St. Mary's Rattlers

St. Mary's Rattlers
University St. Mary's University
Conference Heartland Conference
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Elizabeth Dalton
Location San Antonio, TX
Varsity teams 11
Basketball arena Bill Greehey Arena
Baseball stadium Dickson Stadium
Softball stadium The Park at St. Mary's
Soccer stadium Sigma Beta Chi Field
Colors Blue and Gold

The St. Mary's Rattlers are the athletic teams that represent St. Mary's University, Texas, located in San Antonio, Texas, in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sporting competitions. The Rattlers compete as members of the Heartland Conference for all 11 varsity sports. St. Mary's has been a member of the Heartland since 1999.[1]


Interscholastic athletics competition began with baseball in 1902.[2] Before St. Mary’s was recognized as a senior college in 1925, there was no formal conference competition, so the rivalry between the downtown and Woodlawn campuses was fierce. The colorful history of St. Mary’s athletics includes a stellar 1910 baseball team, which lost only to Ty Cobb’s Detroit Tigers in an exhibition game, and a stint by future President Eisenhower as coach of the 1916 football team.[2]

St. Mary’s was an all-male school for more than a century. In 1939, both Collier's and Life magazines feature full-page spreads on the St. Mary's football team and their cross country trips in a ragged bus, the "Blue Goose". The team was disbanded due to World War II.[2]

Records show the 1902 baseball team went 6–0, and the 1910 squad also went undefeated except for the aforementioned game against the Tigers. With the onset of the Depression, intercollegiate baseball disappeared only to be resurrected in 1947 by then-athletics director Brother Bill Siemer, S.M. Over the years, St. Mary’s baseball has won local, regional and national fame. Accomplishments include 24 conference championships, four NAIA College World Series appearances and, most recently, the 2001 NCAA Division II conference, regional and national championships. St. Mary's men's basketball program also has enjoyed success over many years. In 1926, the school’s first intercollegiate basketball team posted a 12–7 record.[2]

Women's intercollegiate athletics, begun in 1968, have enjoyed many triumphs. The softball team has led the way, winning several conference titles, playing in the NAIA and NCAA Division II national tournaments, and winning the 1986 NAIA National Championship and the 2002 Division-II National Championship.[2]

St. Mary's first individual national championship came in 2006, when Jamie Amoretti won the NCAA Division II Men's Golf title. The Men's Golf team would be named the Golf Coaches Association of America 2008–2009 Academic National Champions, a title which St. Mary's treats as a fifth team national championship.[3]

Following the end of intercollegiate football at the start of World War II, there have been at least three attempts to revive full-contact sports on campus: a club football team in the early 1970s, a club rugby team in the early 1990s, and a Texas Rugby Union Collegiate Division III team formed in Fall 2010.[2][4] The school hosted the NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Championship at the Bill Greehey Arena in 2009 and 2012.

Athletics honors

Buddy Meyer has also been inducted into the Heartland Conference Hall of Fame.[5]

Varsity teams

The Rattlers women's soccer team in action against the Texas A&M–Commerce Lions in 2014

List of teams

Men's sports (5)

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Women's sports (6)

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

National championships

St. Mary's has won four team national championships in men’s basketball (1989), baseball (2001), softball (1986 and 2002), and one individual national title in men's golf (2006).

Team (1)

Association Division Sport Year Opponent Score
NCAA Division II Baseball[6] 2001 Central Missouri State 11–3

Individual (1)

Association Division Sport Year Individual(s) Event
NCAA Division II Men's Golf 2006 Jamie Amoretti Individual Title


The Rattler mascot has its own stories of how it came to be. Legend holds that the football practice field had to be cleared of diamondback rattlesnakes on a regular basis, thus leading to the designation. The truth is that Brother Kinsky thought “Rattlers” would be fitting because there was already on campus Rattler Club whose members had recently begun The Rattler newspaper. There was debate as to whether the name was being run into the ground, but the students quickly said they wanted the Rattler nickname.[7]

Alton Seekatz (B.S.C. ’32), a member of the Rattler Club, described the organization as a spirit and social organization. “It was called the Rattler Club when I got here in 1926, and I’m not sure how it got its nickname,” he said, although his stories of the club members’ antics and efforts to raise school spirit would certainly “rattle” some and “shake” up others.


  1. "Heartland Conference – StMU's Roberts drafted by Cleveland Indians in 29th round of MLB Draft". Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "St. Mary's University Athletics Timeline". Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  3. Mary's University website: athletics
  4. "Collegiate". Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  5. "Heartland Conference – Heartland Conference Hall of Fame". 2003-08-01. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  6. "Division II Baseball Championship Results" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  7. "St. Mary's University History". Retrieved 2011-01-19.
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