New England Football Conference

"Bears" "Colonels" "Gulls"
New London, CT Milton, MA Beverly, MA
"Mariners" "Engineers" "Bison"
Castine, ME Cambridge, MA Dudley, MA
"Seahawks" "Golden Bears"
Newport, RI Springfield, MA


M.I.T. , Nichols, and Salve Regina are using new helmet designs in 2016 (shown above).

Historical Helmets


? - 2011 September 21, 2013 September 6, 2014
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below
2015 - 2012 -

I have received partial information, but no photographs yet, of some earlier Coast Guard helmets. The predecessor of the first one shown above has been described as having a "bear paw" logo. The team is reported to have used plain orange helmets, both with and without stripes, during some years.

I have received confirmation that the very unusual helmet design shown in the photograph below (the light-colored helmets) was used by Coast Guard in about the year 1978; the stripes were intended to resemble those painted on the Coast Guard's ships. I would greatly appreciate better photographs of this design, particularly colors photographs - the main stripe on the helmet may have been red rather than orange, which is presently one of the team's colors.

*1 Worn during the 2013 home game against Hampden-Sydney.

*2 Worn during the 2014 home game against Saint Lawrence.


? - 2002? 2003? - 2009 2010 - 2012
*see note 1 below *see note 1 below
2013 2014 2015 -

The recent sequence of helmet designs for this team is somewhat unclear. It has been reported to me that the team used gray helmets in 1998 with the team name "Colonels" in a script font, colored purple, on the sides; a conflicting report indicated that the helmets were plain silver with purple facemasks from 1996 through 1998. A switch to black helmets was made in 1999; these featured the word "Curry" on the sides in some unspecified color.

It is unclear how long the black helmets were in use, but I believe the team was again using silver or gray helmets immediately prior to the switch to purple helmets, which is said to have occurred in 2002. The only photographs that I have seen from 2002 appear to show no logos worn on the helmets.

The helmets used from at least 1989 through 1993 have been described as plain silver without any logo (facemask color was not specified); another report indicated that a "purple overlapping 'CC'" logo was worn on silver helmets earlier during the 1980s.

*1 Apparently throughout the period when the "2003? - 2009" helmet was in use, the logo was actually worn on the right sides only of the helmets, with the left sides "blank". This scheme was retained with the new-for-2010 helmet, also (at least through the 2010 season).


2003 - 2006 2007 -

The 2003 season was the first for the Endicott football team.


c.early 2000s c.2003 2005? - 2013
2014 -
*see note 1 below

The dates of use for these helmets are quite uncertain; I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can clarify the years of use for each design. The second and third shown above were used during at least parts of the 2003 and 2005 seasons, respectively.

*1 The 2014 design used uniform numerals only on the left side of each helmet; on the right sides a large "anchor" logo was used (as depicted below).


? - 2005 2006 - 2010 2011 - 2012
2013 - 2016 -


? - 2004? 2005 2006 - 2010
*see note 1 below
2011 - 2015 2016 -

*1 This design was used throughout the 2005 season except for the last game (November 5 at Western New England); during that game the bison logo was not worn.


1999 - 2000 2001 - 2010 2011 - 2012
2013 2014 - 2015 2016 -
*see note 1 below

*1 The 2014-2015 helmet design used the "SR" logo only on the left side; gray uniform numerals were worn on the right side (as represented below).


2005 - 2012 2013 -

From 2002 through 2004, Western New England used royal blue helmet shells with white facemasks and with a decal consisting of a large yellow "W" with a bear's face in front of the "W", as shown in the photograph here. I would appreciate a copy of the helmet logo, as well as a copy of the previously-used one, which was the letters "WNEC" in yellow (which was also worn on blue helmets with white facemasks).