Colorado Mines Orediggers football

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Colorado Mines Orediggers football
Colorado Mines wordmark.png
First season1888;132 years ago (1888)
Head coach Gregg Brandon
6th season, 47–13 (.783)
Stadium Marv Kay Stadium at Campbell Field
(Capacity: 4,000)
Year built1893
Location Golden, Colorado
NCAA division Division II
Conference RMAC
All-time record48255130 (.468)
Conference titles23
ColorsSilver and Blue [1]

The Colorado Mines Orediggers football team represents the Colorado School of Mines in the sport of American football. [2] Gregg Brandon has been the head coach since 2015, taking over for Bob Stitt, the winningest coach in school history. The football team has played in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference since 1909. They have won 23 conference titles, with 10 of them occurring prior to joining the RMAC (1888, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1897, 1898, 1904, 1906, 1907). They have won 13 conference titles in the RMAC (1912, 1914, 1918, 1939, 1942, 1951, 1958, 2004, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019). They have made the NCAA Tournament five times in this century. As of the end of the 2019 season, the Orediggers have an all-time record of 482-551-30. [3]


All-time coaching records

Head coachPeriodRecordWin %Conference championships
Louis Mein Whitehouse 18963–3.5000
Conrad F. Goss 18976–3.6671
Thomas Beadle 1898–190321-14-2.5951
Shorty Ellsworth 1904–190715–1–4.8503
Clarence W. Russell 19082–3.4000
Joe Curtis 19093–3.5000
Theodore M. Stuart 1910–19114–9.3080
William E. Johnston & Erle Kristler 19128–1.8891
Erle Kristler & Harry G. Buckingham 19135-1.8330
William J. Hanley 1914–19159–2.8181
Fred G. Carter 19163–3.5000
Charles "Poss" Parsons 19175–3.6250
Irving J. Barron 19184–01.0001
Ralph Glaze 1919–19200–10–3.1150
Elmer Capshaw 19211–5.1670
Elmer Capshaw & Tim Callahan 19224-2-1.6430
Tim Callahan 19232-5.2860
Ray Courtright 1924–19267–17–1.3000
George H. Allen 1927–19307–20.2590
George H. Allen & Elmer Wynne 1931–19322-12-1.1670
Dutch Clark 19331–5.1670
George W. Scott 1934–19352-12.1430
A. F. White 19362–6.2500
John Mason 1937–194622–25–2.4692
Fritz S. Brennecke 1947–196878–113–8.4122
Marvin L. Kay 1969–199484–157–6.3400
Versie Wallace 1995–199911–41.2120
Bob Stitt 2000–2014110–62.6403
Gregg Brandon 2015–present47–13.7833

Source: Colorado School of Mines Football Media Guide [4]

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  1. "Mines Graphic Standards Guide" (PDF). Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  2. "Mines Football History - Colorado School of Mines". Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  3. "Colorado School of Mines" (PDF).