Incarnate Word Cardinals football
|Incarnate Word Cardinals football|
|Athletic director||Mark Papich (Interim)|
|Head coach||Larry Kennan
6th year, 19–36 (.345)
|Stadium||Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium|
|Field surface||Hellas Matrix|
|Location||San Antonio, Texas|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Past conferences||Lone Star Conference|
|All-time record||29–57–0 (.337)|
|Colors||Red, White, and Black
|Marching band||Marching Cardinals|
The Incarnate Word Cardinals football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of the Incarnate Word located in San Antonio, Texas. The team originally competed in NCAA Division II as members of the Lone Star Conference. In 2013, the school moved to Division I. For the 2013 season Incarnate Word competed as a member of the Southland Conference for all sports except football. Football competed with an 11-game schedule as an Independent. Incarnate Word began playing Southland football in the 2014 season. The team plays its home games at the 6,000 seat Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. They are coached by Larry Kennan.
UIW held its first team practice on August 27, 2008, and began competing as an NCAA Division II independent on August 29, 2009.
- 2009: Division II Independent
- 2010-2012: Lone Star Conference
- 2013: FCS Independent
- 2014–Present: Southland Conference
*Ivicic served as interim head coach for the final three games of 2011, completing Santiago's third season as coach
|2010||II||Lone Star||South||11||3||8||0||.273||10||3||7||0||.300||12th||Mike Santiago|
|2011||II||Lone Star||N/A||10||2||8||0||.200||7||2||5||0||.286||6th||Mike Santiago|
|2012||II||Lone Star||N/A||11||2||9||0||.182||8||1||7||0||.125||9th||Larry Kennan|
Incarnate Word home football games are played on campus at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Benson Stadium was dedicated on September 1, 2008 and currently seats 6,000 people. It is named after Tom Benson and his wife Gayle, whose generous monetary donations helped start up the UIW football team. Record stadium attendance of 6,498 was recorded in a game against Houston Baptist on November 17, 2016. Incarnate Word currently has an overall home record at the stadium of 19–25.
All-time record vs. Southland teams
Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current Southland opponents:
Record against FBS competition
|2016||Texas State||Sun Belt||L||17–48||0–2|
|2017||Fresno State||Mountain West||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|2018||New Mexico||Mountain West||TBD||TBD||TBD|
Future non-conference opponents
|at Fresno State||at New Mexico||at Baylor|
|at Sacramento State||at North Texas|
|vs Prairie View A&M|
Cardinals in the NFL
Former UIW players on active NFL rosters
|Cole Wick||TE||Detroit Lions|
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- "Future Football Schedules". UIW Athletics. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
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