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Athletics Update

Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Seven individuals and one team – will be formally inducted into the Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame during halftime of the football game against Lincoln on Oct. 5. The class includes Kim (Erickson) Downey (1990-93), a multiple-time All-MIAA performer and record setting catcher in softball; Venessa (Lee) Nobles (2005-09), a three-time NCAA Division II national...
Player and coach share long friendship

Player and coach share long friendship

Last November in New Orleans, Ron Randleman walked onto the Tulane University stadium field just before kickoff to speak with Willie Fritz — the head coach of a team in need of a win. The two have a relationship that extends well beyond their four seasons together at Pittsburg State, where Randleman coached the Gorillas...
Wyrick named MIAA winner

Wyrick named MIAA winner

Redshirt junior track and field and football standout Levi Wyrick was named the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award winner as the conference’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Wyrick outscored four additional finalists — Fort Hays State wrestler Brandon Ball, Nebraska Kearney track and field athlete Jacob Bartling, Emporia State football player Landon Nault, and Lincoln...
MIAA Commissioner's Cup

MIAA Commissioner’s Cup

Pittsburg State University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Johnson accepted the 2018-19 MIAA Commissioner’s Cup on behalf of the Gorillas at the MIAA Spring Awards Celebration at Kansas City, Missouri, on June 3. The Gorillas finished the cup standings with 133 points and had an average of 11.08 points to best second place University of...

Women’s Cross Country 13th at NCAA-II Nationals

Pittsburg State’s women’s cross-country team finished in 13th place at the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championships in December, compiling 449 points in the national meet. Senior Katren Rienbolt led Pittsburg State by finishing in 68th scored position in the six-kilometer race in 24 minutes, 17.40 seconds. Junior Piper Misse placed 75th in 24:20.8. Grand...

Sports complex improvements

A $1.8 million project funded by private gifts has added state-of-the art softball and baseball facilities to the Gene Bicknell Sports Complex. “We’re fortunate to have such tremendous private support,” said Jim Johnson, director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “It’s making a difference in the lives of our student-athletes and the success of our programs. With this...
Four Gorillas Earn Google Cloud Academic  All-America® Honors

Four Gorillas Earn Google Cloud Academic All-America® Honors

  Eight MIAA student-athletes earned Google Cloud Academic All-America honors in 2018, but PSU was the only institution to have four honorees on the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II football team. Gorillas junior defensive lineman Ned Bingaman, junior offensive lineman Ryan Dodd, junior defensive back Josh Hornback, and sophomore defensive lineman Levi Wyrick earned...
There’s no place like home, to win your first National Championship

There’s no place like home, to win your first National Championship

Pittsburg State University’s Men’s Indoor Track & Field team earned its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship this year in the friendly confines of the Robert W. Plaster Center. The national championship was part of a record-setting season for the men’s and women’s squads, which also earned MIAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and set several...

Silverback Fund gaining momentum

Pittsburg State’s newest athletic fundraising initiative, the Silverback Fund, is finding an audience with Gorilla fans and alumni. The Silverback Fund offers Gorilla supporters an avenue to easily contribute a one-time, monthly or annual donation to help fund scholarships for student-athletes. “Most people are surprised when I tell them that there isn’t a student-athlete at...

Gorilla Sports Network adds an affiliate

Pittsburg State fans have a new option when it comes to listening to Gorilla athletics. Broadcast partner My Town Media, has added a radio affiliate in Springfield, Missouri. Fans will be able to listen to Gorilla football on KRZD (107.9 FM, 1550 AM). “Springfield is an important market for us,” said Jim Johnson, Pittsburg State...

A dream come true

Amanda Davied has been named the new head coach for the Pittsburg State University women’s basketball program. The Farlington, Kansas native replaces her former mentor, Lane Lord, who accepted the head coaching position at NCAA Division I member, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. “I’m grateful for the confidence that President (Steve) Scott and (Athletic...
Memories on the mound

Memories on the mound

At a spring baseball game against Missouri Southern State University, there were two starting pitchers, rather than one, who took the mound. And both were in elementary school. Peyton and Bearett Vanderpool, brothers from Carl Junction, Missouri, each got to stand with the team during the National Anthem and throw a ceremonial first pitch, followed...