UIS Prairie Stars
UniversityUniversity of Illinois Springfield
ConferenceGreat Lakes Valley Conference (East Division)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorLaura Liesman[1]
LocationSpringfield, Illinois
Varsity teams17 (8 men’s and 9 women’s)
Basketball arenaThe Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC)
Baseball stadiumUIS Baseball Field
Soccer stadiumKiwanis Stadium
Other venues
NicknamePrairie Stars
ColorsNavy, Vegas gold, and white[2]

The UIS Prairie Stars (also Illinois–Springfield Prairie Stars and formerly Sangamon State University) are the athletic teams that represent the University of Illinois Springfield, located in Springfield, Illinois, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics. The Prairie Stars compete as members of the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. UIS joined the GLVC in October 2008, and earned full Division II membership in August 2010.

Prior to joining the NCAA, UIS was a member of the American Midwest Conference (AMC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

In 2018, both the baseball and softball programs won GLVC Conference Championships and hosted NCAA Regionals.

The UIS Baseball team has earned the number one seed in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional in three straight seasons.

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross Country Golf
Golf Soccer
Soccer Softball
Tennis Tennis
Track and Field Track and Field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

A member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the University of Illinois Springfield sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports.


While a member of the NAIA, the Prairie Stars won the NAIA national men's soccer championship in 1986, 1988, and 1993 and were runner-up in 1998.[3]


  1. ^ "UIS Names Laura Liesman New Director Of Athletics".
  2. ^ "UIS Sports Information". Retrieved January 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "NAIA Men's Soccer Championship Results" (PDF). NAIA. NAIA Honors.com. Retrieved January 30, 2016.