William & Mary Tribe football

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The William & Mary Tribe are a college football team representing the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. William & Mary currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Mike London is in his 1st year as the Tribe's head coach. London won a national championship with rival school University of Richmond in 2008. He succeeds Jimmye Laycock, who was the head coach of the Tribe for 39 years.

William & Mary Tribe football
2019 William & Mary Tribe football team
William and Mary Tribe wordmark.svg
First season1893
Athletic directorSamantha Huge
Head coachMike London
1st season, 2–6 (.250)
StadiumZable Stadium
(Capacity: 12,672)
FieldCary Field
Field surfaceFieldTurf Pro
LocationWilliamsburg, Virginia
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
Past conferencesIndependent (1893–1906)
SAIAA (1907–1910)
Independent (1911–1931)
Virginia Conference (1932–1935)
SoCon (1936–1976)
Division I Independent (1977)
Division I-A Independent (1978–1981)
Division I-AA Independent (1982–1992)
Yankee (1993–1996)
A-10 (1997–2006)
All-time record573–565–41 (.503)
Bowl record1–2 (.333)
Conference titles12
James Madison
ColorsGreen, Gold, and Silver[1]
Fight song"Tribe Fight Song"

William & Mary's traditional rival in football is the University of Richmond. William & Mary and Richmond have met 120 times since 1898, making the rivalry (sometimes referred to as "the South's oldest rivalry") the fourth most-played in Division I college football. Only Lafayette–Lehigh, PrincetonYale, and Harvard–Yale have played more games. The winner of this annual W&M–Richmond match-up claims the Capital Cup (previously known as the I-64 Trophy), named for the last two Virginia state capitals, Richmond and Williamsburg. In 2008, William & Mary opened the Jimmye Laycock Football Center, housing the Tribe locker room, football players' classroom study sessions and tape review rooms.

The College of William & Mary has transitioned through several official nicknames since its athletic program began in 1893. From 1893 to 1916, William & Mary football players were known as the Orange and White because those were the old official school colors. From 1916 to 1977, all William & Mary athletes were known as the Indians. Since 1978, they have been known as the Tribe.


The William & Mary Tribe football team had sustained success during Jimmye Laycock's tenure. Since his taking over as head coach, W&M enjoyed over 25 winning seasons and 10 playoff appearances, the 23rd most appearances of any FCS program. The long-time head-coach led the Tribe to multiple playoff appearances, including the national semifinal game on two occasions. Most recently, the Tribe lost in a quarterfinal matchup against University of Richmond in 2015. In 2009 the Tribe also reached the semifinal against eventual champions Villanova in 2009, losing by a single point. The team has also appeared in three bowl games: the 1948 Dixie Bowl, 1949 Delta Bowl and 1970 Tangerine Bowl. The Tribe are 1–2 in those games, with the lone win being a 20–0 victory over Oklahoma A&M in 1949.


Aside from William & Mary's lengthy Capital Cup rivalry with the University of Richmond, the Tribe also hold historic rivalries with in-state opponents like James Madison University and the Virginia Military Institute, as well as out-of-state opponents like the University of Delaware. As of 2017, only the James Madison Dukes and Richmond Spiders are still football members of the Colonial Athletic Association with William & Mary. William & Mary also maintains older, less intense rivalries with the VMI Keydets from its days in the Southern Conference, and the Virginia Cavaliers as part of the unofficial Jefferson Cup, named after Thomas Jefferson who attended the College of William & Mary before founding the University of Virginia.[2]

Series recordsEdit

  • Records through the 2016 season.
Opponent (Rivalry) Match Ups Record
Richmond (Capital Cup) 127 62–60–5
VMI (Rivalry) 88 53–33–2
Delaware (Rivalry) 42 18–24
James Madison (Rivalry) 40 17–23
Virginia (Rivalry) 36 6–29–1

Currently in professional footballEdit


  1. Mark Duffner (Class of 1975) – Senior Defensive Assistant for the Cincinnati Bengals
  2. Ivan Fears (Class of 1976) – Running backs coach for the New England Patriots
  3. Sean McDermott (Class of 1998) – Head coach of the Buffalo Bills
  4. Mike Tomlin (Class of 1995) – Head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers; winner of Super Bowl XLIII; youngest head coach in NFL history to lead team to Super Bowl win (36 years old)
  5. Alan Williams (Class of 1992) – Defensive backs coach for the Detroit Lions


  1. Jerome Couplin III (Class of 2014) – Safety for LA Wildcats of the XFL.
  2. Jonathan Grimes (Class of 2012) – Running back who is currently a free agent
  3. DeAndre Houston-Carson (Class of 2016) – Safety for the Chicago Bears
  4. Tre McBride (Class of 2015) - Wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  5. Luke Rhodes (Class of 2016) - Linebacker and long snapper for the Indianapolis Colts
  6. B. W. Webb (Class of 2013) – Cornerback for the New York Giants

Currently in the CFLEdit


  1. Billy Parker (gridiron football) (Class of 2004) – Defensive Assistant for the Montreal Alouettes


  1. Adrian Tracy (Class of 2010) - Defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  2. Devonte Dedmon (Class of 2019) - Wide receiver for the Ottawa Redblacks


Conference championshipsEdit

The Tribe have won 12 conference championships.

