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Troy Trojans
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Founded1911;111 years ago (1911)
Overall record1,774–1,114–3 (.614)
University Troy University
Head coach Skylar Meade (1st season)
Conference Sun Belt
East Division
Location Troy, Alabama
Home stadium Riddle-Pace Field
(Capacity: 2,000)
Nickname Trojans
ColorsCardinal, silver, and black [1]
     
NCAA Tournament champions
Division II
1986, 1987
College World Series appearances
Division II
1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1993
NCAA Tournament appearances
Division I
1995, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2018
Division II
1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993
Conference tournament champions
1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1995, 1997, 2006
Regular season conference champions
1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013

The Troy Trojans baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball team of Troy University, located in Troy, Alabama, United States. It competes in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference. The program began play in 1911. In 1986 and 1987, Troy won Division II national championships under head coach Chase Riddle. As a Division II program, the team won 10 conference titles and appeared in 14 NCAA Regionals and 7 College World Series.

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As of the end of the 2020 season, the program's overall record is 1,774–1,114–3. Troy is the 36th all-time winningest baseball program among all Division 1 programs.

History

Early history

Few schools in the South, especially in the state of Alabama, possess as rich a history as that of the Troy baseball program. In the past 40 years alone, Trojan baseball squads have claimed more than 1,300 victories, 14 conference championships, 7 NCAA Regional crowns, and back-to-back Division II NCAA National Championships in 1986 and 1987.

As early as the turn of the 20th century, old photographs show evidence that Troy fielded an intercollegiate baseball team in the early 1900s, but school records only date back to 1931. In the teams early years, they were known as the "Teachers" since the college was primarily an educational institution for teachers. In 1931, the Troy Normal School moved all home games to what is now known as Riddle-Pace Field. The previous playing field, which was located on the quad in front of Shackelford Hall, was the original playing field. This relocation occurred because of baseballs breaking the windows of Shackelford Hall.

The 1912 Troy Normal School Teachers baseball team, one of the earliest photos of the Troy baseball program. 1912 Troy Normal School baseball team.png
The 1912 Troy Normal School Teachers baseball team, one of the earliest photos of the Troy baseball program.

Chase Riddle era

In 1979, Troy State hired Chase Riddle, who was a manager and scout for the St. Louis Cardinals major league baseball team. In his first year as the head coach, he led the Trojans to a then-school-record 33 wins and a second place finish in the Gulf South Conference Eastern Division. That same season, Troy performed a two-game sweep of the Alabama Crimson Tide; a big accomplishment for an in-state Division II school.

In Riddle's second season at the helm, he went on to accomplish even more. His 1980 team finished the season 30–12, garnering a significant win over the then #7-ranked Florida State Seminoles by a score of 5–3. The Trojans would wind up winning the Gulf South Conference championship and the NCAA Central Regional, and making it all the way to the NCAA College World Series. They were eliminated with a 1–2 record from the World Series, but Troy had established themselves as a new powerhouse baseball program.

The 1981 and 1982 seasons were also huge successes for Riddle and his program. The program won another Gulf South Conference championship in 1981 with yet another appearance in the College World Series, finishing the season with a 37–10 record. The 1982 season would be nearly a copy of the previous season, with Troy winning yet another conference championship and making it to the College World Series yet again. Troy would also garner big wins against Auburn and Clemson that same year.

From 1983 to 1985, the Trojans would go 105–42, making three NCAA Regional appearances and two College World Series appearances.

In 1986, the Trojans defeated Columbus State, 5–0, to win their first NCAA College World Series (Division II). They finished the season as the #1-ranked team in the country, with a 46–8 overall record, and a 12–0 conference record to win another Gulf South Conference title. In 1987, they followed up with yet another national championship by defeating Tampa, 7–5. [2] For his successes, head coach Chase Riddle was named National Head Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1986 and 1987.

Chase Riddle would wind up retiring in 1990, finishing his notable career with a record of 434–149–2. Less than one year after his retirement, Riddle's #25 jersey that he wore was retired. Riddle was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2000, the Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and later into the Troy Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

John Mayotte era

Upon transitioning from Division II to Division I, the Trojans finished their tenure in Division II with a 38–25 overall record against competition in NCAA postseason play.

