William & Mary Tribe football
|William & Mary Tribe football|
|Athletic director||Terry Driscoll|
|Head coach||Jimmye Laycock
35th year, 222–165–2 (.573)
|Home stadium||Zable Stadium|
|Stadium surface||FieldTurf Pro|
|Conference||Colonial Athletic Association|
|Past conferences||Independent (1893–1906)
Virginia Conference (1932–1935)
Division I Independent (1977)
Division I-A Independent (1978–1981)
Division I-AA Independent (1982–1992)
|All-time record||556–537–41 (.508)|
|Postseason bowl record||1–2 (.333)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
Green and Gold
|Fight song||"Tribe Fight Song"|
|Rivals||James Madison Dukes
Old Dominion Monarchs
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. Jimmye Laycock is in his 32nd year as the Tribe's head coach. Laycock is a W&M alumnus and played quarterback under legendary college football coaches Marv Levy and Lou Holtz.
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, Princeton–Yale, and Harvard–Yale have played more games. The winner of this annual W&M–Richmond match-up, named for the last two Virginia state capitals, Richmond and Williamsburg, claims the Capital Cup (previously known as the I-64 Trophy). In 2008, William & Mary opened the Jimmye Laycock Football Center, a state-of-the-art facility 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. And, most recently, from 1978 to the present day they have been known as the Tribe.
- 1 Results
- 2 Rivalries
- 3 Currently in the NFL
- 4 Championships
- 5 Halls of Fame inductees
- 6 All-time NFL Draft selections
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The William & Mary Tribe football team has had sporadic success during Jimmye Laycock's tenure. Since his taking over as head coach, W&M have enjoyed occasional winning seasons. The long-time head-coach has led the Tribe to multiple playoff appearances, including the national semifinal game on two occasions. Most recently, the Tribe 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 Old Dominion University, James Madison University, and the Virginia Military Institute as well as out-of-state opponents like the University of Delaware. As of 2013, only the James Madison Dukes and Richmond Spiders are still football members of the Colonial Athletic Association with William & Mary. Old Dominion, against whom William & Mary competes in the Battle for the Silver Mace, departed the CAA for Conference USA following the 2012 season, and the series between the two teams has been discontinued after three meetings. 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.
- Records through the 2012 season.
|Opponent (Rivalry)||Match Ups||Record|
|Richmond (Capital Cup)||122||61–56–5|
|James Madison (Rivalry)||35||15–20|
|Old Dominion (Battle for the Silver Mace)||3||1–2|
Currently in the NFL
- Mark Duffner (Class of 1975) – Linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins
- Ivan Fears (Class of 1976) – Running backs coach for the New England Patriots
- Sean McDermott (Class of 1998) – Defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers
- 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)
- Alan Williams (Class of 1992) – Defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions
- Jerome Couplin III (Class of 2014) – Safety for the Detroit Lions
- Derek Cox (Class of 2009) – Cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens
- Jonathan Grimes (Class of 2012) – Running back for the Houston Texans
- Mike Leach (Class of 2000) – Long snapper for the Arizona Cardinals
- Sean Lissemore (Class of 2010) – Defensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers
- B. W. Webb (Class of 2013) – Cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers