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 MOUNT MARTY
"Warriors" "Mustangs" "Lancers"
Fremont, NE Sioux City, IA Yankton, SD
NORTHWESTERN WALDORF
"Red Raiders" "Warriors"
Orange City, IA Forest City, IA

Waldorf will be a new member of this conference in 2024, replacing Jamestown, which has moved to the North Star Athletic Association.


Historical Helmets

BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY

2002 - 2006 2007 2008 - 2013
'A' 'B'
2014 - 2017 2018 2018
'C' 'D' 'E'
2018 2019 - 2020 2021 -
'F' 'G'
2022 2023 -
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below

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

2002 was the first year for the BCU football team.

*1 The right side of each of these designs differs from the left side as depicted below.

'F' 'G'

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, NEBRASKA

2001 - 2002? (some games) 2001? - 2004 (most games) 2005 - 2011
2012 - 2015 2016 -

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 UNIVERSITY

c.late 1960s? - early 1970s ? - 2003 2004
2005 - 2009 2010 - 2013 2014
*see note 1 below
'A' 'B' 'C'
2015 - 2016 2015 - 2016 2017 -
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'D' 'E' 'F'
2017 - 2019 2019 2020 -
*see note 4 below *see note 5 below
'G' 'H'
2022 - 2023 -
*see note 5 below

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

*1 In 2014 the large tiger logo was worn only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side, blue uniform numerals were used (as shown below).

*2 This design has numerals on its left side only; the right side features a large "tiger" logo (as shown below).

*3 This design has numerals on its left side only; the right side features a large "tiger" logo (as shown below).

*4 This design has uniform numerals on its left side only; the right side features a "DWU" logo (as shown below).

*5 The 'DWU' logo is worn on the left side only of both designs 'F' and 'G'; the right side of both is 'blank'.


DOANE UNIVERSITY

? - 2001 2002 - 2006 2007 - 2013
'A' 'B'
2014 - 2020 -

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

  • 2023: B-A-A; B-B-A; B-B-A; B-B
  • 2022: A-A-B; B-A-B; A-B-B; A
  • 2021: ?-?-B; A-?-B; A-A-B; B
  • 2020: A-A-B; B-B-A; A


DORDT UNIVERSITY

2013 2008 - 2012; 2014 - 2016 2017 - 2018
2019 -

2008 was this team's first year.


HASTINGS COLLEGE

1965 - ? 1964; 1968 - ? 1981 - c.1985
c.1987 ? - 1989 c.late 1990s
'A'
? - 2004 2012? - 2014 2005 - 2011?; 2015 -
*see note 1 below
'B' 'C' 'D'
2015 - 2018 2016 2016
*see note 2 below *see note 3 below
'E' 'F' 'G'
2017 - 2020* 2021 - 2021 -
*see note 4 below

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

  • 2021: F-G-G; G-G-G; G-G-G; G
  • 2020-21: E (entire season)
  • 2019: E (entire season)
  • 2018: B-E-E; E-B-E; E-B-B; B-E
  • 2017: E-E-B; B-B-E; ?-?-E; E-B
  • 2016: B-C-C; B-C-B; C-D-B; B-D
  • 2015: A-A-B; A-B-A; B-A-B; A

*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 'horseshoe' logo (as on the previous design). During at least one game in 2013 (October 5 vs Briar Cliff) the horseshoe decals were absent.

*2 Uniform numerals are present on the left side only of this design; the right side features a large "bronco head" logo (as shown below)..

*3 The horseshoe logo and uniform numerals are present on the left side of this design only; the right side has the same "bronco head" logo as is present on the right side of design 'C'.

*4 During Hastings' last five games in 2019 the right side of the team's helmet design was altered by the addition of a small black circle containing the number 75 (as shown below); this was done in memory of former team member Blaine Morrow, who died October 7, 2019.


MIDLAND UNIVERSITY

2000 2001 - 2004 2007
*see note 1 below
2008 - 2010 2011 2012 - 2013
2014 2015 - 2017 2018
2019 -

The name of this school was Midland Lutheran University prior to the 2010 football season. Midland Lutheran adopted a new helmet logo in 2005; I would need a copy of the logo artwork in order to add this helmet to the website. 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. The team also apparently used a version of the '2001-2004' helmet logo with the colors reversed (orange "WARRIORS" with a black outline) at some point around 2000 or 2001.


MORNINGSIDE UNIVERSITY

1967 - 1969 1970 1971 - 1973
1974 - 1975 1976 1977 - ?
c.1985 - c.1988 c.1989 - 1994? 1995 - 1997
1998 - 2000; 2002 -

Morningside College was an original member of the North Central Conference, which was an NCAA Division II conference when Morningside played its last season as a member in 2000. Due to an insufficient number of players the school fielded a club-level team in 2001, before joining the NAIA in 2002. 'Maroon Chiefs' was the team nickname prior to 1998.


NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE

? - 2004 2005 - 2008 2009 - 2014
'A' 'B'
2015 2016 - 2016 -
*see note 1 below
'C' 'D' 'E'
2016 - 2018 2019 - 2019 -
*see note 1 below
'F' 'G' 'H'
2020 - 2021 2020 - 2021 2022 -

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

  • 2022 - 2023: H (all games)
  • 2021: G-G-G; G-G-G; ?-F-F; F-F-F; F-F (the last three games being NAIA playoff games vs Central Methodist, vs Marian, and at Morningside; no information for October 16 at Jamestown)
  • 2020: F-G-G; G-F-F; G-F-F; F-F-F; F (the last four games being NAIA playoff games vs Dickinson State, at Grand View, at Morningside, and vs Lindsey Wilson in the NAIA championship game at Grambling, LA)
  • 2019: D-A-A; E-E-D; D-D-E; E-D
  • 2018: B-B-C; A-C-B; C-A-B; A-B
  • 2017: B-A-C; B-B-A; A-C-C; A-C-C
  • 2016: A-B-A; A-A-C; A-A-A; C

*1 This design has numerals on its left side only; the right side features the "NW" logo (as shown below).


WALDORF UNIVERSITY

? - 2006 2007 - 2010 2011 - 2017
2018 - 2021 2022 -
*see note 1 below

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