Pittsburg State Gorillas
UniversityPittsburg State University
ConferenceThe MIAA
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorJim Johnson
LocationPittsburg, Kansas
Varsity teams12
Football stadiumBrandenburg Field at Carnie Smith Stadium
Basketball arenaJohn Lance Arena
MascotGUS the Gorilla
Fight song"On to Victory!"
ColorsCrimson and gold[1]
MIAA logo in Pittsburg State's colors

The Pittsburg State Gorillas, commonly referred to as Pitt State, are the athletic teams that represent Pittsburg State University. They are in the NCAA Division II as a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). The Gorillas previously competed in the Central States Intercollegiate Conference (CSIC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1976–77 to 1988–89; in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) from 1972–73 to 1975–76; in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) from 1968–69 to 1971–72; in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIC) from 1923–24 to 1967–68; and in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) from 1902–03 to 1922–23.

Varsity teams

Pittsburg State competes in 12 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football and track & field (indoor and outdoor); while women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball. Club sports include men's baseball.

The Gorillas baseball team conducts a mound visit during a game in 2022
Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Softball
Football Track and field
Track and field Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

The Gorillas have won 6 NCAA national championships: 2 in football (1991, 2011), 2 in men's outdoor track and field (2022, 2023), 1 in men's indoor track and field (2018), and 1 in women's outdoor track & field (2016).


Main article: Pittsburg State Gorillas football

The Pitt State football program began in 1908 under head coach Albert McLeland. Since that time, the program has produced the most wins in NCAA Division II history. It has been National Champions on four occasions; 1957, 1961, 1991 and 2011. Pittsburg State defeated Wayne State University, MI, 35-21 to claim its most recent national championship in 2011. During the 2004 season, the Gorillas finished 14–1, losing 31–36 to Valdosta State University in the NCAA Division II National Football Championship. Pittsburg State has won, outright or shared, a total of 27 conference championships during the 96-year history of its intercollegiate program, including 13 conference titles in the last 19 seasons under Coach Chuck Broyles PSU reached the Division II National Championship game in 2004, 1995, and 1992. Its games with fellow MIAA Division II powerhouse Northwest Missouri State University were played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead from 2002 until 2013. 26,695 attended the 2002 game—the most of any Division II game.[2]


Pittsburg Gorillas lawn sign in Fort Scott Kanas, August 2023
Pittsburg Gorillas lawn sign in Fort Scott Kanas, August 2023.

The official mascot of Pitt State Athletic teams is Gus the Gorilla, designed in by L. Michael Hailey in 1985. Pitt State is the only college in the nation with the Gorilla as its official mascot for its men's and women's teams.[3]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Pittsburg State University Brand Identity Standards Manual (PDF). Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  2. ^ "Fall Classic". goarrowhead.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-31.
  3. ^ "Pittsburg State Gorillas". Pittsburg State University.