Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association


CENTRAL MISSOURI CENTRAL OKLAHOMA EMPORIA STATE
"Mules" "Bronchos" "Hornets"
Warrensburg, MO Edmond, OK Emporia, KS
FORT HAYS STATE LINCOLN LINDENWOOD
"Tigers" "Blue Tigers" "Lions"
Hays, KS Jefferson City, MO St. Charles, MO
MISSOURI SOUTHERN
STATE
MISSOURI WESTERN
STATE
NEBRASKA-KEARNEY
"Lions" "Griffons" "Lopers"
Joplin, MO St. Joseph, MO Kearney, NE
NORTHEASTERN STATE NORTHWEST
MISSOURI STATE
PITTSBURG STATE
"Riverhawks" "Bearcats" "Gorillas"
Tahlequah, OK Maryville, MO Pittsburg, KS
SOUTHWEST BAPTIST WASHBURN
"Bearcats" "Ichabods"
Bolivar, MO Topeka, KS

Comments

Washburn, Southwest Baptist, and Northwest Missouri State each have new helmet designs in 2013 (shown above).

Truman State, a member of this conference in 2012 and earlier years, has moved to the Great Lakes Valley Conference for 2013.


Historical Helmets

CENTRAL MISSOURI

1961 - 1962 1963 1964
1965 1967 1966; 1968
1969 1970 - 1975 1976 - 1977
*see note 1 below
1978 - 1980? 1981? - 1983 1984 - 1998
*see note 2 below *see note 2 below *see note 3 below
1999 - 2000 2001 - 2004 2005 -
*see note 4 below

This school's name was changed from Central Missouri State University to University of Central Missouri on September 20, 2006.

*1 A slightly different design was used for CMSU's appearance in the December 12, 1970 Pecan Bowl game against Arkansas State in Arlington, Texas - two white stripes were used alongside the middle red stripe.

*2 The first of these two helmet designs was used during at least the 1978 and 1979 seasons, while the second was in use during at least 1981 and 1982. The 1980 helmet design may have been one or the other of these two, but a visitor to this site has suggested that the 1980 design was probably a hybrid of the other two - a decal like that used on the 1981 helmet worn on shells of the color used in 1979.

*3 The stripe sequence may have varied during the years when this design was in use; specifically, there may have been some years during which the white and black stripes bordered directly against each other (rather than having the red "gap" as shown here).

*4 During the 2004 season, the word "MISSOURI" in black letters was added inside the "tail" extending beneath the word "Central".


CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

1960 - 1969 1970 - 1974 1975 - 1982
1983 - 1986 1987 - 2002 2003 - 2007
2008 - 2010 November 12, 2011 2011 -
*see note 1 below

*1 Worn during the 2011 home game against Lindenwood.


EMPORIA STATE

1995 - 1998 1999 - 2011 2012 -

Emporia State was apparently using white helmets during the early 1990s; during at least some years these featured an apparently black "ESU" logo. I have received no other information about historical ESU helmets.


FORT HAYS STATE

? - 2000 2003 - 2004 2001 - 2002; 2005 - 2006
2007 - 2010 2011 -

LINCOLN

? - 2002 2003 - 2007? 2008
2009 - 2010 2011 -
*see note 1 below

*1 In 2011 the numerals are being worn on the right sides of the helmets only, with the left sides remaining "blank".


LINDENWOOD

c.early 1990s ? - 2000 2001
*see note 1 below
2002 2003 2004 - 2006
2007 - 2009 2010 - 2011 2012 -

*1 This design was in use during at least the period 1992 through 1995.


MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE

? - 1998 1999? - 2000? 2001? - 2002
2004 - 2005 2006 2007 - 2010
2011 2012 -
*see note 1 below

During the late 1980s Missouri Southern State used a logo consisting of white, block-style letters "M" and "S" inside a green oval shape; this was worn on yellow helmet shells. I have not received much information about other earlier helmet designs for this team.

*1 For the 2011 season the MSSU helmet logo was modified to memorialize the victims of the Joplin tornado of May 22, 2011, which claimed an estimated 162 lives. The intersecting acronyms "JOMO" (for Joplin, Missouri) and "MOSO" (for Missouri Southern) were added to the interior of the logo, as well as "5/22" and "5:41", the date and time of the tornado's arrival at Joplin.


MISSOURI WESTERN STATE

? - 1995 1996 - 1998 1999 - present

I have not yet received any information about earlier helmet designs used by Missouri Western State.


