Jacksonville State Gamecocks

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Jacksonville State Gamecocks
UniversityJacksonville State University
ConferenceConference USA
NCAADivision I (FBS)
PresidentDr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr.
Athletic directorGreg Seitz
LocationJacksonville, Alabama
Varsity teams15
Football stadiumBurgess–Snow Field
Basketball arenaPete Mathews Coliseum
Baseball stadiumRudy Abbott Field
ColorsRed and white[1]
Conference USA logo in Jacksonville State's colors

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Jacksonville State University located in Jacksonville, Alabama, United States. In January 2023, the university began phasing in a new identity, Jax State, for marketing and promotion purposes, while the institution retains its official name, Jacksonville State University.[2][3] The Gamecocks athletic program is a member of the Conference USA, which it joined on July 1, 2023.

The Jax State mascot is Cocky the Gamecock, and the school colors are red and white.[4] Gamecock teams have won six NCAA national championships in four sports, and, along with Wisconsin–Whitewater, is one of only two schools to win NCAA titles in baseball, basketball, and football.[5][6]

Sports sponsored[edit]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Bowling (from 2023–24)
Football Cross country
Golf Golf
Tennis Soccer
Track and field
Co-ed sports
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Jacksonville State athletics began with the 1903 State Normal School (SNS) football team and was the domain of men only until women's sports were added in 1982. The SNS teams were known as the Eagle Owls, and the school colors were blue and gold. In 1946, the school's name was changed to Jacksonville Teachers College, and the team name and colors were also changed to the current Gamecocks and red and white.[4]

A member of Conference USA, Jacksonville State University sponsors teams in six men's, nine women's, and one co-ed NCAA sanctioned sports:[7] Bowling will become the tenth women's sport in 2023–24.[8]

NCAA national championships[edit]

The school has won the following NCAA championships.[6]

  • 1984 Division II Women's Gymnastics
  • 1985 Division II Men's Basketball
  • 1985 Division II Women's Gymnastics
  • 1990 Division II Baseball
  • 1991 Division II Baseball
  • 1992 Division II Football


  1. ^ Jacksonville State University Style Guide & Identification Standards Manual (PDF). Retrieved July 9, 2023.
  2. ^ Itson, Patience (January 13, 2023). "Jacksonville State University Gets New Name + Logo". The Bama Buzz. Retrieved November 9, 2023.
  3. ^ Lockette, Buffy (January 11, 2023). "Board Approves Refreshed Logo Concept". Jacksonville State University. Retrieved November 9, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "WHY WE ARE THE GAMECOCKS". Jacksonville State University Athletics. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "JAX STATE: NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP U". Jacksonville State University Athletics. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "NCAA Combined Championship Summary (through July 1, 2015)" (PDF). Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "Gamecocks". Jacksonville State University Athletics. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  8. ^ "JSU Announces the Addition of Women's Bowling in 2023-24" (Press release). Jacksonville State Gamecocks. January 10, 2023. Retrieved May 15, 2023.

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