After the phenomenal reaction to my list of The 20 Coolest-Named College Sports Teams You May Never Have Heard Of I’ve put together another Top 20 list. (NOTE: THIS LIST WAS DONE BACK WHEN MY BLOG WAS ONLY COVERING NAIA TEAMS)

To be fair no schools listed in the initial Top 20 list are included, no matter how cool their logo is. Nor are any schools featured if they have been a Cool-Named Sports Team Of The Day. As before this list of 20 is in no particular order and I’ll record votes for the next 20 days for which school has THE coolest logo. You can cast your vote by contacting me at .


Location: Plainview, TX
Conference Affiliation: Sooner Athletic Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: Pioneers is a pretty spiffy name for your sports teams but when I first saw that logo I thought their teams might be called “The Flying W’s” as in a cattle brand. It would be a unique nickname and still have a connection to their Texas heritage.
Location: Langston, OK
Conference Affiliation: Red River Athletic Conference
Major sports: football, basketball
Comment: I swear to you I have never before seen a lion this angry at the letters “L” and “U”! I thought lions were carnivores, not alphabetivores.
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Conference Affiliation: Great Plains Athletic Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: No matter how many times I see it, there’s just something about this logo that reminds me of my local Lincoln Mercury Dealer. You know what I mean?
Conference Affiliation: Frontier Conference
Major sports: basketball, soccer
Comment: No doubt about it! This Griffin looks like he could tear the more sedate Griffin in the Merv Griffin Productions logo limb from limb!
Location: Parkville, MO
Conference Affiliation: American Midwest Conference
Major sports: basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: Now THIS is a swashbuckling logo that puts all other Pirates teams to shame! I always throw in the MO because if you run the words “Park” and “Pirates” together it sounds like they’re people who raid recreational areas. “They’re marauders of the monkey bars…plunderers of the playground…They’re PARK PIRATES, coming this fall on CBS!”   (This is the favorite of my good friend Rachel Laird, a big supporter of Balladeer’s Blog!)
Location: Riverside, CA
Conference Affiliation: Golden State Athletic Conference
Major sports: basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: I really like this logo. It’s got kind of a Knights Of The Round Table In The 25th Century look. And that gives me a title for my next screenplay!
Location: Shreveport, LA
Conference Affiliation: Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Major sports: basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: This institution’s teams are called pilots as in riverboat pilots. I’m sure we all remember a riverboat pilot who went on to become one of the most popular and beloved authors in American history. That author’s name, of course, is Tom Clancy, “and now you know the rest of the story.”
Location: North Canton, OH
Conference Affiliation: American Mideast Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: I don’t care which side of the English Civil War your sympathies are with, the Walsh University Roundheads just wouldn’t have the same pizzaz that Cavaliers does. (And Dan McCallion, Head Track Coach and Cross Country Coach at Walsh has informed me that the Walsh Cavaliers were around long before the Cleveland Cavaliers came along. And let me add that Walsh has never been jilted by a guy who wears short pants for a living.)
Location: Peru, NE
Conference Affiliation: Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball
Comment: The lesser-know Peruvian toothless breed of Bobcat seen in this picture is every bit as deadly as the regular kind!

