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The Army Black Knights football team, previously known as the Army Cadets, represents the United States Military Academy in college football. Army is currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member of the NCAA. The Black Knights currently play home games in Michie Stadium with a capacity of 38,000 at West Point, New York. The Black Knights are coached by Jeff Monken who is in his sixth season as head coach. Army is a three-time national champion, winning the title from 1944–1946.

Army Black Knights football
2019 Army Black Knights football team
Army West Point logo.svg
First season1890
Athletic directorMike Buddie
Head coachJeff Monken
6th season, 37–29 (.561)
Other staffBrent Davis (OC)
John Loose (DC)
StadiumMichie Stadium
(Capacity: 38,000)
Year built1924
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationWest Point, New York
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceIndependent
Past conferencesConference USA (1998−2004)
All-time record694–519–51 (.569)
Bowl record6–2 (.750)
Claimed nat'l titles3 (1944, 1945, 1946)
Unclaimed nat'l titles2 (1914, 1916)
RivalriesAir Force (CiCT)
Navy (rivalry, CiCT)
Notre Dame (rivalry)
Heisman winners3
Consensus All-Americans37
Current uniform
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ColorsBlack, Gold, and Gray[1]
              
Fight songOn, Brave Old Army Team
MascotArmy Mules
Marching bandUnited States Military Academy Band
OutfitterNike
WebsiteGoArmyWestPoint.com

With the exception of seven seasons (1998–2004) where the team was a member of Conference USA, Army has competed as an independent, meaning that they have no affiliation with any conference. Currently, Army is one of six FBS schools whose football teams do not belong to any conference; the others being BYU, Liberty, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, and UMass. However, all of these schools belong to conferences for all other sports. Army is primarily a member of the Patriot League, BYU is primarily a member of the West Coast Conference, Liberty is in the Atlantic Sun Conference, New Mexico State is in the Western Athletic Conference, Notre Dame is part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and UMass belongs to the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Three players from Army have won the Heisman Trophy: Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946), and Pete Dawkins (1958).[2]

The three major service academies—Air Force, Army, and Navy—compete for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is awarded to the academy that defeats the others in football that year (or retained by the previous winner in the event of a three-way tie). Army has won eight CIC Trophies, most recently in 2018.

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HistoryEdit

Army's football program began on November 29, 1890, when Navy challenged the cadets to a game of the relatively new sport. Navy defeated Army at West Point that year, but Army avenged the loss in Annapolis the following year.[3] The academies still clash every December in what is traditionally the last regular-season Division I college-football game. The 2016 Army–Navy Game marked Army's first recent win after fourteen consecutive losses to Navy. From 1944 to 1950, the Cadets had 57 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties. During this time span, Army won three national championships.[4]

Army's football team reached its pinnacle of success during the Second World War under coach Earl Blaik when Army won three consecutive national championships in 1944, 1945 and 1946, and produced three Heisman trophy winners: Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946) and Pete Dawkins (1958).[5] Past NFL coaches Vince Lombardi[6] and Bill Parcells[7] were Army assistant coaches early in their careers.

The football team plays its home games at Michie Stadium, where the playing field is named after Earl Blaik. Cadets attendance is mandatory at football games and the Corps stands for the duration of the game. At all home games, one of the four regiments marches onto the field in formation before the team takes the field and leads the crowd in traditional Army cheers.[8]

For many years, Army teams were known as the "Cadets." In the 1940s, several papers called the football team "the Black Knights of the Hudson." From then on, "Cadets" and "Black Knights" were used interchangeably until 1999, when the team was officially nicknamed the Black Knights.

Between the 1998 and 2004 seasons, Army's football program was a member of Conference USA, but starting with the 2005 season Army reverted to its former independent status.[9] Army competes with Navy and Air Force for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

National championshipsEdit

Army has won five national championships from NCAA-designated major selectors.[10]:108–115 Army claims the 1944, 1945, and 1946 titles.[11]

Year Coach Selectors Record
1914 Charles Dudley Daly Helms, Houlgate, National Championship Foundation, Parke Davis[10]:111 9–0
1916 Charles Dudley Daly Parke Davis[10]:111 9–0
1944 Earl Blaik AP, Berryman, Billingsley, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Houlgate, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling, Sagarin, Williamson[10]:111 9–0
1945 Earl Blaik AP, Berryman, Billingsley MOV, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Houlgate, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELOChess), Williamson[10]:112 9–0
1946 Earl Blaik Billingsley, Boand, Football Research, Helms, Houlgate, Poling[10]:112 9–0–1

