Newman University Jets
Newman University plays NCAA Division II sports and starting with the 2019-20 season joined the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) in all 14 NCAA sports the university sponsors.
The Newman Jets field 18 teams: men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s triathlon, women’s volleyball and men’s wrestling.
The university formerly competed in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) until the end of the 2005-06 season, then joined the NCAA Division II ranks and played in the Heartland Conference until 2019, often playing non-conference games again members of the MIAA, which hail from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.
Newman is a private Christian college founded in 1933 with an enrollment of about 1,200 students. Its 61-acre urban campus is just west of downtown Wichita. The school’s newest mascot, Johnny Jet, debuted in 2009. The superhero persona with a strong smile is named for 19th century British cardinal John Henry Newman. The Jets’ colors are navy and red.
Among the campus athletic facilities are O'Shaughnessy Hall, which includes offices and athletic training along with the 1,242-seat Fugate Gymnasium completed in 1999; McCarthy Baseball Field, with an attached clubhouse; Newman Softball Field; Wilkin’s Soccer Field; and a wrestling room.