WPI Engineers football

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WPI Engineers football
2018 WPI Engineers football team
WPI wordmark.png
First season 1887
Head coach Chris Robertson
8th season, 36–43–0 (.456)
Stadium Alumni Stadium
(Capacity: 2,000)
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
NCAA division Division III
Conference NEWMAC
Past conferences Independent (1887–1972)
DIII Independent (1973–1991)
Freedom Football Conference (1992–2003)
Liberty League (2004–2016)
All-time record 355–537–29 (.401)
Bowl record 1–2 (.333)
Playoff appearances 1992
Playoff record 0–1
Conference titles 1992, 1993
Rivalries RPI Engineers
MIT Engineers
Colors Crimson and Gray[1]
Fight song "E to the X"
Mascot Gompei the Goat
Marching band WPI Pep Band
Website Athletics.WPI.edu

The WPI Engineers football team represents Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the sport of American football. The Engineers compete in the Division III (DIII) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the NEWMAC.[2] WPI's football program is one of the oldest in the country. The team is currently coached by Chris Robertson.

WPI plays its home games at Alumni Stadium, located on the campus in Worcester, Massachusetts,with a capacity of 2,000.[3]


Prior to competing in collegiate football, WPI played association football (now known as the sport of soccer) from 1874–1876 and American rugby from 1877–1881. Starting in 1882, WPI would attempt to play football as a sport.[4] It was not until 1885 that the football team was taken seriously.[5] The 1887 season was the first in which the team competed as a varsity sport.[6] Following their outstanding performance in the 1888 season, the Engineers were invited to join a football league of small New England colleges, but the faculty refused the idea and barred the team from playing any away games.[7] The Institute's opinion of football would improve by the turn of the century and give more support to the team.


  1. ^ WPI Logo Usage: Quick Reference Guide (PDF). Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Members By Division". NCAA. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Alumni Stadium". Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Smith, Melvin I. (2008). Evolvements of Early American Foot Ball: Through the 1890/91 Season. AuthorHouse. p. 586. ISBN 978-1-43436-248-3 – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Herbert Foster (1937). Seventy Years of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Privately Published. p. 153. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "2016 Media Guide (PDF)" (PDF). WPI Athletics. WPI Athletics. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  7. ^ Taylor, Herbert Foster (1937). Seventy Years of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Privately Published. p. 154. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 

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