Lambert TrophyEdit

The Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy (known as the Lambert Trophy), established in 1936, is an annual award given to the best team in the East in Division I FBS (formerly I-A) college football and is presented by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers. Army has won the Lambert Trophy eight times; seven times under legendary head coach Earl "Red" Blaik in the 1940s and 50's, and most recently in 2018 under the tutelage of head coach Jeff Monken.[12]

Year Coach Record
1944 Earl Blaik 9–0
1945 Earl Blaik 9–0
1946 Earl Blaik 9–0–1
1948 Earl Blaik 8–0–1
1949 Earl Blaik 9–0
1953 Earl Blaik 7–1–1
1958 Earl Blaik 8–0–1
2018 Jeff Monken 11–2

Bowl gamesEdit

Army has played in eight bowl games. They have a record of 6–2.

Season Coach Bowl Date Opponent Result
1984 Jim Young Cherry Bowl December 22, 1984 Michigan State W 10–6
1985 Jim Young Peach Bowl December 31, 1985 Illinois W 31–29
1988 Jim Young Sun Bowl December 24, 1988 Alabama L 28–29
1996 Bob Sutton Independence Bowl December 31, 1996 Auburn L 29–32
2010 Rich Ellerson Armed Forces Bowl December 30, 2010 SMU W 16–14
2016 Jeff Monken Heart of Dallas Bowl December 27, 2016 North Texas W 38–31 OT
2017 Jeff Monken Armed Forces Bowl December 23, 2017 San Diego State W 42–35
2018 Jeff Monken Armed Forces Bowl December 22, 2018 Houston W 70–14

Head coachesEdit

Coach Years Seasons Games Record Pct.
Dennis Michie 1890, 1892 1 6 3–2–1 .583
Henry L. Williams 1891 1 7 5–1–1 .786
Laurie Bliss 1893 1 9 4–5 .444
Harmon S. Graves 1894–1895 2 14 10–4 .714
George P. Dyer 1896 1 6 3–2–1 .583
Herman Koehler 1897–1900 4 33 19–11–3 .621
Leon Kromer 1901 1 8 5–1–2 .750
Dennis E. Nolan 1902 1 8 6–1–1 .813
Edward Leonard King 1903 1 9 6–2–1 .722
Robert Boyers 1904–1905 2 18 11–6–1 .639
Henry Smither 1906–1907 2 10 7–2–1 .750
Ernest Graves, Sr. 1906, 1912 2 16 7–8–1 .469
Harry Nelly 1908–1910 3 22 15–5–2 .727
Joseph Beacham 1911 1 8 6–1–1 .813
Charles Dudley Daly 1913–1916, 1919–1922 8 74 58–13–3 .804
Geoffrey Keyes 1917 1 8 7–1 .875
Hugh Mitchell 1918 1 1 1–0 1.000
John McEwan 1923–1925 3 26 18–5–3 .750
Biff Jones 1926–1929 4 40 30–8–2 .775
Ralph Sasse 1930–1932 3 32 25–5–2 .813
Garrison H. Davidson 1933–1937 5 47 35–11–1 .755
William H. Wood 1938–1940 3 28 12–13–1 .481
Earl Blaik 1941–1958 18 164 121–33–10 .768
Dale Hall 1959–1961 3 29 16–11–2 .586
Paul Dietzel 1962–1965 4 40 21–18–1 .538
Tom Cahill 1966–1973 8 81 40–39–2 .506
Homer Smith 1974–1978 5 55 21–33–1 .391
Lou Saban 1979 1 11 2–8–1 .227
Ed Cavanaugh 1980–1982 3 33 10–21–2 .333
Jim Young 1983–1990 8 91 51–39–1 .566
Bob Sutton 1991–1999 9 100 44–55–1 .445
Todd Berry 2000–2003 4 41 5–36 .122
John Mumford 2003 1 6 0–6 .000
Bobby Ross 2004–2006 3 34 9–25 .265
Stan Brock 2007–2008 2 24 6–18 0 .250
Rich Ellerson 2009–2013 5 61 20–41 .328
Jeff Monken1 2014–present 6* 66 37–29 .561

† Dennis Michie coached 1 game in 1890, and then coached a full season in 1892.

  1. As of 3 games into Jeff Monken's sixth season (2019).

RivalriesEdit

Commander-in-Chief's TrophyEdit

Air Force, Army, and Navy have played each other every year since 1972 for the Commander-in Chief's Trophy. Air Force leads the FBS service academies with 20 victories, Navy has 15 victories, and Army has 8 victories (including the past two), with the trophy being shared 4 times.

