Montana State Billings Yellowjackets
|Montana State Billings Yellowjackets|
|University||Montana State University Billings|
Great Northwest Athletic Conference|
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (women's golf and tennis)
|Athletic director||Krista L. Montague|
|Basketball arena||Alterowitz Gymasium|
|Baseball stadium||Dehler Park|
The Montana State Billings Yellowjackets (also MSU Billings Yellowjackets and MSUB Yellowjackets) are the 15 varsity athletic teams that represent Montana State University Billings, located in Billings, Montana, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports. The Yellowjackets compete as members of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for all sports except women's golf and women's tennis, which are associate members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
- Track & Field
- Track & Field
The Yellowjackets men's basketball program has been at the forefront of the MSU Billings sports offerings since football was abandoned in the late 1970s. The program, which rose to prominence during the early 1960s under coach Harry "Mike" Harkins, has lately been competitive within NCAA D–II and while a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). In the past ten years the Yellowjackets have led D–II (and in some cases all of the NCAA) in three-pointers made per game. The school has finished under .500 only once in that timespan.
While Roy McPipe remains the only former player to be drafted by the NBA and play major professional basketball in the United States, many former players have found pro careers in Europe or in minor leagues in the states.
The Yellowjackets baseball program had originally been dropped in 1974, 5 years before the school moved from NAIA to an NCAA D–II athletics program. The baseball team was re-established in 2006, enjoying its first year ever as an NCAA baseball school under manager Chris Brown in the Heartland Conference. The 2006 season started on February 24 with a 6–3 loss to Northwest Nazarene University. The Jackets began the year on a 16- game road trip, losing all 16 games. They started the year 0–18 before an 11–2 home win at Cobb Field against the same Northwest Nazarene team. The Jackets finished their first NCAA season on a 15–17 run to finish 15–35. In 2007 the team completed its second season with a much improved 24–26 record.