NEBRASKA-KEARNEY

1990 1991 - 1999 2000 - 2011?
2012? -

NORTHEASTERN STATE

c.mid 1990s(?) 1997? - 2001 2002
2003 - 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 -

I have received some partial information about earlier helmet designs used by NSU: during the 1960s, the team used plain silver helmets with a single green stripe; during the 1970s, a switch to green helmets was made, and a new logo, a white arrowhead containing the letters "NE", was used. In 1979, the "NE" was replaced by an "NSU" logo similar to the one used by the team during the early 2000s, still inside a white arrowhead. I would appreciate photographs of any of these earlier designs.


NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE

? - 1962 1963 - 1966 1967 - 1969
1970 - 1971 1974 - 1978 1979 - 1982
1983 - 1985 1986 1987
1988 - 1992 1993 - ? ? - 1995
September 10, 2005 1996 - 2011 September 24, 2011 - 2012
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
2013 - 2013 -

In January 2009 I received a large number of photographs of old NWMSU helmets (thanks David), which allowed me to partially document the team's helmet history back to 1961. Unfortunately, few of the photographs are in color, so uncertainties remain about what color the various helmet features were. While the team has apparently used green helmets since 1972, I do not know if the helmets have always been dark green (like the current design) - they presumably could have been a lighter shade during earlier years. The team colors were originally red and white, but I have been informed that the switch to the current colors (green and white) was made many years before 1960. Some helmet designs have also feature gold or yellow elements.

Through the 1960s the helmets apparently always had white shells. There was a single dark stripe on the helmets in 1961 and 1962, but from 1963 through 1966 the dark stripe was apparently flanked on either side by a lighter-colored stripe (probably gold). Also from 1963 through 1966, uniform numerals in some dark color were worn on the helmets. Two oval-shaped helmet logos were used from 1967 through 1971 - one containing an "M", and the other the letters "NW State". Below are photographs of the helmet designs known to have been used from 1961 through 1971.

The team apparently switched to dark-colored (probably green) helmets in 1972 (the 1977 NWMSU yearbook refers to the team as the "green and white"), possibly with one or more light-colored stripes during this first year. The helmets were apparently "plain" (without logos or stripes) from 1973 through 1978.

In 1979 an arched "BEARCATS" logo was adopted, and used through 1982. In 1983 the team switched to a script "Cats" logo, which was used through at least 1993, though possibly not for all games, and with a few different stripe combinations. Below are photos showing the two helmets logos used from 1979 through 1993.

During at least part of the 1995 season, another interesting helmet logo was used (see photo below) - this one featured the letters "NW" atop a "paw print".

*1 This design was used during the home game against Truman State in 2005 as part of an observance of the university's centennial.

*2 A red version of the traditional paw print logo was first worn during the 2011 home game against Fort Hays State; this was done as a tribute to former NWMSU head football coach Scott Boswick, who died on June 5, 2011. As an assistant coach at NWMSU Bostwick had habitually worn a red cap to enable his players to locate him easily on the sideline amongst all the green. This design remained in use through the 2011 season.


PITTSBURG STATE

c.1970s c.late 1970s - 1984? 1997 - 2005
2006 - 2010 September 8, 2012;
October 13, 2012
1985 - 1996; 2011 -
*see note 1 below

This college was known as Kansas State College of Pittsburg prior to April 21, 1977. During the 1961 season, the team was using the helmet design visible in the very small photographs below; it would appear that the helmets were probably silver or gold in color, and had at least two dark stripes.

At another point during the early 1960s, the team wore white numerals on red helmet shells with gray faceguards. I am not aware of PSU having ever used any helmet logo other than the current script "Pitt", but I have received very little information for this team from the 1960s and 1970s.

*1 Worn during the 2012 home game vs Central Oklahoma and during the 2012 game vs Northwest Missouri State played at Kansas City, MO.


SOUTHWEST BAPTIST

? - 1996 ? - 2000? 2001
2002 - 2004 2005 - 2006 2007
2008 - 2009 2010 - 2011 2012
2013 -

WASHBURN

1966 - 1967 1968 - 1970 1977 - 1979
1980 1981 1982 - 1989
1990 1991 - 1993 1994 - 1995
1996 - 2001 2002 2003 - 2005
2006 2007 - 2008 2009 - 2012
2013 -