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Henderson State Reddies
UniversityHenderson State University
ConferenceGreat American Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorLenette Jones (interim)
LocationArkadelphia, Arkansas
Varsity teams13 (5 men's, 7 women's, 1 co-ed)
Football stadiumCarpenter-Haygood Stadium at Ruggles Field
Basketball arenaDuke Wells Center
Baseball stadiumClyde Berry Field
Other venuesRed Wave Natatorium
MascotReddie Spirit
ColorsRed and gray[1]

The Henderson State Reddies is the school mascot and athletic emblem for Henderson State University, located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Henderson athletic teams compete in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports and they are members of the Great American Conference for all 12 varsity sports.

That Old Reddie Spirit

Upon its establishment in 1905, the Henderson State football team became known for wearing red jerseys. Absent a traditional nickname or mascot, the team was appropriately dubbed the “Reds.” Eventually, the name shifted to “Reddies,” and it stuck.

Varsity teams

Baseball player Andrew Reynolds in 2014

List of teams

Individual sports


Main article: Henderson State Reddies baseball

Henderson State has had 7 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[2]

Year Player Round Team
1965 Freddy Dawson 10 Yankees
1969 Mike Powers 25 Giants
1975 Tim Stuthard 22 Expos
1983 Curtis Thurston 24 Pirates
1991 Lanny Williams 12 Rangers
2010 Jonathan Dooley 26 Royals
2017 Chris Hunt 39 Cardinals

Men's Basketball

Main article: Henderson State Reddies men's basketball


Main article: Henderson State Reddies football

Sports culture

Battle of the Ravine

Main article: Battle of the Ravine

The Battle of the Ravine is a rivalry game between Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University. It is currently the oldest rivalry of any NCAA Division II institutions. The first game was played on November 8, 1895 (Thanksgiving Day) and Ouachita College beat Arkadelphia Methodist College 8–0. The next meeting did not occur until 1907 in the first sanctioned game of the series. The Reddies defeated Ouachita and went on to claim the Arkansas State Championship.

The Reddies went on to win the next six meetings and the game was played on Thanksgiving Day. Both teams also made the game their homecoming. The series was discontinued in 1951 after Henderson won 54–0 and the pranks got out of control. The series resumed in 1963 with the Reddies winning 28–13. The series continued until 1993 when Henderson State moved to the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference. It continued again in 1996 when Ouachita Baptist University moved to the Lone Star Conference. OBU joined the GSC in 2000 and the two schools did not play each other in 2004 or 2005 as a result of schedule rotation. In total, the two schools have met 85 times. Henderson State currently leads the series 41–39–6.

Showband of Arkansas

Considered one of the finest college marching bands in the country, the “Showband of Arkansas” consists of 150 winds, percussion, and auxiliary members. The mission of the “Showband of Arkansas” is to represent, foster and promote the “Reddie Spirit” through musical and visual performance. Composed of students from all academic disciplines, the “Showband of Arkansas” frequently performs as the feature band at high school marching contests, enjoys travel to exciting away-games and regularly thrills thousands of Reddie spectators at home football games. It is open to any student by audition, regardless of major.


  1. ^ "Henderson State University Visual Identity and Brand Standards". Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR)"". Retrieved 2014-02-10.