Western Illinois Leathernecks football
The Western Illinois Leathernecks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Western Illinois University located in Macomb, Illinois. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1903. The team plays its home games at the 16,368 seat Hanson Field.
|Western Illinois Leathernecks football|
|Athletic director||Danielle Surprenant|
|Head coach||Jared Elliott|
1st season, 5–6 (.455)
|Field surface||Matrix Turf|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|All-time record||509–438–38 (.536)|
|Bowl record||2–1 (.667)|
|Playoff record||7–9 (Div. I FCS)|
0–1 (Div. II)
1939, 1942, 1949, 1958, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1981, 1988, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|Fight song||We're Marching On|
|Mascot||Colonel Rock (Live Bulldog), Rocky (Costumed Bulldog)|
|Marching band||Western Illinois University Marching Leathernecks|
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|1920–1941||Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic|
|1942–1949||Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic||NCAA College Division|
|1950–1969||Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic||NCAA College Division|
|1970–1972||Independent||NCAA College Division|
|1985–1991||Gateway Collegiate Athletic||Division I-AA|
|1992–2005||Gateway Football||Division I-AA|
|2006–2007||Gateway Football||Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)|
|2008–present||Missouri Valley Football||Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)|
|Years||Conference||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|1939||Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||5–1–1||2–0–1|
|1942||IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||5–0–2||3–0–1|
|1949||IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||9–1–0||4–0|
|1958||IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||6–1–1||5–1|
|1959||IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||9–0–0||6–0|
|1964†||IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||6–3–0||3–1|
|1969||IIllinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||8–2–0||3–0|
|1988||Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference||10–2–0||6–0|
|1997||Gateway Football Conference||8–3||4–1|
|1998||Gateway Football Conference||11–2||6–0|
|2000||Gateway Football Conference||9–3||5–1|
|2002†||Gateway Football Conference||11–2||6–1|
Playoffs and bowlsEdit
|1973||First Round||NCAA Division II Playoffs|
|1988||First Round||NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs|
|1991||First Round||NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs|
|1996||First Round||NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs|
|1997||Quarterfinals||NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs||(Pecan Bowl)|
|1998||Semifinals||NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs||(Pecan Bowl)|
|2000||First Round||NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs|
|2002||Quarterfinals||NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs||(Pecan Bowl)|
|2003||Quarterfinals||NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs||(Pecan Bowl)|
|2010||Second Round||NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs|
|2015||Second Round||NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs|
|2017||First Round||NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs|
*Note: Since 1981, the NCAA Division I-AA/Division I FCS Playoffs Regional Championships were commonly referred to as the Boardwalk Bowl (East Region Championship), Pecan Bowl (Midwest Region Championship), Grantland Rice Bowl (South Region Championship), and Camellia Bowl (West Region Championship).
|1949||Corn Bowl||Wheaton||W 13–0|
|1953||Corn Bowl||Iowa Wesleyan||W 32–0|
|1955||Corn Bowl||Luther||L 20–24|
|1906, 1910||Oliver Dickerson|
|1916–1917, 1919||Erskine Jay|
† Acting head coach first seven games of 2008 season and last eight games of 2009 season.
Hanson Field is a 16,368-seat multi-purpose stadium in Macomb, Illinois, USA. The stadium which opened in 1950 is home to the Western Illinois Leathernecks football team and track and field team. The field is named after former WIU football coach/A.D. and Marine legend Rock Hanson. A unique feature of the facility is an extensive hillside that surrounds the field allowing for additional seating for thousands of spectators. Outside the stadium, a statue of former WIU track and field coach and two time Olympic gold medalist Lee Calhoun stands and a bulldog statue is located at the main entrance.
On September 11, 2004, Western Illinois defeated Division II Cheyney State 98–7.
College Football Hall of Fame membersEdit
Notable former playersEdit
- Don Beebe
- Lance Lenoir
- Brett Taylor
- Sam Clemons
- Bryan Cox
- Rodney Harrison
- Leroy Jackson
- Mike Wagner
- Frank Winters
- Rich Seubert
- Mike Scifres
- Aaron Stecker
- David Bowens
- Jason Williams
Western Illinois Leathernecks selected in the NFL DraftEdit
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