In the Trojan's last season of play in Division II, coach John Mayotte helped continue the trend of Trojan baseball success, leading the team to another College World Series appearance, only to be eliminated with a 2–2 record. The Trojans finished that season ranked #3 in the nation.

After coach Mayotte helped lead Troy into their new era of Division I baseball, he led the team to their first Division I NCAA Regional in 1995, just Troy's second season of being in Division I. Troy was eliminated in the Regional by Florida State and Ole Miss that season. In 1997, Mayotte once again led Troy to another NCAA Regional, where Troy was again eliminated, this time by Alabama and Southern California.

Bobby Pierce era

In 2003, Troy hired Bobby Pierce as head coach. In his 4th season (2006), he led Troy to their 3rd ever appearance in an NCAA Regional. In what would become one of Pierce's best seasons, his Trojans went 47–16 and won their first Sun Belt Conference championship. They entered into the Tuscaloosa Regional as the #2-seed team, while also holding a national ranking of #27 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Troy would face #3-seed Southern Miss in the first matchup, with Troy scoring their first victory in a Regional since joining Division I, beating Southern Miss by a score of 10–8. Troy would fall to #1-seed Alabama in the next round, only to face Southern Miss and beating them yet again. Troy would finally be eliminated from the Regional by Alabama in the final game. Three players from the 2006 team were taken that year in the MLB Draft: Tom King, Mike Felix, and Jarred Keel.

The Trojans went on to have a lot of success over the years since that 2006 season, finding themselves ranked in the Top 25 occasionally almost every season, yet never finishing with a national ranking. That trend would change in 2013.

The 2013 season saw Troy have one of its strongest batting lineups in the program's history. The Trojans were in the Top 10 in the NCAA in total home runs, hitting 54 that season. After getting big wins over Texas Tech and Auburn during the season, the Trojans won another Sun Belt Conference championship, going 40–18 during the regular season. Troy would be ranked #26 by Collegiate Baseball going into the Tallahassee Regional, garnering them the #3-seed. They would face Alabama in the first round, defeating the Crimson Tide 5–2, only to lose to Florida State in the next round. After being put into the elimination bracket, Troy had to once again face the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Trojans would defeat the Tide yet again, this time in a thriller by a score of 9–8. Troy faced Florida State in the finals of the Regional, but wound up being eliminated by the Seminoles, 4–11.

The Trojans would finish the 2013 season with their first ever Top 25 rankings, being ranked #23 by Collegiate Baseball and #25 by Baseball America .

Bobby Pierce finished his career with a 450–313 record at Troy, leading the program to their first Top 25 finish and 4 NCAA Regional appearances. For his accomplishments, Pierce was inducted into the Alabama Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010, the Wiregrass Hall of Fame in 2017, and the Troy Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

Mark Smartt era

After the 2016 season, long-time assistant coach Mark Smartt was hired as Troy's new head coach. Smartt is a Troy University alumnus and was a member of the Troy State Trojans baseball teams that was Division II national championships in 1986 and 1987.

In Smartt's second season at the helm, his team would go 31-25, performing a rare accomplishment by defeating every in-state on the schedule in 2017. The Trojans would defeat Alabama, Auburn, UAB, South Alabama, Alabama State, Samford, and Jacksonville State that season.

In 2018, in just Smartt's third season as head coach, he led Troy to a 2nd-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference and finished with a 42-21 record that season. The team would make it all the way to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament finals against #19 Coastal Carolina, only to lose 6-11 to the Chanticleers. Troy wound up receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they would face #18 Duke in the first round, defeating the Blue Devils by a score of 6-0. The Trojans' fortunes would fade from there though, losing to #9 Georgia in the next round, and finally being eliminated in a re-match with Duke. Troy finished the season with the sixth-most wins in school history, while garnering a few wins over Top 25 ranked teams, including #17 Coastal Carolina, #18 Duke, and #22 Auburn.

Coaches

YearsCoachRecord
1954–1960Paul Nix92–45
1961–1964Melvin Lucas62–30
1965–1966Billy Williams21–19
1967–1968Phillip Creel21–27
1969–1970Frank Rosado22–21
1971Bo Gaylard7–14
1972Bob Boothe18–24
1973–1974
1976–1978
Joe Hollis 106–75
1975Larry Maier14–12
1979–1990 Chase Riddle 434–149–2
1991–2002John Mayotte386–273–1
2003–2015 Bobby Pierce 450–313
2016–2021 Mark Smartt 168–132
2022–present Skylar Meade 0–0

Riddle-Pace Field

Riddle-Pace Field entrance at Troy University. Riddle Pace Field 7.jpg
Riddle-Pace Field entrance at Troy University.


Riddle-Pace Field, located on the university's campus, is the program's home venue. It is named for Chase Riddle, former head coach of the program, and Matthew Downer Pace, who served Troy University from 1891 to 1941 as Professor of Mathematics, Dean, and President.

The stadium features a brick concourse, a three-story press box, restrooms, a concession stand, and a merchandise booth. The stadium has a capacity of 2,000 spectators, which includes 1,700 bleacher seats and 300 chair-back seats. More spectator areas are located beyond the left field fence and adjacent to the home plate dugout. The Lott Baseball Complex was built along the left field fence, which houses coaches offices, player locker rooms and lounge, and an indoor batting cage.

The field had its grass turf removed and was replaced with artificial grass turf in 2008. Troy was one of only three college baseball programs at the time to switch from grass fields to artificial turf. A state-of-the-art drainage system was installed with the new artificial turf, lending the Troy baseball team the ability to play games in a very short amount of time after heavy rains come through.

The field has become known for its "Monster" wall in right field, a 27-foot tall black wall with a built-in scoreboard and video board. It's currently one of the largest outfield walls in all of college baseball.

Attendance

Attendance Rankings

Former Troy shortstop Shohei Fujita. Troy Baseball Player.jpg
Former Troy shortstop Shohei Fujita.

Troy has been ranked in the NCAA's Top 50 for annual average home attendance for multiple seasons since the early 2000s.

Year National Rank Avg. Home Attendance
202037th1,596
201941st1,545
201841st1,636
201548th1,185
201250th1,211
201140th1,282
201046th1,188
200943rd1,208
200846th1,301
200742nd1,425
200547th1,130

Attendance Records

Below is a list of Troy's top six single-game attendance figures.

Attendance Year Opponent Result
3,6492018 South Alabama L 5–8
3,3282017 Alabama W 12–11
3,2432016AlabamaL 1–2
3,2122022 Auburn L 4–11
3,2102019AlabamaL 3–7
3,1892018 Auburn W 9–5
2,9362012AlabamaW 9–0
2,5862010 Auburn W 5–4

All-Americans

Troy has produced 58 All-American players, as well as 6 Academic All-Americans. Since Troy joined the NCAA's Division I in 1994, the program has had 16 players named as All-Americans.

The following is a list of all First Team All-Americans Troy has had since joining Division I:

PlayerPositionYear(s)Selectors
Nate Moore P 2004 Baseball America
Tom King SS 2006 Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Louisville Slugger
Bryan Miller OF 2008 Collegiate Baseball
Adam Bryant SS 2010 Ping!Baseball.com
Tyler Hannah 3B 2011 Collegiate Baseball
Danny Collins OF 2013 Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA

Award Winners/Finalists

Chase Riddle – 1986, 1987
John Mayotte – 1993
Brett Henry – 2009
Brandon Lockridge – 2018
Adam Bryant – 2010
Tyler Vaughn – 2013

MLB Draft

Troy has had 59 total players selected in the MLB Draft in its history. Click the "show" button at the top corner of the table below in order to see the list of Trojans that have been drafted.

Notable alumni

Fred "Scrap Iron" Hatfield with the Detroit Tigers in 1953. Fred Hatfield 1953.jpg
Fred "Scrap Iron" Hatfield with the Detroit Tigers in 1953.

The following players made their way onto Major League rosters from either being drafted or signed as free agents:

Championships

Troy's Baseball Hall of Fame & Championships wall, located in the main concourse beneath the stadium. Riddle Pace Field Plaza 3.jpg
Troy's Baseball Hall of Fame & Championships wall, located in the main concourse beneath the stadium.

Since Troy's first year in Division I in 1994, the program has won six regular-season conference titles and three conference tournament titles.

