Eastern Washington Eagles football
|Eastern Washington Eagles|
|Head coach||Beau Baldwin
8th year, 73–30 (.709)
|Home stadium||Roos Field|
|Stadium surface||Red SprinTurf|
|League||NCAA Division I (FCS)|
|Conference||Big Sky Conference|
|All-time record||522–410–23 (.559)|
|Postseason bowl record||0–0 (–)|
|Claimed national titles||1|
Red and White
|Fight song||Go, Eagles, Go|
|Marching band||Eagles Marching Band|
Portland State Vikings
The Eastern Washington Eagles football team represents Eastern Washington University in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The Eastern Eagles are members of the Big Sky Conference and play at Roos Field, which is known for being the only stadium in college football with a red playing surface.
- 1 History
- 2 Home stadium
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Championships
- 5 Playoff appearances
- 6 Season and coaching history
- 7 Current coaching staff
- 8 Individual award winners
- 9 All-time NFL Draft selections
- 10 Eagles in the pros
- 11 Retired jerseys
- 12 Future non-conference opponents
- 13 References
- 14 External links
|Washington Intercollegiate Conference||1939-47|
|Div. II Independent||1980-83|
|Div. I-AA Independent||1984–86|
|Big Sky Conference||1987–present|
Beginning & NAIA era
Eastern Washington University began fielding a football team in 1901, when the school was known at the time as the State Normal School and the team mascot was the Savages. Eastern's first national affiliation came with joining the NAIA.
Eastern competed in the NAIA until 1977, along the way advancing to the NAIA Football National Championship finals in 1967, losing to Fairmont State 28-21. This marked Eastern Washington's first appearance in a national championship game at any level of competition.
During this time period, the school would undergo numerous changes to its identity. The school name would change in 1937 to the Eastern Washington College of Education, then again shortly after World War II to the Eastern Washington State College. The final change to the school name came in 1977 when the school was renamed Eastern Washington University.
In 1973, the student body voted to make Eastern’s mascot the Eagles. Shortly before that, the Eastern Board of Trustees declared "Savages," its mascot through its first 92 years, no longer acceptable. Eagles are native to eastern Washington and thus a logical choice for a replacement.
Transition to NCAA and Big Sky
Eastern joined the NCAA in 1978, participating at the NCAA Division II level as an independent. The Eagles stayed at the Division II level until 1983, when the Eagles moved up to Division I-AA (now known as the FCS) as an Independent.
In 1987, Eastern was extended an invitation to and joined the Big Sky Conference. Eastern continues to participate in the Big Sky to this day and is now the sixth-most tenured member of the conference.
Red Turf and National Championship
The 2010 season would mark a number of firsts for Eastern Washington's football program. The offseason would see a highly publicized move to install a red turf playing surface, the first of its kind in the country. Eastern would utilize the excitement and energy surrounding the program to complete its finest season of competition in the program's history.
The 2010 season concluded with Eastern Washington's first appearance in the FCS Championship Game. The Eagles defeated the Delaware Blue Hens 20-19 in Frisco, Texas to win the school's first national championship in football.
The EWU football team plays at Roos Field, opened in 1967 and recently expanded and renovated in 2004 and 2010 to seat 11,702. The stadium was originally named Woodward Field in honor of former Eagles head football and basketball coach Arthur C. Woodward. It replaced the original Woodward Field, which was located near the present JFK Library.
Red turf installation and name change
On February 26, 2010, ESPN reported that Eastern Washington planned to remove the natural grass surface at Woodward Field and replace it with red SprinTurf, the first of its kind at any level of American football. A funding drive was initiated in late January 2010, with EWU alumnus Michael Roos donating $500,000 toward the installation costs, and fellow alumnus and ESPN personality Colin Cowherd also making a donation.
On May 20, 2010 the Eastern Washington Board of Trustees approved a name change to Roos Field, scheduled for the 2010 season, upon the successful completion of the project. Installation of the red synthetic turf was completed in September 2010, in time for the first home game of the 2010 season against Montana.
Eastern Washington's red playing surface is known as The Inferno. The nickname was chosen through a vote conducted by Eastern on its athletic website, goeags.com. Voting began on August 4, 2010 and allowed fans to choose from seven proposed names: red sea, red zone, inferno, big red, red carpet, ring of fire and lava pit. Inferno finished as the top choice and the nickname was revealed at the first home game with the new field on September 18, 2010.
The EWU-UM Governors Cup is the annual college football game between the Montana Grizzlies and the Eastern Eagles. Traditionally, it is in the middle of the regular season, played on the Saturday alternating between Roos Field and Washington-Grizzly Stadium each year. The Eagles currently trail in the series with 15 wins and 27 losses.
|Team||Rivalry name||Trophy||Games played||First meeting||Last meeting||EWU win||EWU loss||Ties||Win %|
|Montana Grizzlies||The EWU-UM Governors Cup||Governors Cup||42||1938||2015, Lost 16-57||15||27||1||.360|
|Portland State Vikings||The Dam Cup||Dam Cup||37||1986*||2015, Lost 34-31||17||20||1||.461|
* The Dam Cup rivalry with Portland State was officially established in 2010, but both teams have played against each other since the date listed above.
|2010||Beau Baldwin||NCAA 20 Team Playoff||13–2||20–19||Delaware Blue Hens|
Eastern Washington has won 24 conference championships since 1901, including eight in the Big Sky Conference.
