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Dayton Flyers Football
Dayton Flyers
Dayton Flyers logo.svg
First season1905
Athletic directorNeil Sullivan
Head coachRick Chamberlin
11th season, 93-40 (.699)
StadiumWelcome Stadium
(Capacity: 11,000)
LocationDayton, Ohio
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferencePioneer Football League
All-time record
Bowl record0–1 (.000)
Claimed national titles2 (Division III)
Conference titles12 (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015)
Division titles2 (2001, 2002)
ColorsRed and Blue[1]
MascotRudy Flyer
For information on all University of Dayton sports, see Dayton Flyers

The Dayton Flyers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of Dayton located in the U.S. state of Ohio. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Pioneer Football League. Dayton's first football team was fielded in 1905. The team plays its home games at the 11,000 seat Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. The Flyers are coached by Rick Chamberlin.



  • 1906-1955: NCAA
  • 1956-1972: NCAA University Division
  • 1973-1976: NCAA Division I
  • 1977-1992: NCAA Division III
  • 1993-present: NCAA Division I-AA/FCS

Conference memberships

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:


National championships

Dayton has won two national championships, both during their tenure in Division III. Dayton has made five appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship Game, also known as the Stagg Bowl. The Flyers defeated Ithaca, 63-0 in the 1980 championship game, and defeated Union (NY) 17-7 in the 1989 championship game. The Flyers were unsuccessful in three other championship game appearances, losing 17-10 to Widener in 1981, 19-3 to Wagner in 1987, and 34-20 to Ithaca in 1991.

Season Coach Selector Record Score Opponent
1980 Rick Carter Division III 14-0 63-0 Ithaca
1989 Mike Kelly Division III 13-0-1 17-7 Union (NY)

Conference championships

Dayton has won 11 conference championships, six outright and five shared.

+ denotes co-champions

Divisional championships

From 2001-2005, the Pioneer Football League was divided into North and South Divisions, with the winners of those divisions participating in a Conference Championship Game. As winners of the Pioneer Football League's North Division, Dayton has made two appearance in the Pioneer Football League Championship Game, in 2001 and 2002.

Season Division Opponent Result
2001 PFL North Jacksonville W 46-14
2002 PFL North Morehead State W 28-0

Bowl game appearances

Dayton has participated in one bowl game, with the Flyers having a record of 0-1.

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1951 Joe Gavin Salad Bowl Houston L 21-26

They also played in the Gridiron Classic in 2007 against Northeast Conference opponent Albany, winning 42-21.

The Sports Network Cup was a way of determining the best mid major team in Division I FCS, with first place votes determining the winner between teams from the Pioneer Football League, the Northeast Conference, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association.

Playoff appearances

Dayton has made one appearance in the FCS playoffs. Their record is 0-1.

Year Round Opponent result
2015 First Round Western Illinois L 7-24


  1. ^ "Color Palette". Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "The Sports Network - I-AA College Football". 13 June 2002. Archived from the original on 13 June 2002.
  3. ^ "The Sports Network - I-AA College Football". 10 February 2003. Archived from the original on 10 February 2003.
  4. ^ "The Sports Network - I-AA College Football". 2 February 2006. Archived from the original on 2 February 2006.
  5. ^ Archived 2011-11-19 at the Wayback Machine

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