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.
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. Former coaches at Washburn include John H. Outland, Garfield Weede, Bert Kennedy, Dick Godlove, Ellis Rainsberger, Harold "Bud" Elliott, Tony DeMeo.
|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|
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