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|
|Head coach||Chris Ball |
1st season, 4–8 (.333)
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|All-time record||448–444–23 (.502)|
|Conference titles||2 (1978, 2003)|
|Rivalries||Southern Utah (rivalry)|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
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
|1978||Big Sky Conference||6–0|
|2003||Big Sky Conference||5–2|
NCAA Division II playoffsEdit
|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.
|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|
|@ McNeese State
|2013||First Round||South Dakota State||L 7–26|
|2017||First Round||San Diego||L 10–41|
Northern Arizona leads Southern Utah 13–9 in the series through the 2018 season.
Current coaching staffEdit
|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:
- John Bonds
- Shawn Collins
- Michael Haynes
- Michael Mendoza
- Rex Mirich First Lumberjack football player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
- Keith O'Neil
- Khalil Paden
- Leslie "Herb" Duncan (wide receiver): Played six years professional football in the American Football League (AFL).
- Willard Reaves: Played pro football in the Canadian Football League and the National Football League. In the CFL he played for the Winnipeg BlueBombers, where his team won the 1984 Grey Cup and, in the same season, Reaves won the Most Outstanding Player Award. He also played for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in the NFL.
- Tom Jurich: The former athletic director at the University of Louisville
- Archie Amerson
- Pete Mandley
- Allan Clark
- "Northern Arizona University Visual Identity Guide" (PDF). Retrieved June 3, 2017.
- "Leslie Duncan - ArenaFan.com". www.arenafan.com. Retrieved April 5, 2018.