History of the Lions
The Lindenwood Lions have a long and storied history in NCAA sports. Founded in 1827, the university competed athletically for nearly two centuries. During this time, the school has seen its fair share of success on the field and court, with numerous conference championships and appearances in national tournaments.
One of their most notable accomplishments is winning back-to-back Division II National Championships in men’s basketball during the 2014–15 season under head coach Brad Soderberg. The team went undefeated throughout both seasons with an impressive record of 51 wins to 0 losses over those two years! This incredible achievement put Lindenwood firmly on college basketball's map as a powerhouse program capable of dominating any competition they faced off against.
In addition to their dominance at the Division II level, they also had great success when moving up into DI play starting from 2017 onwards, reaching four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances between 2018-2021, including one Sweet 16 run during the 2019–20 season, where they upset #3 seed Purdue before eventually falling short against Oregon State University (OSU) Beavers by just 4 points! They have also won multiple regular season conference titles since joining the D1 ranks, which speaks volumes about how well-rounded this program is regarding all aspects associated with collegiate athletics – not just basketball but other sports, such as soccer & volleyball.
This past year marked yet another milestone for them when making it into the Final Four round after upsetting top-seeded OSU Beavers again – only time will tell if we can expect more greatness from Lion’s teams going forward or if these recent successes were just flashes in pan moments. Regardless, it goes without saying that whatever happens next should be very exciting, given what we already know about how talented & resilient players/coaches are within this organization!
College Sports Established
St. Charles, Missouri
2015 - Present / NCAA Division I
2010 - 2014 / NCAA Division II
2022 - Present / Ohio Valley Conference
2019 - 2022 / Great Lakes Valley Conference
2012 - 2019 / Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
Lions - The Lindenwood Lions are an NCAA Division II program in St. Charles, Missouri that competes in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). The school has long been known for its vital athletics programs, and its mascot is one of the most recognizable symbols on campus. But where did this iconic nickname come from?
It all started with an old family legend about two lion cubs found near a Linden tree on the original site of Lindenwood University. According to this story, these two lions were adopted by local farmers who raised them as pets and eventually gave them to the university when it was founded in 1827. This tale became so popular that it inspired students and faculty alike to adopt “Lions” as their official nickname for athletic teams at Lindenwood University – thus making history!
Today, you can find many references around campus to show how much pride everyone takes in being part of such an incredible legacy: From our Lion statue outside Spellmann Center, which proudly stands guard over our athletic fields, To our new team logo featuring two roaring lions flanking either side of “Lindy;” And even down to small details like having lion paw prints embedded into sidewalks across campus – there is no doubt that we take great pride representing ourselves as true Lions!
So next time you cheer on your favorite athletes wearing blue & gold or catch yourself singing along with fellow fans during pregame rituals, remember this piece of history behind why we call ourselves "the mighty Lindenwood Lions"!
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