|Western Carolina Catamounts football|
|Athletic director||Alex Gary|
|Head coach||Kerwin Bell|
|Stadium|| E. J. Whitmire Stadium |
|Field||Bob Waters Field|
|Location||Cullowhee, North Carolina|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|All-time record||341–502–23 (.407)|
|Bowl record||0–1–0 (.000)|
|Rivalries|| Appalachian State |
East Tennessee State
|Colors||Purple and Gold |
|Fight song||Fight On You Catamounts|
|Marching band||Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band|
The Western Carolina Catamounts football program represents Western Carolina University. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southern Conference. Since the school's first football team was fielded in 1931, the Catamounts have a record of 341-502-23, have made two postseason appearances, and have played in one national championship game.
Western Carolina plays its home games at the 13,742 seat Bob Waters Field at E. J. Whitmire Stadium located on the campus in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
Western Carolina has had 13 head coaches since the first team organized in 1931. Mark Speir, the most recent head coach, was let go after the 2020-21 football season. Bob Waters (1969–1988) holds the record for most wins (116), longest tenure (20 seasons), and highest winning percentage (.550) among all former Western Carolina coaches.
C.C. Poindexter, often called the "Father of Western Carolina Athletics", was instrumental in organizing the first football team in 1931. Then the Western Carolina Teacher's College, Poindexter was the first person hired by the college to work exclusively in athletics and became the first athletic director and football coach. He would later lead the baseball and basketball programs as well.
|1931–1934||C. C. Poindexter||10–26–2||.290|
Also members of the Smoky Mountain Conference starting in 1934.
The Catamounts have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs one time with an overall record of 3-1.
(2) Holy Cross
(1) Southern Illinois
The main rivalry of the Catamounts was against their in-state rival Appalachian State. Western Carolina and Appalachian State played annually for the Old Mountain Jug. The two rivals first faced off in 1932, with Appalachian State winning 20-0. The Old Mountain Jug trophy was first introduced in 1976. After Appalachian State moved to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014, the two have not met since. Appalachian State leads the series 58-19-1.
|Player||Position||Years in NFL|
|Willie J. Williams||DB||1993–2005|
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