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The West Texas A&M Buffaloes, also known as the WTAMU Buffaloes or WT Buffaloes, and formerly West Texas State Buffaloes and WTSU Buffaloes, are the athletic teams that represent West Texas A&M University, located in Canyon, Texas, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Buffaloes, colloquially known as the Buffs (men) and Lady Buffs (women), compete as members of the Lone Star Conference for all 14 varsity sports.

West Texas A&M Buffaloes
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UniversityWest Texas A&M University
ConferenceLone Star Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorMichael McBroom
LocationCanyon, Texas
Varsity teams14
Football stadiumKimbrough Memorial Stadium
Basketball arenaFirst United Bank Center
Baseball stadiumWilder Park
Soccer stadiumThe Pitch
Other arenasWTAMU Fieldhouse
NicknameBuffaloes/Buffs (men)
Lady Buffs (women)
ColorsMaroon and White[1]
         
Websitewww.gobuffsgo.com

West Texas A&M was a member of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1941-1961. The football team won a conference championship in 1950. The Buffs were members of the Missouri Valley Conference from 1972-1985.

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Varsity sportsEdit

 
The Lady Buffs women's volleyball team in action against the Texas A&M–Commerce Lions in 2013
 
The Lady Buffs women's basketball team in action against Texas A&M–Commerce in 2014
 
The Lady Buffs softball team in action against Texas A&M–Commerce in 2016

FootballEdit

The football team plays its home games in Kimbrough Memorial Stadium. The Buffs play rival Eastern New Mexico University each fall for the Wagon Wheel trophy, and rival Midwestern State University for the Highway 287 Challenge Cup. In 2019, the football team will move to a newly built, on-campus stadium.

Sun Bowl ChampionsEdit

1949, 1962

Tangerine (Citrus Bowl) ChampionsEdit

1957

Pasadena Bowl ChampionsEdit

1967

Lonestar ConferenceEdit

Regular Season Champions: 1986, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
South Division Champions: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

Kanza Bowl ChampionsEdit

2009, 2011

NCAA DII PlayoffsEdit

National Semifinals: 2012
Regional Finalist: 2012, 2013
Second Round: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013
First Round: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013

BasketballEdit

The Buff and Lady Buff basketball teams play in the First United Bank Center. The traditional rival is Eastern New Mexico University, but newer rivalries with Midwestern State University and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin have emerged in recent years. A strong tradition of basketball exists at West Texas A&M, dating back to the days of Maurice Cheeks and even as far back as the 1930s and 1940s.The 1954-55 season saw the Buffs made the NCAA tournament losing though to eventually National Champion San Francisco University.In 2018-2019 WT became the first school in NCAA history to have both the men's and women's teams host a regional tournament.[2]

Men's Head Coach Record Tenure Women's Head Coach Record Tenure
Tom Brown 127-38 2014-Present Kristen Mattio 111-22 2016-Present
Rick Cooper 391-193 1993-2013 Mark Kellogg 62-6 2013-2015
Jeff Morgan 17-10 1992 Krista Gerlich 168-53 2006-2012
Mark Adams 108-40 1987-1991 Bob Schneider 585-163 1981-2005
Gary Moss 47-40 1984-1986 Gary Mooring 8-14 1980
Ken Edwards 68-97 1978-1983
Ron Ekker 65-70 1973-1977
Dennis Wailing 83-66 1967-1972
Jimmy Viramontes 38-53 1963-1966
Metz LaFollete 33-54 1959-1962
Borden Price 9-31 1957-1958
Gus Miller 197-137 1942-1956
Al Baggett 174-64 1934-1941
Carl York 7-12 1933
Sam Burton 192-40 1921-1932
Wayne McCorkle 8-2 1920

From WTAMU Record Book[3]

Men's Basketball Lonestar ConferenceEdit

Regular Season Champions: 1991, 1994, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2018, 2019
South Division Champions: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008
Tournament Champions: 1990, 1991, 1994, 2018, 2019

Men's NCAA DII Basketball TournamentEdit

Final Four: 2018
Elite 8: 1998, 2018, 2019
Sweet 16: 1998, 2017, 2018, 2019
Round of 32: 1994, 1998, 2001, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA tournament appearances: 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019

Women's Basketball Lonestar ConferenceEdit

Regular Season Champions: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
South Division Champions: 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Tournament Champions: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019

Women's NCAA DII Basketball TournamentEdit

Runners Up: 1988, 2014
Final four: 1988, 2014
Elite 8: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2017
Sweet 16: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Round of 32: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA tournament appearances: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

VolleyballEdit

The Lady Buff volleyball team is a three-time NCAA Division II National Champion, winning the title in 1990, 1991 and 1997 while holding one of the best home winning records in any level of competitive volleyball.[citation needed] The team plays its home matches at the WTAMU Fieldhouse “The Box.”

Cross CountryEdit

The Buffaloes and the Lady Buffs are one of the few Division II institutions that has an on campus cross country course, known as "The Range."

The Buffaloes have won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in 1977, and 1979, and the Lone Star Conference Championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. The men have had individual champions in the MVC in 1977 (Joseph Kemei), 1978 (Johnson Bett), 1979 (Johnson Bett), and 1985 (Carlos Ybarra) and in the LSC in 2013 (Dylan Doss) , 2015 (Geoffrey Kipchumba), 2016 (Geoffrey Kipchumba), and 2017 (Owen Hind). The men have qualified for the national championships every year since 2013, and had a program best 11th place finish in 2014. The Buffaloes have had 3 NCAA DII All-Americans, Geoffrey Kipchumba(2015,2016), Owen Hind (2017), and Briggs Wittlake (2018).

The Lady Buffs have won the Lone Star Conference Championship in 2012 and 2013. The women have had individual champions in 2012 and 2014.

=== Indoor/ Outdoor Track===West Texas A&M Womens’Outdoor Track & Field won the 2017 National Championship defeating Grand Valley State in the three day event.

=== Softball ===The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs softball team Won the National Championship in 2014 defeating Valdosta State.

Notable alumniEdit

In addition to the above, the football program produced several alumni who went on to notable careers in professional wrestling:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "West Texas A&M University Graphic Standards". Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  2. ^ https://twitter.com/KaleSteed/status/1104953073288560640
  3. ^ https://issuu.com/wtathletics/docs/2018-19_wbb_record_book

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