IU Kokomo entered into the intercollegiate athletics world in 2011. In the inagural year the department consisted of Men's Basketball in Volleyball. The teams competed independent of any national association with the goal of joining the NAIA the following year. In 2012 the IU Kokomo added two more sports in Men's and Women's Cross Country and become full members of the NAIA.
After two years of bouncing around from gym to gym to practice and play the university partnered with Kokomo Schools and the City of Kokomo to renovate the old Memorial Gym Natatorium into a collegiate athletic facility. The now named Cougar Gym is located at 507 E. Superior street and is the home of Cougar Basketball and Volleyball teams.
Also in 2013 the IU Kokomo administration teamed up with Milt and Jean Cole and numerous other donors to convert the unused basement of the IUK Libarary into a state of the art campus fitness and wellness center. The Cole Fitness Center is the home to Cougar Athletics, Campus Recreation as well as numerous Allied Health classes. The 23,000 sq/ft facility has a 1/12 mile track, over 40 different pieces of cardio equipment, a full line of Precor machines and a 3,000sq/ft free weight area complete with squat racks and lifting platforms. Additionally there are two 500 sq/ft fitness rooms that house number group fitness classes.
Finally in 2013 the IUK Cougars gained entrance into the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. This conference allowed for strong rivalries to build, ease of scheduling games and opportunties for post season births to the NAIA nation Tournaments
In 2014 Women's Basketball was added to bring the sport sponsored to 5. With new regulations from the NAIA stating that all members must sponsor at least 6 varsity teams, IU Kokomo added Men's and Women's Golf in the Fall of 2015.
In the Summer of 2015 The City of Kokomo Opened the 4000 seat state of the art Kokomo Municipal stadium. The stadium became host to the Kokomo Jackrabbits a college baseball summer league that is wildly popular in with the Kokomo community. This prompted the IUK Administration to look into starting a Baseball program. In the fall of 2016 the decision was made to add baseball and women's tennis for the 2017-18 academic year with the plan to an additional women's sport for the fall of 2019.
Additionally, IUK committed to adding "distance" track in the spring of 2018 to support the off season competition opportunities for the men's and women's cross country teams. This decision brought the the total number of sports at IUK to 11 in the fall of 2017.