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Eastern Kentucky Colonels
2014 Eastern Kentucky Colonels football team
First season 1909
Athletic director Mark Sandy
Head coach Dean Hood
Home stadium Roy Kidd Stadium
Field Hanger Field
Year built 1969
Stadium capacity 20,000
Stadium surface SF II Synthetic Turf
Location Richmond, Kentucky
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference OVC
All-time record 552–344–38 (.611)
Postseason bowl record 3–3 (.500)
Playoff appearances 20
Claimed national titles 2
Conference titles 21
Consensus All-Americans 46

Maroon and White

Mascot The Colonel
Marching band Eastern Kentucky University Marching Colonels
Outfitter Adidias
Rivals Jacksonville State
Eastern Illinois
WKU (Former)
Website EKUSports

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels football program represents Eastern Kentucky University in college football as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), and competes at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The school has traditionally had much success on the football field, having won twenty OVC conference titles and two Division I FCS National Championships (then called Division I-AA) in 1979 and 1982, and reaching the finals in 1980 and 1981. Much of the success came during the long tenure of head coach Roy Kidd from 1964 to 2002. In 1990, Eastern honored Kidd by naming the school's football stadium Roy Kidd Stadium. Eastern Kentucky's football team was able to secure 31 consecutive winning seasons before finally posting a losing season record in 2009.

In September 2013, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper of nearby Lexington, reported that EKU was considering moving its program to the top-level Football Bowl Subdivision. However, under NCAA rules, such a move would require that EKU receive an invitation from an existing FBS conference.[1]

Team information[edit]

Nickname: Colonels

  • Home: Maroon
  • Road: White

National Championships: 2 - 1979 & 1982
Conference Championships: Twenty One - (Ohio Valley Conference)
1954, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2007, 2008, and 2011
Conference History:

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position
Dean Hood Head Coach
Dane Damron Offensive Coordinator
Tony Hatmaker Defensive Coordinator
Garry Fisher Linebackers Coach
Ben Hodges Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Carson Jeffers Offensive Line Coach
Jake Johnson Defensive Line Coach
Klay Koester Wide Receivers Coach
John Revere Running Backs Coach

Head coaching history[edit]

Years Coach Record Conference Championships
1909 James Park 0–0–4 0
1910–1911 Clyde Wilson 2–7–1 0
1912 Charles Keith 3–4–1 0
1913–1916 Ben Bernard 8–13–2 0
1919–1921 Clyde McCoy 3–6–1 0
1922–1928 George Hembree 21–29–4 0
1929–1934 Charles "Turkey" Hughes 8–29–6 0
1935–1946 Rome Rankin 56–24–6 0
1947–1953 Tom Samuels 41–24–2 0
1954–1963 Glenn Presnell 42–49–3 2
1964–2002 Roy Kidd 315–123–8 16
2003–2007 Danny Hope 35–22 1
2008–present Dean Hood 44–29 2


NCAA Division I FCS National Championships[edit]

Eastern Kentucky went to four consecutive national championship games, winning twice in 1979 and 1982.

1979 FCS National Champions
1980 FCS National Runners-Up
1981 FCS National Runners-Up
1982 FCS National Champions

Bowl Games[edit]

Year Winning team Losing team Result
1955 Tangerine Bowl Nebraska-Omaha 7 EKU 6 Lost
1967 Grantland Rice Bowl EKU 27 Ball State 13 Won
1979 Camellia Bowl EKU 30 Lehigh 7 Won
1980 Camellia Bowl Boise State 31 EKU 29 Lost
1981 Pioneer Bowl Idaho State 34 EKU 23 Lost
1982 Pioneer Bowl EKU 17 Delaware 14 Won

NCAA Division I FCS Playoff Appearances[edit]

Eastern Kentucky has made 21 appearances in the I-AA/FCS playoffs since 1978.

Year Round Opponent Result
1979 Semifinals
W 33–302OT
W 30–7
1980 Semifinals
Boise State
W 23–20
L 29–31
1981 Quarterfinals
Boise State
Idaho State
W 35–28
W 23–17
L 23–34
1982 Quarterfinals
Tennessee State
W 38–30
W 13–7
W 17–14
1983 First Round Boston University L 20–24
1984 First Round Middle Tennessee L 10–27
1986 First Round
Eastern Illinois
Arkansas State
W 23–10
W 24–22
L 10–24
1987 First Round
Western Kentucky
Northeast Louisiana
W 40–17
L 32–33
1988 First Round
Western Kentucky
Georgia Southern
W 28–17
W 41–24
L 17–21
1989 First Round Youngstown State L 24–28
1990 First Round Furman L 17–45
1991 First Round
Appalachian State
Middle Tennessee
W 14–3
W 23–13
L 7–14
1992 First Round Marshall L 0–44
1993 First Round Georgia Southern L 12–14
1994 First Round
Boston University
Youngstown State
W 30–23
L 15–18
1995 First Round Montana L 0–48
1997 First Round Western Kentucky L 14–42
2007 First Round Richmond L 14–31
2008 First Round Richmond L 10–38
2011 First Round James Madison L 17–20
2014 First Round Indiana State L 16–36
Playoff Record 16–19

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Overall Record Conf. Record Head Coach
1954 Ohio Valley 8–1–1 5–0 Glenn Presnell
1962 Ohio Valley 6-3 4–2 Glenn Presnell
1967 Ohio Valley 8–1–2 5–0–2 Roy Kidd
1968 Ohio Valley 8–2 7–0 Roy Kidd
1974 Ohio Valley 8-2 6–1 Roy Kidd
1976 Ohio Valley 8–3 6–1 Roy Kidd
1981 Ohio Valley 12–2 8–0 Roy Kidd
1982 Ohio Valley 13–0 7–0 Roy Kidd
1983 Ohio Valley 7–3-1 6–1 Roy Kidd
1984 Ohio Valley 8–4 6–1 Roy Kidd
1986 Ohio Valley 10–3–1 6–1 Roy Kidd
1987 Ohio Valley 9–3 5–1 Roy Kidd
1988 Ohio Valley 11–3 6–0 Roy Kidd
1990 Ohio Valley 10–2 5–1 Roy Kidd
1991 Ohio Valley 12–2 7–0 Roy Kidd
1993 Ohio Valley 8–4 8–0 Roy Kidd
1994 Ohio Valley 10–3 8–0 Roy Kidd
1997 Ohio Valley 8–4 7–0 Roy Kidd
2007 Ohio Valley 9–3 8–0 Danny Hope
2008 Ohio Valley 8–4 7–1 Dean Hood
2011 Ohio Valley 7–5 6–2 Dean Hood
Total 21

School records[edit]

Team records[edit]

Consecutive winning seasons: 31, 1977-2008
Consecutive wins: 18, 1982-1983
Consecutive National Title appearances: 4, 1979-1982

Individual records[edit]

Most rushing yards (game): 300 Markus Thomas against Marshall 1989
Most rushing yards (season): 1,998 Elroy Harris in the 1988 season
Most rushing yards (career): 5,532 Markus Thomas 1989-1992
Most passing yards (game): 398 Josh Greco against Eastern Illinois 2005
Most passing yards (season): 2,861 Josh Greco in the 2005 season
Most passing yards (career): 5,992 Josh Greco 2004-2007
Most receiving yards (game): 316 Aaron Marsh against Northwood 1967
Most receiving yards (season): 1,150 Andre Ralston in the 2005 season
Most receiving yards (career): 3,095 Andre Ralston 2002-2005


  1. ^ Story, Mark (September 14, 2013). "Mark Story: EKU is 'discussing' moving its football program up to the FBS". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 

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