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Nicholls Colonels football
2018 Nicholls Colonels football team
Nicholls State Colonels wordmark.svg
First season 1972
Athletic director Matt Roan
Head coach Tim Rebowe
4th season, 19–20 (.487)
Stadium Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium
(Capacity: 10,500)
Field surface GeoGreen artificial turf
Location Thibodaux, Louisiana
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Southland Conference
All-time record 198–305–4 (.394)
Playoff appearances 4
Playoff record 1–4 (Div. I FCS)
Conference titles 3
1975, 1984, 2005
Rivalries Northwestern State
(NSU Challenge)
Southeastern Louisiana
(River Bell Classic)
Consensus All-Americans 15
Fight song Nicholls State Colonels Fight Song
Mascot Colonel Tillou
Marching band Pride of Nicholls Marching Band
Nicholls Colonels

The Nicholls Colonels football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Nicholls State University located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States.[1][2] The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southland Conference.[3][4] Nicholls' first football team was fielded in 1972. The team plays its home games at the 10,500 seat Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The Colonels are coached by Tim Rebowe.[5]



Conferences affiliations[edit]

Years Conference Classification
1972 Gulf South Conference NCAA College Division
1973–1978 Gulf South Conference Division II
1979 Independent Division II
1980–1983 Independent Division I-AA
1984–1986 Gulf Star Conference Division I-AA
1987–1990 Independent Division I-AA
1991–2005 Southland Conference Division I-AA
2006–present Southland Conference Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)


Conference championships[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Years Name Won Lost Tie Pct.
1972–1973 Gary Kinchen 5 17 0 .227
1974–1980 Bill Clements 36 39 1 .480
1981–1986 Sonny Jackson 39 28 1 .581
1987–1992 Phil Greco 27 37 2 .424
1993–1994 Rick Rhoades 8 14 0 .364
1995–1998* Darren Barbier 17 28 0 .378
1999–2003 Daryl Daye 13 42 0 .236
2004–2009 Jay Thomas 27 35 0 .435
2010–2014 Charlie Stubbs 10 38 0 .208
2014** Steve Axman 0 9 0 .000
2015–present Tim Rebowe 16 18 0 .471

*1996 I-AA National Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Award Recipient
**Interim head coach for final nine games of 2014 season

Division I-AA/Division I FCS Playoffs[edit]

Year Round Classification Opponent Result
1986 First Round
NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs Appalachian State
Georgia Southern
W 28–26
L 31–55

(Grantland Rice Bowl)
1996 First Round NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs Montana L 3–48
2005 First Round NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs Furman L 12–14
2017 First Round NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs South Dakota L 31–38

Notable players[edit]


Year Name Position Team
1976 Gerald Butler WR Kodak First Team (AFCA)
1977 Rusty Rebowe LB AP First Team; Kodak First Team (AFCA); NCAA All-American
1981 Dwight Walker WR AP First Team; Kodak First Team (AFCA)
1982 Clint Conque LB AP First Team
1982 Jay Pennison OL AP Second Team
1983 Jay Pennison OL AP Second Team
1984 Dewayne Harrison TE AP First Team
1985 Lynn Bychurch OL AP Second Team
1986 Mark Carrier WR AP First Team; Kodak First Team (AFCA)
1987 Alfred Dorsey WR AP Second Team
1987 Karl Hill DB AP Third Team
1987 Reed Pere’ OL AP Third Team
1991 Darryl Pounds DB AP Second Team
1994 Brian Desselles P AP Second Team
1994 Darryl Pounds DB AP First Team
2007 Kareem Moore DB AP Second Team
2007 Lardarius Webb DB Walter Camp Foundation First Team
2008 Lardarius Webb DB AP First Team

Nicholls Colonels selected in the NFL Draft[edit]

