Wittenberg Tigers football

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Wittenberg Tigers
WittenbergTigers.GIF
First season 1892
Athletic director [Purnell]
Head coach Joe Fincham
1996-2012 year, 154–35  (.815)
Home stadium Edwards–Maurer Field
Year built 1993
Stadium capacity 3,000[1]
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Springfield, Ohio
League NCAA Division III
Conference North Coast Athletic Conference
Past conferences Ohio Athletic Conference
All-time record 717–351–32 (.666)
Claimed national titles 2 NCAA Division III (1973, 1975); 3 Poll (1962, 1964, 1969)
Conference titles 17 OAC (1918, 1940, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1988); 11 NCAC (1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012)
Consensus All-Americans 127
Colors

Red and White

          
Fight song Wittenberg Fight Song
Mascot Ezry The Tiger
Website Wittenberg Football

The Wittenberg Tigers football team represents Wittenberg University in collegiate level football. The first recorded year in Wittenberg football history was 1892. The Tigers compete in NCAA Division III and the program is affiliated with the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). The Tigers play their home games at Edwards–Maurer Field in Springfield, Ohio.[1]

Overview[edit]

With an overall record is 727 wins, 353 losses and 32 ties, Wittenberg has the 2nd most wins in NCAA Division III football history.[2] Since 1955, Wittenberg has had only one losing record and has won five national championships (1962, 1964, 1969, 1973, 1975), 18 Ohio Athletic Conference championships (1918, 1940, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1988) and 12 NCAC championships (1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013.)[3] In 2011, the Tigers became the first D-III or D-II program to reach 700 wins with a victory over Capital in their season opener.

History[edit]

Godfrey era[edit]

Wittenberg's success in college football began under head coach Ernie Godfrey, who led the team in 1916 and from 1919 to 1928. Godfrey played college football for Ohio State from 1912 to 1914. Godfrey compiled a record of 63–24–8 at Wittenberg and were undefeated in both 1919 and 1920. Godfrey later joined the Ohio State coaching staff where he remained from 1929 to 1961. Godfrey was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.[4]

Edwards era[edit]

Wittenberg football began a period of unprecedented success in 1955 with the hiring of Bill Edwards as head coach. Edwards had been an All-American while playing for Wittenberg in 1929. After coaching the Detroit Lions (1941–1942) and other college teams, Edwards returned to Wittenberg as head football coach from 1955 to 1968. In 14 years at Wittenberg, Edwards compiled a record of 98–20–4 and two national championships. Sports Illustrated referred to Edwards as "a combination of Santa Claus and Genghis Khan." In 1986, Edwards became the second Wittenberg football coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[5]

The brightest star of the Edwards era at Wittenberg was quarterback Charlie Green. With Green leading the team, Wittenberg compiled a 25–0–1 record and won two national championships from 1962 to 1964. Green totaled 5,575 passing yards and 61 passing touchdowns at Wittenberg and later played for the Oakland Raiders. In 2002, Green joined Ernie Godfrey and Bill Edwards in the College Football Hall of Fame.[6]

Maurer era[edit]

After Edwards retired, Dave Maurer took over as head coach in 1969. Maurer had been an assistant coach under Edwards since 1955. Between 1969 and 1983, Maurer compiled a record of 129–23–3 for a winning percentage of .842. His teams won 11 division and league championships, two Division III national championships (1973 and 1975) and were runners-up in 1978 and 1979. In 1991, Maurer became the third Wittenberg football coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[7]

Fincham era[edit]

Current head coach Joe Fincham took over in 1996. He has compiled a record of 154–35, and his teams have won eight NCAC championships and appeared eight times in the NCAA Division III football championship. At the end of the 2012 season, Fincham's winning percentage ranked in the top five among active NCAA football coaches.[8] In 2011, the Tigers became the first non-Division I NCAA program to compile 700 all-time wins, and just the 19th NCAA program at any level to reach the mark.[9]

Coaching records[edit]

  • Ernie Godfrey (1916, 1919–1928): 95–63–24 (.705)
  • T. W. Stobbs (1929–1941): 54–54–2 (.500)
  • Carl "Ducky" Schroeder (1942): 1–5–1 (.214)
  • Richard Ainslie (1945): 3–4 (.429)
  • Howard "Red" Maurer (1946–1948): 8–17 (.320)
  • Harold Shields (1949): 2–7 (.222)
  • R. E. "Tom" Ness (1950–1954): 20–25–1 (.446)
  • Bill Edwards (1955–1968): 98–20–4 (.820)
  • Dave Maurer (1969–1983): 129–23–3 (.842)
  • Ron Murphy (1984–1988): 34–17 (.667)
  • Doug Neibuhr (1989–1995): 50–18–1 (.732)
  • Joe Fincham (1996–2010) 134–30 (.817)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Edwards-Maurer Field and Earl F. Morris Track". Wittenberg University. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Division III Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2012. p. 33. Retrieved January 10, 2013. (The NCAA record book reflects win-loss records through the 2011 season. Information on the 2012 season has been retrieved from the Wittenberg University web site.)
  3. ^ "A History of Success". Wittenberg University. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ernie Godfrey". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bill Edwards". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Charlie "Chuckin Charlie" Green". College Football Hall of Fame. 
  7. ^ "Dave "Davey" Maurer". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Wittenberg's Joe Fincham Ranks Fifth Among Active NCAA Football Coaches". North Coast Athletic Conference. August 24, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Wittenberg Football Becomes First Division III Program To Reach 700 All-Time Victories". Wittenberg University. September 4, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2013.