Kentucky State University ( KSU ) is a public co-educational university in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Kentucky State University teams participate as a member of the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The school’s mascot are the Thorobreds. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and indoor and outdoor track and field; while women’s sports include basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, softball and volleyball.
The Exum Center, the university’s athletic and recreational complex, was named after William Exum, the first African-American varsity football player at the University of Wisconsin. Exum was hired as head of KSU’s Physical Education department in 1949, and later made head of the Athletics department. He then became manager of the United States Track and Field teams at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. Exum retired from KSU in 1980.