Sam Houston State University, an NCAA Division I intercollegiate program, encourages athletes who want an opportunity to walk-on for any of the Bearkats' 17 sports teams.

The Bearkats field varsity sports teams in seven men's sports (baseball, basketball, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field/cross country) and 10 women's sports (basketball, bowling, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and indoor and outdoor track and field/cross country).

Each sports program at Sam Houston State has differing needs and programs for walk-ons each year.

NCAA Gender Equity participation level requirements impact walk-on numbers for most men's sports.

In order to participate in any sport, you must:

  1. be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center 
  2. have proof of insurance
  3. complete a Sam Houston State athletics physical form.
  4. Must be cleared by SHSU's NCAA compliance officer, eligibility officer, head trainer and head coach

For more information about walking on at Sam Houston State, please email


Baseball   (936) 294-4653  
Men's Basketball Chris Mudge (936) 294-4249
Women's Basketball Stacy Stephens  (936) 294-1742
Football Bart Tatum (936) 294-1777
Golf (Men & Women) Brandt Kieschnick (936) 294-1051
Soccer Tom Brown (936) 294-1244
Softball Bob Brock (936) 294-3920
Tennis Jim Giachino (936) 294-1744
Cross Country Jesse Parker (936) 294-3127
Track & Field Dave Self (936) 294-3355
Volleyball Brenda Gray (936) 294-1736
Bowling Brad Hagen (936) 294-4291
Trainers Hope Parker (936) 294-1710

Sam Houston State University
620 Bowers Blvd.
Huntsville, TX 77341