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Columbus State Cougars

Columbus State Cougars
University Columbus State University
Conference Peach Belt
Ohio Valley (Rifle only)
NCAA Division II
Division I (Rifle only)
Athletic director Jay Sparks
Location GA
Varsity teams 15
Basketball arena Frank G. Lumpkin Center
Baseball stadium Ragsdale Field at Cougar Stadium
Nickname Cougars
Website .com.csucougarswww

The Columbus State Cougars represent Columbus State University in intercollegiate sports in the Peach Belt Conference in NCAA's Division II. The school's co-ed rifle team, however, competes at the Division I level as members of the Ohio Valley Conference.

The University currently fields 14 varsity Division II men's and women's teams and one Division I co-ed team, rifle.


  • Varsity athletic teams 1
    • Co-ed 1.1
    • Men's 1.2
    • Women's 1.3
  • Sports 2
    • Baseball 2.1
    • Golf 2.2
    • Rifle 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Varsity athletic teams


  • Rifle


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field


  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball



The university baseball team at Columbus State University has made seven trips(1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 2002, 2004, 2007) to the College World Series, twenty-three(1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) NCAA Regional Championship appearances, and is frequently in the NCSWA National Top 30 Poll. The Cougars won the 2002 NCAA Division II World Series and were the National Runners-Up at the 1986 and 2007 NCAA Division II World Series.


The CSU golf team has won six NCAA National Championships; 1978,1980,1989,1992,1994 and 1997.[1]


Columbus State Athletics Department co-hosted the 2011 Rifle National Championship with Fort Benning. This was the first time a National Championship was hosted on CSU's campus.

In the 2012-13 school year, the rifle team began competing in the Division I Ohio Valley Conference. Rifle has a single NCAA championship open to schools from all three NCAA divisions, and in that sport, Division II members are allowed to offer the same number of full scholarship equivalents as Division I schools.[2]

Assistant rifle coach, Jamie Gray, won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the 50-Meter Three-Position event with a score of 691.9.


  1. ^ Columbus State University: About CSU - Did You Know
  2. ^ "Ohio Valley Conference Adds Columbus State as Affiliate Member for Rifle" (Press release). Ohio Valley Conference. April 27, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 

External links

  • Official Website of Columbus State Cougars Athletics
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