Delta State Statesmen and Lady Statesmen

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Delta State Statesmen and Lady Statesmen
UniversityDelta State University
ConferenceGulf South
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorMike Kinnison[1]
LocationCleveland, Mississippi
Varsity teams15 (8 men's, 7 women's)
Football stadiumParker Field at McCool Stadium
Basketball arenaWalter Sillers Coliseum
Baseball stadiumHarvey Stadium at Ferriss Field
Softball stadiumUniversity Field
Soccer stadiumDelta Field
Aquatics centerRonald G. Mayers Aquatics Center
Tennis venueCleveland Country Club
MascotThe Statesman
ColorsForest green and white[2]
Team NCAA championships

The Delta State Statesmen and Lady Statesmen are the athletic teams that represent Delta State University, located in Cleveland, Mississippi, in intercollegiate sports at the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Statesmen have primarily competed in the Gulf South Conference since the 1970–71 academic year.

Delta State competes in 15 intercollegiate varsity sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, and tennis.

Conference affiliations[edit]

Varsity teams[edit]

The Delta State football team in action against the Texas A&M–Commerce Lions in 2013
Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cheerleading
Cheerleading Cross country
Football Soccer
Golf Softball
Soccer Swimming and diving
Swimming and diving Tennis


National Championships[edit]

Association Division Sport Year Opponent Score
NCAA Division II Baseball[3] 2004 Grand Valley State 12–8


Delta State has had 34 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[4]


For the current season, see 2022 Delta State Statesmen football team.

Program achievements[edit]

Gulf South Conference Champions 1998, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2022
NCAA Division II Team Playoff Participants 1998, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2022
NCAA Division II Regional Championships 2000, 2006, 2010, 2011
NCAA Division II National Championships 2000

Women's basketball[edit]

The Lady Statesman began play in 1925. They are the only Division II team with 1,000 wins. They play in the Gulf South Conference. Delta State plays their home games at Walter Sillers Coliseum. They have made the NCAA Tournament 27 times, with a record of 57–25. They are coached by Craig Roden. Margaret Wade coached them to three AIAW National titles, while Lloyd Clark coached them to three Division II titles.[5][6]

AIAW Championships[edit]

Association Sport Year
AIAW Basketball 1975
AIAW Basketball 1976
AIAW Basketball 1977

NCAA Division II Championships[edit]

Association Division Sport Year
NCAA Division II Basketball 1989
NCAA Division II Basketball 1990
NCAA Division II Basketball 1992

Notable alumni[edit]



Men's basketball[edit]

Women's swimming and diving[edit]


  1. ^ "Mike Kinnison - Director of Athletics". Retrieved January 28, 2023.
  2. ^ Delta State University Identity Standards Guide (PDF). Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Division II Baseball Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Delta State University (Cleveland, MS)"". Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "2016-2017 Recordbook (Spreads)" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Women's Basketball".

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