Kennesaw State fields its first intercollegiate athletic teamsIn 1984: Kennesaw State fields its first intercollegiate athletic teams in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball.
The Kennesaw State Owls football team plays their inaugural seasonKennesaw State announced the formation of its football program on November 12, 2013, and the team played its first season in 2014 as a member of the Big South Conference. The team was led by head coach Brian Bohannon, who had previously served as the quarterbacks coach at Georgia Tech. The Owls went 6-5 in their first season, with notable ...
The Kennesaw State Owls women’s soccer team wins their first Atlantic Sun Conference championshipThe Kennesaw State Owls women’s soccer team won the Atlantic Sun Conference championship in 2015, which was their first season as a member of the conference. The team was led by head coach Rob King, who had been with the program since 2013 and had previously coached at the University of West Georgia. The Owls finished the regular season with ...
Darnell Holland – Big South Offensive Player of the YearDarnell Holland, who played for the Owls from 2015 to 2018. Holland set multiple school records and was named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year in 2017.
The Kennesaw State Owls men’s basketball team wins their first ASUN Conference championshipIn 2018, the Kennesaw State Owls men’s basketball team made history by winning their first ASUN Conference championship. The team had a successful regular season, finishing with a 10-6 record in conference play and a 21-12 overall record. Led by head coach Al Skinner, the Owls continued their strong play in the conference tournament, defeating Stetson in the quarterfinals and ...
History of the Owls
The Kennesaw State Owls have been among the most successful NCAA teams in recent years. From their first season as an FCS program in 2015, they have made a name for themselves and become a formidable force in college football. The team has won four conference championships since its inception, including two Sun Belt and two Big South Conference titles. They have also made five bowl appearances during this time frame, reaching the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs twice as well as participating in three other bowl games: Bahamas Bowl (2015), Camellia Bowl (2017), and Cure Bowl (2018).
The success of Kennesaw State Owls can be attributed to several factors, such as recruiting top talent from across the country and an excellent coaching staff that emphasize fundamentals and teamwork over individual stats or accolades. In addition, KSU has established itself within Georgia’s AAU scene by consistently producing high-level players who play at major Division I programs like Clemson University or Auburn University after graduating from KSU with honors degrees.
Moreover, it is worth noting that despite being relatively young compared to some other collegiate sports programs around America – having only just turned 10 years old – Kennesaw State Owls have already achieved so much on both national stages, such as winning multiple conference championships while also competing against Power Five opponents like Florida International University or Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets successfully too! This speaks volumes about how far they've come since their inaugural season back in 2015 - making them truly one of college football's rising stars!
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Kennesaw State University
2005 - Present / NCAA Division I
2005 - Present / ASUN Conference
Owls - The Kennesaw State Owls have a long and proud history of excellence on the field, but many people don’t know where their nickname comes from. The origin of the name can be traced back to an old Native American legend that tells the story of how two great warriors fought for control over a sacred mountain. One warrior was named Kanooswa, and he had wings like an owl, while his opponent had claws like an eagle. After a fierce battle, Kanooswa emerged victorious and became known as “the Owl” in honor of his victory.
This legend is said to have inspired Kennesaw State University when they adopted "Owls" as its official mascot in 1964 during its first year as Georgia's newest institution for higher learning. Since then, it has become synonymous with pride among students and alumni who proudly wear school colors such as black & gold or navy blue & white at athletic events across campus or around town!
Kennesaw State Owls are also well-known for being one of only three NCAA Division I schools located within Georgia state lines (the other two being UGA Bulldogs & GSU Panthers). This makes them unique amongst all collegiate teams in athletics and academics too! As part of this distinction, they compete annually against both rivals throughout regular season play before entering into post-season tournaments hosted by either conference or national organizations, including Conference USA (CUSA), home to some top programs such as National Champions UCF Knights!
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