2005, RSU added intercollegiate athletics to campus. The RSU athletics
program is dedicated to developing student athletes who are successful not
only on the field, but also in the classroom. Through athletic competition,
our student athletes will develop skills necessary to succeed in life –
teamwork, leadership, character, integrity, and discipline.
University currently competes as a member of the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in baseball and softball. RSU expects to
add additional men’s and women’s sports in the near future, including men’s
and women’s basketball during the 2007-2008 academic
also fields a competitive rodeo team, which participates as a member of the
Central Plains region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
In 2006, the University named its first
athletic director and men’s basketball coach. RSU recently unveiled its new
mascot – the Hillcat, a unique blue and crimson animal that is a source of
campus pride and spirit and provides a visual identity for the University.
The Hillcat serves as a brand and visual rallying point for the University
as a whole, including its academic, alumni, and athletic programs. The
Hillcat is a fictitious cousin of the bobcat, which is indigenous to
northeast Oklahoma. The Hillcat also draws its name from “College Hill,” a
traditional nickname for RSU. The University sits atop a hill overlooking
the city of Claremore.
The Hillcats are on the prowl, creating a
tradition for tomorrow.