Stetson Hatters football

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Stetson Hatters
2014 Stetson Hatters football team
First season 1901
(relaunched 2013)
Athletic director Jeff Altier
Head coach Roger Hughes
2nd year, 7–16 (.304)
Home stadium Spec Martin Stadium
Stadium capacity 6,000
Location DeLand, Florida
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Pioneer Football League
Postseason bowl record 0–0 (–)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0

Green and White

Rivals Mercer
For information on all Stetson University sports, see Stetson Hatters

The Stetson Hatters football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Stetson University located in the U.S. state of Florida. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Pioneer Football League. Stetson's first football team was fielded in 1901, but the school dropped the sport in 1956 and did not reinstate it until 2013. The team plays its home games at the 6,000 seat Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand, Florida. The Hatters are coached by Roger Hughes.


After a 57 year hiatus, on August 31, 2013, Stetson revived their football program against Warner University (who were playing in their inaugural football game) at Spec Martin Stadium. The Hatters held a lead of 10-3 with 12:35 remaining in the 2nd quarter when the game was suspended due to lightning. After more than a two hour delay, the game was officially postponed until the next day.[1] On September 1, 2013, the game resumed, and Stetson won 31-3.[2] It was Stetson's first win since defeating the University of Havana 64-0 at the end of the 1956 season.

On September 7, 2013, the Hatters played the Florida Tech Panthers in Palm Bay and lost 20-13.[3] For the second week in a row, Donald Payne was named Defensive Player of the Week for the Pioneer Football League.[4]

After a week off, Stetson hosted Birmingham-Southern on September 21, 2013 in front of a sellout crowd of 6104. They were unable to pull off win and were defeated by a score of 49-34.[5]

On September 28, 2013, the San Diego Toreros were hosted by Stetson and the Hatters lost 59-0 before a crowd of 5,874 at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium.[6]

On October 5, 2013, the Hatters went to Indianapolis and took on the Butler Bulldogs. Four turnovers and two safeties on offense slammed the door on Stetson and they lost their fourth straight game 35-15.[7]

On October 12, 2013, Stetson hosted the Flyers from the University of Dayton. In the beginning of the second quarter, the Hatters were already behind 35 points. They would go on to their fifth straight loss in a row by a score of 49-20.[8]

On October 26, 2013 Stetson traveled to Poughkeepsie, New York to play the Marist Red Foxes. Stetson could only muster eight first downs during the entire game. The Hatters were blanked 27-0 and have a six game losing streak. Four of the losses have been by 20 points or more.[9]

On November 2, 2013, the Hatters hosted the Campbell Fighting Camels at Spec Martin Memorial Stadium in on and off rain. Stetson lead in the fourth after scoring two touchdowns during the quarter until the Fighting Camels got a late touchdown, and won 19-18 to extend the Hatters' losing streak to seven straight.[10]

On November 9, 2013, Stetson had their first homecoming football game in 57 years against the Davidson College Wildcats. The Hatters broke their losing streak and got their first victory over an NCAA Division I team, as well their first Pioneer League win with a 26-13 victory before a home crowd.[11]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

  • Keith Shamrock - Owner of Shamrock Homes in Lake County, Florida (did the coin toss at the college's first football game after the football program was restarted)[12]

Year-by-year results[edit]


Conference championships[edit]

SIAA Champs of Florida 1929


  1. ^ "Stetson vs. Warner football game to resume at 3 p.m. Sunday". Daytona Beach News Journal. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stetson tops Warner, 31-3, in 1st game in 57 years". Daytona Beach News Journal. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Late Mistakes Cost Hatters in Loss at FIT". Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Payne Captures Second Straight PFL Honor". Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Stetson falls 49-34 to Birmingham-Southern". Daytona Beach News Journal. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Stetson loses Pioneer Football League opener 59-0 to San Diego". DB News Journal. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Frustrated Stetson falls 35-15 at Butler". DB News Journal. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Stetson falls 49-20 to Dayton". DB News Journal. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Stetson falls 27-0 to Marist in sixth straight loss". DB News Journal. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Late TD gives Campbell 19-18 win over Stetson". DB News Journal. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tentler, Stetson roll to 1st NCAA Division I victory at homecoming". DB News Journal. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Veteran Lake builder Keith Shamrock tosses coin as football returns to alma mater Stetson". The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 

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