McPherson Bulldogs
UniversityMcPherson College
ConferenceKCAC (primary)
Athletic directorJosh Daume
LocationMcPherson, Kansas
Varsity teams18
Football stadiumMcPherson Stadium
Basketball arenaMcPherson Sports Center
MascotBen the Bulldog
ColorsRed and white[1]

The McPherson Bulldogs are the athletic teams that represent McPherson College, located in McPherson, Kansas, in intercollegiate sports as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) since the 1902–03 academic year. Their athletic team colors are red and white, with black being used as a complementary color in logos and uniforms.

Varsity teams

McPherson competes in 18 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball; and co-ed sports include competitive cheer, competitive dance and shotgun sports.


Recent times has brought a level of success to the Bulldog football program.[2] The team completed the 2009 year with a record of 9 wins and 2 losses (8-1 in conference play) with a second-place finish in the conference and post-season playoff appearance for the first time.[3]

School records of the program go back to 1920, but other records show a player named Pop Hollinger played football for McPherson in 1917 or earlier.[4] It is possible that records are incorrect, incomplete, or that there was no official coach before the 1920 season.

The first paid coach for the program that the school has on record was W. E. Daniel in 1920, who posted a record of 5–3–3. Other coaches included Woody Woodard (1950–1952), Don Rominger (1973–1977), Dan Thiessen (1986–1992),[5] and Pete Sterbick.[6]


  1. ^ Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Style Guide (PDF). July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  2. ^ McPherson College[permanent dead link] "Bulldogs fall in NAIA Football Championship Series First Round"
  3. ^ National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Top 25 Team Capsules-McPherson
  4. ^ "The Pop Hollinger Story". Overstreet's Comic Book Price Guide (reprint). Archived from the original on July 20, 2010. Retrieved April 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "McPherson College Football Media Guide 2010" (PDF). McPherson College Athletics. Retrieved November 10, 2010.
  6. ^ "Pete Sterbick Named Head Football Coach at McPherson". McPherson College. February 25, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012.