Carroll Fighting Saints football

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Carroll Fighting Saints
Carroll College logo.jpg
First season 1920
Head coach Mike Van Diest
12th year, 144–20–0  (.878)
Home stadium Nelson Stadium
Stadium capacity 7,000
Stadium surface Grass
Location Helena, Montana
Conference Frontier Conference
All-time record 428–244–16 (.634)
Claimed national titles 6 (2002, 2003, 2004,
2005, 2007, 2010)
Conference titles 40
Colors

Purple and Gold

          
Mascot Fighting Saints (Halo)
Rivals Montana Tech University
Website CarrollAthletics.com

The Carroll Fighting Saint football program represents Carroll College of Helena, Montana in college football. The team competes in the Frontier Conference, which is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Carroll Fighting Saints football team began playing in 1920 and is one of the most successful programs in the NAIA division of college football. The program has won six NAIA Football National Championships (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010) and 40 conference championships, 14 while a member of the Montana Collegiate Conference and 26 as a member of the Frontier Conference. The team is currently coached by Mike Van Diest who in his 12 seasons at Carroll, has compiled a career record of 144–20. His winning percentage of .878 is the third highest of any head coach with at least ten seasons of experience in college football history, behind only those of Mount Union's Larry Kehres and Notre Dame's Knute Rockne. The Carroll College Fighting Saints plays their home games on campus at Nelson Stadium.

Notable alumni[edit]

In addition, the Carroll program has developed many well known talents either as a coach or a player, including the winningest coach in college football history, John Gagliardi, former Detroit Lions tight end, Casey FitzSimmons, and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach, Bobby Petrino. The team is currently coached by Mike Van Diest and plays its home game on campus at Nelson Stadium.

Championships[edit]

National Championship appearances[edit]

Year Coach Result Score Opponent
2002 Mike Van Diest won 28-7 Georgetown College (KY)
2003 Mike Van Diest won 41-28 Northwestern Oklahoma State
2004 Mike Van Diest won 15-13 St. Francis (IN)
2005 Mike Van Diest won 27-10 St. Francis (IN)
2007 Mike Van Diest won 17-9 Sioux Falls
2008 Mike Van Diest lost 23-7 Sioux Falls
2010 Mike Van Diest won 10-7 Sioux Falls
2011 Mike Van Diest lost 24-20 St. Xavier

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Coach Result
1926 Montana Collegiate Conference Wilbur Eaton Conference Champions
1927 Montana Collegiate Conference Wilbur Eaton Conference Champions
1928 Montana Collegiate Conference Wilbur Eaton Conference Champions
1931 Montana Collegiate Conference Bill Jones Conference Champions
1940 Montana Collegiate Conference Ed Simonich Conference Champions
1941 Montana Collegiate Conference Ed Simonich Conference Champions
1950 Montana Collegiate Conference John Gagliardi Conference Champions
1951 Montana Collegiate Conference John Gagliardi Conference Champions
1952 Montana Collegiate Conference John Gagliardi Conference Champions
1953 Montana Collegiate Conference Raymond Hunthausen Conference Champions
1954 Montana Collegiate Conference Raymond Hunthausen Conference Champions
1955 Montana Collegiate Conference Raymond Hunthausen Conference Champions
1956 Montana Collegiate Conference Raymond Hunthausen Conference Champions
1960 Montana Collegiate Conference John Hunthausen Conference Champions
1972 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions
1973 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions
1974 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions
1976 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions
1978 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions,
NAIA Quarterfinals
1980 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions
1981 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions
1982 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions
1985 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions,
NAIA Semifinals
1986 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions,
NAIA Semifinals
1987 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions,
NAIA First Round
1988 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions,
NAIA Semifinals
1989 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions,
NAIA First Round
1990 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions
1993 Frontier Conference Bob Petrino Sr. Conference Champions,
NAIA First Round
2000 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA Semifinals
2001 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA Semifinals
2002 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA National Champions
2003 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA National Champions
2004 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA National Champions
2005 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA National Champions
2006 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA Quarterfinals
2007 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA National Champions
2008 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA Finalists
2009 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA Semifinals
2010 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA National Champions
2011 Frontier Conference Mike Van Diest Conference Champions,
NAIA Finalists

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