Pioneer Football League


BUTLER CAMPBELL DAVIDSON
"Bulldogs" "Camels" "Wildcats"
Indianapolis, IN Buies Creek, NC Davidson, NC
DAYTON DRAKE JACKSONVILLE
"Flyers" "Bulldogs" "Dolphins"
Dayton, OH Des Moines, IA Jacksonville, FL
MARIST MERCER MOREHEAD STATE
"Red Foxes" "Bears" "Eagles"
Poughkeepsie, NY Macon, GA Morehead, KY
SAN DIEGO STETSON VALPARAISO
"Toreros" "Hatters" "Crusaders"
San Diego, CA DeLand, FL Valparaiso, IN

Comments

Campbell, Davidson, Morehead State, and Butler all have new helmet designs in 2013 (shown above).

Mercer and Stetson are both playing their first seasons of football in 2013.


Historical Helmets

BUTLER

1959 - 1962 1963 - 1964 1965
1966 1967 1968
c.early 1970s - 1989 1990 - 2005 2006 - 2007
2007 (second half of season) 2008 2009 - 2012
*see note 1 below
2009 -

*1 Beginning with the October 13, 2007 game at Valparaiso, Butler removed the decals from its football helmets and proceeded to use "blank" helmets for the remainder of the season. It has been reported to me that this decision was due to a defective condition with the decals.


CAMPBELL

2008 - 2010 2011 - 2012 2013 -

2008 was the first year for the Campbell football team.


DAVIDSON

? - 1960 1961 - 1963 1964
1965 1966 - 1967 1968
1969 1970 1971 - 1973
1974 1975 - 1981 1982 -
1985 only? 1994? - 1995 1996 - 2005
2006 - 2009 2010 - 2012 2013 -

DAYTON

c.1960s - 1970s 1975 - 1985 1986 - 1994
1995 - 2008 2009 -

From 1986 through 1994, Dayton used a design that was very similar to the "1975 - 1985" helmet shown above, but a royal blue outline was present around the white letters.


DRAKE

1960 - 1966 1967 1968 - 1971
1972 - 1973 1974 - ? ? - 1977
1978 1979 1980 - 1983
1984 - 1985 1986 - 1987 ? - 1992?
*see note 1 below
1993 - 1999 2000 - 2002 2003 - 2004
*see note 1 below
2005 - 2008 2009 -

*1 It was reported to me that a helmet design essentially identical to this one was used from 1988 until this one was adopted; the only difference being that the mascot "Spike" was somewhat less detailed on the earlier helmet. For at least part of this period, only a few players had the decal on BOTH sides of the helmet; the right side appears to have been the default side for those who did not get two decals. Throughout these years (1988 - 1992), the helmets were of a matted silver finish rather than the metallic silver that was used from the mid-1990s onward.


JACKSONVILLE

1998 - 2011 2012 -

1998 was the first season for the Jacksonville football team.


MARIST

? - 1984 ? - 2007 2008 -

During at least the 1985 and 1986 seasons, Marist used red helmets with white facemasks and a logo consisting of the school name in a script style; the letters were white and underlined by a "tail" emanating from the "t". I would appreciate a copy of the logo from this helmet (I have received a photo of it).

The Marist football team played its first season in 1978, so a complete helmet history for the team could probably be determined quite easily by someone at the college.


MERCER

2013 -

MOREHEAD STATE

c.early 1980s 1997 - 2004 2005 - 2010
2011 - 2012 2013 -

I have received descriptions of a few other Morehead State helmets from recent years; photographs of any of these would be appreciated:

Thanks to John M. for this information. I suspect that the team has had a large number of other interesting helmet designs through the years, so additional information would also be appreciated.


SAN DIEGO

1991 - 1995 1996 - 1999 2000 - 2004
2005 - 2011 2012 -

There are probably a number of other historical helmet designs for San Diego, as the school has had a football team since 1971, and also in 1960 and 1961 (and earlier), but I have not yet received any information about earlier designs.


STETSON

2013 -

VALPARAISO

1960 - 1963 1964 1965 - 1968
1969 1970 1971 - 1972
*see note 1 below
1973 1974 1975
1976 - 1981 1982 1983
1984 - 1988 1989 - 1990 1991 - ?
*see note 2 below
? - 1996 1997 - 2005 2006 - 2008
*see note 2 below
2009 2010 -

*1 In 1969 a version of the "100" college football centennial logo was worn on the right sides of Valparaiso's helmets; the Valpo version had a blue football-shape with white numerals which were outlined in red. However, a different football-shaped logo was worn on the left sides (as shown above) - a brown football-shape with a white outline and white letters "VU-50", recognizing the 50th season of football at Valpo.

*2 Brown facemasks were used in 1991 but a gradual transition to black facemasks began in 1992. Both colors were in use for a few years but "nobody knows exactly when" the transition was complete, according to a report that I received. Some brown facemasks were apparently still in use at least as late as 1994.