The Dayton Flyers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Dayton located in the U.S. state of Ohio. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Pioneer Football League. Dayton's first football team was fielded in 1905. The team plays its home games at the 11,000 seat Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. The Flyers are coached by Rick Chamberlin.
|Dayton Flyers football|
|Athletic director||Neil Sullivan|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Conference||Pioneer Football League|
|All-time record||655–385–40 (.625)|
|Bowl record||0–1 (.000)|
|Claimed national titles||2 (Division III)|
|Conference titles||12 (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015)|
|Division titles||2 (2001, 2002)|
|Colors||Red and blue|
- For information on all University of Dayton sports, see Dayton Flyers
- 1906–1955: NCAA
- 1956–1972: NCAA University Division
- 1973–1976: NCAA Division I
- 1977–1992: NCAA Division III
- 1993–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS
Notable former playersEdit
Notable alumni include:
- Jon A. Husted (1985-1989), Ohio lieutenant governor
- Jon Gruden (1982–1984), Graduated in 1985. Former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Las Vegas Raiders.
- Kelvin Kirk (1953–2003), first Mr. Irrelevant and CFL player
- Gary Kosins (born 1949), American football player
- Bill Lange (1928–1995), American football player
- Jim Katcavage (1952–1956), New York Giants football player for 13 years and three time all-Pro defensive end.
- Chuck Noll (1948-1952), Cleveland Browns player, and 4x Super Bowl winning coach for Steelers.
- Brandon Staley (2003-2004) Former Dayton Quarterback and current Head Coach of the Los Angeles Chargers
- Adam Trautman (2015-2019), American football player on the New Orleans Saints. He was the first Dayton player drafted (2020) since 1977.
Dayton has won two national championships, both during their tenure in Division III. Dayton has made five appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship Game, also known as the Stagg Bowl. The Flyers defeated Ithaca, 63–0 in the 1980 championship game, and defeated Union (NY) 17–7 in the 1989 championship game. The Flyers were unsuccessful in three other championship game appearances, losing 17–10 to Widener in 1981, 19–3 to Wagner in 1987, and 34–20 to Ithaca in 1991.
|1980||Rick Carter||Division III||14–0||63–0||Ithaca|
|1989||Mike Kelly||Division III||13–0–1||17–7||Union (NY)|
Dayton has won 11 conference championships, six outright and five shared.
|Season||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|1993||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||9–1||5–0|
|1994†||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||8–2||4–1|
|1996||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||11–0||5–0|
|1997||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||9–1||5–0|
|1999||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||6–4||4–0|
|2000†||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||8–3||3–1|
|2001||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||10–1||4–0|
|2002||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||11–1||4–0|
|2007†||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||11–1||6–1|
|2009†||Pioneer Football League||Rick Chamberlin||9–2||7–1|
|2010†||Pioneer Football League||Rick Chamberlin||10–1||8–0|
† denotes co-champions
From 2001–2005, the Pioneer Football League was divided into North and South Divisions, with the winners of those divisions participating in a Conference Championship Game. As winners of the Pioneer Football League's North Division, Dayton has made two appearances in the Pioneer Football League Championship Game, in 2001 and 2002.
|2001||PFL North||Jacksonville||W 46–14|
|2002||PFL North||Morehead State||W 28–0|
Bowl game appearancesEdit
Dayton has participated in one bowl game, with the Flyers having a record of 0–1.
|1951||Joe Gavin||Salad Bowl||Houston||L 21–26|
The Sports Network Cup was a way of determining the best mid major team in Division I FCS, with first place votes determining the winner between teams from the Pioneer Football League, the Northeast Conference, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
|2001||Sacred Heart Pioneers||15||Dayton Flyers||6|
|2002||Dayton Flyers||17||Albany Great Danes||7|
|2005||San Diego Toreros||26||Dayton Flyers||0|
|2007||Dayton Flyers||30||San Diego Toreros||0|
NCAA Division I FCSEdit
Dayton has made one appearance in the FCS playoffs. Their record is 0–1.
|2015||First Round||Western Illinois||L 7–24|
NCAA Division IIIEdit
The Flyers made eleven appearances in the NCAA Division III football playoffs. Their combined record was 16–9.
|1978||Quarterfinals||Carnegie Mellon||L, 21–24|
|1984||Quarterfinals||Augustana (IL)||L, 13–14|
|1986||First Round||Mount Union||L, 36–42|
|1988||First Round||Wittenberg||L, 28–35 OT|
Saint John's (MN)
Saint John's (MN)
W, 28–25 OT
|1992||First Round||Mount Union||L, 10–27|
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