Western Athletic Conference


ABILENE CHRISTIAN INCARNATE WORD LAMAR
"Wildcats" "Cardinals" "Cardinals"
Abilene, TX San Antonio, TX Beaumont, TX
SAM HOUSTON STATE SOUTHERN UTAH STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
"Bearkats" "Thunderbirds" "Lumberjacks"
Huntsville, TX Cedar City, UT Nacogdoches, TX
TARLETON STATE UTAH TECH
"Texans" "Trailblazers"
Stephenville, TX St. George, UT

Comments

In 2022 this conference will sponsor football for the first time in a decade; none of the current members were in the conference when football was last sponsored in 2012. Lamar will be in the WAC for just one year before returning to the Southland Conference in 2023.

Utah Tech is the new name of the institution previously known as Dixie State University.


Historical Helmets

ABILENE CHRISTIAN

? - 1960 1961 1962 - 1964
1965 - 1966 1966 - 1967 1968
1969 - 1978 1979 - 1984 1985 - 1986
1987 - 1990 1991 - 1992 1993 - 1994
1995 1996 - 1999 2000
'A' 'B'
2001 - 2012 2013 - 2017 2017
'C' 'D'
2018 - 2018 -
*see note 1 below

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

As for the "missing" Abilene Christian helmets:

Below are photographs of the missing helmets; additional information on these would be appreciated.

*1 Uniform numbers are worn on the left side only of this design; a logo is worn on the right side (as represented below).


INCARNATE WORD

2009 - 2010 2011 - 2012 2013
'A' 'B' 'C'
2014 - 2015 2015 November 8, 2014; 2015
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
2016 - 2019 2016 - 2017 2019 -
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'G' 'H' 'I'
2016 - 2017 2021 - 2021 -
*see note 6 below

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

This team played its first season of football in 2009. UIW played at the NCAA Division II level for four years before moving to Division I-Football Championship Subdivision in 2013.

*1 The "UIW" logo is present on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).

*2 The "UIW" logo is present on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a pink "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).

*3 The "UIW" logo is is present on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo with an "American flag" coloration (as depicted below).

*4 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).

*5 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).

*6 Uniform numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "cardinal" logo (as depicted below).


LAMAR

1962 1963 1966 - 1967
1968 - 1969 1958 - 1961;
1964 - 1965; 1970
1971
1972 - 1974 1975 - 1976 1977 - 1978
1979 - 1980 1981 1982
1983 - 1984 1985 1986 - 1989
'A'
September 27, 2014;
November 1, 2014
2010 - 2014 2015 -
*see note 1 below
'B' 'C' 'D'
2018 - 2018 - 2021 -
'E' 'F'
2021 - 2021 -

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

Lamar did not have a football team from 1990 through 2009. The name of the school was Lamar State College of Technology prior to 1971; hence the "LT" logo on the 1966-1967 helmet design.

*1 Worn during home games against Sam Houston State and Houston Baptist in 2014.


SAM HOUSTON STATE

1976 1975; 1977 1979
1978; 1980 1981 1982 - 1985
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
1986 - 1988 1989 - 1993 1994 - 1996
1997 (first 2 games) 1997 (last 9 games) 1998? - 2004
'A'
2005 (first game or two); 2010 2005 - 2009; 2011 - 2019 2020* -
'B' (and 'B1')
2021 -
*see note 3 below

In 2021 SHSU used three different helmet designs in the following order: B-B-B1; B1-B1-A; A-A-A; A-A-A (the last two games being FCS playoff games vs Incarnate Word and vs Montana State).

I have not received any information about pre-1975 SHSU helmets. In 1979 the team used white helmets with a "bearkat head" logo (photo below); I would appreciate a clear color photograph of this design. It has been reported to me that not enough of these decals were ordered, and that towards the end of the season about half the team were using "blank" helmets.

I received some contradictory reports about the decals used by SHSU in 2010; apparently both the orange and white versions of the most recent helmet decal were used in 2010, occasionally at the same time by different players. Can anyone clarify how these were used in 2010? Did one version eventually supersede the other? The white version was apparently used by the entire team during the 2011 season.

*1 The logo shown on this design was actually worn only on the right sides of the helmets; the left sides were "blank".