Air ForceEdit

Air Force and Army meet annually and vie for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. Air Force leads Army 36–16–1 through the 2018 season,[13] and 33–14 in the Trophy series.

NavyEdit

Army and Navy play each other annually in the Army–Navy game, which is also a part of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. This series is one of the oldest and traditional rivalries in the NCAA. They first met in 1890, and have played each other annually since 1930. The games are generally played at a neutral site. Navy leads the series 60–52–7 through the 2018 season.[14]

Notre DameEdit

Notre Dame is a rivalry which some feel has fallen into obscurity. In much of the early 20th century, Army and Notre Dame were considered football powerhouses, and met 34 times between 1913 and 1947. Though the rivalry has slowed down, they last met in 2016. Many media members considered the 1946 contest to be the "Game of the Century".[15] Notre Dame leads the series 39–8–4 through the 2018 season.[16]

Michie StadiumEdit

Michie Stadium is the home stadium of the Army Black Knights in West Point, New York, which was opened in 1924. The stadium is named after the first Army football head coach, Dennis Michie. In 1999 the field was renamed Blaik Field at Michie Stadium in honor of Former Coach Earl Blaik.

TraditionsEdit

Songs
Alma Mater is the Army's school song. Army's fight song is On, Brave Old Army Team. Army also plays other organized cheers; Army Rocket Yell, Black, Gold, and Gray, and USMA Cheer.[17]

Mascot
Army's mascot is Army Mules. The Army Mules date back to 1899, being officially adopted by Army in 1936.[18]

College Football Hall of FameEdit

Name Position Years at Army Inducted
Charlie Daly QB 1901–1902 1951
Chris Cagle HB 1926–1929 1954
Ed Garbisch C/OG 1921–1924 1954
Elmer Oliphant FB 1916–1917 1955
Glenn Davis HB 1943–1946 1961
John McEwan C 1913–1916 1962
Doc Blanchard FB 1944–1946 1964
Paul Bunker HB/OT 1901–1902 1969
Harry Wilson HB 1924 1973
Barney Poole TE/DE 1974
Alex Weyand OT 1914–1915 1974
Pete Dawkins HB 1956–1958 1975
Harvey Jablonsky OG 1931–1933 1978
Bud Sprague OT 1926–1927 1979
Bill Carpenter TE 1957–1959 1982
Arnold Galiffa QB 1983
Doug Kenna QB 1942–1944 1984
Don Holleder 1985
Robin Olds 1985
Joe Steffy OG 1945–1947 1987
John Green OG 1943–1945 1989
Frank Merritt OT 1942–1943 1996
Bob Anderson HB 1957–1959 2004
Arnold Tucker QB 1945–1946 2008

Other notable playersEdit

President of the United States and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and General of the Army Omar Bradley were on the 1912 Army football team. Eisenhower was injured and his football career was over by 1913, when the two future generals were juniors. Bradley, a star of the Army baseball team for four years, was on the field in 1913 when Notre Dame upset Army in a historic college football game in which the forward pass was used for the first time. Bradley played end opposite the legendary Knute Rockne, the Notre Dame end who later coached the Irish to national championships before dying in a plane crash near Bazaar, Kansas, on Easter Friday in 1931.

Retired NumbersEdit

No. Player Position Career Ref.
24 Pete Dawkins HB 1956–1958 [19]
35 Doc Blanchard FB 1944–1946
41 Glenn Davis HB 1943–1946
61 Joe Steffy OG 1945–1947

Award winnersEdit

Future SchedulesEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

Staff as of August 8, 2019.[27]

