Ohio Valley Conference


AUSTIN PEAY EASTERN ILLINOIS MURRAY STATE
"Governors" "Panthers" "Racers"
Clarksville, TN Charleston, IL Murray, KY
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
STATE
TENNESSEE STATE TENNESSEE TECH
"RedHawks" "Tigers" "Golden Eagles"
Cape Girardeau, MO Nashville, TN Cookeville, TN
UT-MARTIN
"Skyhawks"
Martin, TN

Historical Helmets

AUSTIN PEAY

? - 1967 1968 - 1969 1970 - 1972
1973 - 1976 1977 - ? ? - 1987
1988 - ? ? - 1999? 2000? - 2005
2006 2007 - 2009 2009
*see note 1 below
'A'
2013 2010 - 2012; 2014 - 2015 2016 -
'B' (and 'B1') 'C' 'D'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
*see note 2 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2017 - 2018 2019 -
*see note 3 below
'H' 'I' 'J'
2019 - 2019 - 2020 -

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

*1 This design was reportedly first used during the October 24, 2009 home game against Eastern Kentucky.

*2 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of both 'B' and 'B1'; two slightly-different "governor" logos are worn on the right sides (as represented below).

'B' 'B1'

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


EASTERN ILLINOIS

1969 1970 - 1974 1975
1976 - 1977 1978 - 1981? 1982? - ?
1990 - 1992 1993 1994
1995 - 1999 2000 - 2011 2012 - 2014
2015 (1st four games) October 10, 2015 - 2017 2018 -

MURRAY STATE

1960 - 1961 1963 1962; 1964
1965 - 1966 1967 - 1977 1978 - 1981
1982 c.early 1990s 1997 - 1999
2000 - 2005 2006 - 2009 2010
2011 - 2012 2013 2014 - 2015
2016 - 2019 2020* -
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below

Murray State was one of the earlier teams to use a helmet logo; in 1963 a "horse head" was apparently worn during most of the team's games (photograph below). I have been unable to locate any clearer photograph of this design.

*2 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of this design; the right side is "blank".


SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE

? - 1961 1962 - 1963 1964 - ?
? - 1968 1969 1970 - ?
? - 1976 1977 - ? ? - 1979
*see note 1 below
1980 - ? ? - 2002 2003
2004 2005 - 2012 September 6, 2014
*see note 1 below
'C' 'A' 'B'
October 31, 2015;
October 29, 2016;
2017 -
2013 - 2017 -
'D'
2018

During recent years Southeast Missouri State has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

Prior to 1967 I think this team used black helmets, but color photographs from this period are scarce and the true color is unknown. These helmets were apparently "plain" some years, but one of the more interesting "known" early helmet logos was worn by this team in both 1962 and 1963; below are some photographs showing this elusive logo:

The logo is apparently an "Indian head" in profile; if any clearer photographs of this design are in existence I would greatly appreciate copies of them.

Southeast Missouri apparently did not use another helmet logo until either 1975 or 1976, when the first of at least three different short-lived logos was adopted. Below are photographs of the three known late 1970s SEMO helmet logos, gathered from the university's yearbooks:

The first of these was apparently first used in either 1975 or 1976 and features a red "M" inside an outline of the state of Missouri, plus there is some unknown small feature atop the northern side of the state. The 1977 logo is similar, but appears to lack the mysterious small feature. In either 1978 or 1979 another new logo was used - the letter "M" inside a circle with "feathers" attached to the side of the circle. I would again greatly appreciate clearer photographs of any of these designs.

The team nickname was changed from "Indians" to "RedHawks" prior to the 2005 season.

*1 Worn during the 2014 game at Kansas. The numerals were used only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side was worn a large "hawk head" logo (as represented below).


TENNESSEE STATE

'C'
? - 2009 October 23, 2010 -
November 20, 2010
2010 (first seven games);
2011 - 2016
*see note 1 below
'A' 'B' 'D'
2017 - 2018 2017 - 2019 2019
'E' 'F'
2020* - 2021 -
*see note 2 below

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

*1 This design was used during TSU's last four games of the 2010 season (vs Tennessee Tech, vs Eastern Illinois, at Tennessee-Martin, at Murray State).

*2 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of this design; a "TSU" logo is present on the right side (as depicted below).


TENNESSEE TECH

c.1950s - mid 1960s c.1965 1968? - 1976
1977 - 1982 1983 - 1985 1986
1987 - 1988 1989 - 1992 1993
1994 - 1996 1997 - 2005 2006
'E' 'A'
2007 - 2008 2009 - 2015 2013
'B' 'C' 'D'
2014 - 2015 2013 - 2015 2012; 2014
'F' 'G' 'H'
2016 - 2017 2016 - 2018 2018
'I' 'J'
2019 - 2019 -

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


UT-MARTIN

c.1980s 1987 - 1988 ? - 1999?
2000? - 2002 2003 - 2004 2005
*see note 1 below
2006 2007 2008 -

At some point during the late 1990s, UT-Martin used white helmets with a decal of the team name "Skyhawks" on the sides; I would appreciate a clear photograph of one of these helmets. The team name was changed from "Pacers" to "Skyhawks" in 1995.

*1 The numerals on this helmet design were worn only on the left sides of the helmets during at least the 2004 season.