Helmets of Future College Teams

This page contains announced helmet designs for college teams that will begin varsity play in the year 2018 or later; there were three new teams in 2017. The new teams for the 2017 season were UAB (of the NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision Conference USA), Texas Wesleyan (NAIA Central States Football League), and St. Andrews (NAIA Mid-South Conference). Helmet images for the new-for-2017 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! If there is any doubt, I would prefer that you wait until shortly before the team plays its first game!

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 four-year colleges and universities have announced that they will be adding varsity football programs either in 2018 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 2018


Alvernia's team will be named the "Golden Wolves" and the school colors are listed as maroon and gold. I have no information yet regarding a helmet design for the team. First game: September 1 vs Gallaudet


Photographs of several different helmet designs have appeared at IWU's website in recent years, but in April 2017 the photograph below appeared accompanying an article which stated that the team had chosen to use two different helmet designs during its inaugural season. One helmet is 'platinum white' with a large "wildcat head" logo on the right side only; "the opposite side will change periodically", stated the article without further elaboration. The other helmet is "anthracite" in color with an "IWU" logo on both sides. Red and gray are the school colors. First game: September 1 vs Taylor


Keiser's football team will be called the "Seahawks" and will wear navy blue and sky blue as the team colors. No helmet design information has yet been received for this team. First game: August 23 at Pikeville


The Lawrence Tech football team will be named the "Blue Devils"; blue and white are listed as the school colors. I have no information yet regarding helmet designs for this team. First game: September 8 at Wisconsin Lutheran


The UNE football team will be named the "Nor'easters" and the school colors are blue and white. Again I have no information as to whether a helmet design has yet been chosen. First game: August 30 at Coast Guard


The OUAZ football team will be nicknamed the "Spirit" and the school colors are listed as black and gold. No report has yet been received as to a helmet design for this team.

New team for 2019


Clarke's athletic teams are called the "Pride" and the school colors are listed as navy blue and gold. No information has yet been received regarding helmet designs for this team.

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.)