Minot State Beavers

The Minot State Beavers are the intercollegiate athletic teams of Minot State University (MSU), located in Minot, North Dakota. The Beavers currently in the process of transitioning from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to the NCAA Division II. The university was previously a member of the NAIA's Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) and competed as an independent as a provisional member for the 2011–12 academic year before joining the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) in 2012.[2][3] Minot State Beavers men's and women's ice hockey teams currently play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), the men's team plays as is an independent team at the ACHA Men's Division I level and women's team at the ACHA Women's Division II level.[4]

Minot State Beavers
UniversityMinot State University
ConferenceNorthern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NCIS)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorAndy Carter
LocationMinot, North Dakota
Football stadiumHerb Parker Stadium
Basketball arenaMSU Dome
Baseball stadiumCorbett Field
ColorsGreen and Red[1]


Minot State University athletics previously competed in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) which is a part of the NAIA. The Minot State University Beavers won NAIA national championships in men's cross country in 2002 and 2003, the only team national championships in the school's history.

In January 2011, MSU was admitted to the NSIC with the University of Sioux Falls, also transitioning from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. The two schools will join the conference for the 2012–13 academic year creating a 16-member conference split into two 8-member divisions.[5] MSU will compete in the NSIC North Division, consisting of Bemidji State, U-Mary, Minnesota-Crookston, Minnesota-Duluth, MSU-Moorhead, Minot State, Northern State and St. Cloud State.[5]

In July 2012, the university became one of six universities to join the NCAA as full members, with official membership commencing on September 1, 2012. As part of the successful transition to the NCAA, Minot State will be eligible for postseason conference and NCAA postseason competition.[6]



Ice hockey (M)Edit

Minot State men's ice hockey team competes in the ACHA Division I level as the NAIA discontinued the sponsorship of the sport in the 1980s. The team plays at the All Seasons Arena, with select games at the Maysa Arena.[7] The men's team competes as an ACHA DI independent team and plays a schedule consisting ACHA DI members along with a number of games against local NJCAA schools, Dakota College at Bottineau Lumberjacks and newly formed Williston State College Tetons, as well as Canadian colleges.[8] The Beavers are coached by Wade Regier.[9] The Beavers were the 2013 ACHA Men's Division I National Champions.[10]


Minot State's softball team appeared in three consecutive Women's College World Series in 1970, 1971 and 1972.[11]


  1. ^ Minot State University Athletics Graphic Standards (PDF). June 27, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Pickle, David (July 13, 2011). "Five new active members join Division II". NCAA. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "MSU moves to Year Three in process to NCAA Division II". Minot State University. July 8, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  4. ^ "ACHA 2011–2012 League membership". ACHA. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Peterson, Cindy (January 20, 2011). "NSIC adding Minot State, Sioux Falls". Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "New members for 2012–13 could include Association's first Canadian school". NCAA. July 13, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  7. ^ Blasco, Jason (September 16, 2011). "Minot State hockey in search of new chemistry". Minot Daily News. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  8. ^ Staff (September 15, 2011). "Minot State Hockey Opens Season". KXMC-TV. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2013-03-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "MSU hockey team wins ACHA title - MinotDailyNews.com | News, sports, business, jobs". Minot Daily News. 2013-03-07. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  11. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.

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