UT Martin Skyhawks football
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The UT Martin Skyhawks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1925, while known as Hall-Moody Junior College (later changing it to University of Tennessee Junior College in 1927, which they kept until 1950). The team plays its home games at the 7,500 seat Graham Stadium. They are coached by Jason Simpson.
|UT Martin Skyhawks|
|Head coach||Jason Simpson|
13th season, 80–68 (.541)
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Conference||Ohio Valley Conference|
|All-time record||245–366–6 (.402)|
|Bowl record||1–0 (1.000)|
|Colors||Navy Blue and Orange|
UT Martin's official mascot became the Skyhawks in 1995. The school lists three references regarding the name, such as the fact that when the school's first site was a Bible institute, the school's athletic teams were called "sky pilots", a frontier term for preachers. During World War II, UT Junior College contracted with the Naval War Training Service to help train pilots, who completed their flight training at an airport now near a high school. Also, Red-tail hawks are indigenous to the west Tennessee region. The previous names of the athletic team were the Junior Volunteers and the Pacers.
- 1961–1972: NCAA College Division
- 1973–1991: NCAA Division II
- 1992–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS
UT Martin has won five conference championships, three outright and two shared.
|Season||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|1936||Mississippi Valley Conference||W. E. Derryberry||8–0||n/a|
|1937||Mississippi Valley Conference||W. E. Derryberry||6–2–1||n/a|
|1960||Volunteer State Athletic Conference||Bob Carroll||7–3||n/a|
|1988†||Gulf South Conference||Don McLeary||11–2||7–1|
|2006†||Ohio Valley Conference||Jason Simpson||9–3||6–1|
† denotes co-championship
FCS Playoffs resultsEdit
The Skyhawks have appeared in the FCS playoffs one time with an overall record of 0–1.
|2006||First Round||Southern Illinois||L 30–36|
Division II Playoffs resultsEdit
The Skyhawks have appeared in the Division II playoffs one time with an overall record of 1–1.
Notable former playersEdit
Notable alumni include: