New Hampshire Wildcats football

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New Hampshire Wildcats
2016 New Hampshire Wildcats football team
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First season 1893
Athletic director Marty Scarano
Head coach Sean McDonnell
18th year, 141–82 (.632)
Stadium Wildcat Stadium (University of New Hampshire)
Seating capacity 11,015
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Durham, New Hampshire
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
All-time record 538–444–55 (.545)
Conference titles 15
Consensus All-Americans 36
Colors Navy Blue and White[1]
         
Mascot Wild E. Cat
Rivals UMass Minutemen, Maine Black Bears
Website UNHWildcats.com

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 Sean McDonnell.

Conference affiliations[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni who played in the NFL/AFL and/or the CFL include:

Alumni who are notable for off the field achievements include:

Coaches[edit]

Updated as of December 19, 2013
# Name Term GC OW OL OT O% CW CL CT C% PW PL CCs NCs
No coaches 1893–1901 50 16 32 2 .340 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Scannell, JohnJohn Scannell 1902–1903 15 4 9 2 .333 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Ward, G.B.G.B. Ward 1904 7 2 5 0 .286 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Herr, EdwardEdward Herr 1905–1907 24 5 14 5 .313 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Gill, CharlesCharles Gill 1908 8 1 7 0 .125 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Gildersleeve, WillardWillard Gildersleeve 1909 7 3 4 0 .429 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Thomas, RayRay Thomas 1910–1911 7 3 4 0 .429 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Eberle, TodTod Eberle 1912–1913 14 5 8 1 .393 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Sheppard, T.D.T.D. Sheppard 1914 9 1 6 2 .222 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Cowell, WilliamWilliam Cowell 1915–1917, 1919–1936 178 87 68 23 .553 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
10 Sauer, GeorgeGeorge Sauer 1937–1941 41 22 18 1 .549 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Justice, CharlieCharlie Justice 1942 6 6 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Glassford, BillBill Glassford 1946–1948 25 19 5 1 .780 7 1 0 .875 0 0 2 0
13 Boston, ChiefChief Boston 1949–1964 127 60 57 10 .512 25 34 8 .433 0 0 4 0
14 Mooradian, AndyAndy Mooradian 1965 8 0 8 0 .000 0 5 0 .000 0 0 0 0
15 Yukica, JoeJoe Yukica 1966–1967 16 7 9 0 .438 3 7 0 .300 0 0 0 0
16 Root, JimJim Root 1968–1971 33 18 14 1 .561 11 9 0 .550 0 0 1 0
17 Bowes, BillBill Bowes 1972–1998 286 175 106 5 .621 97 74 2 .566 1 4 4 0
18 McDonnell, SeanSean McDonnell 1999–present 182 112 70 0 .615 71 52 0 .577 9 9 2 0

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Postseason appearances[edit]

1947 Glass Bowl[edit]

The Wildcats played Toledo in the 1947 Glass Bowl, losing 20–14.[4]

Division II playoffs[edit]

Division I-AA/FCS playoffs[edit]

The Wildcats have appeared in the Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs 15 times, playing 27 postseason games. Their overall record is 12–15.

Year Round Opponent Result
1991 First Round Samford L 13–29
1994 First Round Appalachian State L 10–17
2004 First Round
Quarterfinals
Georgia Southern
Montana
W 27–23
L 17–47
2005 First Round
Quarterfinals
Colgate
Northern Iowa
W 55–21
L 21–24
2006 First Round
Quarterfinals
Hampton
Massachusetts
W 41–38
L 17–24
2007 First Round Northern Iowa L 35–38
2008 First Round
Quarterfinals
Southern Illinois
Northern Iowa
W 29–20
L 34–36
2009 First Round
Quarterfinals
McNeese State
Villanova
W 49–13
L 7–46
2010 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Bethune-Cookman
Delaware
W 45–20
L 3–16
2011 Second Round Montana State L 25–26
2012 Second Round Wofford L 7–23
2013 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Lafayette
Maine
Southeastern Louisiana
North Dakota State
W 45–7
W 41–27
W 20–17
L 14–52
2014 Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Fordham
Chattanooga
Illinois State
W 44–19[7]
W 35–30[8]
L 18–21[9]
2015 First Round Colgate L 20–27[10]
2016 First Round
Second Round
Lehigh
James Madison
W 64–21[11]
L 22–55[12]

Rivalries[edit]

Maine Black Bears[edit]

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 game between two rival teams creates a lot of emotion and intensity from both sides, and it is always a big deal to win this particular game.

UMass Minutemen[edit]

Donation controversy[edit]

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.[13]

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