West Texas A&M Buffaloes

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 stadiumBuffalo 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.

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 at Buffalo Stadium, a newly built, on-campus stadium. Previously, WT played at 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.

Sun Bowl ChampionsEdit

1949, 1962

Tangerine (Citrus Bowl) ChampionsEdit

1957

Pasadena Bowl ChampionsEdit

1967

Kanza Bowl ChampionsEdit

2009, 2011

NCAA DII PlayoffsEdit

National Semifinals: 2012

BasketballEdit

The Buff and Lady Buff basketball teams play in the First United Bank Center, a 5,800 seat multi-purpose arena in Canyon, Texas. It was built in 2002. It is the home of the Buffaloes basketball teams. 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 make the NCAA tournament, though they would lose to eventual 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 149-40 2014–Present Kristen Mattio 130-26 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 D2 Basketball PostseasonEdit

Final Four
2018
Elite Eight
1998, 2018, 2019
Sweet Sixteen
1998, 2017, 2018, 2019
Second Round
1994, 1998, 2001, 2017, 2018, 2019
First Round
1987, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003
2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019
LSC Tournament Champions
1990, 1991, 1994, 2018, 2019, 2020
LSC Regular Season Champions
1991, 1994, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2018, 2019, 2020
LSC South Division Champions
1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008
LSC Division Champions
2020

Women's D2 Basketball PostseasonEdit

Runner Up
1988, 2014
Final Four
1988, 2014
Elite Eight
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2009
2014, 2015, 2017
Sweet Sixteen
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997
2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Second Round
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996
1997, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2014
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
First Round
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
LSC Tournament Champions
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2014
2015, 2018, 2019
LSC Regular Season Champions
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2006
2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
LSC South Division Champions
1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
LSC Division Champions
2020

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 aka “The Box.”

Coach Record Tenure
Kendra Potts 22-7 2019–Present
Jason Skoch 298-95 2009-2018
Tony Graystone 315-61 1999-2008
Debbie Hendricks 159-47 1993-1998
Jim Giacomazzi 66-13 1991-1992
Kim Hudson 127-25 1987-1990
Carmen Pennick 65-104 1983-1986
Gary Abramson 22-2 1982
Bobbie Cox 38-50-2 1980-1981
National Champions
1990, 1991, 1997
Runner-Up
2009
Final Four
1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009
2013
Elite Eight
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002
2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013
Post-Season Appearances
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997
1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
2017, 2019
LSC Tournament Champions
2012, 2013
LSC Regular Season Champions
1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
2011, 2013, 2014
LSC South Champions
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006

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 TrackEdit

West Texas A&M Women's Outdoor Track & Field won the 2017 National Championship defeating Grand Valley State in the three day event.

BaseballEdit

Coach Record Tenure
Matt Vanderburg 317-205 2009–Present
Mark Jones 180-290 2000-2008
Todd Howey 148-115 1995-1999
Mike Marshall 8-48 1994
Regional Participant
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
LSC Tournament Champions
2016, 2017, 2019
LSC Regular Season Champions
2014, 2018

SoftballEdit

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

Coach Record Tenure
Candace Adams 62-28 2018–present
Kevin Blackowski 467-236 2006-2017
National Champions
2014
College World Series
2014, 2016
Regional Champion
2011, 2014, 2016
Regional Participant
2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
2019
LSC Tournament Champions
2011, 2014
LSC Tournament Appearances
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
2017, 2018, 2019
LSC Regular Season Champions
2014, 2015, 2016
LSC South Division Champions
2010

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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