11. Lindsey Wilson College Blue Raiders

Location: Columbia, KY
Conference Affiliation: Mid-South Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: Not to be confused with the Orange Ravagers or the Maroon Invaders, this Kentucky school is launching football this fall.
Location: Costa Mesa, CA
Conference Affiliation: Golden State Athletic Conference
Major sports: basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: Do the mascots of other schools who use the name Lions for their sports teams ever say to the V.U. mascot, “Get a haircut, ya hippy!”
Location: Alva, OK
Conference Affiliation: Sooner Athletic Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, rodeo
Comment: That’s right, this school is one of the last few who still offer Rodeo as an intercollegiate sport. And that is one butt-kicking, bucking-bronco riding logo!
8. MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers
Location: Olathe, KS
Conference Affiliation: Heart of America Athletic Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: You have to love how the logo makes their mascot look like a superhero. “It’s Pioneer Man and his sidekick Scout Boy, blazing a trail toward Truth, Justice and The American Way!”
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Conference Affiliation: Mid-Central Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: I looked it up and Saint Francis is indeed the Patron Saint of cougars. Also of ocelots and jaguars. Who knew?
Location: Mobile, AL
Conference Affiliation: Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Major sports: basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: This logo manages to be cool and menacing all at the same time. Do the fans of opposing teams hold up signs that say “Badgers? We don’t need no stinking Badgers!”
Location: Marietta, GA
Conference Affiliation: Southern States Athletic Conference
Major sports: basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: Not only is this logo perfect for any sports team but it would also make a great calling card for the fictional hero The Green Hornet.
Location: Hillsboro, KS
Conference Affiliation: Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: A version of this cool logo used to be on the Tabor College football helmets but recently they’ve changed their helmet decal to a less eye-catching “TC”. Bring back the bird! (I’ve been advised that the Bluejays may indeed return to the previous helmets! And they say you can’t fight city hall!)
Location: Shawnee, OK
Conference Affiliation: Sooner Athletic Conference
Major sports: basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: Love that logo! And rumor has it this team’s biggest in-state rival is that Oklahoma Presbyterian Pumas team you’ve heard so much about.
Location: Tyler, TX
Conference Affiliation: Red River Athletic Conference
Major sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer
Comment: T.C. can stand for Top Cat, Tim Cowlishaw, Tin Croissants but especially for Texas College. And that logo kicks tail plus those horns on the “T” would let you know where this school is from even without it being spelled out.
Location: Portland, OR
Conference Affiliation: Cascade Collegiate Conference
Major sports: basketball, soccer
Comment: From Merrye Olde Portlande comes this team of Knights.Given the team’s American Northwest location I’m wondering if their coat of arms has a Starbucks logo and a cloud with rain pouring out of it.
For the 20 Coolest-Named JUCO Sports Teams click here:

For more cool named teams that weren’t on the Top 20 List click here:

For the NCAA Division 2 Coolest-Named College Sports Teams click here:

For The 20 Coolest Football Helmets In NCAA Division 3 click here:

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  1. This was a pretty intertaining and very informal list! Thanks for the notification about our school making the top 20, YAH! Good look with further projects….maybe something like. “the coolest school nick-names”-(thats if it hasnt been thrown on the fire already)? I dont know, your the creative one here, lol! Well take care!

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  2. This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

  3. Great information! I never heard of these colleges before. Thanks!

  4. Terrific work! I may send my kids to one of these schools now that I know they exist. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

  5. It’s posts like this that keep me coming back and checking this site regularly, thanks for the info!

  6. Thank you for stopping by, you offer so much stuff here alot of which many people knew nothing about. My blogging partner should love this site as well he is a sports fan…even me being a girl have enjoyed my visit.

    Great logos – informative blog

  7. Yes it is, i’ve met alot of wonderful & supportive people via wp…we all support each other as well as learn a few new things.

    those logos totally rock ours are not sports related, but all idea’s come from a general place the more logos we see we know NOT to copy anything we seen elsewhere

    or make a mistake by accidentally doing it either

  8. Peru state Bobcats and Warner Pacific Knights are my favorite ones! Such great detail and diversity with them both.

    • Thanks for the comment! I agree those two really catch the eye.

      • Cant wait till you post another one with logos included, thanks for showcasing them to the masses…you already see like a great team player when it comes to blogging.

      • Thank you very much! It’s always good to hear from you! I’ll be doing a new Top 20 Contest soon, so even though it won’t be about logos it will still include logos. Plus every time I post a new Cool-Named Sports Team Of The Day (every three or four days or so) I always include the logo so you can get a feel for more of them that way, too.

  9. One word.. Great! Two words.. Very awesome! Three words.. I love it! Nobody has ever heard of these schools until you.

