Western Carolina Catamounts football

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Western Carolina Catamounts football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2020 Western Carolina Catamounts football team
WCU Athletics wordmark.png
First season1931
Athletic directorAlex Gary
Head coach Kerwin Bell
Stadium E. J. Whitmire Stadium
(Capacity: 13,742)
FieldBob Waters Field
Location Cullowhee, North Carolina
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Southern Conference
All-time record34150223 (.407)
Bowl record010 (.000)
Playoff appearances2
Playoff record3–2
Rivalries Appalachian State
East Tennessee State
ColorsPurple and Gold [1]
         
Fight songFight On You Catamounts
MascotPaws
Marching band Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band
Website CatamountSports.com

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.

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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.

History

Head coaching history

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.

TenureCoachRecordPct.
1931–1934 C. C. Poindexter 10–26–2.290
1935–1938 Ralph James 4–30–3.149
1939–1941 Jim Whatley 6–15–1.295
1945 Marion McDonald 1–3.250
1946–1955 Tom Young 39–55–4.418
1956–1968 Dan Robinson 51–67–6.435
1969–1988 Bob Waters 116–94–6.550
1989Dale Strahm3–7–1.318
1990–1996Steve Hodgin31–45.408
1997–2001Bill Bleil23–32.418
2002–2007Kent Briggs22–43.388
2008–2011 Dennis Wagner 8–36.182
2012–2021 Mark Speir 33–68.327
2021– Kerwin Bell 0–0

Postseason

Classifications

Conference memberships

Dagger-14-plain.pngAlso members of the Smoky Mountain Conference starting in 1934. [2] [3]

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results

The Catamounts have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs one time with an overall record of 3-1.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1983 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship
Colgate
(2) Holy Cross
(3) Furman
(1) Southern Illinois
W 24-23
W 28-21
W 14-7
L 7-43


Rivalries

Appalachian State - Battle for the Old Mountain Jug

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.

Catamounts in the NFL

PlayerPositionYears in NFL
Steve WilliamsDE1974
Eddie McGillTE1982–1983
Dean Biasucci K1984–1995
Tiger Greene DB1985–1990
Louis Cooper LB1985–1993
Clyde Simmons DE1986–2000
Leonard WilliamsRB1987
Fred DavisDB1987
Tony Jones OL1988–2000
Willie J. Williams DB1993–2005
Andrew JordanTE1994–2001
David Patten WR1997–2008
Brad Hoover FB2000–2009
Detrez Newsome RB2018–2018
Keion Crossen DB2018–2020

See also

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2007 Western Carolina Catamounts football team American college football season

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References

  1. Western Carolina University Athletic Guidelines (PDF). October 1, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  2. "Catamount Grid, Cage Schedules Are Announced" . Asheville Citizen-Times . Asheville, North Carolina. June 26, 1934. Retrieved March 26, 2017 via newspapers.com.
  3. "SMOKY MOUNTAIN" . The Palm Beach Post . AP. November 30, 1936. Retrieved March 26, 2017 via newspapers.com.