Edwardsville Illinois Sports

The SIU - Edwardsville Cougars are the men's basketball team of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), based in Edwardsville, Illinois, United States. The Cougar Men basketball program began in 1967 - head coach Bill Guelker, who had the opportunity to work under the legendary coach and former coach of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIC) and Illinois State University (ISU) from 1967 to 1971. He was succeeded by Ed Huneke, who remains the most successful coach in the history of SI UIL with a record of 251 - 155 (34%) based on 7 NCAA tournaments.

Over 30 seasons, the team has been among the best in the competition, finishing runner-up in 1975-1987, winning the SIU-Edwardsville High School Athletics Association (SI UIL) title in 1984-86, finishing runner-up in 1975 and 1987, and winning a national championship in men's and women's athletics. In 2007, the softball team won its first-ever national championship, and in 2010 Ward Wright and sprinter Braxton Klavins qualified for the NCAA championships, giving the Cougars another representation in both the men's and women's games.

SIUE became an NCAA Division II powerhouse when the switch to Division I began, but softball and men's football were fast - incorporated into the division I played in the division before the other sports were introduced.

Bob Meyers opened the women's program in 1979-80 and won the NCAA Division II men's tennis title in 1986, the first in school history. The athletics program got older as SIUE began to emphasize excellence in its athletic program as much as academics. It was Cougar tennis that put her on the map, finishing in the top 10 of the national rankings for the second year in a row in 1983-84. For men, the national ranking was high for the first time in 1984-85 and 1985-86, and the highest for 1987-88 and 1988-89.

In 2011, a berth was placed on the east side of the stadium to create seating and grass. Renovations have increased the seating from 2400 to 4000, almost tripled the number of chairs and rear seats and added a new scoreboard, video board, scoreboard and video boards, as well as new lighting.

In 2007, the university unveiled a bronze statue (# 123) in front of the Morris University Center, a monument to Chimega Kyna. A cub named Danie was donated to SIUE by Blackshear's mother Nonette Lewis after her untimely death.

He died in March 1985 and was buried in a pond in front of the present school building, the Gründerhalle. He resides on a geodesic dome designed by visiting professor R. Buckminster Fuller and crowned by a bronze statue of him and his wife Mary Ann in the center of the Gründerhalle, the main building of the university.

Opened in 1993, the Student Fitness Center offers a wide range of leisure and fitness facilities and is one of the largest and most popular facilities in the University of Illinois system. It is lit up in the evening before the games and has a long tradition of providing the Cougars with first-class facilities.

Cougar Tennis Courts 109, located west of the Vadalabene Center, features a full-size tennis court, basketball court and volleyball court. Opened in 1993, Student Fitness Center 101 offers a wide range of leisure and fitness facilities and is the largest and most popular fitness center in the University of Illinois system.

Cougar Tennis Courts 109, a tennis court, basketball court and volleyball court are located on the east side of the campus, next to the student fitness center.

SIUE, the No 6, has been active in Division II since 2007, when the university began the transition to Division I, where men's football competes in divisions. I from 1973 to 1995 and women's basketball from 1995 to 2007. In 1990, the men's NCAA returned, and the women's Division II was played on the Cougar Courts from 1982-89. The nation's No. After a successful run as the home of the Men's College basketball championship at the University of Illinois in 2000-03, it returned in 2010. And the Division III women's game, the second most prestigious in college basketball history, has been played on the Cougars' cougar courts since 1983.

Back then, college athletics was almost exclusively the domain of male students - athletes, but that is about to change.

Tony Stoecklin has been moved to other roles and Danny Jackson has been appointed interim coach. In August 2002, the athletic director was given a three-year contract with an annual salary of $250,000. He was also given "other responsibilities" at the university, although all other actions by the sports director since his time as a lecturer have been suspended.

The appointment assigned Dr. Hewitt the task of returning SIUE athletics to its glory days, when the Cougars won 16 NCAA championships in the 1970s and 1980s, and extending that success to the full spectrum of university sports programs. During his first six-year tenure, SIue sent his teams and individual athletes to NCAA Division I, II, III, IV, V and V.

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