UT Martin Skyhawks football

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.[2]

UT Martin Skyhawks
2020 UT Martin Skyhawks football team
UT Martin Skyhawks wordmark.svg
First season1925
Head coachJason Simpson
13th season, 80–68 (.541)
StadiumGraham Stadium
(Capacity: 7,500)
LocationMartin, Tennessee
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
All-time record245–366–6 (.402)
Bowl record1–0 (1.000)
Conference titles5
ColorsNavy Blue and Orange[1]

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

Conference membershipsEdit

Conference championshipsEdit

UT Martin has won five conference championships, three outright and two shared.[3]

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.

Year Round Opponent Result
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.

Year Round Opponent Result
1988 First Round
Texas A&I
W 23–6
L 0–34

Notable former playersEdit

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ "Graphic Identity Standards". Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  2. ^ https://issuu.com/utmskyhawks/docs/2017_utmartin_fbmediaguide
  3. ^ https://issuu.com/utmskyhawks/docs/2017_utmartin_fbmediaguide

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