Colonial Athletic Association


ALBANY DELAWARE ELON
"Great Danes" "Blue Hens" "Phoenix"
Albany, NY Newark, DE Elon, NC
HAMPTON MAINE MONMOUTH
"Pirates" "Black Bears" "Hawks"
Hampton, VA Orono, ME West Long Branch, NJ
NEW HAMPSHIRE RHODE ISLAND RICHMOND
"Wildcats" "Rams" "Spiders"
Durham, NH Kingston, RI Richmond, VA
STONY BROOK TOWSON VILLANOVA
"Seawolves" "Tigers" "Wildcats"
Stony Brook, NY Towson, MD Villanova, PA
WILLIAM & MARY
"Tribe"
Williamsburg, VA

Comments

Hampton and Monmouth are new members of this conference for 2022, while James Madison has departed for NCAA Division I-FBS and the Sun Belt Conference.


Historical Helmets

ALBANY

1973 - 1977 ? - 1985 1988 - 1992
*see note 1 below
'A'
1993 - 2003 2004 - 2007 2008 -
'B' 'C' 'D'
September 12, 2015;
November 14, 2015
2016 2016 - 2019
'E' 'F' 'G'
2016 - 2017 2017 2018 - 2019
'H' 'I' 'J'
2018 2019 2019
'K' 'L' 'M'
2019 2020* - 2020* -
'N' 'O' 'P'
2021 - 2021 - 2021 -

During recent years Albany has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 This design was also used by Albany's club-level team from 1970 through 1972.


DELAWARE

c.1959 - 1969 1969 - 1976 1977 - 1983
1984 - 2003 2004 -

Delaware began using the "winged" helmet design in 1951, and has used it continuously ever since, with only a few changes to the facemask color and perhaps some slight modifications to the shades of blue and gold having been made during the intervening years. The change from a darker blue to a nearly royal blue in 2004 is the most substantial change to the blue color of which I am aware.

Some players were using facemasks as early as 1954, but they were apparently not standard issue until about 1959. The dates of transition between facemask colors listed above are not precise, because at each change, some players continued to use the previously-used color for another year or two, or even longer. The years listed above are the approximate dates when each new color became predominant.

During at least some games in 1965 a small "D" logo was added to Delaware's helmets (photograph below); the color of the "D" is unknown to me.


ELON

1960 - 1963 1964 - 1966 1967 - 1969
1970 1971 - 1976 1981 - 1986
1977 - 1980; 1987 - 1991 1992 - 1999 2003 - 2010
November 15, 2014 2000 - 2002; 2011 - 2015 2016
'A' 'B' 'C'
2017 - 2020* - 2021 -
'D'
2021 -

During recent years Elon has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

The "missing" design for Elon is the 1970 design, for which I have not obtained any color photographs. It presumably has a gold shell and the logo is the school name within a dark (probably maroon) oval-shape (photograph below). I would appreciate any color photographs of this design or any good straight-on side-view photographs.

Previously I had listed here a plain maroon helmet for the years 1971 through 1974, but this report turned out to be inaccurate, and it appears that Elon used plain gold helmets throughout this period.


HAMPTON

1992 - 2000 2001 2005
2002 - 2004;
some games in 2007
2006 -
*see note 1 below

*1 This design was apparently used during the 2007 game against Howard, but the next helmet design shown above was used during the 2007 games against Princeton, Grambling State, and South Carolina State.


MAINE

1969 c.1950s - c.1975 c.1976 - 1984
*see note 1 below
1985 - 1991 1992 - 1999 2000 - October 10, 2015
October 17, 2015 -
November 21, 2015
2016 - 2017 September 14, 2019
2018 -
*see note 2 below

*1 Maine is reported to have used the "wing" helmet design throughout the 1960s and early 1970s; I do not yet know when the switch to the next design was made, but 1976 is a good possibility, as there was a new head coach that year. Some photographs from the last few years when this design was in use show that some players did not have the uniform numerals on their helmets, but I do not think there was ever a time when all Maine helmets lacked the numerals. In 1969, the player's numerals were replaced with a version of the "100" decal that many teams wore that year; Maine's version apparently featured light-colored numerals on a dark-colored football shape with a light-colored outline.

