Saint Mary Spires
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UniversityUniversity of Saint Mary
ConferenceKansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
NAIARegion IV
Athletic directorRob Miller
LocationLeavenworth, Kansas
Varsity teams26
Football stadiumCharles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium
Basketball arenaRyan Sports Center
Baseball stadiumKehoe Memorial Baseball Field
MascotSpiro
NicknameSpires
ColorsNavy and gold[1]
   
Websitewww.gospires.com

The Saint Mary Spires are the athletic teams that represent the University of Saint Mary, located in Leavenworth, 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 1999–2000 academic year. The Spires previously competed in the defunct Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) from 1994–95 to 1998–99. Their team colors are navy and gold.

Varsity teams

USM competes in 26 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, flag football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball and wrestling; and co-ed sports include cheerleading, dance and eSports.[2]

Facilities

Facility Sport
Charles J. Berkel Memorial Stadium Football, Men and Women Soccer, Men and Women Lacrosse, Men and Women Track and Field, Women's Flag Football
Ryan Sport Center Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling
McGilley Fieldhouse Indoor practice facility
Baseball/Softball Complex Softball, Baseball
Spire Cross Country Course Cross Country
Wrestling Complex Men and Women's Wrestiling

Head Coaches

Sport Head Coach
Baseball Bruce Peddie
Men's Basketball Troy Brown
Women's Basketball Andy Kelley
Men's Bowling Christopher Beall
Women's Bowling Christopher Beall
Men's Cross Country Alstin Benton
Women's Cross Country Alstin Benton
Esports Cray Pennison
Football Lance Hinson
Flag Football Angellica Grayson
Men's Lacrosse John Dial
Women's Lacrosse Kallie Much
Men's Soccer Derek Mazeitis
Women's Soccer Justin Seever
Softball Hayley Siebman
Men's Swimming David Bresser
Women's Swimming David Bresser
Men's Indoor Track and Field Alstin Benton
Women's Indoor Track and Field Alstin Benton
Men's Outdoor Track and Field Alstin Benton
Women's Outdoor Track and Field Alstin Benton
Men's Wrestling Chuck Kearney
Women's Wreslting Chuck Kearney
Women's Volleyball Amy Beall

Conference Championships

Conference Championships Year
Baseball 2005 (Tournament Champion)
Men's Basketball 2013
Women's Basketball
Men's Bowling
Women's Bowling
Men's Cross Country 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Women's Cross Country 2014, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
Esports
Football
Flag Football
Men's Lacrosse
Women's Lacrosse
Men's Soccer 2001
Women's Soccer 2001
Softball 2001
Men's Swimming
Women's Swimming
Men's Indoor Track and Field 2018, 2019, 2020
Women's Indoor Track and Field
Men's Outdoor Track and Field 2019, 2020, 2021
Women's Outdoor Track and Field 2021
Men's Wrestling 2019
Women's Wreslting
Women's Volleyball 2019

Football

Saint Mary began its football program in 2000 under Kevin Haslam and the current coach is Lance Hinson. As of conclusion of the 2014 season, the school has an all-time record of 34 wins, 68 losses, and 0 ties.[3]

In 2016, The Spire football team won a school record 8 games, capping off the season by beating the #10 Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes.

Seasons Coach Record Notes
Sivertson 1998–1999 3–3 Inaugural coach
Kevin Haslam 2000–2001 1–17 First coach for a varsity season
Scott Frear 2002–2004 10–18 2002 KCAC Coach of the Year
Lance Hinson 2005–2014 38-54 2005 KCAC Coach of the Year
Jay Osborne 2014–2019 23–42 2016 KCAC Coach of the Year[4]
Lance Hinson 2019-Present 3-11

Softball

In 2001 St.Mary's softball team won the KCAC tournament in their first season in the league.[5]

Cross Country/Track and Field

The University of Saint Mary Cross Country and Track and Field teams have won 21 KCAC Conference Championships since the inception of the program in 2011-2012. The Spires have an active streak going while winning nine straight KCAC Men's Cross Country Championships from 2013-2021. The Spires are led by Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Alstin Benton.

The Spires won the 2020-21 USTFCCCA NAIA Men's Program of the Year Award. The Spires where the only team in the NAIA to finish Top 10 in the Nation in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track

National Championship Appearances Team Finish Head Coach
2013 Men's Cross Country 21st David Dominguez
2014 Men's Cross Country 14th Alstin Benton
2015 Men's Cross Country National Runner-Up Alstin Benton
2016 Men's Cross Country 14th Alstin Benton
2017 Men's Cross Country 5th Alstin Benton
2018 Men's Cross Country 6th Alstin Benton
2019 Men's Cross Country 5th Alstin Benton
2020 Men's Cross Country 5th Alstin Benton
2021 Men's Cross Country National Runner-Up Alstin Benton
2014 Women's Cross Country 31st Alstin Benton
2017 Women's Cross Country 32nd Alstin Benton
2018 Women's Cross Country 24th Alstin Benton
2020 Women's Cross Country 10th Alstin Benton
2021 Women's Cross Country 7th Alstin Benton

References

  1. ^ University of Saint Mary Style Guide (PDF). July 1, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  2. ^ "Athletic Quick Facts". University of St. Mary Spires. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  3. ^ College Football Data Warehouse Archived 2014-03-28 at the Wayback Machine, Saint Mary Spires
  4. ^ "2016 KCAC Football All-Conference Selections Announced". 14 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Newspaper Archives – Leavenworth, KS – The Leavenworth Times – Leavenworth, KS". The Leavenworth Times.