Helmets of Future College Teams


This page contains announced helmet designs for college teams that will begin varsity play in the year 2019 or later; there were seven new teams in 2018. The new teams for the 2018 season were Alvernia University (of the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Conference); University of New England (NCAA Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference), Allen University (NAIA independent team), Indiana Wesleyan (NAIA Mid-States Football Association), Keiser University (NAIA Mid-South Conference), Lawrence Tech (NAIA Mid-States Football Association), and Ottawa University Arizona (NAIA Sooner Athletic Conference), Helmet images for the new-for-2018 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 four-year colleges and universities have announced that they will be adding varsity football programs either in 2019 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 2019

CLARKE

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.


FRANKLIN PIERCE

FPU's football team will be known as the "Ravens" and will use crimson and gray as the team colors. The university's "sprint football" team is using black helmets with a mirror-like "raven head" logo (see photo below) in 2018, but I do not know if the 2019 NCAA Division II team will use this same design.


KEYSTONE

Keystone's team will be called the "Giants" and the school colors are listed as navy and orange. As of September 2018 there are several photograph at the team's website showing a navy blue helmet with a "KC" logo on the sides, but I do not know if this design has actually been selected for future use by the team.


ST. THOMAS

St. Thomas's team will be named the "Bobcats" and the team colors are listed as navy blue, columbia blue, and burgundy. I do not yet have any information regarding a helmet design for this team.


WHEELING JESUIT

WJU is playing an "exhibition" schedule in 2018 and the team is using white helmets with a "cardinal head" logo (photograph below). The team nickname is "Cardinals" and the school colors are listed as red, black, 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.