The Loud Scotsmen is a club dedicated to supporting the fighting Scots athletic teams.
According to Callie Crabtree, president of the organization, The Loud Scotsmen are in charge
of bringing the Scottie dog mascot to the games, listening to ideas that the student athletes may
have about what they would like to see at their games and increasing the overall school spirit at
Maryville College sporting events.
The Loud Scotsmen have started the year off in an exciting way with the new Scots cut-out
that allows people at the games to take a picture as the Scotsman. The Loud Scotsmen teamed up
with the marketing department at the college to bring this new, fun and interactive addition to the
The students behind the group are full of ideas and are constantly working to ensure that the
athletes are getting support from the MC community. Crabtree shared some of the exciting ideas
the club is currently trying to incorporate into the games. These ideas include planning theme
days for the football games – such as a garnet out and a red, white and blue game to honor the
veterans – and more clearly marking the student section at the games.
The student section for the football games is currently located in the bleachers next to where
the pep band plays. The Loud Scotsman would like to keep the section there because of the
positive energy it gives the pep band and the MC Scotties Dance Team, who sit in the front row
of the student section, but they would like to more clearly mark it so students can stand and cheer
for their fighting Scots without disturbing other fans who may just want to sit down to watch the
The club also teamed up with SPB, d’Arte and SGA for a fun tailgating event before the
football game on Sept. 27. The MC Step Team performed at the event, coupled with face
painting, cornhole, music, and free popcorn and headbands.
One of The Loud Scotsmen’s main goals this year is to gain more members. Crabtree
encourages anyone and everyone to join. “It doesn’t matter if you really like sports or understand
them as long as you love Maryville and love the fighting Scots come join.”
The club will not turn anyone away, not even faculty and staff members or parents, Crabtree
said. The club simply wants, “anyone who wants to be loud.” The Loud Scotsmen are a casual
group. Crabtree plans to have monthly meetings although she says they are not a “super
regulatory” group. Students can participate when their schedule allows. There are a variety of
sports teams so members are able to adapt the club to their personal interest. MC has many sports
teams that need cheering for, so members of The Loud Scotsmen can cheer for the sport that they
love the most, whether that is football, basketball, baseball, tennis or softball.
The Loud Scotsmen is the perfect club for students who want to get involved by simply
hanging out with their friends, watching their favorite sport, and cheering on the MC Scots.