Army Black Knights football
The Army Black Knights football team, previously known as the Army Cadets, represents the United States Military Academy in college football. Army is currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member of the NCAA. The Black Knights currently play home games in Michie Stadium with a capacity of 38,000 at West Point, New York. The Black Knights are coached by Jeff Monken who is in his sixth season as head coach. Army is a three-time national champion, winning the title from 1944-1946.
|Army Black Knights football|
|Athletic director||Mike Buddie|
|Head coach||Jeff Monken|
6th season, 35–28 (.556)
|Other staff||Brent Davis (OC)|
John Loose (DC)
|Location||West Point, New York|
|NCAA division||Division I FBS|
|Past conferences||Conference USA (1998−2004)|
|All-time record||692–518–51 (.569)|
|Bowl record||6–2 (.750)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||3 (1944, 1945, 1946)|
|Unclaimed nat'l titles||2 (1914, 1916)|
|Rivalries||Air Force (CiCT)|
Navy (rivalry, CiCT)
Notre Dame (rivalry)
|Colors||Black, Gold, and Gray|
|Fight song||On, Brave Old Army Team|
|Marching band||United States Military Academy Band|
With the exception of seven seasons (1998–2004) where the team was a member of Conference USA, Army has competed as an independent, meaning that they have no affiliation with any conference. Currently, Army is one of six FBS schools whose football teams do not belong to any conference; the others being BYU, Liberty, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, and UMass. However, all of these schools belong to conferences for all other sports. Army is primarily a member of the Patriot League, BYU is primarily a member of the West Coast Conference, Liberty is in the Atlantic Sun Conference, New Mexico State is in the Western Athletic Conference, Notre Dame is part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and UMass belongs to the Atlantic 10 Conference.
The three major service academies—Air Force, Army, and Navy—compete for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy, which is awarded to the academy that defeats the others in football that year (or retained by the previous winner in the event of a three-way tie). Army has won eight CIC Trophies, most recently in 2018.
Army's football program began on November 29, 1890, when Navy challenged the cadets to a game of the relatively new sport. Navy defeated Army at West Point that year, but Army avenged the loss in Annapolis the following year. The academies still clash every December in what is traditionally the last regular-season Division I college-football game. The 2016 Army–Navy Game marked Army's first recent win after fourteen consecutive losses to Navy. From 1944 to 1950, the Cadets had 57 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties. During this time span, Army won three national championships.
Army's football team reached its pinnacle of success during the Second World War under coach Earl Blaik when Army won three consecutive national championships in 1944, 1945 and 1946, and produced three Heisman trophy winners: Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946) and Pete Dawkins (1958). Past NFL coaches Vince Lombardi and Bill Parcells were Army assistant coaches early in their careers.
The football team plays its home games at Michie Stadium, where the playing field is named after Earl Blaik. Cadets attendance is mandatory at football games and the Corps stands for the duration of the game. At all home games, one of the four regiments marches onto the field in formation before the team takes the field and leads the crowd in traditional Army cheers.
For many years, Army teams were known as the "Cadets." In the 1940s, several papers called the football team "the Black Knights of the Hudson." From then on, "Cadets" and "Black Knights" were used interchangeably until 1999, when the team was officially nicknamed the Black Knights.
Between the 1998 and 2004 seasons, Army's football program was a member of Conference USA, but starting with the 2005 season Army reverted to its former independent status. Army competes with Navy and Air Force for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.
|1914||Charles Dudley Daly||Helms, Houlgate, National Championship Foundation, Parke Davis:111||9–0|
|1916||Charles Dudley Daly||Parke Davis:111||9–0|
|1944||Earl Blaik||AP, Berryman, Billingsley, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Houlgate, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling, Sagarin, Williamson:111||9–0|
|1945||Earl Blaik||AP, Berryman, Billingsley MOV, Boand, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, Helms, Houlgate, Litkenhous, National Championship Foundation, Poling, Sagarin, Sagarin (ELOChess), Williamson:112||9–0|
|1946||Earl Blaik||Billingsley, Boand, Football Research, Helms, Houlgate, Poling:112||9–0–1|
The Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy (known as the Lambert Trophy), established in 1936, is an annual award given to the best team in the East in Division I FBS (formerly I-A) college football and is presented by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers. Army has won the Lambert Trophy eight times; seven times under legendary head coach Earl "Red" Blaik in the 1940's and 50's, and most recently in 2018 under the tutelage of head coach Jeff Monken.
