Great Plains Athletic Conference


BRIAR CLIFF CONCORDIA DAKOTA WESLEYAN
"Chargers" "Bulldogs" "Tigers"
Sioux City, IA Seward, NE Mitchell, SD
DOANE DORDT HASTINGS
"Tigers" "Defenders" "Broncos"
Crete, NE Sioux Center, IA Hastings, NE
MIDLAND MORNINGSIDE NEBRASKA WESLEYAN
"Warriors" "Mustangs" "Prairie Wolves"
Fremont, NE Sioux City, IA Lincoln, NE
NORTHWESTERN
"Red Raiders"
Orange City, IA

Comments

Dordt had a new helmet design in 2013 (shown above), which was the only one reported for the teams in this conference.


Historical Helmets

BRIAR CLIFF

2002 - 2006 2007 2008 -

The first Briar Cliff football team played in 2002.


CONCORDIA

2001 - 2002? (some games) 2001? - 2004 (most games) 2005 - 2011
2012 -

Concordia used the helmet design with the white "CU" logo apparently more often than not during the early 2000s, but I have seen photographs from some games during at least the 2001 and 2002 seasons in which the helmets were "blank". I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can clarify specifically when the decals were used and not used.

The helmet design used during at least 1974 and 1975 has been described as featuring white shells with a "C that was formed with broken squares in blue". The team apparently used plain white helmets for a while in 1976 until American flag decals were added to the sides.


DAKOTA WESLEYAN

c.late 1960s? - early 1970s ? - 2003 2004
2005 - 2009 2010 -

DOANE

? - 2001 2002 - 2006 2007 -

DORDT

2008 - 2012 2013 -

This team played its first season in 2008.


HASTINGS

1965 - ? 1964; 1968 - ? 1981 - c.1985
c.1987 ? - 1989 c.late 1990s
? - 2004 2005 - 2011? 2012? -
*see note 1 below

*1 During the 2012 and 2013 seasons the uniform numerals were worn only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side was the traditional horseshoe logo (as on the previous design). During at least one game in 2013 (October 5 vs Briar Cliff) the horseshoe decals were absent.


MIDLAND (was Midland Lutheran College in 2009 and earlier)

2000 2001 - 2004 2007
*see note 1 below
2008 - 2010 2011 2012 -

Midland Lutheran was using a new helmet logo in 2005; I need a copy of the logo artwork in order to draw this helmet. Below is a rather poor photo from 2005 (a close look will show that this is not the same as the logo on the helmet labelled "2001-2004" above; the word "WARRIORS" is absent from this version):

*1 MLC used these plain white helmets for at least one or two games during 2000. I believe the team has also recently used a version of its current helmet logo with the colors reversed (orange "WARRIORS" with a black outline).


MORNINGSIDE

c.1985 - c.1988 c.1989 - 1994? 1995 - 1997
1998 - 2000; 2002 -

Morningside did not field a football team in 2001. The team returned in 2002 as an NAIA independent team, before joining the GPAC the following year. Prior to 2001, Morningside was a member of the NCAA Division II North Central Conference for many years; the team was known as the "Maroon Chiefs" prior to 1998.

I have received a substantial amount of conflicting information about earlier helmet designs used by this team. During the mid-1980s the team apparently used maroon helmets with a logo consisting of a large "M" with the word "Chiefs" across it, and still earlier (c.1980) a design featuring a circle containing an "M" with some attached feathers was in use.


NEBRASKA WESLEYAN

1960 - 1963 1964 - 1966 1967 - 1968
1968 1969 1970 - 1974
1976 1977 1975; 1978 - 1981
1982 - 1986 1988 - 1990 1991 - 1993
1994 - 1995 1996 1997 - 2000
2000 2001 -
*see note 1 below

*1 Nebraska Wesleyan switched to this design when the college changed the names of its athletic teams from "Plainsmen" to "Prairie Wolves"; this occurred about (I think) midway through the 2000 season. It was incorrectly reported to me earlier that the helmet design was changed at halftime of the team's homecoming game that year; while the new nickname and logo were introduced at halftime, the new helmet design was not used until the following week. (I would greatly appreciate a photograph of this helmet!)


NORTHWESTERN

? - 2004 2005 - 2008 2009 -