Missouri Southern Lions
UniversityMissouri Southern State University
ConferenceThe MIAA
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorRob Mallory
LocationJoplin, Missouri
Varsity teams12
Football stadiumFred G. Hughes Stadium
Basketball arenaLeggett & Platt Athletic Center
Baseball stadiumWarren Turner Field
MascotRoary the Lion
Fight songSouthern Fight Song
ColorsGreen and gold[1]

The Missouri Southern Lions are composed of 12 teams representing Missouri Southern State University in intercollegiate athletics. The Lions compete in the NCAA Division II and are members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Soccer
Football Softball
Golf Track and field
Track and field Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
MIAA logo in Missouri Southern's colors


Missouri Southern has had 14 Major League Baseball draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[2]

Year Player Round Team
1981 Randy Braun 12 Astros
1984 Michael Gildehaus 20 Padres
1990 Daniel Rogers 8 Tigers
1991 Timothy Casper 55 Giants
1991 Ken Grundt 53 Giants
1991 Timothy Luther 12 Giants
1992 David Fisher 29 Phillies
1995 Scott Wright 41 Reds
1995 Bryce Darnell 40 Cardinals
1996 Bryce Darnell 58 Diamondbacks
2005 Jeffrey Taylor 24 Nationals
2009 Justin Beal 28 Phillies
2010 Joseph Lincoln 34 Dodgers
2014 Logan Moon 6 Royals
2017 Max Hogan 32 Orioles


Main article: Missouri Southern Lions football

National championships


Sport Association Division Year Opponent/Runner-up Score/Points
Softball (1) NCAA Division II 1992 Cal State Hayward 1–0


As of 2012 the Mascot's official name has become Roary the Lion. He made his debut at the October 6, 2012, Homecoming game against the South Dakota Mines. He is a staple at all home sporting events, as well as throughout the community of Joplin.


Fight song

Southern Fight Song is the official fight song for Missouri Southern State University.[8] The MSSU Fight Song lyrics were selected during a contest conducted in late 2012 and early 2013. Until the winner was announced at the Lions vs. Central Oklahoma Bronchos basketball game Thursday, February 21, 2013 in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center, only the musical score existed.[8]

Athletics tragedies


  1. ^ Missouri Southern State University Official Brand Guidelines (PDF). June 1, 2021. Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  2. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Missouri Southern State University (Joplin, MO)"". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Facilities".
  4. ^ "Fred G. Hughes Stadium". mssulions.com. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015.
  5. ^ "Fred G. Hughes Stadium - Joplin MO - College Football Stadiums on Waymarking.com". waymarking.com.
  6. ^ "The Leggett & Platt Athletic Center". mssulions.com. Archived from the original on October 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "Missouri Southern". mssulions.com. Archived from the original on October 3, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Fight Song". mssu.edu. Archived from the original on December 30, 2013.
  9. ^ "Missouri Southern football coach dies". The Joplin Independent via website. September 27, 2005. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "Michael McCrimmons, Diondre Johnson Dead: Crash Kills 2 Missouri Southern Football Players". The Huffington Post.
  11. ^ "Sports Illustrated article on 2 football players killed in automobile accident in 2011". Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "MSSU assistant football coach killed in shooting". Associated Press via KTVO-TV website. November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.