Colonial Athletic Association


ALBANY DELAWARE ELON
"Great Danes" "Blue Hens" "Phoenix"
Albany, NY Newark, DE Elon, NC
JAMES MADISON MAINE NEW HAMPSHIRE
"Dukes" "Black Bears" "Wildcats"
Harrisonburg, VA Orono, ME Durham, NH
RHODE ISLAND RICHMOND STONY BROOK
"Rams" "Spiders" "Seawolves"
Kingston, RI Richmond, VA Stony Brook, NY
TOWSON VILLANOVA WILLIAM & MARY
"Tigers" "Wildcats" "Tribe"
Towson, MD Villanova, PA Williamsburg, VA

Comments

Albany, Maine, and William & Mary are using new helmet designs in 2018 (shown above).


Historical Helmets

ALBANY

1973 - 1977 ? - 1985 1988 - 1992
*see note 1 below
'A'
1993 - 2003 2004 - 2007 2008 -
'B' 'C' 'D'
September 12, 2015;
November 14, 2015
2016 - 2016 -
'E' 'F' 'G'
2016 - 2017 - 2018 -

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

*1 This design was also used by Albany's club-level team from 1970 through 1972.


DELAWARE

c.1959 - 1969 1969 - 1976 1977 - 1983
1984 - 2003 2004 -

Delaware began using the "winged" helmet design in 1951, and has used it continuously ever since, with only a few changes to the facemask color and perhaps some slight modifications to the shades of blue and gold having been made during the intervening years. The change from a darker blue to a nearly royal blue in 2004 is the most substantial change to the blue color of which I am aware.

Some players were using facemasks as early as 1954, but they were apparently not standard issue until about 1959. The dates of transition between facemask colors listed above are not precise, because at each change, some players continued to use the previously-used color for another year or two, or even longer. The years listed above are the approximate dates when each new color became predominant.

During at least some games in 1965 a small "D" logo was added to Delaware's helmets (photograph below); the color of the "D" is unknown to me.


ELON

1960 - 1963 1964 - 1966 1967 - 1969
1970 1971 - 1974 1981 - 1986
1975 - 1980; 1987 - 1991 1992 - 1999 2003 - 2010
November 15, 2014 2000 - 2002; 2011 - 2015 2016
2017 -

The other historical helmets for Elon have been described as follows:

I would greatly appreciate clear photographs of any of the helmet designs used from 1967 through 1974.


JAMES MADISON

1972 - 1976 1977 - 1981 1982 - 1985
'B' 'C'
1986 - 2013 September 27, 2014 2014 - 2015
'A' 'D' 'E'
2014 - 2015 - 2015 -
*see note 1 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2016 - 2016 - 2016 -
'I' 'J' 'K'
2017 - 2017 - 2017 -
'L' 'M' 'N'
2017 - 2017 - 2018 -
'O'
2018 -

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

These are believed to be all of the helmet designs used by JMU; the team first played in 1972. The school's name was Madison College prior to 1976 (hence the "MC" logo on the earliest helmet).

*1 Numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side featured a purple "M" (as represented below).


MAINE

1969 c.1950s - c.1975 c.1976 - 1984
*see note 1 below
1985 - 1991 1992 - 1999 2000 - October 10, 2015
October 17, 2015 -
November 21, 2015
2016 - 2017 2018 -

*1 Maine is reported to have used the "wing" helmet design throughout the 1960s and early 1970s; I do not yet know when the switch to the next design was made, but 1976 is a good possibility, as there was a new head coach that year. Some photographs from the last few years when this design was in use show that some players did not have the uniform numerals on their helmets, but I do not think there was ever a time when all Maine helmets lacked the numerals. In 1969, the player's numerals were replaced with a version of the "100" decal that many teams wore that year; Maine's version apparently featured light-colored numerals on a dark-colored football shape with a light-colored outline.


NEW HAMPSHIRE

? - c.1966 c.1967 - ? ? - 1999
'A'
2000 2001 - 2002 2003 -
'B'
2017 -
*see note 1 below

In 2017 UNH used two of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: A-B-A; A-B-A; A-A-B; A-B-A; A (the last three games being NCAA Division I-FCS playoff games vs Central Connecticut State, at Central Arkansas, and at South Dakota State).

*1 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; on the right side is an interlocking "NH" logo (as represented below).


RHODE ISLAND

1960 - 1961 1962 - 1965 1966
1967 - 1975 1976 - 1978 1979 - 1989?
1990? - 1992? 1993 1994 - 1996
1997 - 1999 2000 - 2007 2008 - 2010
2011 -

RICHMOND

1960? 1961? - 1965? 1966? - 1969?
1969? 1970 - 1978 1979
1980 - 1988 1989 - 1990 1991
1992 - 1994 September 5, 1998 1995 - 2002
2003 2004 - November 14, 2015 November 21, 2015 -

For a brief time during the late 1990s (reported by one person to be for only for a single game, September 5, 1998 vs Rutgers), Richmond used a decal bearing the word "RICHMOND" (different from the 2003 decal) in white letters; I would appreciate a photograph from this game.


STONY BROOK

'A'
? - 1998 2006 - 2013 2014 -
'B' 'C' 'D'
1999 - 2004; 2014 - 2005; 2014 2014
'E' 'F'
2016 2017 -

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

The team was known as the "Patriots" prior to 1994. I would appreciate any information about earlier helmet designs used by this team, which first played in 1984 at the NCAA Division III level. The earliest design for which I have any information is the 1986 design, which had a white shell with a script "Patriots" logo (see photograph below). The logo color and facemask color are unknown, but I would assume that both were probably red.


TOWSON

c.late 1990s 1999 - 2000 2001
2002 - 2003 2004 - 2008 2009
*see note 1 below
October 8, 2011 September 9, 2015 October 24, 2015
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below *see note 4 below
2010 -

I have received less information about historical helmets for Towson than for any other team in this conference; any information about pre-1998 helmets used by this team would be appreciated.

*1 The 2009 Towson helmet design featured two stripes (rather than the usual one, three, or five); a white stripe on the left side of the helmet bordered directly against a yellow stripe on the right side.

*2 Worn during the 2011 home game against Richmond.

*3 Worn during the 2015 home game vs Holy Cross.

*4 Worn during the 2015 home game vs Villanova.


VILLANOVA

c.1962 c.late 1960s 1970
*see note 1 below
1972 1972 (last game) c.1974
c.1979 1986 - c.1997 c.1998 - 2002
'A' 'B'
2003 - 2017 -
*see note 2 below

In 2017 Villanova used two of the above helmet designs in the following sequence: A-A-A; A-A-A; A-A-B; A-B.

*1 The "75" on this helmet commemorated the 75th season of football at Villanova.

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


WILLIAM & MARY

? - 1963 1964 - 1968 1969
1970 - ? c.1976 - 1977 ? - 1980
1981? - 1985 1986 - 1994 1995 - 2000
*see note 1 below
2001? - 2007 November 14, 2015 2008 - 2017
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
2018 -

*1 The facemask color on this design may have been changed to white during the latter part of its period of use.

*2 I have received conflicting information as to whether or not a white outline was present around the letters "W&M" during the first few years of use for this design; I would greatly appreciate any VERY CLEAR photographs from 2001 through 2003.

*3 Worn during the 2015 home game vs Towson.