Army has played in eight bowl games. They have a record of 6–2.
|1984||Jim Young||Cherry Bowl||December 22, 1984||Michigan State||W 10–6|
|1985||Jim Young||Peach Bowl||December 31, 1985||Illinois||W 31–29|
|1988||Jim Young||Sun Bowl||December 24, 1988||Alabama||L 28–29|
|1996||Bob Sutton||Independence Bowl||December 31, 1996||Auburn||L 29–32|
|2010||Rich Ellerson||Armed Forces Bowl||December 30, 2010||SMU||W 16–14|
|2016||Jeff Monken||Heart of Dallas Bowl||December 27, 2016||North Texas||W 38–31 OT|
|2017||Jeff Monken||Armed Forces Bowl||December 23, 2017||San Diego State||W 42–35|
|2018||Jeff Monken||Armed Forces Bowl||December 22, 2018||Houston||W 70–14|
|Hugh Mitchell (1918)||1||1||1||0||0||1.000|
|Geoffrey Keyes (1917)||1||8||7||1||0||.875|
|Ralph Sasse (1930–32)||3||32||25||5||2||.813|
|Joseph Beacham (1911)||1||8||6||1||1||.813|
|Dennis E. Nolan (1902)||1||8||6||1||1||.813|
|Charles Dudley Daly1 (1913–22)||8||74||58||13||3||.804|
|Henry L. Williams (1891)||1||7||5||1||1||.786|
|Biff Jones (1926–29)||4||40||30||8||2||.775|
|Earl Blaik (1941–58)||18||164||121||33||10||.768|
|Garrison H. Davidson (1933–37)||5||47||35||11||1||.755|
|John McEwan (1923–25)||3||26||18||5||3||.750|
|Henry Smither (1906–07)||2||10||7||2||1||.750|
|Leon Kromer (1901)||1||8||5||1||2||.750|
|Harry Nelly (1908–10)||3||22||15||5||2||.727|
|Edward Leonard King (1903)||1||9||6||2||1||.722|
|Harmon S. Graves (1894–95)||2||14||10||4||0||.714|
|Robert Boyers (1904–05)||2||18||11||6||1||.639|
|Herman Koehler (1897-1900)||4||33||19||11||3||.621|
|Dale Hall (1959–61)||3||29||16||11||2||.586|
|George P. Dyer (1896)||1||6||3||2||1||.583|
|Dennis Michie2 (1890–92)||1||6||3||2||1||.583|
|Jim Young (1983–90)||8||91||51||39||1||.566|
|Jeff Monken (2014–present)3||5||63||35||28||0||.556|
|Paul Dietzel (1962–65)||4||40||21||18||1||.538|
|Tom Cahill (1966–73)||8||81||40||39||2||.506|
|William H. Wood (1938–40)||3||28||12||13||1||.481|
|Ernest Graves, Sr.4 (1906–12)||2||16||7||8||1||.469|
|Bob Sutton (1991–99)||9||100||44||55||1||.445|
|Laurie Bliss (1893)||1||9||4||5||0||.444|
|Homer Smith (1974–78)||5||55||21||33||1||.391|
|Ed Cavanaugh (1980–82)||3||33||10||21||2||.333|
|Rich Ellerson (2009–13)||5||61||20||41||0||.328|
|Bobby Ross (2004–06)||3||34||9||25||0||.265|
|Stan Brock (2007–08)||2||24||6||18||0||.250|
|Lou Saban (1979)||1||11||2||8||1||.227|
|Todd Berry (2000–03)||4||41||5||36||0||.122|
|John Mumford (2003)||1||6||0||6||0||.000|
- Charles Dudley Daly coached did not coach the 1917–1918 seasons.
