Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association


CENTRAL MISSOURI CENTRAL OKLAHOMA EMPORIA STATE
"Mules" "Bronchos" "Hornets"
Warrensburg, MO Edmond, OK Emporia, KS
FORT HAYS STATE MISSOURI SOUTHERN
STATE
MISSOURI WESTERN
STATE
"Tigers" "Lions" "Griffons"
Hays, KS Joplin, MO St. Joseph, MO
NEBRASKA-KEARNEY NORTHWEST
MISSOURI STATE
PITTSBURG STATE
"Lopers" "Bearcats" "Gorillas"
Kearney, NE Maryville, MO Pittsburg, KS
WASHBURN
"Ichabods"
Topeka, KS

Historical Helmets

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI

1961 - 1962 1963 1964
1965 1967 1966; 1968
1969 December 12, 1970 1970 - 1975
1976 - 1977 1978 - 1980? 1981? - 1983
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
1984 - 1998 1999 - 2000 2001 - 2004
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'A' 'B'
2005 - 2014 2015 - 2015 -
'C' (and 'C1') 'D' (and 'D1') 'E' (and 'E1','E2', & 'E3')
2016 - 2016; 2019 - 2017 -
*see note 4 below *see note 4 below *see note 4 below
'F' (and 'F1' & 'F2') 'G' 'H'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
*see note 4 below *see note 4 below *see note 4 below
'I' 'J' 'K'
2018 - 2019 - 2019 -
*see note 4 below *see note 4 below *see note 4 below
'L' 'M' 'N'
2019 - 2019 - 2021 -
*see note 4 below *see note 4 below *see note 4 below
'O' 'P' 'Q'
2021 - 2022 - 2022 -
*see note 4 below *see note 4 below *see note 4 below

During recent years UCM has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

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

*1 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.

*2 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).

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

*4 Helmet design 'D' has the mule logo on both sides; for the other designs the right side differs from the left as depicted below.

'C' 'C1' 'D1'
'E' 'E1' 'E2'
'E3' 'F' 'F1'
'F2' 'G' 'H'
'I' 'J' 'K'
'L' 'M' 'N'
'O' 'P' 'Q'

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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

1960 - 1969 1970 - 1974 1975 - 1982
1983 - 1986 1987 - 2002 2003 - 2007
'A'
November 12, 2011 2011 2008-2010; 2012-2019; 2022
'B' 'C' 'D'
2021 2022 2022
*see note 1 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2023 - 2023 - 2023 -

During recent years UCO has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 The logo is worn on the left side only of this design; uniform numbers are present on the right side (as depicted below).

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EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY

'A'
1995 - 1998 1999 - 2011 2012 -
'B' 'C' 'D'
2014 2015 2015
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'E' 'F' 'G' (and 'G1')
2016; 2018 - 2016 2016; 2019
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'H' 'I' 'J'
2017 2017 2017
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'K' 'L' 'M'
2017 2017 2018 -
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'N' (and 'N1') 'O' 'P' (and 'P1')
2018 2018 2018
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'Q' 'R' 'S'
2019 - 2019 - 2019 -
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below *see note 1 below
'T' 'U' 'V'
2019 2021 - 2021 -

During recent years Emporia State has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 Each of these designs has a different right side as represented below:

'B' 'C' 'E'
'F' 'G' 'G1'
'H' 'I' 'J'
'K' and 'L' 'M' 'N'
'N1' 'O' 'P'
'P1' 'Q' 'R'
'S' 'U' 'V'

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FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY

? - 2000 2003 - 2004 2001 - 2002; 2005 - 2006
2007 - 2010 2011 - 2014 2015 - 2017
2018 2019; 2021 - 2022 2023 -
*see note 1 below

*1 The 'tiger' logo is worn on the left side only of this design; uniform numbers are worn on the right side (as depicted below).

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MISSOURI SOUTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY

? - 1965 1966 - 1967 1968
? - 1998 1999? - 2000? 2001? - 2002
2004 - 2005 2006 2011
*see note 1 below
'A'
2012 - 2015 2016 2007 - 2010; 2017 - 2018
'B' 'C' 'D'
2018; 2021 2019 2020*
'E' 'F' 'G'
2022 - 2022 - 2023 -
*see note 2 below

During recent years Missouri Southern State has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*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.

*2 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of this design; a logo adorns the right side (as represented below).

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MISSOURI WESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

? - 1995 1996 - 1998 1999 - 2012
'A' 'B' 'C'
2015 - 2016 2013 - 2017 2017 - 2018
*see note 1 below
'D' 'E' 'F' (and 'F1')
2017 - 2018 2018 2019; 2021
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below for 'F1'
'G' 'H' (and 'H1') 'I'
2019 2019; 2021 2019
*see note 1 below for 'H1'
'J' 'K' 'L'
2019 2019 2019
'M' 'N' 'O'
2020 2020 2022 -
*see note 1 below
'P' 'Q' 'R'
2022 - 2022 - 2022 -
*see note 1 below
'S' 'T'
2023 - 2023 -

During recent years Missouri Western State has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 The right side of each of these designs differs from the left as depicted below.

'C' 'D' 'F1' and 'H1'
'M' 'P'

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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY

1960 - 1968 1969 - 1971 1972 - ?
1990 1991 - 1999 2000 - 2010?
'A'
2011? - 2013 September 11, 2014 2014 - 2019; 2021 -
'B' 'C'
2019 - 2020 2021

During recent years Nebraska-Kearney has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

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NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

? - 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
'B' 'C' 'D'
2013 2013 - 2016 2013 - 2015
'E' 'F' 'G'
2014 - 2016; 2018 - 2019;
2021-
2016 2016
'H' 'I' 'J'
2016 - 2017 2017 - 2019; 2021 - 2017
'A' 'K' 'L'
2013 - 2017; 2023 - 2017 2017
*see note 3 below
'M' 'N' 'O'
2018 2018 2018
'P' 'Q' 'R'
2019; 2021 2019; 2021 2019
'S' 'T' 'U'
2021 - 2022 2021 - 2022 2022
'V' 'W'
2022 2022

During recent years Northwest Missouri State has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

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.

*3 The numerals '52' were worn on all NWMSU helmets during the November 4. 2017 game against Fort Hays State in honor of former team member Nicholas Turner, who had died suddenly in January 2016; 52 had been Turner's uniform number. The '52' was worn on the left side only of each helmet; a black version of the 'paw' logo was worn on the right side (as represented below).

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PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY

c.1970s c.late 1970s - 1984? 1997 - 2005
2006 - 2010 September 8, 2012;
October 13, 2012
1985 - 1996; 2011 - 2013
*see note 1 below
2014 -

This college was known as Kansas State College of Pittsburg prior to April 21, 1977. During the 1961 season the team used 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.

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WASHBURN UNIVERSITY

1966 - 1967 1957 - 1965;
1968 - 1970
1971 - 1974
1975 - 1976 1977 - 1979 1980
1981 1982 - 1989 1990
1991 - 1993 1994 - 1995 1996 - 2001
2002 2003 - 2005 2006
2007 - 2008 2009 - 2012 2013 - 2015
'A' 'B'
2016 2017 - 2019; 2021 - 2018
'C' 'D'
2018 - 2019; 2021 - 2023 -
*see note 1 below

During recent years Washburn has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is the same "Ichabod" logo worn on both sides of design 'B'.

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