New Hampshire Wildcats football
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|New Hampshire Wildcats|
|Athletic director||Marty Scarano|
|Head coach||Sean McDonnell |
21st season, 159–98 (.619)
|Location||Durham, New Hampshire|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Conference||Colonial Athletic Association|
|All-time record||538–444–55 (.545)|
|Colors||Blue, Gray, and White|
|Mascot||Wild E. Cat|
The New Hampshire Wildcats football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of New Hampshire located in the U.S. state of New Hampshire. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Colonial Athletic Association. New Hampshire's first football team was fielded in 1893. The team plays its home games at the 11,000 seat Wildcat Stadium in Durham, New Hampshire. The Wildcats are coached by Ricky Santos, who has taken over as Head Coach while long time coach Sean McDonnell is taking a leave of absence to battle cancer.
- 1893–1946: Independent
- 1947–96: Yankee Conference
- 1997–2006: Atlantic 10 Conference
- 2007–present: Colonial Athletic Association
Notable former players
- TB Jerry Azumah (’95-’98)
- WR David Ball (’03-’06)
- OL Jason Ball (’98-’01)
- DB Etienne Boulay (’02-’05)
- DL Joe Fleming (’91-’94)
- WR David Gamble (’90-’93)
- LB Dwayne Gordon (’89-’92)
- DB Corey Graham (’03-’07)
- LB Bruce Huther (’73-’76)
- RB Chad Kackert (’05-’09)
- OL Greg Krause (’94-’98)
- FB Dan Kreider (’95-’99)
- LB Dave Rozumek (’72-’75)
- LB Dwayne Sabb (’88-’91)
- QB Ricky Santos (’03-’07)
- TE Scott Sicko (’06-’09)
- WR RJ Harris ('11–'14)
- TE Harold Spears ('11–'14)
- C Mike Coccia ('11–'14)
- RB Avrom Smith (’91-’94)
- OL Ryan Ward ('96–'00)
- DT Jared Smith ('09–'12)
- WR Randal Williams (’96-’00)
Alumni who are notable for off the field achievements include:
- RB Lou D'Allesandro ('58–'60) New Hampshire State Senator
- QB Ryan Day (‘98-‘01) Ohio State head coach
- DB Chip Kelly ('86–'89), NCAA & NFL coach
- LB Rod Langway ('75–'76) NHL star who played both football and ice hockey for UNH
- DB Sean McDonnell ('75–78) longtime Wildcats head coach
- Updated as of December 19, 2013
|9||William Cowell||1915–1917, 1919–1936||178||87||68||23||.553||0||0||0||–||0||0||2||0|
|December 6, 1947||Glass Bowl||Toledo||L||14||20|
Division II playoffs
- In the 1975 NCAA Division II postseason, the Wildcats defeated Lehigh in the first round, 35–21. The Wildcats then played Western Kentucky in the 1975 Grantland Rice Bowl semifinal game, losing 14–3.
- In the 1976 NCAA Division II postseason, the Wildcats lost to Montana State in the first round, 17–16; Montana State went on to win the Division II championship.
Division I-AA/FCS playoffs
The Wildcats have appeared in the Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs 16 times, playing 30 postseason games. Their overall record is 14–16.
|1991||First Round||Samford||L 13–29|
|1994||First Round||Appalachian State||L 10–17|
|2007||First Round||Northern Iowa||L 35–38|
|2011||Second Round||Montana State||L 25–26|
|2012||Second Round||Wofford||L 7–23|
North Dakota State
|2015||First Round||Colgate||L 20–27|
South Dakota State
An annual rivalry game is played between the Wildcats and the University of Maine Black Bears. The winner of this game gets the right to hang the Brice-Cowell Musket up in their locker room for the year following this game. The Wildcats and the Bears have met 106 times on the football field during the regular season, with New Hampshire currently sitting at 54–44–8 edge in the series.
A longtime UNH librarian, Robert Morin, died in 2015 and left $4 million to the University; $1 million of that money was spent on a new video scoreboard for the football stadium, and the decision to spend so much of the donation on a scoreboard became a controversial topic. University officials explained that there was no instruction on how to spend the money, other than $100,000 for the library. It was also noted that Morin started watching and became particularly interested in football towards the end of his life.
- "Athletics Branding". University of New Hampshire Brand & Visual Guidelines. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
- "UNHWildcats.com – University of New Hampshire Official Athletics Website:Wildcats in the NFL". Unh.prestosports.com. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- "UNHWildcats.com – University of New Hampshire Official Athletics Website:All-time UNH Football Coaching Records". Unh.prestosports.com. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- Chappell, Bill (September 15, 2016). "$1 Million Of Frugal Librarian's Bequest To N.H. School Goes To Football Scoreboard". NPR. Retrieved January 15, 2017 – via npr.org.