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Athletics Update

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...

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...
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...

Fornelli named new coach

There’ll be a new manager in PSU’s baseball dugout in the Spring. Bob Fornelli was tabbed for the top position by Intercollegiate Athletics Director Jim Johnson following the departure of Tom Myers, who resigned to pursue interests outside of collegiate athletics. Fornelli brought 22 years of NCAA Division II experience to Pittsburg State, and came...

New turf on the diamonds

PSU softball and baseball fans will notice a major difference in the university’s stadiums this year. Thanks to the generosity of several anonymous donors, the university has installed new turf on both fields. The wall-to-wall AstroTurf brand synthetic turf was installed on all playing surfaces, batting cages, and bullpen areas. The turf is similar to...

Pitt State launches Silverback Fund

It’s no secret that the rising cost of a college education is placing an increasing burden upon students and their families. What isn’t often realized is the impact that has on university athletic departments, especially at NCAA Division II institutions such as PSU, where few student-athletes receive a “full-ride” athletic scholarship. “As tuition increases so,...
A Commitment to Excellence

A Commitment to Excellence

Russ Jewett doesn’t spend much time looking at the trophies and awards that line his office walls. After nearly 30 years of leading Pittsburg State’s men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams, there are almost too many to count. His women’s cross country teams have earned nine MIAA titles, including the 2017...