*2 The 1982-1985 design has been described as being identical to the one shown as "1986-1988" with the exception that there was a blue stripe between the orange and white stripes on each side (in other words the stripe sequence was white-blue-orange-blue-white). I would appreciate a photograph from the 1982-1985 period which clearly shows the width of the blue stripe relative to the others.

*3 Design 'B' has the cartoon bearkat on both sides; 'B1' has the bearkat on the left side only, with the "SH" logo of design 'A' on the right side.


SOUTHERN UTAH

1961 - ? 1973 1976 - 1977
c.mid 1990s c.late 1990s ? - 2000
'B'
2002 2003 - 2010 2014 - 2015
*see note 1 below
'C' 'A' 'D'
2015 2011 - 2014 2016
'E' 'F' 'G'
2016 2016 2016
'H' 'I' 'J'
2016 2017 - 2017 -
'K' 'L' 'M'
2017 - 2017 - 2021 -
'N'
2021 -

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

*1 The logo shown on this helmet was actually worn only on the right sides of the helmets in 2002; on the left sides, white players' uniform numerals with black outlines were used. The 2001 helmet design was identical, except that the right side of the helmet was left "blank" (no bird head decals). I would appreciate a clear photograph showing the LEFT side of either the 2001 or 2002 SUU helmet design.


STEPHEN F. AUSTIN

1958 - 1962 1963 - 1970 1971
1972 - 1975 1976 1977 - 1981
1982 - 1985 1986 - 1988 1989 - 1991
'A'
2002 1992 - 2001; 2003 - 2010 2011 -
*see note 1 below
'B' (and 'B1' & 'B2') 'C' 'D'
2015; 2020 - 2016 - 2019 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2019 - 2020 - 2020 -
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below *see note 6 below

During recent years Stephen F. Austin has used the following sequences of helmet designs:

*1 Prior to 2015 this design had the SFA/Texas state outline logo on both sides; beginning in 2015 the logo was worn on the left side only; white uniform numerals were worn on the right side (as depicted below).

*2 Helmet design 'B' has uniform numbers on both sides; 'B1' has uniform numbers on the left side only with a logo adorning the right side (as represented below); 'B2' has uniform numbers on the left side only with the "SFA"/state outline logo (as shown on the left side of 'C' above) on the right side. .

*3 The logo is present on the left side only of this design; purple uniform numbers like those worn on both sides of design 'B' adorn the right side.

*4 The 'JACKS' logo is present on the left side only of this design; white uniform numbers are worn on the right side (so the appearance is like that of the right side of design 'A').

*5 The logo is present on the left side only of this design; white uniform numbers are worn on the right side (as shown on the right side of 'A' in note 1 above).

*6 The logo is present on the left side only of this design; white uniform numbers are worn on the right side (as represented below).


TARLETON STATE

c.1967 - 1968 1970 1969; 1977 - 1979
1985 1986 1987
? - 1999? 2000? - 2009 2010 - 2011
2012 -
October 4, 2014
October 11, 2014 -
November 15, 2014
2015 - 2017
2018 -

UTAH TECH

c.late 1960s 1972 1973 - 1974
1975 - ? ? - 1977 1978 - 1981
1982 1983 - 1984 1985 - c.early 1990s
2006 2007 - 2009 2010 - 2012
2013 - 2014 2015 2016 - 2018
*see note 1 below
2019 2020* -

This team played as a member of the NCAA for the first time in 2006 at the Division II level. Prior to then the team competed as a junior college team for many decades. The school name was previously Dixie State University (from 2013 to May 2022), Dixie State College of Utah (from 2000 to 2013), Dixie College (from 1972 to 2000) and Dixie Junior College (from 1923 to 1972). The team nickname was "Red Storm" from 2009 through 2016, and "Rebels" prior to 2009.

The team has a number of other interesting designs dating from the junior college period; below are photographs of some of these cultivated from the university's yearbooks:

As is usually the case the biggest impediment towards adding these to the website is the apparent dearth of clear color photographs. The logo on the 1972 design is also completely ambiguous.

*1 Numerals are worn on the left side only of this design; on the right side is a "D" logo like the one used in 2012 and earlier seasons (as shown below).