Athletics Mission Statement

Sam Houston State University is committed to the concept that intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of the university's educational enterprise.

The Department of Athletics recognizes that the athletics program must be supportive of the university's mission, to inspire learning through excellence in teaching, to stimulate creativity, to conduct scholarly research and to direct significant institutional resources to the community it serves.

In keeping with these directives, the Department of Athletics understands that its primary mission is to develop student-athletes as complete individuals and educated citizens who are fully prepared to contribute positively to society.

The Department of Athletics recognizes receives direction from the President of the university in the administration of the athletic program. The Department of Athletics will provide and support cultural diversity and provide for equitable opportunities for minorities and women. The Department of Athletics measures success by its ability to establish programs that support the mission of Sam Houston State University. 

Athletics Strategic Goals

Provide the best possible entertainment and image for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community by competing on the Division I level through winning athletic teams.

Provide an environment for student-athletes necessary to enhance graduation through classroom learning experiences that are conducive to a life skills learning experience on campus and in the community.

Provide an environment for all staff necessary to attract, develop and retain quality personnel.

Provide an environment for our alumni, community and friends of the university that encourages active participation in the department programs and development activities.

About Sam Houston State University Athletics

Sam Houston State University sponsors 17 varsity teams - ten for women and seven for men.

The department is committed to providing its more than 400 student-athletes with exceptional educational and athletic opportunities as well as activities designed to nurture and develop the mind, body and spirit.

Within this context for personal development, Sam Houston State Athletics will maintain an inclusive environment and foster the cultivation of skills through the values and lessons that have long been taught by athletic participation.  These values are represented in teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship along with the ethical and responsible behavior both on and off the field of play.  With an ultimate goal of striving to compete for championships, we ensure each student-athlete the opportunity for a quality and life-enhancing experience designed to prepare each individual to reach their full potential in the classroom and on the field in preparation for their eventual post collegiate professional careers.

Seventy-five percent (75%) of the Sam Houston State University Athletics budget is funded by the university, student fees, and through game guarantees. The remainder of the base operating budget is raised through external marketing efforts including ticket sales, corporate partnerships and fund raising.

We must expand our base of donors, patrons, and corporate partners to continue to honor our proud winning tradition and build great Bearkat teams for the future. With that goal in mind, we need you on our team in order to meet these objectives.