Ottawa Braves
UniversityOttawa University
ConferenceKansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Athletic directorArabie Conner
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.
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 117 years, 970 games, 502 victories, 421 defeats, 47 ties. The current 2009 season has the Braves 10-0 and conference champions. The first time in the history of the school that this has happened. They are currently ranked number 20 in the nation.[3] The current football coach is Kent Kessinger, who has held the position since the 2004 season.

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 2009, 2010, and 2011 NAIA Football National Championship playoffs. This gives them three consecutive post-season appearances.[6]


  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. ^ Ottawa Braves Football yearly records
  4. ^ "OU-AdventHealth Ottawa ink agreement". 2019-09-25. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  5. ^ Mineral Water Bowl All-time results
  6. ^ "#11 Ottawa to Host #18 Baker Saturday on the Gridiron". Victory Sports Network. August 24, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.