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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
University Bethune-Cookman University
Conference(s) MEAC
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Lynn W. Thompson
Location Daytona Beach, FL
Varsity teams 7
Football stadium Municipal Stadium
Basketball arena Moore Gymnasium
Baseball stadium Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Mascot Wil D Cat
Nickname Wildcats
Fight song Let's Go Wildcats
Colors Maroon and Gold


Homepage Official Athletic Website

The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats are the names of the college sports teams at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Lynn W. Thompson is the current Athletic Director.[1]

Bethune-Cookman currently fields varsity teams in ten different sports. These sports are basketball (men's and women's), bowling, baseball, cross country running, football, golf (men's and women's), softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.[2] The Wildcats currently have 31 MEAC titles; 14 in baseball, 1 in bowling, 1 in men's cross country, 2 in women's cross country, 3 in football, 2 in women's indoor track and field, 6 in softball and 2 in women's tennis.



The Wildcats baseball team taking on Florida A&M at Jackie Robinson Ballpark

Athletic Director Lynn W. Thompson announced on July 26, 2011 that Jason Beverlin, the pitching coach at Tennessee for the past two seasons, would become the Wildcats' new head baseball coach. Beverlin replaced Mervyl Melendez, who became head coach of the Wildcats in 1999, after Melendez accepted the head coaching position at Alabama State University. Under Melendez, the baseball team has achieved recent success, including five consecutive MEAC championships from 2000–2004, and six more from 2006-2011. In 2006, one of his players was credited with Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Pitcher of the Year accolades. Melendez was voted MEAC Coach of the year 2000 and 2001. The Wildcats under Melendez have made regional appearances in every year from 2000–2004 and 2006-2011. Bethune-Cookman also claimed tournament championships in 1999 under coach Richard Skeel and in 20012 in Beverlin's first season.


Chris Cochran is the head coach for the Lady Wildcats softball team. The Lady Wildcats won three consecutive MEAC softball championships (2009-11) and participated in the NCAA Softball regional tournaments in the same years.. The softball team uses Sunnyland Park as their home field.



View of Municipal Stadium during a Wildcat football game

Brian Jenkins is the head football coach for the Wildcats, who was an assistant football coach at Rutgers University. Larry Little, a Hall of Fame tackle formerly of the NFL, is perhaps Bethune-Cookman's best known alumnus.

Men's basketball


The men's and women's Wildcat golf teams are coached by Lortiz Clark (Head Coach) and Jack McClairen (Assistant Coach). The teams use Indigo Lakes Golf Club and LPGA International as their home fields during competitions.[3][4]


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