Western Illinois Leathernecks football

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Western Illinois Leathernecks football
AmericanFootball current event.svg 2022 Western Illinois Leathernecks football team
Western Illinois Leathernecks wordmark.svg
First season1903
Athletic director Paul Bubb
Head coach Myers Hendrickson
1st season, 0–1 (.000)
Stadium Hanson Field
(capacity: 16,368)
Field surfaceMatrix Turf
Location Macomb, Illinois
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Missouri Valley
All-time record50943938 (.535)
Bowl record21 (.667)
Playoff appearances10
Playoff record7–9 (Div. I FCS)
0–1 (Div. II)
Conference titles13
1939, 1942, 1949, 1958, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1981, 1988, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002
Consensus All-Americans59
ColorsPurple and gold [1]
   
Fight song We're Marching On
Mascot Colonel Rock (Live Bulldog), Rocky (Costumed Bulldog)
Marching band Western Illinois University Marching Leathernecks
Website goleathernecks.com
Western Illinois Leathernecks Western Illinois leaves Camp Randall 2014.jpg
Western Illinois Leathernecks

The Western Illinois Leathernecks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Western Illinois University located in Macomb, Illinois. [2] [3] The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. [4] The school's first football team was fielded in 1903. The team plays its home games at the 16,368 seat Hanson Field.

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History

Western Illinois had an unofficial football team in 1902, the year the school was established. The team played four games against regional high schools and the Western Illinois Normal & Business Institute. In 1903, the school formed an athletic association for the fall football season, which is considered the official beginning of Western Illinois football by the school. [5]

The team adopted its nickname in 1927 when coach Ray Hanson, a decorated officer in the United States Marine Corps, asked the U.S. Navy for permission to use the Corps' Fighting Leathernecks nickname and logo for his team. Western Illinois is the only college which officially takes its nickname from a branch of the U.S. military. [6]

Conference affiliations

YearsConferenceClassification
1903–1914Independent
1915–1949 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic
1950–1969 Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic NCAA College Division
1970–1972Independent NCAA College Division
1973–1977 Independent Division II
1978–1980 Mid-Continent Division II
1981–1984 Mid-Continent Division I-AA
1985–1991 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Division I-AA
1992–2005 Gateway Football Division I-AA
2006–2007 Gateway Football Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)
2008–present Missouri Valley Football Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

Championships

Conference championships

YearsConferenceOverall RecordConference Record
1939 Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 5–1–12–0–1
1942IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference5–0–23–0–1
1949IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference9–1–04–0
1958IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference6–1–15–1
1959IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference9–0–06–0
1964†IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference6–3–03–1
1969IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference8–2–03–0
1981† Mid-Continent 5–62–1
1988 Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference 10–2–06–0
1997 Gateway Football Conference 8–34–1
1998Gateway Football Conference11–26–0
2000Gateway Football Conference9–35–1
2002†Gateway Football Conference11–26–1

† Co-championship

Playoffs and bowls

Playoffs

SeasonResultClassification
1973 First Round NCAA Division II Playoffs
1988 First Round NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs
1991 First RoundNCAA Division I-AA Playoffs
1996 First RoundNCAA Division I-AA Playoffs
1997 QuarterfinalsNCAA Division I-AA Playoffs(Pecan Bowl)
1998 SemifinalsNCAA Division I-AA Playoffs(Pecan Bowl)
2000 First RoundNCAA Division I-AA Playoffs
2002 QuarterfinalsNCAA Division I-AA Playoffs(Pecan Bowl)
2003 QuarterfinalsNCAA Division I-AA Playoffs(Pecan Bowl)
2010 Second Round NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs
2015 Second RoundNCAA Division I FCS Playoffs
2017 First RoundNCAA Division I FCS Playoffs

*Note: Since 1981, the NCAA Division I-AA/Division I FCS Playoffs Regional Championships were commonly referred to as the Boardwalk Bowl (East Region Championship), Pecan Bowl (Midwest Region Championship), Grantland Rice Bowl (South Region Championship), and Camellia Bowl (West Region Championship).

Bowl games

SeasonBowlOpponentResult
1949 Corn Bowl Wheaton W 13–0
1953Corn Bowl Iowa Wesleyan W 32–0
1955Corn Bowl Luther L 20–24

Head coaches

YearsName
1903Unknown
1904 L. H. Laughlin
1905 A. Laughlin
1906, 1910 Oliver Morton Dickerson
1907–1908 Charles A. Barnett
1909 Francis Taft
1911 Albert Walbrath
1912–1913Unknown
1914 Edward S. Dowell
1915Unknown
1916–1917, 1919 Erskine Jay
1918No team
1920–1921 W. A. Cleveland
1922–1925 Howard Hawkes
1926–1941 Ray Hanson
1942–1943 Wix Garner
1944 Bob Barnwell
1945–1947 Wix Garner
1948 Harold Ave
1949–1953 Vince DiFrancesca
1954–1956 Wes Stevens
1957–1959 Lou Saban
1960–1968 Art Dufelmeier
1969–1973 Darrell Mudra
1974–1975 Brodie Westen
1976–1978 Bill Shanahan
1979–1982 Pete Rodriguez
1983–1989 Bruce Craddock
1990–1998 Randy Ball
1999–2009 Don Patterson
2008–2012† Mark Hendrickson
2013–2015 Bob Nielson
2016–2017 Charlie Fisher
2018–2021 Jared Elliott
2022–present Myers Hendrickson

† Acting head coach first seven games of 2008 season and last eight games of 2009 season.

Records

YearOverall RecordConference RecordConference Finish (Total teams)
19856-52-33rd (6)
19866-52-45th (7)
19877-45-12nd (7)
198810-26-01st (7)
19894-71-56th (7)
19903-83-35th (7)
19917-4-14-23rd (7)
19927-44-22nd (7)
19934-74-23rd (7)
19948-34-22nd (7)
19954-72-46th (7)
19969-33-22nd (6)
199711-26-01st (7)
199811-35-11st (7)
19997-42-44th (7)
20009-35-11st (7)
20015-54-34th (8)
200211-26-11st (8)
20039-45-23rd (8)
20044-72-55th (8)
20055-63-45th (8)
20065-62-56th (8)
20076-53-34th (7)
20086-54-44th (9)
20091-100-89th (9)
20108-55-32nd (9)
20112-91-79th (9)
20123-81-79th (10)
20134-82-69th (10)
20145-73-58th (10)
20157-65-35th (10)
20166-64-46th (10)
20178-45-34th (10)
20185-64-45th (10)
20191-111-710th (10)
20201-51-59th (10)
20212-92-611th (11)
20220-110-811th (11)

[7]

Stadium

Hanson Field

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Hanson Field

Hanson Field is a 16,368-seat multi-purpose stadium in Macomb, Illinois, USA. [8] The stadium which opened in 1950 is home to the Western Illinois Leathernecks football team and track and field team. The field is named after former WIU football coach/A.D. and Marine legend Rock Hanson. A unique feature of the facility is an extensive hillside that surrounds the field allowing for additional seating for thousands of spectators. Outside the stadium, a statue of former WIU track and field coach and two time Olympic gold medalist Lee Calhoun stands and a bulldog statue is located at the main entrance.

Highest-Scoring Game
On September 11, 2004, Western Illinois defeated Division II Cheyney State 98–7.

College Football Hall of Fame members

Coaches

Notable former players

Notable alumni

Western Illinois Leathernecks selected in the NFL Draft

See also

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