As George E. Ladd, one of the first directors of Missouri S&T said in 1897, “I learned the value of cooperation by playing football.” Indeed, as Miners we value teamwork on the field as much as in the classroom. It’s allowed us to greatly expand our athletic programs since we first began competing against other collegiate teams at the turn of the 20th century.
In the last two decades, our NCAA Division II teams have had a number of final four finishes and conference championships. We have celebrated an individual national champion and several All-Americans, and rank fourth on the all-time list for the number of Academic All-Americans in NCAA Division II. In 2018, our football team brought home the Mineral Water Bowl trophy.
Our intercollegiate teams - which compete in NCAA Division II - now include men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, swimming, and track and field, as well as women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball.
A number of our athletic facilities have been recently renovated, upgraded and added on to. In 2019, the university will open an expanded Fitness Center facility, increasing the footprint in size from 6,400 to 16,600 square feet. In 2018, a major renovation of Gibson Arena in the university's Gale Bullman Building brought new flooring, practice and goal systems, and more.
The Miner football team and men’s and women’s soccer teams take to the turf on Jackling Field, while the Missouri S&T track and field teams use the surrounding quarter mile track, long jump pit, high jump bar and mat, and other equipment, for practice and meets.
As for our Miner baseball and softball teams, they have their own fields, and practice in the off-season and through the winter in the warm confines of the Miner Dome Indoor Practice Facility, which was completed in 2010.
And the Missouri S&T men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team play between the bleachers on Billy Key Court in Gibson Arena. The building also features an indoor swimming pool, where the men’s swimming team competes.