Name Position First year position First year Army Alma Mater
Jeff Monken Head Coach 2014 2014 Millikin
Offensive staff
Brent Davis Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 2014 2014 Georgia
Marcus Edwards Wide Receivers 2018 2018 South Florida
Sean Saturnio Tight Ends 2018 2014 Hawaii
Pat Tresey Offensive Line 2018 2016 Mount St. Joseph
Mike Viti Fullbacks 2016 2016 Army
Mitch Ware Quarterbacks 2014 2014 Southwest Missouri State
Tucker Waugh Running Backs 2015 20071 DePauw
Defensive staff
John Loose Defensive Coordinator 2019 20142 Ithaca
Josh Christian–Young Safeties 2019 2015 Central Missouri
Kevin Corless Inside Linebackers 2014 2014 Northwest Missouri State
Daryl Dixon Cornerbacks 2019 2016 Florida
Matt Hachmann Outside Linebackers 2019 2019 St. Thomas (Minn.)
Kevin Lewis Defensive Line 2019 2019 Virginia Tech
Special teams staff
Mike Krysl Special Teams Coordinator 2018 2018 Central Missouri
Quality control staff
Matt Drinkall Offensive Quality Control 2019 2019 Western Illinois–Quad Cities
Rick Lyster Defensive Quality Control 2019 2018 Lafayette
Strength and conditioning staff
Scott Swanson Director of Strength & Conditioning 1998 19983 Wake Forest
Conor Hughes Head Football Strength & Conditioning 2019 2017 Springfield College (Mass.)
Rusty Whitt Assistant Football Strength & Conditioning 2019 2019 Abilene Christian
GC Yerry Assistant Football Strength & Conditioning 2019 2019 Stony Brook
Support staff
Clayton Kendrick-Holmes Chief of Staff/Director of Football Operations 2018 2018 Navy
CPT Blake Powers Admissions Support Officer 2018 2018 Indiana
Jim Collins Director of Player Personnel 2019 2019 Wittenberg
Devon Doyle Assistant Director of Recruiting Operations 2019 2019
Danny Payne Director of Scouting 2017 2017 Kennesaw State
Brett Moore Director of On-Campus Recruiting 2017 2017 Georgia Southern
Lawrence Scott Director of Player Development 2018 2018 Army
Jack O'Reilly Director of Video Operations 2018 2018 Clemson
Michael Zeoli Assistant Director of Video Operations 2017 2017 William Paterson
  1. Tucker Waugh also served as the wide receivers coach at Army from 2000 to 2004.
  2. John Loose also served as the linebackers coach at Army from 1992 to 1999.
  3. Scott Swanson also served as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach at Army from 1995 to 1996.

RadioEdit

Radio rights are held by the Army Sports Network.

Current broadcast teamEdit

Army Sports Network
  • Rich DeMarco (play-by-play)
  • Dean Darling (color analyst)
  • Tony Morino (sideline reporter)
  • Joe Beckerle (pre and post-game)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Army Staff External Branding And Assets". GoArmyWestPoint.com. April 13, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Heisman Winners". The Heisman Trophy. Archived from the original on December 9, 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ Ambrose (1966), pp. 305–06.
  4. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p. 135, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  5. ^ "Trophy Winners". The Heisman Trophy. Archived from the original on December 18, 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Biography". Official Website of Vince Lombardi. Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2008.
  7. ^ Biggane, Brian (15 November 2008). "Bill Parcells is Dolphins' Godfather". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  8. ^ Palka (2008), p. 197.
  9. ^ "Army Football to Leave Conference USA After 2004 Season". The Official Website of Conference USA. Archived from the original on 15 February 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  10. ^ a b c d e f 2018 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). The National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "2018 Army West Point Football Media Guide" (PDF). Army Athletics. pp. 73–75. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  12. ^ "ECAC Announces 2018 Football Teams of the Year and Lambert Awards". ECACsports.com. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Winsipedia - Army Black Knights vs. Air Force Falcons football series history". Winsipedia.
  14. ^ "Winsipedia - Army Black Knights vs. Navy Midshipmen football series history". Winsipedia.
  15. ^ Boston College Even with Irish in Yardage, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 13, 1946.
  16. ^ "Winsipedia - Army Black Knights vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish football series history". Winsipedia.
  17. ^ "> Alma Mater & Fight Songs". Army West Point website.
  18. ^ "> Army Mules". Army West Point website.
  19. ^ "Army Retired Jerseys". Army. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  20. ^ "Maxwell Football Club Announces Army West Point's Jeff Monken as George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year" (Press release). Maxwell Football Club. January 3, 2019. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  21. ^ "Monken Recognized as the Lombardi Coach of Year". USMA Athletic Department. January 8, 2019. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  22. ^ "Army Head Coach Jeff Monken Wins 2018 President's Award". Touchdown Club of Columbus. January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  23. ^ "Rodriguez Wins 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy". USMA Athletic Department. December 6, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  24. ^ "Andrew Rodriguez Wins Sullivan Award". USMA Athletic Department. March 20, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  25. ^ "King Honored with Defender of the Nation Award". USMA Athletic Department. November 8, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  26. ^ "Army Black Knights Future Football Schedules". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  27. ^ "2019 Army Black Knights Coaching Staff". USMA Athletic Department. Retrieved August 8, 2019.

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