Year Name Position Team Round Overall pick
1976 Gary Barbaro DB Kansas City Chiefs 3rd Round 74th
1977 Gerald Butler WR Chicago Bears 7th Round 182nd
1982 Dwight Walker WR Cleveland Browns 4th Round 87th
1984 Johnny Meads LB Houston Oilers 3rd Round 58th
1985 Anthony Tuggle DB Cincinnati Bengals 4th Round 97th
1985 Lionel Vital RB Washington Redskins 7th Round 187th
1986 Oscar Smith RB Detroit Lions 5th Round 119th
1987 Mark Carrier WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3rd Round 57th
1987 Doug Hudson QB Kansas City Chiefs 6th Round 186th
1989 Jamie Lawson FB Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5th Round 117th
1990 Dee Thomas DB Houston Oilers 10th Round 264th
1995 Darryl Pounds DB Washington Redskins 3rd Round 68th
2004 Chris Thompson DB Jacksonville Jaguars 5th Round 110th
2007 Jacob Bender OL New York Jets 6th Round 177th
2008 Kareem Moore DB Washington Redskins 6th Round 180th
2009 Lardarius Webb DB Baltimore Ravens 3rd Round 88th


Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium[edit]

Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose stadium in Thibodaux, Louisiana. It is home to the Nicholls State University Colonels football team of the Southland Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision. The stadium is named in honor of former state representative John L. Guidry. The playing surface is named Manning Field after the Manning family because Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Archie Manning hold the Manning Passing Academy football camp at the facility. The current playing surface is Astroturf 3D Grass. The stadium was officially dedicated on September 16, 1972.

The stadium features a three-level press box on the west side. The second level houses an area for game management staff, radio and coaches’ booths and a working press area. The president’s suite and a 30-seat club level is located on the third level. A photo deck is located on the roof. On the ground level is the Colonels Club Room. In 2012, the west entrance of the stadium was renovated which included a new entrance into the Colonel Club area and a new ever-present illuminated Nicholls “N”.

Practice and Training facilities[edit]

Frank L. Barker Athletic Building[edit]

The Frank L. Barker Athletic Building is located adjacent to Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium. It houses the Nicholls Colonels football coaches’ offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, athletic training rooms and athletic staff.

The Nicholls Athletics Hall of Fame is also located in the building.

Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility[edit]

The Nicholls Colonels Strength and Conditioning facility is located in the Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility or Leonard C. Chabert Hall. The facility has multi-purpose power stations, weight machines, dumbbell stations, elliptical machines and stationary bikes. It is the strength and conditioning facility for Nicholls athletics. A 50-yard artificial turf field is adjacent to the building.

Football practice fields[edit]

The Nicholls Colonels football practice fields include three natural grass football practice fields located across Acadia Drive from Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium, the Frank L. Barker Athletic Building and the Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility. Two of the fields face in a north-south configuration similar to Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium with a third facing in an east-west configuration.


Current rivalries[edit]

Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana are located 94 miles apart and no two football-playing schools in the Southland Conference are as close as the two schools. The winner of the annual football game is awarded the River Bell Trophy. The trophy features a river bell, the teams athletic logos and details the yearly victors. The game played between the rivals began in 1972 and was played annually until 1985 when Southeastern Louisiana dropped its football program. It resumed 20 years later in 2005 when football was reinstated by the university.

The NichollsNorthwestern State football rivalry is played annually with the winner being awarded the NSU Trophy. Both universities are located in Louisiana and are members of the Southland Conference. The first game in the series was played in 1973.

Defunct rivalries[edit]

In fall 1998, the Colonels were scheduled to take on the Texas State Bobcats. Prior to the game, heavy rains flooded San Marcos, Texas and the field at Texas State. Athletic directors and coaches from both schools decided to postpone the game and coined the annual contest the "Battle for the Paddle," joking that fans and athletes needed to use a boat and paddle to get to the game. The game was eventually played on November 28, 1998 with Texas State prevailing 28–27 to win the first "Battle for the Paddle". A wooden oar or paddle named the "Paddle Trophy" was awarded to the winner of the contest. The rivalry ended in 2011.

Future opponents[edit]

Future Football Bowl Subdivision opponents[edit]

2019 2020
at Kansas State at LSU
at Texas State


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels media guide". Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels football team page". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels". Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Tim Rebowe named Colonels coach". November 21, 2014. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Nicholls State Colonels Yearly Totals". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  7. ^ "Future Nicholls Football Opponents". Retrieved October 7, 2018.

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