In the team's short stint in the Mid-Continent Conference, they won the regular season title in three straight seasons, from 1995 to 1997, to go along with two tournament titles in 1995 and 1997. In Troy's last season in the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2005, they won the regular season title. Since joining the Sun Belt Conference, the team has won three regular season titles in 2006, 2011, and 2013. Troy also won the SBC tournament title in 2006.

The program has compiled a total of 20 conference championships and two D-II national championships since its inception.

Conference Season Championships

YearCoachRecordConference Title
1980 Chase Riddle 30–12 (12–2) Gulf South Conference Champions
1981Chase Riddle37–10 (12–0) Gulf South Conference Champions
1982Chase Riddle31–10 (8–3) Gulf South Conference Champions
1986Chase Riddle46–8 (12–0) Gulf South Conference Champions
1989Chase Riddle29–16 (6–8) Gulf South Conference Champions
1996John Mayotte41–13 (18–2) Mid-Continent Conference Champions
1997John Mayotte37–23 (8–6) Mid-Continent Conference Champions
2005 Bobby Pierce 37–21 (23–7) Atlantic Sun Conference Champions
2006Bobby Pierce47–16 (20–4) Sun Belt Conference Champions
2011Bobby Pierce43–19 (21–9) Sun Belt Conference Champions
2013Bobby Pierce42–20 (20–10) Sun Belt Conference Champions
Regular Season championships:11

Conference Tournament Championships

YearCoachRecordConference Title
1980 Chase Riddle 30–12 (12–2) Gulf South Conference Champions
1981Chase Riddle37–10 (12–0) Gulf South Conference Champions
1982Chase Riddle31–10 (8–3) Gulf South Conference Champions
1986Chase Riddle46–8 (12–0) Gulf South Conference Champions
1987Chase Riddle38–10–1 (8–5) Gulf South Conference Champions
1990Chase Riddle50–10 (9–3) Gulf South Conference Champions
1995John Mayotte41–13 (18–2) Mid-Continent Conference Champions
1997John Mayotte37–23 (8–6) Mid-Continent Conference Champions
2006Bobby Pierce47–16 (20–4) Sun Belt Conference Champions
Conference Tournament championships:9

Division II National Championships

In 1986, the Trojans defeated Columbus State, 5–0, to win the Division II College World Series. In 1987, they followed up with yet another national championship by defeating Tampa, 7–5. [2]

Then head coach Chase Riddle was named National Head Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1987 for his successes of winning two national championships in a row.

YearRecordPostseason ResultsTitle
198646–8 (12–0)W 8–7 vs. Sam Houston State
W 13–4 vs. Jacksonville State
W 6–4 vs. Sam Houston State
W 8–6 vs. Mankato State
W 7–5 vs. New Haven
W 9–1 vs. Sacramento State
W 5–0 vs. Columbus College
NCAA Division II
National Champions
198738-10-1 (8-5)W 4–0 vs. North Alabama
W 8–5 vs. SIU-Edwardsville
W 3–1 vs. SIU-Edwardsville
W 6–0 vs. Tampa
W 6–2 vs. CSU-Dominguez Hills
W 8–7 vs. Wright State
W 7–5 vs. Tampa
NCAA Division II
National Champions
National Championships:2

Top 25 Finishes

YearRecordCoaches' PollCollegiate BaseballBaseball America
197933–14#12
198030–12#4
198137–10#4
198231–10#13
198323–11–1#7
198439–16#3
198543–15#6
198646–8#1
198738–10–1#1
198835–17#14
198929–16#23
199050–10#16
199134–19#14
199229–21#24#25
199339–17#3#3
2013 42–20#23#25

