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Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University is a public, co-educational university located in Hays, Kansas, United States. It is the fourth-largest of the six state universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, with an enrollment of approximately 11,200 students .- History :FHSU was founded in 1902 as the...

 athletic teams are known as the Tigers. The school's teams participate in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), except for wrestling, which competes as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States, mostly in Colorado with some members in Nebraska and New Mexico...

 (RMAC).

Athletics department


Fort Hays State offers sixteen sports at a varsity level. Entering the 2010–2011 school year, Fort Hays State has captured 58 Conference titles in the following conference, Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC)
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. It is commonly called "The Kansas Conference", and as the name implies, all members are located in Kansas...

, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAC)
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was a college sports athletic conference established in 1923 in the United States.Member schools :* Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, 1928–1968; 1976–1988...

, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC)
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States, mostly in Colorado with some members in Nebraska and New Mexico...

, Central States Intercollegiate Conference (CSIC), and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association is a college athletic conference which operates in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and effective in 2012 in Oklahoma in the Midwestern United States. The conference was formerly known as the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic...

. They also have captured nine total national championships.

The Fort Hay State Tiger are represented in the following NCAA Division II varsity sports:
  • Men's sports
    • Baseball
      College baseball
      College baseball is baseball that is played on the intercollegiate level at institutions of higher education. Compared to football and basketball, college competition in the United States plays a less significant contribution to cultivating professional players, as the minor leagues primarily...

       - RMAC(5)
    • Basketball
      College basketball
      College basketball most often refers to the USA basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association . Basketball in the NCAA is divided into three divisions: Division I, Division II and Division III....

       - KIAC(2), CIAC(6), CSIC(3), RMAC(5), NAIA National Champions(2), NCAA II Champions (1)
    • Cross country - RMAC(2), NAIA National Champions(4)
    • Football
      College football
      College football refers to American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities...

       - KIAC(2), CIAC(5), CSIC(1), RMAC(2)
    • Golf
    • Skeeball
    • Soccer
      College soccer
      College soccer is a term used to describe association football played by teams who are operated by colleges and universities as opposed to a professional league operated for exclusively financial purposes...

    • Track and field - RMAC(7)
    • Wrestling
      Collegiate wrestling
      Collegiate wrestling, sometimes known in the United States as Folkstyle wrestling, is a style of amateur wrestling practised at the collegiate and university level in the United States. Collegiate wrestling emerged from the folk wrestling styles practised in the early history of the United States...

       - RMAC(2)

  • Women's sports
    • Basketball
      College basketball
      College basketball most often refers to the USA basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association . Basketball in the NCAA is divided into three divisions: Division I, Division II and Division III....

       - CSIC(4), RMAC(5), NAIA National Champions(2)
    • Cross country
    • Golf - RMAC(1)
    • Soccer
      College soccer
      College soccer is a term used to describe association football played by teams who are operated by colleges and universities as opposed to a professional league operated for exclusively financial purposes...

    • Softball
      College softball
      College softball is softball as played on the intercollegiate level at institutions of higher education, predominantly in the United States. College softball is normally played by women at the intercollegiate level, whereas college baseball is normally played by men.As with other intercollegiate...

       - RMAC(1)
    • Tennis
    • Track and field - RMAC(1)
    • Volleyball



Men's


The Fort Hays State basketball
Basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 program holds several national basketball titles; the men's team claimed national championships in 1984 and 1985 (NAIA
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is an athletic association that organizes college and university-level athletic programs. Membership in the NAIA consists of smaller colleges and universities across the United States. The NAIA allows colleges and universities outside the USA...

), back to back, and in 1996 (NCAA Division II) with a remarkable 34 and 0 record.

Football


The football
College football
College football refers to American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities...

 program at Fort Hays began in 1902. The first year a coach was assigned to the team was 1913 when Ira Van Cleave
Ira Van Cleave
-External links:...

 led the team to a record of 4 wins and 2 losses. Other coaches in the schools history include Wayne J. McConnell
Wayne J. McConnell
Wayne J. McConnell was an American football coach in the United States. His lifetime record as a head coach was 84 wins, 81 losses, and 4 ties with a winning percentage of .497.-College of Emporia:...

, Jim Gilstrap
Jim Gilstrap (coach)
Jim Gilstrap was an American football and Canadian football coach. He had 42-year coaching career, including two as head coach of the Ottawa Rough Riders and nine as an assistant to Mike Riley....

, James J. Yeager
James J. Yeager
-External links:...

, and former Kansas
Kansas
Kansas is a US state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south...

 Governor
Governor
A governor is a governing official, usually the executive of a non-sovereign level of government, ranking under the head of state...

 Andrew Frank Schoeppel
Andrew Frank Schoeppel
Andrew Frank Schoeppel was an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He was the 29th Governor of Kansas from 1943 to 1947 and a U.S. Senator from 1949 until his death...

. The coach beginning in 2011 is Chris Brown
Chris Brown (American football coach)
Chris Brown is an American football coach and former player. He played for Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, from 1992 to 1995. He became the head coach at Fort Hays State in 2011.-Playing career:...

.

Other sports


FHSU Shooting Team won 3rd place in 2009 in the American Trap event at the National ACUI competition.

Conference membership history

  • 1902-1927 Kansas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
    Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
    The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. It is commonly called "The Kansas Conference", and as the name implies, all members are located in Kansas...

  • 1928-1968 Central Intercollegiate Conference
  • 1969-1975 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
    Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States, mostly in Colorado with some members in Nebraska and New Mexico...

  • 1976-1990 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
    The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was a college sports athletic conference established in 1923 in the United States.Member schools :* Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, 1928–1968; 1976–1988...

  • 1991-2006 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
    Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference
    The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States, mostly in Colorado with some members in Nebraska and New Mexico...

  • 2006–present Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
    Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
    The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association is a college athletic conference which operates in the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and effective in 2012 in Oklahoma in the Midwestern United States. The conference was formerly known as the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic...