Dayton Flyers football
|Athletic director||Neil Sullivan|
|Head coach||Rick Chamberlin
9th year, 70–27 (.722)
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Conference||Pioneer Football League|
|All-time record||655–385–40 (.625)|
|Bowl record||0–1 (.000)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||2 (Division III)|
|Conference titles||12 (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015)|
|Division titles||2 (2001, 2002)|
|Colors||Red and Blue
- For information on all University of Dayton sports, see Dayton Flyers
The Dayton Flyers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Dayton located in the U.S. state of Ohio. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Pioneer Football League. Dayton's first football team was fielded in 1905. The team plays its home games at the 11,000 seat Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. The Flyers are coached by Rick Chamberlin.
- 1906–1955: NCAA
- 1956–1972: NCAA University Division
- 1973–1976: NCAA Division I
- 1977–1992: NCAA Division III
- 1993–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS
- 1905–1925: Independent
- 1926–1934: Ohio Athletic Conference
- 1935–1938: Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1939–1955: Independent
- 1956–1972: University Division Independent
- 1973–1976: Division I Independent
- 1977–1992: Division III Independent
- 1993–present: Pioneer Football League
Notable former players
Notable alumni include:
- Jon A. Husted (1985-1989), Ohio Secretary of State
- Jon Gruden (1982–1984), Graduated in 1985. Former head coach of Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Kelvin Kirk (1953–2003), first Mr. Irrelevant and CFL player
- Gary Kosins (born 1949), American football player
- Bill Lange (1928–1995), American football player
- Jim Katcavage (1952–1956), New York Giants football player for 13 years and three time all-Pro defensive end.
- Chuck Noll (1948-1952), Cleveland Browns player, and 4x Super Bowl winning coach for Steelers.
Dayton has made five appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship Game, also known as the Stagg Bowl. The Flyers defeated Ithaca, 63–0 in the 1980 championship game, and defeated Union (NY) 17–7 in the 1989 championship game. The Flyers were unsuccessful in three other championship game appearances, losing 17–10 to Widener in 1981, 19–3 to Wagner in 1987, and 34–20 to Ithaca in 1991.
|Year||NCAA Division||Coach||Record||National Championship Game||Opponent||PF||PA||Location|
|1980||III||Rick Carter||14–0–0||1980 Division III National Championship Game||Ithaca||63||0||Phenix City, AL|
|1989||III||Mike Kelly||13–0–1||1989 Division III National Championship Game||Union (NY)||17||7||Phenix City, AL|
|Total national championships||2|
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record||Conference Championship Game|
|1993||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||9–1||5–0||N/A|
|1994||Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship)||Mike Kelly||8–2||4–1||N/A|
|1996||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||11–0||5–0||N/A|
|1997||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||9–1||5–0||N/A|
|1999||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||6–4||4–0||N/A|
|2000||Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship)||Mike Kelly||8–3||3–1||N/A|
|2001||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||10–1||4–0||2001 Championship Game|
|2002||Pioneer Football League||Mike Kelly||11–1||4–0||2002 Championship Game|
|2007||Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship)||Mike Kelly||11–1||6–1||N/A|
|2009||Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship)||Rick Chamberlin||9–2||7–1||N/A|
|2010||Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship)||Rick Chamberlin||10–1||8–0||N/A|
|Total conference championships||11|
From 2001–2005, the Pioneer Football League was divided into North and South Divisions. As winners of the Pioneer Football League's North Division, Dayton has made two appearance in the Pioneer Football League Championship Game, in 2001 and 2002.
|Year||Division Championship||CG Result||Opponent||PF||PA|
|2002||PFL North||W||Morehead State||28||0|
Bowl game appearances
|1951||January 1, 1952||Salad Bowl||L||Houston||21||26||Joe Gavin||notes|
|Total||1 bowl game||0–1||21||26|
The Sports Network Cup was a way of determining the best mid major team in Division I FCS, with first place votes determining the winner between teams from the Pioneer Football League, the Northeast Conference, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association.
|2001||Sacred Heart Pioneers||15||Dayton Flyers||6|
|2002||Dayton Flyers||17||Albany Great Danes||7|
|2005||San Diego Toreros||26||Dayton Flyers||0|
|2007||Dayton Flyers||30||San Diego Toreros||0|
Dayton has made one appearance in the FCS playoffs. Their record is 0–1.
|2015||First Round||Western Illinois||L 7–24|
- University of Dayton Brand Guidelines (PDF). Retrieved 2016-06-02.