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 MOREHEAD STATE SAN DIEGO
"Red Foxes" "Eagles" "Toreros"
Poughkeepsie, NY Morehead, KY San Diego, CA
STETSON VALPARAISO
"Hatters" "Crusaders"
DeLand, FL Valparaiso, IN

Comments

Campbell, Dayton, Drake, San Diego, Valparaiso, Davidson, Stetson, and Morehead State all used new helmet designs in 2014 (shown above). Butler made a late-season switch to a new design in 2014 (also shown above).


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
2013 -
October 25, 2014
November 1, 2014 -

*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
2014 -
*see note 1 below

2008 was the first year for the Campbell football team.

*1 The 2014 helmet design used numerals on the left side only; on the right side was worn a "C"/"camel head" logo (as shown below).


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
2014 -
*see note 1 below

*1 The 2014 helmet design used numerals on the left side only; on the right side was a "D" logo (as shown below).


DAYTON

c.1960s - 1970s 1975 - 1985 1986 - 1994
1995 - 2008 2009 - 2013 2014 -

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.

For apparently a single year in the late 1960s Dayton used the design shown below - the letters "U" and "D" were apparently different colors (probably one blue and one red). I would greatly appreciate a color photograph of this design.


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 - 2013 2014 -

*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.


MOREHEAD STATE

c.early 1980s 1997 - 2004 2005 - 2010
2011 - 2012 2013 2014 -
*see note 1 below *see note 2 below

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

*1 In 2013 the "M" logo was used only on the left side of each helmet; the right side featured unusually large blue uniform numerals (as shown below).

*2 In 2014 uniform numerals were worn only on the left side of each helmet; on the right side was worn an "M" logo similar to that of the 2013 left side (as shown below).


SAN DIEGO

1991 - 1995 1996 - 1999 2000 - 2004
2005 - 2011 2012 - 2013 2014 -

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 2014 -

2013 was the first year for the Stetson football team.


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 - 2013 2014 -

*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.