About Cyclone athletics

Jack Trice Stadium
Jack Trice Stadium

Iowa State fields 18 varsity squads in the Big 12 Conference, the nation's premier athletics league. A strong fan base helps the Cyclones continuously break attendance records and earn top honors in national online polls ranking the best "student spirit" (Hilton Coliseum) and "most dominant mascot on Earth" (Cy).


Among the nation's best

For only the second time in its history, the Iowa State Athletics Department finished in the Top 40 of the nation’s most-successful athletics departments from a competitive standpoint. The 2014 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup final tally has the Cyclones in 38th place with 585.75 points. The school’s all-time best finish is 34th in 2010. Iowa State had the fifth-best finish among Big 12 schools and tops in the state of Iowa. The school earned 160 points in the spring season, which equaled its all-time record. The women’s track & field (60), women’s golf (51) and men’s golf (49) accounted for the spring points. ISU had averaged only 46 points in the spring season previously. Iowa State also earned points from wrestling (64.5), men’s basketball (64), women’s cross country (63), gymnastics (59.25), women’s indoor track & field (51.5), men’s indoor track & field (46.5), men’s cross country (27), women’s basketball (25) and volleyball (25).

Postseason prowess

Iowa State was one of only four schools in Division 1A athletics to send its football team to a bowl game, and its men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams to the NCAA Championships in each of the last two season. Nine ISU teams participated in NCAA championships and two Cyclones earned national titles.

  • The men's basketball team won the Big 12 Conference Championship and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament.
  • The women's basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
  • The women's cross country team finished 13th at the NCAA championship.
  • The women's track and field team placed fourth at the NCAA indoor championships.
  • The Cyclone wrestlers placed 12th at the NCAA championships.

Showing up in droves

Success on the field and on the court earned record crowds for the Cyclones. More than 50,000 fans turned out for a record 19-straight home games. The Cyclone women's basketball team finished second in the nation in attendance for the second-straight season. The men's basketball team has been ranked in the top-30 nationally in attendance the last six seasons.

Academic excellence

Four Cyclones were honored as Big 12 Conference scholar-athletes of the year, the most in the league for the second consecutive year. Iowa State had 76 academic all-conference performers.

Strong investment

More than $104 million in facility improvements were made, including the addition of three new facilities. The Cyclone Sports Complex houses softball, soccer and track and field. The men's and women's golf programs boast a new golf performance center that includes heated hitting bays, an indoor putting green and outdoor practice areas among its amenities. The new Bergstrom Football Complex was dedicated in October 2012, giving the Cyclones a state-of-the-art facility for the football program.

Let's Go State

2013-14 Season By The Numbers

24 All-Americans
15 Big 12 Individual Champions
4 Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year winners, the most in the league for the second consecutive year
2 Academic All-Americans
2 Individual National Champions