|Year||Conference||Overall Record||Conference Record||Coach|
|1921||Tri-Normal League||3-3-0||3-0-0||A.A. Eustis|
|1923♦||Tri-Normal League||5-2-0||4-1-0||A.A. Eustis|
|1925||Tri-Normal League||6-3-0||5-0-0||A.A. Eustis|
|1934||Tri-Normal League||6-1-0||2-0-0||W.B. Reese|
|1935||Tri-Normal League||4-2-1||1-0-1||W.B. Reese|
|1936||Tri-Normal League||7-1-0||2-0-0||W.B. Reese|
|1937||Tri-Normal League||6-1-0||2-0-0||W.B. Reese|
|1939♦||Washington Intercollegiate Conference||5-3-0||2-0-0||W.B. Reese|
|1947♦||Washington Intercollegiate Conference||6-1-1||4-0-1||A.H. Poffenroth|
|1948♦||Evergreen Conference||8-1-0||5-1-0||A.H. Poffenroth|
|1949♦||Evergreen Conference||7-2-0||5-1-0||A.H. Poffenroth|
|1950||Evergreen Conference||8-2-0||5-1-0||A.H. Poffenroth|
|1965||Evergreen Conference||8-1-0||4-1-0||Dave Holmes|
|1966||Evergreen Conference||7-1-1||4-1-1||Dave Holmes|
|1967||Evergreen Conference||11-1-0||6-0-0||Dave Holmes|
|1969♦||Evergreen Conference||4-5-0||4-2-0||Brent Wooten|
|1992♦||Big Sky Conference||7-4-0||6-1-0||Dick Zornes|
|1997||Big Sky Conference||12-2-0||7-1-0||Mike Kramer|
|2004♦||Big Sky Conference||9-4||6-1||Paul Wulff|
|2005♦||Big Sky Conference||7-5||5-2||Paul Wulff|
|2010♦||Big Sky Conference||13-2||7–1||Beau Baldwin|
|2012 ♦||Big Sky Conference||11-3||7-1||Beau Baldwin|
|2013||Big Sky Conference||12-3||8-0||Beau Baldwin|
|2014||Big Sky Conference||11-3||7-1||Beau Baldwin|
|♦ Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion|
Eastern Washington has participated eleven times in the I-AA/FCS playoffs since 1978. Their first appearance occurred during the 1985 season, when they advanced to the quarterfinals. The Eagles' best finish came during the 2010 season, when they won the national championship.
|1992||First Round||Northern Iowa||L 14–17||Dick Zornes|
Sam Houston State
|2005||First Round||Northern Iowa||L 38–41||Paul Wulff|
|2009||First Round||Stephen F. Austin||L 33–44||Beau Baldwin|
National Championship Game
North Dakota State
Sam Houston State
|South Dakota State
Season and coaching history
|Coach||Years||Seasons||Record||Pct.||Conf. Champs||Bowl Games||National Titles|
- Note: Eastern Washington did not field teams from 1910-11, 1917-19 & 1943-45.
Current coaching staff
|Name||Position||Alma Mater||Season at
|Beau Baldwin||Head Coach||Central Washington (1996)||8th|
|John Graham||Associate Head Coach
|Central Washington (1992)||8th|
|Aaron Best||Running Game Coordinator
|Eastern Washington (2001)||15th|
|Jeff Schmedding||Defensive Coordinator
|Eastern Washington (2002)||12th|
|Ryan Sawyer||Defensive Front Coordinator
|Central Washington (2003)||8th|
|Zak Hill||Passing Game Coordinator
|Central Washington (2004)||9th|
|Josh Fetter||Linebackers||Idaho (1996)||5th|
|Brian Strandley||Defensive Line||Idaho (1995)||5th|
|Cherokee Valeria||Cornerbacks||Central Washington (1999)||4th|
|Kiel McDonald||Running Backs
|Sacramento State (2006)||4th|
|Nicholas Edwards||Wide Receivers||Eastern Washington (2012)||2nd|
|Amir Owens||Director of Athletic Performance||Idaho State (2010)||3rd|
|Jake Shelley||Director of Football Operations||Eastern Washington (2013)||5th|
Individual award winners
National award winners - players
Big Sky Conference honors
All-time NFL Draft selections
|NFL Draft Selections (16)|
Eagles in the pros
The following former Eastern Washington players are currently playing in one of the three professional football leagues listed below.
|84||Bob Picard (1968–69, 1971–72)||2003|
|71||Michael Roos (2001–04)||2009|
Future non-conference opponents
|@ Oregon||@ Washington State||@ Texas Tech||@ Washington State||@ Washington|
|Montana State*||@ North Dakota State||North Dakota State|
|@ Northern Iowa||Northern Iowa|
* As part of the Big Sky Conference's expansion in 2012, only Montana and Portland State will be on EWU’s annual schedule, and the other six league games are played on a rotating basis with the other 10 Big Sky teams. Thus, the Eagles will play non-league games the next two years versus Montana State.
- Palm Beach Post - School selects eagle as mascot - United Press International - 1973-07-13 - p.D5
- Ellensburg Daily Record - 'Cats lead only one statistic - 1973-10-11 - p.6
- "Eastern Washington Football Coaches". Eastern Washington University Athletics, Accessed: April 17, 2014.
- "Eastern Will Visit Huskies For a Third Time in 2019". goeags.com. Retrieved April 17, 2014.