Yearly results

Division I

Statistics overview
SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Troy State (East Coast Conference)(1994–1994)
1994John Mayotte 34–165–11st
Troy State (Mid-Continent Conference)(1995–1997)
1995John Mayotte 27–23–113–62nd (East) NCAA Regional
1996John Mayotte 41–1318–21st (East)
1997John Mayotte 37–238–61st (East) NCAA Regional
Troy State (Atlantic Sun Conference)(1998–2005)
1998John Mayotte 37–2113–71st (West)
1999John Mayotte 31–2815–155th
2000John Mayotte 22–3411–167th
2001John Mayotte 27–2812–15T-6th
2002John Mayotte 28–3016–144th
John Mayotte:284–216–1111–82
2003 Bobby Pierce 27–2716–16T-7th
2004Bobby Pierce 36–2215–155th
2005Bobby Pierce 37–2123–71st
Troy (Sun Belt Conference)(2006–Present)
2006Bobby Pierce 47–1620–41st NCAA Regional
2007Bobby Pierce 34–2716–14T-2nd NCAA Regional
2008Bobby Pierce 32–2618–123rd
2009Bobby Pierce 33–2318–103rd
2010Bobby Pierce 36–2516–14T-6th
2011Bobby Pierce 43–1721–91st NCAA Regional
2012Bobby Pierce 28–3014–16T-6th
2013Bobby Pierce 42–2020–10T-1st NCAA Regional
2014Bobby Pierce 25–3211–18T-6th
2015Bobby Pierce 30–2518–102nd
Bobby Pierce:450–311226–155
2016Mark Smartt 32–2617–13T-3rd
2017Mark Smartt 31–2416–14T-4th (East)
2018Mark Smartt 42–2119–112nd (East) NCAA Regional
2019Mark Smartt 31–2916–14T-3rd (East)
2020Mark Smartt 9–80–0-(Season cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic)
2021Mark Smartt 27–2613–113rd (East)
Mark Smartt:172–13481–63
Total:906–659

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason Results

Division I

NCAA Regionals

Year Record Regional Results
19950–2 Tallahassee, FL RegionalL 3–18 vs. Florida State
L 5–8 vs. Ole Miss
19970–2 Tuscaloosa, AL RegionalL 5–8 vs. Alabama
L 2–5 vs. Southern California
20062–2 Tuscaloosa, AL RegionalW 10–8 vs. Southern Miss
L 3–4 vs. Alabama
W 6–5 vs. Southern Miss
L 5–14 vs. Alabama
20070–2 Oxford, MS RegionalL 2–14 vs. Southern Miss
L 6–7 vs. Sam Houston State
20111–2 Nashville, TN RegionalW 9–2 vs. Oklahoma State
L 2–10 vs. Vanderbilt
L 2–5 vs. Belmont
20132–2 Tallahassee, FL RegionalW 5–2 vs. Alabama
L 0–11 vs. Florida State
W 9–8 vs. Alabama
L 4–11 vs. Florida State
20181–2 Athens, GA RegionalW 6–0 vs. Duke
L 7–11 vs. Georgia
L 6–15 vs. Duke
Totals6–147 Appearances

Division II

NCAA Regionals

Year Record Regional Results
19770–2NCAA South RegionalL 5–15 vs. Eckerd College
L 2–3 vs. Florida Southern
19783–2NCAA South Central RegionalL 0–8 vs. Delta State
W 4–3 vs. Southeastern Louisiana
W 18–9 vs. Mankato State
W 10–5 vs. Delta State
L 4–8 vs. Delta State
19791–2NCAA South RegionalL 2–6 vs. Jacksonville State
W 1–0 vs. West Alabama
L 6–0 vs. Delta State
19804–1NCAA Central RegionalW 8–2 vs. Wright State
L 6–8 vs. Bellarmine
W 4–3 vs. Wright State
W 3–1 vs. Bellarmine
W 2–1 vs. Bellarmine
19813–0NCAA South Central RegionalW 4–1 vs. Indiana Central
W 3–1 vs. Northern Kentucky
W 5–4 vs. Delta State
19831–2NCAA South Central RegionalW 4–0 vs. Indiana Central
L 4–5 vs. Jacksonville State
L 6–7 vs. Wright State
19844–1NCAA South Central RegionalL 1–2 vs. North Alabama
W 7–6 vs. Indiana Central
W 5–1 vs. Jacksonville State
W 9–3 vs. North Alabama
W 9–3 vs. North Alabama
19853–0NCAA South Central RegionalW 7–6 vs. North Alabama
W 10–2 vs. Delta State
W 10–6 vs. Delta State
19863–0NCAA South Central RegionalW 8–7 vs. Sam Houston State
W 13–4 vs. Jacksonville State
W 6–4 vs. Sam Houston State
19873–0NCAA South Central RegionalW 4–0 vs. North Alabama
W 8–5 vs. SIU-Edwardsville
W 3–1 vs. SIU-Edwardsville
19880–2NCAA South Central RegionalL 7–8 vs. Central Missouri
L 7–9 vs. Delta State
19902–2NCAA South Central RegionalW 10–5 vs. Missouri Southern
W 6–2 vs. Jacksonville State
L 0–5 vs. Jacksonville State
L 2–11 vs. Jacksonville State
19910–2NCAA South Central RegionalL 0–2 vs. Jacksonville State
L 5–11 vs. Delta State
19933–0NCAA South Central RegionalW 4–2 vs. Valdosta State
W 7–6 vs. North Alabama
W 7–3 vs. North Alabama
Totals30–1614 Appearances

