Washburn University men's athletic teams are known as the Ichabods (named for Ichabod Washburn) and the women's teams are called the Lady Blues. Washburn is a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II.


Washburn began playing Football in 1891 with a record of 1 win and 4 losses. In 1907, under Garfield Weede the team completed a perfect season of 8 wins and 0 losses to be declared champions of the Kansas Collegiate Conference, forerunner to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The program has won 8 conference championships in its history.[1]

The current head coach is Craig Schurig, who has held the position since the start of the 2002 season and led his team to a victory in the Mineral Water Bowl in 2004.[2] Former coaches at Washburn include John H. Outland, Garfield Weede, Bert Kennedy, Dick Godlove, Ellis Rainsberger, Harold "Bud" Elliott, Tony DeMeo.

Year Bowl Game Opponent Result
1905 Three Down Experiment Fairmount College T 0–0
1974 Boot Hill Bowl Millikin University W 21–7
2004 Mineral Water Bowl Northern State University W 36–33
2010 Kanza Bowl Midwestern State University W 45–14

Notable AlumniEdit

  • Cary Williams-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback and Super Bowl 47 champion with Baltimore Ravens


  1. Washburn University Sports Football Media Guide
  2. Mineral Water Bowl Ichabods Win On Last Second Field Goal

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