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. 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 Lance Harvell 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 Rob Hubbard 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 Dustin LeNorman 936.294.1710