Dayton Flyers football
9th year, 70–27 (.722)
Division I FCS|
Pioneer Football League|
|Claimed nat'l titles||
2 (Division III)|
12 (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015)|
2 (2001, 2002)|
Red and Blue|
- For information on all University of Dayton sports, see Dayton Flyers
The Dayton Flyers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Dayton located in the U.S. state of Ohio. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Pioneer Football League. Dayton's first football team was fielded in 1905. The team plays its home games at the 11,000 seat Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. The Flyers are coached by Rick Chamberlin.
- 1952–1955: NCAA College Division
- 1956–1972: NCAA University Division
- 1973–1976: NCAA Division I
- 1977–1992: NCAA Division III
- 1993–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS
- 1905–1925: Independent
- 1926–1934: Ohio Athletic Conference
- 1935–1938: Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- 1939–1972: Independent
- 1973–1976: Division I Independent
- 1977–1992: Division III Independent
- 1993–present: Pioneer Football League
Notable former players
Notable alumni include:
Dayton has made five appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship Game, also known as the Stagg Bowl. The Flyers defeated Ithaca, 63–0 in the 1980 championship game, and defeated Union (NY) 17–7 in the 1989 championship game. The Flyers were unsuccessful in three other championship game appearances, losing 17–10 to Widener in 1981, 19–3 to Wagner in 1987, and 34–20 to Ithaca in 1991.
From 2001–2005, the Pioneer Football League was divided into North and South Divisions. As winners of the Pioneer Football League's North Division, Dayton has made two appearance in the Pioneer Football League Championship Game, in 2001 and 2002.
Bowl game appearances
| Season || Date || Bowl || W/L || Opponent || PF || PA|| Coach || Notes|
|1951 || January 1, 1952 ||Salad Bowl || L || Houston || 21 || 26 || Joe Gavin || notes|
| Total || 1 bowl game || 0–1 || || 21 || 26 || || |
They also played in the Gridiron Classic in 2007 against Northeast Conference opponent Albany, winning 42–21.
The Sports Network Cup was a way of determining the best mid major team in Division I FCS, with first place votes determining the winner between teams from the Pioneer Football League, the Northeast Conference, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association.
Dayton has made one appearance in the FCS playoffs. Their record is 0–1.
| 2015 || First Round || Western Illinois || L 7–24|
| Playoff Record