Missouri State University - West Plains

Grizzly Basketball

Academic Priorities

Grizzly Athletics Mission

Grizzly Athletics strives to provide a championship athletics program while maintaining high standards of academic achievement for student-athletes.

Grizzly "PAWS" Program

The Grizzly PAWS program (Promoting Academic Success With Student-Athletes) facilitates student-athlete academic success. In addition to subject-based tutoring, students participate in an evening study hall where staff supervise small groups and assist students in their daily studies. Students are also involved in weekly academic advisement sessions in a supportive learning environment at the student advisement and academic support center. Team grade-point averages have risen significantly since the program was implemented. The program is a cooperative effort of the student advisement and academic support center, Garnett Library and Grizzly Athletics.

Grizzly Academic Accomplishments

2010-2011: Grizzly Volleyball team named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. Janel Glidden received NJCAA Superior Academic Achievement Award.

2009-2010: Grizzly Volleyball team named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. Danielle Parker named NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American. Abbey Roam named NJCAA Academic All-American.

2008-2009: Grizzly Volleyball team named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year.

2007-2008: Grizzly Volleyball team named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year.

2006-2007: Grizzly Volleyball team named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. Luiza Jarocka named NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American.

2004-2005: Grizzly Volleyball team named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. Maggie Thompson named NJCAA Academic All-American.

2003-2004: Grizzly Volleyball team named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. Loran Ichord and Kacie Callison named NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American. Juliana Nogera named NJCAA Academic All-American.

2002-2003: Grizzly Volleyball team named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year.

2001-2002: Sarah Billingsley named NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American.

2000-2001: Josh Daniel named NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American.

1997-1998: Chuck Campbell named NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American and DeAun Gray named NJCAA Academic All-American.

1996-1997: Keri Elrod named NJCAA Academic All-American.

bulletNote: Records reflect the career and season standings at the time of All-American selection.

The Grizzly Statue

The Grizzly Statue

This life-size statue (10-foot Grizzly Bear standing on a 4-foot base) was contributed by Bill & Virginia Darr of Springfield, Missouri. It was created by Dr. Robert Taylor of Lubbock, Texas. It is located between Looney Hall and the Garnett Library. It is a favorite gathering spot for students and a popular photo spot for all campus visitors.