Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football

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Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
2018 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football team
Northern Arizona Athletics wordmark.svg
First season 1915
Head coach Jerome Souers
21st season, 119–107 (.527)
Stadium Walkup Skydome
(Capacity: 16,200)
Location Flagstaff, Arizona
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Big Sky Conference
All-time record 447–444–23 (.502)
Conference titles 2 (1978, 2003)
Colors Blue and Gold[1]
For information on all Northern Arizona University sports, see Northern Arizona Lumberjacks

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Northern Arizona University located in the U.S. state of Arizona. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Big Sky Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1915. The team plays its home games at the 17,500 seat Walkup Skydome. They are coached by Jerome Souers.


The Lumberjacks have maintained numerous rivalries with their western counterparts. Competition has not only been limited to the west. The Lumberjacks have also taken on eastern programs such as the Ole Miss Rebels, Florida Atlantic Owls, and the Appalachian State Mountaineers.


  • 1937–1952: NCAA College Division
  • 1953–1968: NAIA
  • 1969–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1977: NCAA Division II
  • 1978–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference memberships[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position
Jerome Souers Head Coach
Brian Sheppard Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Andy Thompson Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Travis Baker Defensive Line Coach
Vernon Smith Defensive Backs Coach
Aaron Pflugrad Wide Receivers Coach
Craig Knoth Tight Ends Coach
Cody VonAppen Safeties Coach
Tim Davis Offensive Line Coach
Jimmy Beal Running Backs Coach


HintonBurdick Grand Canyon Cup[edit]

Conference Rivalries[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Stadium Last Played
California Polytechnic State University Mustangs San Luis Obispo, California Alex G. Spanos Stadium 2017
University of California, Davis Aggies Davis, California Aggie Stadium 2017
Eastern Washington University Eagles Cheney, Washington Roos Field 2016
University of Idaho Vandals Moscow, Idaho Kibbie Dome 1995
Idaho State University Bengals Pocatello, Idaho Holt Arena 2016
University of Montana Grizzlies Missoula, Montana Washington–Grizzly Stadium 2017
Montana State University Bobcats Bozeman, Montana Bobcat Stadium 2017
University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks Grand Forks, North Dakota Alerus Center 2016
University of Northern Colorado Bears Greeley, Colorado Nottingham Field 2017
Portland State University Vikings Portland, Oregon Providence Park 2017
California State University, Sacramento Hornets Sacramento, California Hornet Stadium 2017
Southern Utah University Thunderbirds Cedar City, Utah Eccles Coliseum 2017
Weber State University Wildcats Ogden, Utah Stewart Stadium 2016

The University of Idaho will rejoin the Big Sky Conference as a football member in 2018 when they fully transition from the FBS to FCS.

Former Rivalries[edit]

Institution Nickname Current Conference Last Played
Boise State University Broncos Mountain West 1995
University of Nevada, Reno Wolfpack Mountain West 1991
California State University, Northridge Matadors Big West 2001

California State University, Northridge dropped its football program after the 2001 season and moved to the Big West Conference.


Big Sky Championships[edit]

Year Record
1978 6–0
2003 5–2

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results[edit]

The Lumberjacks have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs six times with an overall record of 1–6.

Year Round Opponent Result
1996 First Round Furman L 32–41
1999 First Round Georgia Southern L 29–72
2001 First Round Sam Houston State L 31–34
2003 First Round
McNeese State
Florida Atlantic
W 35–3
L 25–48
2013 First Round South Dakota State L 7–26
2017 First Round San Diego L 10–41

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ "Northern Arizona University Visual Identity Guide" (PDF). Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Leslie Duncan -". Retrieved 5 April 2018. 

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