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Charlotte 49ers football
2015 Charlotte 49ers football team
Charlotte 49ers athletic logo.png
First season 2013
Athletic director Judy Rose
Head coach Brad Lambert
3rd year, 10–12 (.455)
Home stadium Jerry Richardson Stadium
Stadium capacity 15,314
Stadium surface Hallas Sports Construction, Matrix® synthetic[1]
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
League NCAA Division I FBS
Conference Conference USA, 2015
All-time record 10–12 (.455)
Current uniform

Green and White

Fight song Charlotte 49ers Fight Song
Mascot Norm the Niner
Outfitter Nike

The Charlotte 49ers football program represents the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in college football. The UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees officially voted to a football program on November 13, 2008, after a unanimous recommendation by the Football Feasibility Committee made possible by Student Government initiatives starting in 2006 by then Student Body President, Benjamin Comstock and Student Body Vice President Jordan Van Dyne (also Student Senate President), namely the first step of organizing a transparent student vote on football that disclosed possible hikes in tuition fees as a result of football.[2] The online poll was approved by the Student Senate and administered in collaboration with the University's IT Department.[3] Despite the possibility of potential rises in student fees, the vote clearly displayed a student interest in a football team.[4] The program began play during the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season.[5]

Team history[edit]

In 1946, 22 young men began practice as the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina Owl's first athletic program: a football team.[6] The team finished the season 2–4, with wins over Pembroke State and Belmont Abbey, and losses to Davidson JV, Catawba College JV, and Clemson's "B" team.[6] The team hosted 2 home games that year at American Legion Memorial Stadium.[6] In part due to the effects of fewer World War II veterans entering college in the late 1940s, the football program ended after the 1948 season. The final football game was played on October 27, 1948.[6]

On July 12, 2006, a group of 15 UNC Charlotte students and alumni held the inaugural Charlotte 49er Football Initiative (CFI) meeting. The mission of this group was to "promote the creation of a Division 1 college football program at Charlotte," eventually employing methods such as a promotional website, merchandise sales and a pledge campaign. A student organization, Charlotte Football Advocates (later CFI Students), became a part of the larger CFI group during the fall of 2006.[7] In February 2007, UNC Charlotte students voted overwhelmingly in favor of football in an official campus-wide vote and the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees voted to authorize $150,000 to study adding 49ers Football, and establishing a Football Feasibility Committee to be headed by outgoing board president and prominent Charlotte businessman Mac Everett. The committee held several meetings throughout the summer of 2007, plus three public forums in the fall of 2007.

In December 2007, the Football Feasibility Committee voted unanimously to recommend the addition of 49ers football. In September 2008, a major student-led March to the Endzone rally was held on campus.[8] On September 18, 2008, Chancellor Dubois officially recommended adding a 49ers football program with the condition that its fans first raise $5 million to help fund the stadium complex.[9] On November 13, 2008, the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees voted to add a Charlotte 49ers football program by 2013.[10]

The 49ers will play Independent during their two years in the FCS subdivision.[11]

Year-by-year results[edit]

Statistics correct as of the end of the 2014-15 college football season
NCAA Division I champions NCAA Division I FCS champions Conference Champions Division Champions Bowl Eligible Undefeated Season
Year NCAA Division Conference Conference Division Overall Conference Coach Final Ranking
Games Win Loss Tie Pct. Games Win Loss Tie Pct. Standing AP Coaches'
2013 FCS FCS Independent N/A 11 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Brad Lambert
2014 FCS FCS Independent N/A 11 5 6 0 .455 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Brad Lambert
2015 FBS Conference USA East 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Brad Lambert
Totals 22 10 12 0 .455 0 0 0 0 .000



On March 1, 2011 the 49ers announced Wake Forest defensive coordinator, Brad Lambert, as their head coach.[13] At his introductory press conference, Lambert introduced former West Virginia offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen as Charlotte's offensive coordinator. On April 4, 2011 James Adams, Cornerbacks Coach for Wofford College and Trevor Lambert from the Wake Forest football staff, joined the 49ers coaching staff.[14] On April 21, 2011 Bruce Tall, former Defensive Line Coach of the Michigan Wolverines was hired as Defensive Coordinator.[15]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Previous Playing Career Tenure
Brad Lambert Head Coach/Special Teams Defensive Coordinator – Wake Forest DB Kansas St. 1987 3
Jeff Mullen Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Offensive Coordinator – West Virginia DB Wittenburg 1990 3
Matt Wallerstedt Defensive Coordinator Outside Linebackers – UL Lafayette LB Kansas St. 1988 1
Phil Ratliff Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Line Tight Ends – Marshall OL Marshall 1994 3
Aaron Curry Defensive line Graduate Assistant – Charlotte LB Wake Forest 2008 2
James Adams Defensive Secondary Coach Cornerbacks – Wofford LB Wake Forest 2006 3
Napoleon Sykes Outside Linebackers Coach Outside Linebackers and Secondary – Navy LB Wake Forest 2006 3
Joe Tereshinski III Wide Receivers Coach Graduate Assistant – Wake Forest QB Georgia 2006 3
Damien Gary Running Backs Coach Wide Receivers and Special Teams – Mars Hill WR Georgia 2005 3
Johnson Richardson Tight Ends Coach Offensive Graduate Assistant – Wingate TE Wofford 2010 3
Trevor Lambert Director of Football Operations (DOFO) Assistant DOFO – Wake Forest 3
Jim Durning Strength and Conditioning Strength and Conditioning – JMU NG Marshall 1992 3
A. J. Lukjanczuk Athletic Trainer Associate Athletic Trainer – Elon 3


Forty Niner Seat Licenses[edit]

To generate financial support for the launch of the football program, Chancellor Dubois created a program called Forty Niner Seat Licenses, or FSLs, which essentially served as seat deposits for season tickets. The Chancellor initially set forth a goal of 5,000 FSL reservations within 6 months. However, due to the tremendous level of support for the new program, the goal was met in only 2 months.[19]

In February 2008, a fundraising capital campaign was established and led by prominent community leaders. These leaders included Mac Everett, Johnny Harris and Gene Johnson. Additionally, three other UNC Charlotte alumni were introduced as executive chairs: David Hauser, chief financial officer for Duke Energy Corporation; Bob Hull, chief financial officer for Lowe's Companies, Inc; and Joe Price, chief financial officer for Bank of America Corporation.[20]

Seat licenses are being sold in three tiers of seating: Green, Gold and White Gold. Green seat licenses are being sold at $1,000 per seat and will be located between the 30 yard line and the end zone; Gold seat licenses at $2,500 per seat and will be located between the 30 yard lines; and White Gold seat licenses at an undisclosed amount in a block of exclusive seating.[21] Seat locations will be determined by the ticket holders' Charlotte 49ers Athletics Foundation rank which is determined by the amount of the cumulative financial contribution the donor has made to the Foundation.[5]

FCS to FBS timeline[edit]

Chancellor Dubois originally recommended that the university start Division I football at the FCS (formerly Division I-AA) level with no timeline to move up to FBS. The team will play their first full season in the fall of 2013 as an FCS Independent.[22] On May 4, 2012 Charlotte agreed to rejoin Conference USA for all sports except football in 2013, with football joining in 2015 (the first year the 49ers would be eligible due to the NCAA requirement that start-up programs play a minimum of two years in FCS).[23] Charlotte will move to the FBS in 2015 and will become FBS bowl eligible in 2016. The 49ers were founding members of C-USA from 1996–2005. Other schools to join C-USA with Charlotte include Florida International University, Louisiana Tech University, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of North Texas, and Old Dominion University.


Chancellor Dubois conducted a lengthy review process of the committee's results before making his final recommendation to the Board of Trustees. He presented the findings of his own internal review to the board at the June meeting which included estimates from stadium design firm Populous which significantly increased facilities construction numbers from the feasibility committee figures and which are significantly higher than those for the much larger facility recently constructed for the University of Central Florida's Bright House Stadium.

On February 12, 2010, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors approved a debt service fee increase to fund the construction of the football stadium and football center,[24] and on August 2, 2010 Governor Bev Perdue signed the debt service fee bill into law to clear the way for stadium construction.[25] Designed by the architecture teams of Jenkins-Peer Architects and the DLR Group, its location was shown near the campus entrance at Highway 29 north of Hayes Stadium.[26] On April 28, 2011 Charlotte held a groundbreaking ceremony for the football stadium.[27] The stadium was completed in summer 2012. The 49ers' first game was a 52-7 win over Campbell on August 31, 2013.

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
at Georgia State at Louisville at Eastern Michigan vs Fordham at Appalachian State vs Georgia State at Georgia State at Georgia State vs Georgia State
vs Presbyterian vs Elon vs Georgia State vs Appalachian State vs Massachusetts at Duke vs Duke
vs Temple vs Eastern Michigan at Kansas State at Massachusetts at Clemson
at Kentucky at Temple vs NC A&T at Tennessee



The largest crowd for a Charlotte football game at Jerry Richardson Stadium was 16,630. The 49ers hit that figure three times during the 2013 season including the Inaugural Game. This figure is the current maximum standing room capacity of Jerry Richardson Stadium. They also exceeded the stadium's maximum seating capacity 4 times during the season.[38][39]

Season Games Sellouts W–L Attendance Average
2013 6 4 3–3 93,244 15,540
2014 6 2 3–3 79,632 13,272


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