Ottawa Braves
UniversityOttawa University
ConferenceKansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Franklin "Gene" Bissell Division
Athletic directorBruce Tate
LocationOttawa, Kansas
Varsity teams31
Football stadiumAdventHealth Field
Basketball arenaWilson Field House
ColorsBlack and gold[1]

The Ottawa Braves are the athletic teams that represent Ottawa University, located in Ottawa, 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 1982–83 academic year; which they were a member on a previous stint from their charter member days in 1902–03 to 1970–71). The Braves previously competed as a charter member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) from 1971–72 to 1981–82.

Varsity teams

Ottawa competes in 31 intercollegiate varsity athletic teams:[2] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, powerlifting, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, beach volleyball, bowling, cross country, flag football, golf, lacrosse, powerlifting, soccer, softball, stunt, tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling; and co-ed sports include competitive cheer, competitive dance and eSports. Also OU offers varied intramural programs.[2]


The Braves Offense line up against rival Baker Wildcats on August 25, 2012.

Ottawa University first put a football team on the field in 1891. As of the conclusion of the 2008 season, the total record of the football team is 132 years, 1,135 games, 597 victories, 491 defeats, 47 ties. Ottawa has won the KCAC Conference Championship 21 times and the Heart of America Athletic Conference 1 time. The current football coach is Nick Davis, who took over starting in 2022.[3]

The team plays their games at AdventHealth Field[4]

Bowl games and postseason play

In 1972, Ottawa defeated the Friends University Falcons in the Mineral Water Bowl by a score of 27–20.[5]

Ottawa's football team has qualified for the 1997, 2000,2003, 2009, 2010, 2011 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2023 NAIA Football National Championship playoffs.

  1. ^ Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Style Guide (PDF). July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Ottawa Braves". Ottawa University Braves. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "Nick Davis Named Head Coach for Ottawa University Braves Football". Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. November 18, 2021. Retrieved October 23, 2022.
  4. ^ "OU-AdventHealth Ottawa ink agreement". September 25, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Mineral Water Bowl All-time results