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The Nicholls Colonels football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Nicholls State University located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States.[2][3] The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southland Conference.[4][5] Nicholls' first football team was fielded in 1972. The team plays its home games at the 10,500 seat Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The Colonels are coached by Tim Rebowe.[6]

Nicholls Colonels football
2019 Nicholls Colonels football team
Nicholls State Colonels wordmark.svg
First season1972
Athletic directorMatt Roan
Head coachTim Rebowe
4th season, 25–22 (.532)
StadiumManning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium
(Capacity: 10,500)
Field surfaceGeoGreen artificial turf
LocationThibodaux, Louisiana
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthland Conference
All-time record207–309–4 (.402)
Playoff appearances5
Playoff record2–5 (Div. I FCS)
Conference titles4
1975, 1984, 2005, 2018
RivalriesSoutheastern Louisiana (rivalry)
Northwestern State (rivalry)
Texas State (rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans15
ColorsRed and Gray[1]
Fight songNicholls State Colonels Fight Song
MascotColonel Tillou
Marching bandPride of Nicholls Marching Band
Nicholls Colonels


Conference affiliationsEdit


Conference championshipsEdit

Head coachesEdit

Years Name Won Lost Tie Pct.
1972–1973 Gary Kinchen 5 17 0 .227
1974–1980 Bill Clements 36 39 1 .480
1981–1986 Sonny Jackson 39 28 1 .581
1987–1992 Phil Greco 27 37 2 .424
1993–1994 Rick Rhoades 8 14 0 .364
1995–1998* Darren Barbier 17 28 0 .378
1999–2003 Daryl Daye 13 42 0 .236
2004–2009 Jay Thomas 27 35 0 .435
2010–2014 Charlie Stubbs 10 38 0 .208
2014** Steve Axman 0 9 0 .000
2015–present Tim Rebowe 25 22 0 .532

*1996 I-AA National Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Award Recipient
**Interim head coach for final nine games of 2014 season

Division I-AA/Division I FCS PlayoffsEdit

Year Round Classification Opponent Result
1986 First Round
NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs Appalachian State
Georgia Southern
W 28–26
L 31–55

(Grantland Rice Bowl)
1996 First Round NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs Montana L 3–48
2005 First Round NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs Furman L 12–14
2017 First Round NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs South Dakota L 31–38
2018 First Round
Second Round
NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs San Diego
Eastern Washington
W 49–30
L 21–42

Notable playersEdit


Year Name Position Team
1976 Gerald Butler WR Kodak First Team (AFCA)
1977 Rusty Rebowe LB AP First Team; Kodak First Team (AFCA); NCAA All-American
1981 Dwight Walker WR AP First Team; Kodak First Team (AFCA)
1982 Clint Conque LB AP First Team
1982 Jay Pennison OL AP Second Team
1983 Jay Pennison OL AP Second Team
1984 Dewayne Harrison TE AP First Team
1985 Lynn Bychurch OL AP Second Team
1986 Mark Carrier WR AP First Team; Kodak First Team (AFCA)
1987 Alfred Dorsey WR AP Second Team
1987 Karl Hill DB AP Third Team
1987 Reed Pere’ OL AP Third Team
1991 Darryl Pounds DB AP Second Team
1994 Brian Desselles P AP Second Team
1994 Darryl Pounds DB AP First Team
2007 Kareem Moore DB AP Second Team
2007 Lardarius Webb DB Walter Camp Foundation First Team
2008 Lardarius Webb DB AP First Team

Nicholls Colonels selected in the NFL DraftEdit

Year Name Position Team Round Overall pick
1976 Gary Barbaro DB Kansas City Chiefs 3rd Round 74th
1977 Gerald Butler WR Chicago Bears 7th Round 182nd
1982 Dwight Walker WR Cleveland Browns 4th Round 87th
1984 Johnny Meads LB Houston Oilers 3rd Round 58th
1985 Anthony Tuggle DB Cincinnati Bengals 4th Round 97th
1985 Lionel Vital RB Washington Redskins 7th Round 187th
1986 Oscar Smith RB Detroit Lions 5th Round 119th
1987 Mark Carrier WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3rd Round 57th
1987 Doug Hudson QB Kansas City Chiefs 6th Round 186th
1989 Jamie Lawson FB Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5th Round 117th
1990 Dee Thomas DB Houston Oilers 10th Round 264th
1995 Darryl Pounds DB Washington Redskins 3rd Round 68th
2004 Chris Thompson DB Jacksonville Jaguars 5th Round 110th
2007 Jacob Bender OL New York Jets 6th Round 177th
2008 Kareem Moore DB Washington Redskins 6th Round 180th
2009 Lardarius Webb DB Baltimore Ravens 3rd Round 88th


Manning Field at John L. Guidry StadiumEdit

Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose stadium in Thibodaux, Louisiana.[8] It is home to the Nicholls Colonels football team of the Southland Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The stadium is named in honor of former state representative John L. Guidry who was instrumental in the establishment of Francis T. Nicholls Junior College. The playing surface is named Manning Field after the Manning family (Peyton, Eli, Cooper and Archie) because the family holds the annual Manning Passing Academy football camp at the facility.[9] The current playing surface is GeoGreen Replicated Grass.[10] The stadium was officially dedicated on September 16, 1972.