*2 In 2018 and 2019 the "MAINE"/"bear head" logo was worn on both sides of this design; beginning with the "spring 2021" football season the logo on the right side was replaced with uniform numbers (as represented below).


MONMOUTH

1993 - 2003 2004 - 2013 October 5, 2013;
October 19, 2013
'B' 'A'
2019; 2021 - 2014 -

During recent years Monmouth has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

Monmouth's football team first played in 1993 and the above are apparently the only helmet designs ever used by the team.


NEW HAMPSHIRE

? - c.1966 c.1967 - ? ? - 1999
'A'
2000 2001 - 2002 2003 -
'B' 'C'
2017 - 2018 2019 -
*see note 1 below

During recent years UNH has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; on the right side is an interlocking "NH" logo (as represented below).


RHODE ISLAND

1960 - 1961 1962 - 1965 1966
1967 - 1975 1976 - 1978 1979 - 1989?
1990? - 1992? 1993 1994 - 1996
1997 - 1999 2000 - 2007 2008 - 2010
2011 -

RICHMOND

1960? 1961? - 1965? 1966? - 1969?
1969? 1970 - 1978 1979
1980 - 1988 1989 - 1990 1991
1992 - 1994 September 5, 1998 1995 - 2002
2003 2004 - November 14, 2015 November 21, 2015 -

For a brief time during the late 1990s (reported by one person to be for only for a single game, September 5, 1998 vs Rutgers), Richmond used a decal bearing the word "RICHMOND" (different from the 2003 decal) in white letters; I would appreciate a photograph from this game.


STONY BROOK

'A'
? - 1998 2006 - 2013 2014 -
'B' 'C' 'D'
1999 - 2004; 2014 - 2005; 2014 2014
'E' 'F'
2016 2017 -

During recent years Stony Brook has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

The team was known as the "Patriots" prior to 1994. I would appreciate any information about earlier helmet designs used by this team, which first played in 1984 at the NCAA Division III level. The earliest design for which I have any information is the 1986 design, which had a white shell with a script "Patriots" logo (see photograph below). The logo color and facemask color are unknown, but I would assume that both were probably red.


TOWSON

c.late 1990s 1999 - 2000 2001
2002 - 2003 2004 - 2008 2009
*see note 1 below
October 8, 2011 September 9, 2015 October 24, 2015;
September 29, 2018
September 10, 2016;
November 17, 2018
October 8, 2016 November 5, 2016
'A' 'B'
October 6, 2018 2010 - 2019; 2021 - 2019
'C' 'D' 'E'
2019 2019 2019
'F' 'G' 'H'
2019 2019; 2021 - 2021 -
'I' 'J' 'K'
2021 - 2021 - 2021 -
'L'
2021 -

During recent years Towson has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 This design has an asymmetrical stripe sequence - a white stripe on the left side of the helmet borders directly against a yellow stripe on the right side.


VILLANOVA

1960 - 1965 1966 - ? 1970
*see note 1 below
1972 1972 (last game) c.1974
c.1979 1986 - c.1997 c.1998 - 2002
'A' 'B' 'C'
2003 - 2017 - 2018 2019 -
*see note 2 below
'D'
2021 -

During recent years Villanova has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

  • 2021: A-C-C; A-A-C; D-D-A; C-C-A; A (the last two games being FCS playoff games vs Holy Cross and vs South Dakota State)
  • 2020: A (entire season)
  • 2019: A-A-A; C-C-A; C-A-A; A-A-C; A (the last game being a playoff game at Southeast Lousiana)
  • 2018: A-A-B; B-A-B; A-B-A; A-B
  • 2017: A-A-A; A-A-A; A-A-B; A-B

*1 The "75" on this helmet commemorated the 75th season of football at Villanova.

*2 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "wildcat head" logo (as represented below).


WILLIAM & MARY

? - 1963 1964 - 1968 1969
1970 - ? c.1976 - 1977 ? - 1980
1981? - 1985 1986 - 1994 1995 - 2000
*see note 1 below
2001? - 2007 November 14, 2015 2008 - 2017
2018 - 2020* -

*1 The facemask color on this design may have been changed to white during the latter part of its period of use.