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Pittsburg State Gorillas

Pittsburg State Gorillas
University Pittsburg State University
Conference MIAA
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Jim Johnson
Location Pittsburg, KS
Varsity teams 11
Football stadium Brandenburg Field at Carnie Smith Stadium
Basketball arena John Lance Arena
Mascot GUS the Gorilla
Nickname Gorillas
Fight song "On to Victory!"
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The Pittsburg State Gorillas are the sports teams of Pittsburg State University located in Pittsburg, Kansas. They participate in the NCAA's Division II and in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA).[1]



The Pitt State football program began in 1908 under head coach Albert McLeland. Since that time, the program has produced the most wins in NCAA Division II history. It has been National Champions on four occasions; 1957,1961,1991 and 2011. Pittsburg State defeated Wayne State University, MI, 35-21 to claim its most recent national championship in 2011. During the 2004 season, the Gorillas finished 14-1, losing 31-36 to Valdosta State University in the NCAA Division II National Football Championship. Pittsburg State has won, outright or shared, a total of 27 conference championships during the 96-year history of its intercollegiate program, including 13 conference titles in the last 19 seasons under Coach Chuck Broyles PSU reached the Division II National Championship game in 2004, 1995, and 1992. Its games with fellow MIAA Division II powerhouse Northwest Missouri State University are played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead. 26,695 attended the 2002 game—the most of any Division II game.[2]


The official mascot of Pitt State Athletic teams is GUS the Gorilla, designed in by L. Michael Hailey in 1985. Pitt State is the only college in the nation with the Gorilla as its official mascot for its men's and women's teams.[3]

Fight song

On to Victory! is the official fight song for Pittsburg State University. The lyrics are listed below.[4]


Pittsburg State team, fight for your college!
Come and join the fray!
Pass that ball around for a touchdown
And we'll win this game today!
Fight! Fight! Fight! for the glory and fame
Because our spirit is so great!
And when this game is over
We'll shout the whole world over:
Pittsburg State!

Notable alumni


  1. "Members: Pittsburg State University". 2010. Retrieved Oct 29, 2013. 
  2. "Fall Classic". 
  3. "Pittsburg State Gorillas". Pittsburg State University. 
  4. "Welcome to TeamKong". 
  5. "PSU honors three alumni for achievement". Press and Media webpage. Pittsburg State University. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 

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