Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Northern Arizona University located in the U.S. state of Arizona. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Big Sky Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1915. The team plays its home games at the 17,500 seat Walkup Skydome. They are coached by Chris Ball.

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
2020 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football team
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First season1915
Head coachChris Ball
1st season, 4–8 (.333)
StadiumWalkup Skydome
(Capacity: 10,500)
LocationFlagstaff, Arizona
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
All-time record448–444–23 (.502)
Conference titles2 (1978, 2003)
RivalriesSouthern Utah (rivalry)
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]


The Lumberjacks have maintained numerous rivalries with their western counterparts. Competition has not only been limited to the west. The Lumberjacks have also taken on eastern programs such as the Ole Miss Rebels, Florida Atlantic Owls, and the Appalachian State Mountaineers.


  • 1937–1952: NCAA College Division
  • 1953–1968: NAIA
  • 1969–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1977: NCAA Division II
  • 1978–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference affiliationsEdit


Conference championshipsEdit

Year Conference Record
1978 Big Sky Conference 6–0
2003 Big Sky Conference 5–2

Postseason resultsEdit

NCAA Division II playoffsEdit

Year Round Opponent Result Head Coach
1977 Quarterfinals Jacksonville State         L 0–35     Joe Salem    
  • NAU was runner-up in Big Sky to champion Boise State, which had a scheduling conflict.

NCAA Division I-AA/FCS playoffsEdit

The Lumberjacks have appeared in the NCAA I-AA/FCS playoffs six times, with an overall record of 1–6.

Year Round Opponent Result Head Coach
1996 First Round Furman L 32–41 Steve Axman
1999 First Round @ Georgia Southern L 29–72 Jerome Souers
2001 First Round @ Sam Houston State L 31–34
2003 First Round
@ McNeese State
Florida Atlantic
W 35–3
L 25–48
2013 First Round South Dakota State L 7–26
2017 First Round San Diego L 10–41


Southern UtahEdit

Northern Arizona leads Southern Utah 13–9 in the series through the 2018 season.

Current coaching staffEdit

Name Position
Chris Ball Head Coach
Aaron Pflugrad Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Andy Thompson Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Travis Baker Defensive Line Coach
Jalil Brown Defensive Backs Coach
Robin Pflugrad Wide Receivers Coach
Craig Knoth Director of Recruiting/ Player Development
Cody VonAppen Safeties Coach
Tim Davis Offensive Line Coach
Jimmy Beal Running Backs/ Tight Ends Coach

Notable former playersEdit

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ "Northern Arizona University Visual Identity Guide" (PDF). Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Leslie Duncan -". Retrieved April 5, 2018.

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