The stadium features a three-level press box on the west side with a photo deck located on the roof.[8] The president's suite and a 30-seat club level is located on the third level. The second level houses an area for game management staff, television, radio and coaches' booths and a working press area. On the ground level is the Colonels Club Room. Members use the club room as a hospitality area before home football games as well as for various university functions throughout the year.

On June 12, 2019, Nicholls announced a new $6.5 million, 20,000-square-foot football operations center will be built in the south end zone along with an expansion and renovation of the Frank L. Barker Athletic Building.[11][12] The football team will move from the Barker Athletic Building to the football operations center starting with the 2020 Nicholls Football season.[11][12] The football operations center will include a new locker room, players’ lounge, 142-seat team meeting room with stadium-style seating, training room, equipment room, coaches’ and staff offices, position and group meeting rooms, catering kitchen and team lobby.[11] The team meeting room will also function as a gameday club seating area with a large window overlooking the field.[12] Construction of an indoor training facility located behind the football operations center will begin after completion of the football operations center.[12][13]

Practice and Training facilitiesEdit

Frank L. Barker Athletic BuildingEdit

The Frank L. Barker Athletic Building or Barker Hall is located adjacent to Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium. It houses the Nicholls Colonels football coaches’ offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, athletic training rooms and athletic staff.[11]

The Nicholls Athletics Hall of Fame is also located in the building.

Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning FacilityEdit

The Nicholls Colonels Strength and Conditioning facility is located in the Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility or Leonard C. Chabert Hall. The facility has multi-purpose power stations, weight machines, dumbbell stations, elliptical machines and stationary bikes. It is the strength and conditioning facility and nutrition center for Nicholls athletics.[11]

Football practice fieldsEdit

The Nicholls Colonels football practice fields include three natural grass football practice fields located across Acadia Drive from Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium, the Frank L. Barker Athletic Building and the Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility.[14] Two of the fields face in a north-south configuration similar to Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium with a third facing in an east-west configuration.


Southeastern LouisianaEdit

Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana are located 94 miles apart and no two football-playing schools in the Southland Conference are as close as the two schools. The winner of the annual football game is awarded the River Bell Trophy. The trophy features a river bell, the teams athletic logos and details the yearly victors. The game played between the rivals began in 1972 and was played annually until 1985 when Southeastern Louisiana dropped its football program. It resumed 20 years later in 2005 when football was reinstated by the university.

Northwestern StateEdit

The football rivalry game with Northwestern State is played annually with the winner being awarded the NSU Trophy. Both universities are located in Louisiana and are members of the Southland Conference. The first game in the series was played in 1973.

Texas StateEdit

In fall 1998, the Colonels were scheduled to take on the Texas State Bobcats. Prior to the game, heavy rains flooded San Marcos, Texas and the playing field at Texas State. Athletic directors and coaches from both schools decided to postpone the game and coined the annual contest the "Battle for the Paddle," joking that fans and athletes needed to use a boat and paddle to get to the game. The game was eventually played on November 28, 1998 with Texas State prevailing 28–27 to win the first "Battle for the Paddle". A wooden oar or paddle named the "Paddle Trophy" was awarded to the winner of the contest.

Future opponentsEdit

Future Football Bowl Subdivision opponentsEdit

2019 2020 2021 2022
at Kansas State at LSU at Memphis at South Alabama
at Texas State

Source: [15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nicholls Colors – Nicholls Branding Guide". Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels media guide". Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels football team page". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Tim Rebowe named Colonels coach". November 21, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels Yearly Totals". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Nicholls State Colonels football media guide" (PDF). Nicholls State University Athletics. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  9. ^ "Football field's namesake brings academy to campus". The Nicholls Worth. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Guidry Stadium field turf installation underway". Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Nicholls receives gift for Barker Hall Expansion, Football Operations Center". Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d "Nicholls unveils plans for $6.5 million football facility". Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Nicholls receives gift for Barker Hall Expansion, Football Operations Center". Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Nicholls Map". Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Future Nicholls Non-Conference Football Opponents". Retrieved June 13, 2019.

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