New England Football Conference


COAST GUARD CURRY ENDICOTT
"Bears" "Colonels" "Gulls"
New London, CT Milton, MA Beverly, MA
MAINE MARITIME M.I.T. NICHOLS
"Mariners" "Engineers" "Bison"
Castine, ME Cambridge, MA Dudley, MA
SALVE REGINA WESTERN NEW ENGLAND
"Seahawks" "Golden Bears"
Newport, RI Springfield, MA

Comments

M.I.T. , Salve Regina , Curry , and Western New England are all using new helmet design in 2013 (shown above).

Half of the sixteen teams which were in this conference in 2012 have departed to participate in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2013.


Historical Helmets

COAST GUARD

? - 2011 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.


CURRY

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

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).


ENDICOTT

2003 - 2006 2007 -

MAINE MARITIME

c.early 2000s 2003 2005 -

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 last two were used during at least parts of the 2003 and 2005 seasons, respectively.


M.I.T.

? - 2005 2006 - 2010 2011 - 2012
2013 -

NICHOLS

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

*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.


SALVE REGINA

1999 - 2000 2001 - 2010 2011 - 2012
2013 -

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND

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).