Richmond Spiders football
|Richmond Spiders football|
|Athletic director||John Hardt|
2nd season, 6–5 (.545)
|Conference||Colonial Athletic Association|
|All-time record||547–642–53 (.462)|
|Bowl record||1–1 (.500)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||1 (2008)|
William & Mary Tribe|
James Madison Dukes
Blue and Red|
The Richmond Spiders are a college football team representing the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond was the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision champion for the 2008 season. Richmond currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Russ Huesman was named head coach of the Spiders, on December 14, 2016, replacing Danny Rocco who had depart to become head coach at the University of Delaware a day earlier.
In 2008, #7 Richmond beat Eastern Kentucky, Appalachian State, and Northern Iowa to advance to the NCAA Division I Football Championship against Montana. In the FCS National Championship Game on December 19, 2008, they defeated Montana 24–7 to win the first team NCAA national title for the University of Richmond in any sport.
Richmond's traditional rival in many sports is the College of William & Mary. Richmond and William & Mary have met 127 times since 1898, making the rivalry (sometimes referred to as "the South's oldest rivalry") the fourth most-played in Division I college football. Only Lafayette–Lehigh, Princeton–Yale, and Harvard–Yale have played more games. The winner of the annual W&M–Richmond match-up claims the Capital Cup (formerly the I-64 Trophy), which reflects the historical significance of the cities of Williamsburg and Richmond as the last two capitals of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- 1881–1906: Independent
- 1907–1910: South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SAIAA)
- 1911–1931: Independent
- 1932–1935: Virginia Conference
- 1936–1975: Southern Conference
- 1976–1977: NCAA Division I Independent
- 1978–1981: NCAA Division I-A Independent
- 1982–1985: NCAA Division I-AA Independent
- 1986–1996: Yankee Conference
- 1997–2006: Atlantic 10 Conference
- 2007–present: Colonial Athletic Association
Richmond Spiders in the NFL Draft
Undrafted players and non-NFL draftees
- Rick Sowieta, linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts and the Ottawa Rough Riders
- Carmen Cavalli, Oakland Raiders draft pick (1960)
- Reggie Evans, Running back
- Bruce Gossett, Kicker
- Matt Joyce, Guard/Tackle
- Paris Lenon, Linebacker
- Matt Snider, Fullback
- Brendan Toibin, Kicker
- Stacy Tutt, Fullback
- Josh Vaughan, Running back
- Danny Deriveaux (Montreal Alloutes)
- Eric Ward, Quarterback Edmonton Eskimos 2011 Season
- Winston October, Defensive back Kick returner Montreal Alouettes, Wide receiver/Kick returner Washington Redskins and Edmonton Eskimos
- Ben Edwards, Wide receiver Kick returner New York Giants
- Seth Williams, CFL player
- Martin Parker (American football), Defensive tackle
- Kerry Wynn, Defensive end
- Kendall Gaskins, Running back
- Mike Burkhead, Quarterback
- David Jones, Defensive back
The Spiders have appeared in the Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs 11 times. Their combined record is 15–10. They were FCS National Champions in 2008.
|1987||First Round||Appalachian State||L 3–20|
|1998||First Round||Lehigh||L 23–24|
National Championship Game
|William & Mary
North Dakota State
|North Carolina A&T
During their time as a NCAA University Division (Major College) team, Richmond appeared in two bowl games, both times in the Tangerine Bowl against the champion of the Mid-American Conference. They have a record of 1–1.
|1968||Frank Jones||Tangerine Bowl||Ohio||W 49–42|
|1971||Frank Jones||Tangerine Bowl||Toledo||L 3–28|
- "Institutional Identity - Colors". Retrieved February 9, 2018.
- "Huesman Named Head Coach Of Spiders Football". RichmondsSpiders.com. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- Richmond, William & Mary Rename Football Rivalry As Capital Cup Archived 2011-06-16 at the Wayback Machine.