Year Coach Conference Overall record Conference record
1933 John Kellison Virginia Conference 6–5 2–1
1934 John Kellison Virginia Conference 2–6 2–1
1935 Thomas Dowler Virginia Conference 3–4–3 1–1–1
1942 Carl M. Voyles Southern Conference 9–1–1 4–0
1947 Rube McCray Southern Conference 9–2 7–1
1966 Marv Levy Southern Conference 5–4–1 4–1–1
1970 Lou Holtz Southern Conference 5–7 3–1
1996 Jimmye Laycock Yankee Conference 10–3 7–1
2001 Jimmye Laycock Atlantic 10 Conference 8–4 7–2
2004 Jimmye Laycock Atlantic 10 Conference 11–3 7–1
2010 Jimmye Laycock Colonial Athletic Association 8–4 6–2
2015 Jimmye Laycock Colonial Athletic Association 9–4 6–2

† denotes co-championship.

Division championshipsEdit

The Tribe have one division title, won during their time in the Yankee Conference.

Year Coach Conference Division Conference record
1993 Jimmye Laycock Yankee Conference Mid-Atlantic Division 7–1

Bowl gamesEdit

William & Mary have participated in three bowl games. The Tribe have a record of 1–2.

Date Bowl Opponent Result
January 1, 1948 Dixie Bowl Arkansas L 19–21
January 1, 1949 Delta Bowl Oklahoma A&M W 20–0
December 28, 1970 Tangerine Bowl Toledo L 12–40


The Tribe have participated in the playoffs ten times, with 17 total playoff games played for a record of 7–10.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 First Round Delaware L 17–51
1989 First Round Furman L 10–24
1990 First Round
Central Florida
W 38–0
L 38–52
1993 First Round McNeese State L 28–34
1996 First Round
Jackson State
Northern Iowa
W 45–6
L 35–38
2001 First Round Appalachian State L 27–40
2004 First Round
James Madison
W 42–35
W 44–38
L 34–48
2009 First Round
Weber State
Southern Illinois
W 38–0
W 24–3
L 13–14
2010 Second Round Georgia Southern L 15–31
2015 First Round
Second Round
W 52–49
L 13–48

Halls of Fame inducteesEdit

College FootballEdit

  1. Jack Cloud – Set a school scoring record of 102 points in 1947 and once scored five touchdowns in a single game
  2. Bill Fincher – Did not attend W&M, but coached the Indians in 1921
  3. Lou Holtz – Did not attend W&M, but coached the Indians from 1969–1971 and led the team to the 1970 Tangerine Bowl
  4. Bill Ingram – Did not attend W&M, but Ingram began his coaching career at William & Mary where, in 1922, he managed a 6–3–0 record
  5. Buster Ramsey – In his four years (1939–1942) the school had a record of 29–7–3; the 1942 team were Southern Conference champions, beating out Duke and North Carolina for the title

National Football League (NFL)Edit

  1. Lou Creekmur – After playing for the Indians he went on to become of one of the most successful offensive tackles in Detroit Lions history
  2. Marv Levy – Did not attend W&M, but coached William & Mary for five years (1964–68), earning two Southern Conference Coach of the Year awards and one SoCon title (1966); the 27–16 win over Navy in 1967 is considered by the NCAA to be one of the Top 10 greatest college football upsets in history

Canadian Football League (CFL)Edit

  1. Mike "Pinball" Clemons – compiled 4,778 all-purpose yards and was named a Division I-AA All-American
  2. Ralph Sazio – was a mainstay of the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a player, assistant coach, head coach, general manager and team president



  1. ^ "William & Mary Athletics Logos and Marks". September 20, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  2. ^ TribeAthletics.com: All-time Game Results. Accessed October 31, 2013.


  1. "2009 Media Guide". Tribe Athletics. The College of William & Mary. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  2. "William and Mary Head Coach Jimmye Laycock". Tribe Athletics. The College of William & Mary. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  3. "Tribe Football in the Pros". Tribe Athletics. The College of William & Mary. 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  4. "FCS Preseason Rankings". The Sports Network. Retrieved September 1, 2010.

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