  10. I love your sense of humor. I don’t know where you keep finding these schools nobody has ever heard of but I hope you keep finding them. And your Navajo Myth and Bunyoro Myth pages completely rock.

  11. Sia

    This blog is wonderful! I never knew my daughter had so many options for colleges! She plays basketball but I was leery of sending her to one of those schools that just use student-athletes to make money so I’ll look into sending her to one of these schools instead! Thanks!

  12. I can read this a dozen times and still laugh. These schools probably love getting the exposure you give them.

  13. Great list! Your comments are hilarious!

  14. I can’t believe the Cal Baptist Lancers didn’t win the contest. That logo rocks!

  15. You are so funny! This blog should be a tv show. Where do you find these obscure teams?

  16. I vote for the Siouxx Falls cougars. Awesome logo and you’ve got an awesome blog!

  17. Best sports blog I ever saw. Your jokes make me laugh so hard and I’ll bet these schools love the attention since nobody has ever heard of them until you came along.

  18. This site is very well done. I adore the weird sense of humor you have. This is the most interesting sports blog I’ve ever seen. I may actually send my kids to one of these schools now that I know they’re out there.

  19. Your jokes are great and this whole site is really enjoyable. Keep it up!

  20. My vote is for the Park Pirates and the Cal Baptist Lancers. Love thsi blog. I come here every day now.

  21. Great stuff! And I want to play for the Flying Queens now when I get out of high school!

  22. These logos are great. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of these colleges. I love this and its so funny too.

  23. Your hilarious! Loved your comments on these teams, especially Pioneer Man.

  24. Nobody ever heard of these schools but I love them. I’m thinking of sending my kids to one of these now

  25. Such a great site! I never had any clue a sports site would be so much fun. I tweeted about this.

  26. I vote for the Cal Baptist Lancers. It looks great and I really like how funny your comments are.

  27. Love all these logos and I think your comments are hilarious, especially the Tom Clancy one.

  28. I want to play football at a school where they won’t be rude to me because I’m a Christian. Thanks for posting all these schools where I can play and fit in.

  29. Really really cool and I love how much attention u give 2 womens sports.

  30. Really great. Eveytime I read your posts I find somethign new in your comments to laugh about. These schools should pay you for all the publicity your bringing them.

  31. I love this site. Keep it up. You make me laugh so hard and I love your mythology pages too.

  32. You make me laugh so hard! I love all your stuff and your bad movie page makes me laugh so hard too.

  33. Too funny! Your mythology pages are brilliant, too, by the way. I learned more about Navajo and Vietnamese mythology from your page than u can find anywhere else on the web.

    • Thanks for the kind comments! The reason I started with Navajo, Vietnamese and Bunyoro myth is because there is so comparatively little detailed into out there about their pantheons.

  34. Luv ur sense of humor! I may wind up going to one of these schools and I never even used to know they were out there.

  35. Beautiful! Never heard of any of these but Lindsey Wilson is only about a hundred miles from me. It would be a great place to go!

  36. crazy crazy crazy luv ur sense of humer and the steers were the best

  37. MNU pioneers all the way!

  38. what a wonderful way to start blogging

  39. these logos must be for impossible personalities..

  40. Wayland Baptist should listen to you about changing their name to the Flying W’s!

  41. Love these logos and I never heard of these schools before. I hope they appreciate all the publicity you give them.

  42. I love! Here I always find a lot of helpful information for myself. Thanks you for your work.
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  43. Can’t wait to read more of these posts! These teams names and logos are great

  44. Great logos! Love these teams now!

  45. Found ur site via google -love your Vietnam myths. Greetings from Israel!

  46. You sure do know what youre talking about. Man, this blog is just great! I cant wait to read more of what youve got to say. Im really happy that I came across this when I did because I was really starting to get bored with the whole blogging scene. Youve turned me around, man!

  47. The Cal Baptist Lancers and the Park Pirates were my favorites!!

  48. Thank you ever so for you article post.


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