Timeline for HSU Athletics
  • 1897 – Football begins. First game Simmons Ranchers-12 vs Abilene Town Kids-0
  • 1904 – Baseball begins. First game Simmons-13 vs Caps-30
  • 1904 – Simmons Field Day. Track and Field events
  • 1907 – Simmons baseball-5 plays Howard Payne-2
  • 1907 – Parramore Field cleared of mesquite
  • 1907 – West Texas College League formed- Simmons, Tarleton, Howard Payne charter members.
  • 907 – Women's "Dixies" Basketball begins.
  • 908 – Men's Basketball begins.
  • 1909 – Football Quarterback John Airhart dies from concussion.
  • 1909 – Football wins 7 games and only comes from Baylor in past season.
  • 1910 – No football due to World War 1.
  • 1911 – New track.
  • 1912 – Ranchers become Cowboys, Dixies become Cowgirls
  • 1914 – Simmons joins Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • 1916 – Men's and women's tennis is played. It existed earlier but received little attention
  • 1917 – So few men are on campus that the same 10-15 men made up all athletic teams.
  • 1917 – Football returns
  • 1917 – Dam-It mascot for football, believed to be first college mascot
  • 1917 – Basketball played inside in Marston Gym. Opponents include: Baylor, TCU, TA&M, Abilene Christian
  • 1918 – The cannon known and "Arizona Bill" comes to campus.
  • 1920 – Dam-It dies
  • 1921 – Men's basketball wins TIAA Championship - Opponents include: Rice, UT, TA&M, HPU, Denton Normal, Austin College, San Marcos Normal, Baylor Medics, Canyon Normal.
  • 1921 – Women's athletics admitted to TIAA
  • 1921 – Track and Field returns
  • 1921 – Cowboy Band formed
  • 1922 – Football uniforms get numbers
  • 1924 – P.E. Shotwell hired as Football Coach and Athletic Director. Shotwell was coach at Abilene High when they won the 1923 state championship.
  • 1925 – Cowgirls organized
  • 1925 – Women's sports discontinued at more colleges in state because it was detrimental to the health of young women.
  • 1926 – The Coral opens for basketball
  • 1926 – Baseball discontinued
  • 1927 – Parramore Field gets new rock entrance
  • 1928 – First Football Spring Training
  • 1929 – Basketball wins conference. Opponents: TCU, Denton Teachers, Canyon Teachers, St. Edwards, Southwestern, Texas Tech, Trinity, Howard Payne
  • 1929 – New concrete tennis courts
  • 1930 – Basketball wins conference.
  • 1931 – Basketball wins conference.
  • 1932 – Basketball wins conference with youngest team in conference.
  • 1932 – Golf added
  • 1932 – Basketball wins conference.
  • 1935 – Women's sports returns
  • 1936 – Football plays in Sun Bowl
  • 1936 – Alton Terry represents USA in Berlin Olympics in the Javelin
  • 1938 – Cowgirl band organized
  • 1938 – Baseball reinstated
  • 1940 – Football undefeated. Coach Kimbrough moves to Baylor
  • 1942 – Football wins Border Conference beating Southwest Conference teams Baylor and TCU
  • 1942 – Boxing debuts
  • 1943 – Intercollegiate sports cancelled due to World War II
  • 1945 – Basketball returns after the war
  • 1945 – Rodeo starts
  • 1946 – Football returns and wins Border Conference (beats Texas Tech 21-6)
  • 1947 – Basketball plays in Rose Field House
  • 1948 – HSU football only team to ever play in 4 bowl games
  • 1949 – Rodeo becomes intercollegiate sport
  • 1950 – Golf wins Border Conference Championship
  • 1952 – National Rodeo Championships held at HSU, HSU wins National Championship
  • 1952 – Baseball discontinued
  • 1952 – Tennis host NAIA National Championships and wins.
  • 1952 – Golf host NAIA National Championships and wins.
  • 1954 – Ferguson Hall houses all unmarried athletes
  • 1954 – Sammy Baugh becomes football coach
  • 1954 – Baseball reinstated
  • 1957 – Baseball gone again
  • 1958 – New cinder Track and Field Track around Parramore Field
  • 1958 – HSU football quarterback Sammy Oates was totally deaf.
  • 1958 – Football Boarder Conference Champions
  • 1958 – Women's Volleyball started
  • 1958 – Women's basketball returns
  • 1959 – Football moves games to Abilene ISD's stadium
  • 1960 – Women's tennis started
  • 1962 – Border Conference disbands
  • 1962 – First HSU black athletes join baseball
  • 1964 – Football eliminated due to financial stresses.
  • 1968 – Baseball returns
  • 1970 – Basketball moves to Taylor County Coliseum
  • 1972 – No women's basketball
  • 1973 – Women's tennis returns after lapsing for several years
  • 1975 – Men's soccer started
  • 1976 – HSU first school to offer women scholarships in athletics offering 6 full and several partial basketball awards.
  • 1979 – Mabee Complex opens
  • 1978 – TransAmerica Athletic Conference formed
  • 1979 – Soccer wins TAAC championship
  • 1982 – Orienteering National Champions
  • 1983 – Men's Volleyball starts
  • 1983 – New John Hunter Field baseball stadium completed
  • 1983 – Rifle starts
  • 1983 – Women's Cross Country started
  • 1985 – Men's Volleyball TAAC Champions
  • 1985 – Women's Soccer starts
  • 1985 – Women's Basketball dropped due to NCAA regulations
  • 1986 – Men's Volleyball dropped due to NCAA regulations
  • 1986 – Men's Tennis NAIA champions
  • 1986 – Women's Golf added
  • 1990 – Football returns
  • 1990 – Most teams non-scholarship
  • 1990 – Women's Basketball returns
  • 1993 – Men's Tennis TIAA conference champions
  • 1993 – Women's Tennis TIAA conference champions
  • 1994 – Women's Basketball TIAA conference champions
  • 1994 – Women's Golf national champions
  • 1995 – Women's Basketball TIAA conference champions
  • 1995 – Baseball TIAA conference champions
  • 1995 – Men's Tennis TIAA conference champions
  • 1995 – Women's Tennis TIAA conference champions
  • 1995 – Merlin Morrow resigns as Athletic Director
  • 1996 – Women's Soccer American Southwest Conference champions .


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