College World Series

Year Record Regional Results
19801–2College World SeriesL 2–8 vs. Florida International
W 6–3 vs. Florida Southern
L 7–15 vs. New Haven
19811–2College World SeriesW 12–3 vs. Eastern Illinois
L 1–5 vs. Florida Southern
L 2–5 vs. Eastern Illinois
19842–2College World SeriesW 5–4 vs. New Haven
W 12–6 vs. South Dakota State
L 3–12 vs. Florida Southern
L 4–11 vs. Cal State-Northridge
19850–2College World SeriesL 1–9 vs. Valdosta State
L 5–10 vs. Florida Southern
19864–0College World SeriesW 8–6 vs. Mankato State
W 7–5 vs. New Haven
W 9–1 vs. Sacramento State
W 5–0 vs. Columbus College
19874–0College World SeriesW 6–0 vs. Tampa
W 6–2 vs. Cal State-Dominguez Hills
W 8–7 vs. Wright State
W 7–5 vs. Tampa
19932–2College World SeriesW 5–0 vs. Pennsylvania-Mansfield
L 1–13 vs. Tampa
W 7–2 vs. Pennsylvania-Mansfield
L 3–4 vs. Tampa
Totals14–107 Appearances

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The Troy Trojans softball team represents Troy University in NCAA Division I college softball. The team participates in the Sun Belt Conference. The Trojans play their home games at Troy Softball Complex located on the university's campus. The program is one of the Top 50 winningest softball programs in the Division I, and has an overall record of 988–660–4(.599) as of the end of the 2021 season.

Troy Trojans womens basketball

The Troy Trojans women's basketball program is the intercollegiate women's basketball of Troy University. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I and the team competes in the Sun Belt Conference.

Troy Trojans

The Troy Trojans are the sports teams of Troy University. They began playing in the NCAA's Division I-A in 2001, became a football only member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2004, and joined that conference for all other sports in 2005. Troy University's athletics nickname was the Red Wave until the early 1970s when the student body voted to change the name to Trojans.

The 1984 Troy State Trojans football team represented Troy State University during the 1984 NCAA Division II football season, and completed the 64th season of Trojans football. The Trojans played their home games in at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Alabama. The 1984 team came off a 7–4 record from the previous season. The 1984 team was led by coach Chan Gailey. The team finished the regular season with a 9–1 record and made the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Trojans defeated the North Dakota State Bison 18–17 in the National Championship Game en route to the program's first NCAA Division II Football Championship and second overall national championship.

The 1987 Troy State Trojans football team represented Troy State University during the 1987 NCAA Division II football season, and completed the 67th season of Trojans football. The Trojans played their home games in at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Alabama. The 1987 team came off a 10–3 record from the previous season. The 1987 team was led by coach Rick Rhoades. The team finished the regular season with a 9–1–1 record and made the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Trojans defeated the Portland State Vikings 31–17 in the National Championship Game en route to the program's second NCAA Division II Football Championship and third overall national championship.

Mark Smartt is an American baseball coach. He played at DeKalb Central Junior College and Troy State, where he earned All-Conference honors and helped the team to two NCAA Division II College World Series championships. He served as a graduate assistant for the Troy State Trojans before becoming an assistant at the University of West Alabama. He was promoted to the head coach of West Alabama in 1994. He served as an assistant coach at Troy State for thirteen years before ascending to the top job. On June 28, 2021, Smartt and Troy mutually agreed to part ways.

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