Dayton Flyers football

Dayton Flyers
2016 Dayton Flyers football team
First season 1905
Athletic director Tim Wabler
Head coach Rick Chamberlin
9th year, 7027 (.722)
Stadium Welcome Stadium
Seating capacity 11,000
Location Dayton, Ohio
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Pioneer Football League
All-time record 65538540 (.625)
Bowl record 01 (.000)
Claimed nat'l titles 2 (Division III)
Conference titles 12 (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015)
Division titles 2 (2001, 2002)
Colors Red and Blue[1]
Mascot Rudy Flyer
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.



Conference memberships

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:


National championships

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.

Year NCAA Division Coach Record National Championship Game Opponent PF PA Location
1980 III Rick Carter 14–0–0 1980 Division III National Championship Game Ithaca 63 0 Phenix City, AL
1989 III Mike Kelly 13–0–1 1989 Division III National Championship Game Union (NY) 17 7 Phenix City, AL
Total national championships 2

Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record Conference Championship Game
1993 Pioneer Football League Mike Kelly 9–1 5–0 N/A
1994 Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship) Mike Kelly 8–2 4–1 N/A
1996 Pioneer Football League Mike Kelly 11–0 5–0 N/A
1997 Pioneer Football League Mike Kelly 9–1 5–0 N/A
1999 Pioneer Football League Mike Kelly 6–4 4–0 N/A
2000 Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship) Mike Kelly 8–3 3–1 N/A
2001 Pioneer Football League Mike Kelly 10–1 4–0 2001 Championship Game
2002 Pioneer Football League Mike Kelly 11–1 4–0 2002 Championship Game
2007 Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship) Mike Kelly 11–1 6–1 N/A
2009 Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship) Rick Chamberlin 9–2 7–1 N/A
2010 Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship) Rick Chamberlin 10–1 8–0 N/A
Total conference championships 11

Divisional championships

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.

Year Division Championship CG Result Opponent PF PA
2001 PFL North W Jacksonville 46 14
2002 PFL North W Morehead State 28 0
Totals 2 2–0 - 74 14

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.

Season Champion Runner-up
2001[2] Sacred Heart Pioneers 15 Dayton Flyers 6
2002[3] Dayton Flyers 17 Albany Great Danes 7
2005[4] San Diego Toreros 26 Dayton Flyers 0
2007[5] Dayton Flyers 30 San Diego Toreros 0

Playoff appearances

Dayton has made one appearance in the FCS playoffs. Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
2015 First Round Western Illinois L 7–24
Playoff Record 0–1


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