McKendree Bearcats

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McKendree Bearcats
UniversityMcKendree University
ConferenceGreat Lakes Valley Conference
NCAADivision II
LocationLebanon, Illinois
Varsity teams33 (16 men's and 16 women's and 1 co-ed)
Football stadiumLeemon Field
Basketball arenaMelvin Price Convocation Center
Baseball stadiumHypes Field
ColorsPurple and White[1]

The McKendree Bearcats are the intercollegiate athletic programs of McKendree University located in Lebanon, Illinois, United States. The Bearcats athletic program is a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Sports sponsored[edit]

The Bearcats participate at the intercollegiate level in 16 men's sports, 16 women's sports and 1 co-ed sport:

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Bowling
Bowling Cross country
Cross Country Golf
Football Ice Hockey (ACHA DI)
Golf Lacrosse
Ice Hockey (ACHA DII/DIII) Powerlifting
Powerlifting Soccer
Soccer Softball
Swimming and Diving Swimming and Diving
Tennis Tennis
Track and Field Track and Field
Volleyball Volleyball
Water Polo Water Polo
Wrestling Wrestling
Co-ed sports
Bass Fishing
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Men's basketball[edit]

McKendree's men's basketball coach, Harry Statham, at one point held the all-time record for wins at a four-year institution. On February 16th, 2019 this record was broken by Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Statham's 1,101 wins during his 50 seasons at McKendree were previously unmatched by any other basketball coach at a four-year college or university in the United States.


The McKendree University bowling team is headed by Shannon and Bryan O'Keefe. Shannon played softball up through high school and won the All-American award as a center fielder, she went to Portland State University and began to input herself in the amateur status. Bryan went to University of Nebraska, and took many coaching classes. Shannon has been on bowling's Team USA for 14 years, and has won over 20 titles, including six on the PWBA Tour. Bryan was never much of a professional bowler, however was very passionate about coaching, and because of that landed himself a place in the Bowling Hall of Fame as one of the top coaches of the decade. Since their placement at McKendree University the bowling teams, together, have increased their overall average by 12 pins, they came to McKendree in the 2014-2015 school year to coach the men and women's programs. Under their supervision the men and women both went to the National Collegiate Bowling Competition; the women placed fifth and the men placed sixth. The 2016 men's team won the USBC national championship while the women's team won the 2017 NCAA National Championship, sweeping perennial powerhouse Nebraska 4-0 on April 15, 2017. A month later, the women's team also won the 2017 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, completing a sweep of the two major college competitions.[2]


  1. ^ "McKendree University Athletics Sports Information". Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Smith, Aaron (2017-05-15). "MCKENDREE WOMEN WIN FIRST INTERCOLLEGIATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLE". Retrieved 2017-05-31.