Lincoln Blue Tigers
UniversityLincoln University
ConferencesThe MIAA
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorKevin Wilson
LocationJefferson City, Missouri
Varsity teams14 (7 men’s, 7 women’s)
Football stadiumDwight T. Reed Stadium
Basketball arenaJason Gymnasium
Baseball stadiumLU Baseball Field
NicknameBlue Tigers
Fight song"LU Fight Song"
ColorsNavy blue and white[1]
MIAA logo in Lincoln's colors

The Lincoln Blue Tigers are the athletic teams that represent Lincoln University, located in Jefferson City, Missouri, in intercollegiate sports as a member of the NCAA Division II ranks, primarily competing in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) since the 2010–11 academic year (which they were a member on a previous stint from 1970–71 to 1998–99, but later left because it had not had a football team since after the 1989 fall season). The Blue Tigers previously competed in the Heartland Conference, of which it was a founding conference member, from 1999–2000 to 2009–10.

Sports sponsored

Lincoln sponsors fourteen intercollegiate varsity sports:

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


The Blue Tigers sponsored football from their first tenure in the MIAA until after the 1989 fall season, before revitalizing it and rejoined the MIAA in 2010.[2]

Women's track and field

The Lincoln Blue Tigers women's track and field team made NCAA Division II history by winning the Outdoor Track and Field Championships five consecutive times, from 2003 to 2007. They won a sixth title in 2009 and a seventh in 2014.[3][4]

Former programs

In May 2016 Lincoln dropped its baseball and women's tennis programs. In June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic Lincoln dropped its women's bowling program.[5]

National championships

The Blue Tigers have won fourteen NCAA Division II team championships.


Association Division Sport Year Opponent/Runner-up Score
NCAA (14) Division II (14) Women's Indoor Track and Field (5) 2004 Adams State 62–58 (+4)
2006 Abilene Christian 87–5013 (+3623)
2009 Grand Valley State 10012–48 (+5212)
2010 Ashland
Grand Valley State
56–47 (+9)
2016 Hillsdale 60–58 (+2)
Women's Outdoor Track and Field (9) 2003 St. Augustine's 98–67 (+31)
2004 Adams State 85–81 (+4)
2005 Cal State Bakersfield 108–53 (+55)
2006 Abilene Christian 93–86 (+7)
2007 Abilene Christian 8212–69 (+1312)
2009 Adams State 85–82 (+3)
2014 Johnson C. Smith 64–59 (+5)
2018 Saint Augustine's 60–4812 (+1112)
2019 Adams State 64–54 (+10)


Fight song

Lincoln University doesn't have a name for their fight song, but it is sung to the tune of "The Washington and Lee Swing".[6]

Alma mater

Sung to the tune of "Ach, wie ist's möglich dann", an old German folk song published in 1827 and variously credited to Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken or Friedrich Silcher, Lincoln's fight song is called "Lincoln, O, Lincoln". (The West Point and Wake Forest alma maters also use the same tune.)[6][failed verification]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ This Is Lincoln. A guide to branding our Lincoln University. Retrieved May 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Lincoln returns to MIAA – St. Joseph News-Press – February 2, 2009[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "DII Women's Outdoor Track & Field".
  4. ^ "Lincoln University of Missouri Blue Tigers – Lincoln University Track & Field to be Inducted Into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame". Lincoln University.
  5. ^ "Lincoln drops women's bowling from athletic program". News Tribune. Jefferson City, Missouri. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b "LUPA Handbook – We Cherish Our Traditions". p. 4. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-10-18.
  7. ^ Courier staff (October 11, 1930). "Missouri Classic Attracts". Pittsburgh Courier. p. 14. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  8. ^ Courier-Journal staff (April 10, 1938). "Decker Is Signed to Manage Black Colonels". The Louisville Courier-Journal. p. 58. Retrieved July 8, 2021.