA Division II.