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Illinois State Redbirds
University Illinois State University
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Larry Lyons
Location Normal, IL
Varsity teams 17 (7 men's, 10 women's)
Football stadium Hancock Stadium
Basketball arena Redbird Arena
Baseball stadium Duffy Bass Field
Mascot Reggie Redbird
Nickname Redbirds
Fight song Go, You Redbirds
     Red       White
Website www.goredbirds.com

The Illinois State Redbirds are the athletic teams that represent Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Teams play at the NCAA Division I level (FCS in football). The football team competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference while most other teams compete in the Missouri Valley Conference. The fight song is Go, You Redbirds.[1]


A member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Illinois State University sponsors eight men's and eleven women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports:[2]

  1. ^ The football team competes as a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
  2. ^ The gymnastics team competes as a member of the Midwest Independent Conference.


Illinois State began its athletics program more than 100 years ago. The school, which had already been an NCAA Division I competitor for a decade, left behind its independent status in 1980 and affiliated itself with the Missouri Valley Conference. From 1981-92, Redbird women's teams competed under the Gateway Conference banner before women's sports were absorbed into the Missouri Valley Conference.

From approximately 1910-1970, Illinois State was affiliated with the Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Athletics at Illinois State consists of 19 intercollegiate sports, having won 125 league titles in 23 years.[citation needed]

Today, 17 of the 19 Redbird sports compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, with the football team playing in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, formerly known as the Gateway Conference. On 7 April 2015, 7 died when a privately-owned Cessna 414 carrying Redbirds men's basketball coach Torrey Ward and the Deputy Director of Athletics Aaron Leetch crashed.[3] The plane crashed in a soybean field outside of Central Illinois Regional Airport in McLean County.[4]


Men's basketball[edit]

Conference Title: 1983, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998 NCAA Appearances: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1997, 1998

  • In 2008 they reached the NIT with a 25-10 record, They won their first round game as a 2 seed but ended up losing to Dayton in the 2nd round.
  • In 2009 they reached the NIT. They faced Kansas State in the first round and lost in overtime.
  • In 2010 the Redbirds once again made it to the National Invitation Tournament as a 7 seed. They traveled to Dayton, Ohio to take on the eventual 2010 NIT champion Flyers.
  • In 2012 the Redbirds made it to the NIT Tournament. They defeated Ole Miss in the first round, but lost to eventual 2012 NIT champion Stanford.

Women's basketball[edit]

Conference Title: 1983, 1989, 2005, 2008, 2009 NCAA Appearances: 1983, 1985, 1989, 2005, 2008

  • In 2008 the women made it to the NCAA tournament with a 26-6 record as a 13 seed but lost first round to the Oklahoma
  • During the 2007-2008 season, former Head Coach Dr. Jill Hutchinson was recognized for her pioneering work in the advancement of women’s basketball. A banner was hung from the rafters at Redbird Arena in her honor.
  • 2009 Kristi Cirone becomes the all time leading scorer.
  • December 28, 2009 Kristi Cirone's No. 10 jersey was retired at Redbird Arena. Redbird Women's Basketball
  • Reached Semifinals in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 postseason WNIT. Lost in the second round of the 2012 postseason WNIT.[5]


Missouri Valley Football Conference title: 1999, 2014

NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs: 1998, 1999, 2006, 2012, 2014

Bowl Games

Date played Bowl Champion Runner-Up
November 23, 1950 Corn Bowl Missouri-Rolla 7 Illinois State 6
December 4, 1999 Pecan Bowl Illinois State 37 Hofstra 20
December 1, 2006 Pecan Bowl Youngstown State 28 Illinois State 21
  • The 1999 & 2006 the Midwest Region Championship (FCS Quarterfinal) was referred to as the Pecan Bowl
  • In 1999 the Redbirds football team advanced to the Final Four and finished 3rd in the AP poll.
  • Illinois State holds the NCAA Division I-AA record for the most tied football games with 66.[6]


Notable former athletes[edit]


External links[edit]

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The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 15:07:33 -0700

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Marshaun Coprich had 169 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns to lead Illinois State past Northern Iowa 21-13 on Saturday. With 3,743 yards, Coprich became Illinois State's career rushing leader, breaking Toby Davis' mark of 3,704 ...

ESPN (blog)

ESPN (blog)
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:04:19 -0700

Two dominant first half drives defined Iowa's 31-14 victory against Illinois State on Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes opened the game with an impressive 13-play, 81-yard touchdown drive that ate 7:31 off the clock, capped by ...

Baltimore Sun

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:03:02 -0700

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Tre Roberson tied a career high with four touchdown passes and Marshaun Coprich ran for three scores to lead Illinois State to a 67-14 victory over Morgan State on Saturday night. It was the Redbirds' highest scoring output since ...


Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:17:57 -0700

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) Sean Slattery connected on a 32-yard field goal in overtime, sending Illinois State to a 34-31 win over Eastern Illinois on Saturday night. The Panthers got the ball first in overtime, but Devin Church lost a fumble on Eastern ...


Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:33:45 -0700

NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois State volleyball team rallied back after dropping the first set in its Missouri Valley Conference home opener Friday, topping visiting Drake by a 3-1 score. The Redbirds won the match by scores of 22-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19.

Windward Magazine

Windward Magazine
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 07:26:15 -0700

Illinois State (0-0) travel at the Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA to take on the Iowa (7-6) in a NCAA College Football game on September 5, 12:00 PM. Watch Illinois State Redbirds vs Iowa Hawkeyes live stream online NCAA College Football BTN TV ...


Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:37:30 -0700

Lexi Varga helped get Redbird coach, Melissa Myers her 300th win. (Photo courtesy GoRedbirds.com). DAYTON, Ohio – The Illinois State volleyball team won two matches, the second of which gave head coach the 300th win of her collegiate coaching career ...
Sat, 05 Sep 2015 09:41:14 -0700

The Illinois State Redbirds scored two TDs in the 4th quarter, but it wasn't enough to catch up to the Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes came out strong in the first quarter and continued to push the entire game. The final score was Iowa- 31, Illinois State-14.

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