Helmets of Future College Teams

This page contains announced helmet designs for college teams that will begin varsity play in the year 2020 or later; there are five new teams in 2018. The new teams for the 2019 season are Clarke University (of the NAIA Heart of America Athletic Conference), Franklin Pierce University (NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference), St. Thomas University (NAIA Mid-South Conference), Wheeling (NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference), and Lewis-Clark Valley (an independent team having an "affiliation" with the NCAA). Helmet images for the new-for-2019 teams have been moved to their respective conference pages.

If you are associated with one of these future teams and have information about what the team's helmet design will look like, I would certainly appreciate hearing from you, but PLEASE wait until a ***FINAL*** decision is made about what the helmets will look like!

One fact which became abundantly clear to me after having worked on this web site for several years is that many colleges will put together for ceremonies associated with the arrival of varsity football some sort of helmet design that is never really intended to be a "prototype" design for the team; it would probably be better to call such a helmet a "prop" helmet. It is my impression that decisions about actual helmet designs are usually reserved for the head coach to make, and rarely will a head coach have been named as soon as a decision is made to institute a team. So, without additional information to indicate otherwise, I do not consider photographs from "football introduction festivities" showing "prop" helmets to be reliable information about actual helmet designs. There is little reason to send me photographs from these future teams' web sites unless they are accompanied by a caption indicating that a helmet design which the team will actually use is shown - besides, I've probably already seen them.

The following colleges and universities have announced that they will be adding varsity football programs either in 2020 or subsequent years (first year of play in parentheses):

There certainly may be others as well which I have not heard about, so please let me know if you have any additions! (including colleges in Canada and junior or community colleges).

New teams for the 2020 season


Barton's team will be known as the "Bulldogs" and the school colors are listed as royal blue and white. The team will initially be an independent team but it has obtained a "scheduling alliance" with the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference.


Erskine's team nickname will be "Flying Fleet". The school had a football team previously; it played its last season in 1951, Garnet and gold are listed as the school colors.


FMU's football team will be called the "Lions" and will wear royal blue and orange as the team colors.


The Keystone football team will be named the "Giants" and the team will wear navy blue and orange as the team colors. The team is playing a seven-game schedule in 2019; most of these games are apparently against JV teams but three opponents (Misericordia, Alfred State, and Newport News Apprentice School) are listed as being varsity teams.


Madonna's team will be named the "Crusaders" and the school colors are listed as blue and gold.

Other colleges which may start football teams

Below are listed some other colleges which may be adding football as a varsity sport in the near future, or which at least appear to be considering doing so, and some others which have recently rejected the idea. For each of these, it is my impression that the addition of football is not yet a certainty. (There are probably many others besides those listed here; reports about additional schools, both in the United States and Canada, would be appreciated.) I usually purge entries from this list after a decade or so if nothing happens.