Bethune–Cookman Wildcats

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Bethune–Cookman Wildcats
UniversityBethune–Cookman University
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletic directorReggie Theus
LocationDaytona Beach, Florida
Varsity teams14 (5 men's, 8 women's, 1 co-ed)
Football stadiumDaytona Stadium
Basketball arenaMoore Gymnasium
Baseball stadiumJackie Robinson Ballpark
Softball stadiumSunnyland Park
Tennis venueCity Island Tennis Courts
Other venuesLPGA International
Ormond Lanes
MascotWil D Cat
Fight songLet's Go Wildcats
ColorsMaroon and gold[1]

The Bethune–Cookman Wildcats are the athletic teams that represent Bethune–Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and participates in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).[2]

Bethune–Cookman fields 14 teams (five men's, eight women's, one co-ed) and have won 31 MEAC titles in the history of their athletic program: 14 in baseball, six in softball, three in football, two in women's cross country, two in women's indoor track and field, two in women's tennis, one in bowling and one in men's cross country.

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Bowling
Cross country Cross country
Football Golf
Track and field Softball
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor




The Wildcats after winning the 2007 MEAC baseball tournament

Athletic Director Lynn W. Thompson announced on July 26, 2011 that Jason Beverlin, the pitching coach at Tennessee for the past two seasons, would become the Wildcats' new head baseball coach. Beverlin replaced Mervyl Melendez. Under Melendez, the baseball team had achieved success, including five consecutive MEAC championships from 2000–2004, and six more from 2006–2011. In 2006, one of his players was credited with Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Pitcher of the Year accolades. Melendez was voted MEAC Coach of the year 2000 and 2001. The Wildcats under Melendez have made regional appearances in every year from 2000–2004 and 2006–2011. Bethune–Cookman also claimed tournament championships in 1997 and 1999 under coach Richard Skeel and in 2012 in Beverlin's first season.


Laura Watten is the head coach for the Lady Wildcats softball team.


The men's and women's Wildcat golf teams are coached by Lortiz Clark (head coach) and Jack McClairen (assistant coach). The teams use Indigo Lakes Golf Club and LPGA International as their home fields during competitions.[3][4]


  1. ^ Bethune-Cookman Digital Media Guide. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "Bethune-Cookman to Join the SWAC in 2021".
  3. ^ Men's Golf at Bethune–Cookman University
  4. ^ Women's Golf at Bethune–Cookman University