- Dennis Michie coached 1 game in 1890, and then coached a full season in 1892.
- Jeff Monken's record through his fifth season (2018).
- Ernest Graves, Sr. coached the 1906 & 1912 seasons.
Air Force, Army, and Navy have played each other every year since 1972 for the Commander-in Chief's Trophy. Air Force leads the FBS service academies with 20 victories, Navy has 15 victories, and Army has 8 victories (including the past two), with the trophy being shared 4 times.
Army and Navy play each other annually in the Army–Navy game, which is also a part of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. This series is one of the oldest and traditional rivalries in the NCAA. They first met in 1890, and have played each other annually since 1930. The games are generally played at a neutral site. Navy leads the series 60–52–7 through the 2018 season.
Notre Dame is a rivalry which some feel has fallen into obscurity. In much of the early 20th century, Army and Notre Dame were considered football powerhouses, and met 34 times between 1913 and 1947. Though the rivalry has slowed down, they last met in 2016. Many media members considered the 1946 contest to be the "Game of the Century". Notre Dame leads the series 39–8–4 through the 2018 season.
Michie Stadium is the home stadium of the Army Black Knights in West Point, New York, which was opened in 1924. The stadium is named after the first Army football head coach, Dennis Michie. In 1999 the field was renamed Blaik Field at Michie Stadium in honor of Former Coach Earl Blaik.
College Football Hall of FameEdit
|Name||Position||Years at Army||Inducted|
Other notable playersEdit
President of the United States and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower and General of the Army Omar Bradley were on the 1912 Army football team. Eisenhower was injured and his football career was over by 1913, when the two future generals were juniors. Bradley, a star of the Army baseball team for four years, was on the field in 1913 when Notre Dame upset Army in a historic college football game in which the forward pass was used for the first time. Bradley played end opposite the legendary Knute Rockne, the Notre Dame end who later coached the Irish to national championships before dying in a plane crash near Bazaar, Kansas, on Easter Friday in 1931.
|No.||Player||Position||Career||Date of Retirement|
- Tom Cahill – 1966
- Bob Sutton – 1996
- Vince Lombardi College Football Coach of the Year
- Joe Steffy – 1947
- Andrew King – 2016
Schedules as of June 8, 2019.
Current coaching staffEdit
Staff as of March 30, 2019.
|Name||Position||First year position||First year Army||Alma Mater|
|Jeff Monken||Head Coach||2014||2014||Millikin|
|Brent Davis||Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line||2014||2014||Georgia|
|Marcus Edwards||Wide Receivers||2018||2018||South Florida|
|Sean Saturnio||Tight Ends||2018||2014||Hawaii|
|Pat Tresey||Offensive Line||2018||2016||Mount St. Joseph|
|Mitch Ware||Quarterbacks||2014||2014||Southwest Missouri State|
|John Loose||Defensive Coordinator||2019||20142||Ithaca|
|Josh Christian-Young||Safeties||2019||2015||Central Missouri|
|Kevin Corless||Inside Linebackers||2014||2014||Northwest Missouri State|
|Matt Hachmann||Outside Linebackers||2019||2019||St. Thomas (Minn.)|
|Kevin Lewis||Defensive Line||2019||2019||Virginia Tech|
|Special teams staff|
|Mike Krysl||Special Teams Coordinator||2018||2018||Central Missouri|
|Quality control staff|
|Matt Drinkall||Offensive Quality Control||2019||2019||Western Illinois–Quad Cities|
|Rick Lyster||Defensive Quality Control||2019||2018||Lafayette|
|Strength and conditioning staff|
|Scott Swanson||Director of Strength & Conditioning||1998||19983||Wake Forest|
|Conor Hughes||Head Football Strength & Conditioning||2019||2017||Springfield College (Mass.)|
|Rusty Whitt||Assistant Football Strength & Conditioning||2019||2019||Abilene Christian|
|GC Yerry||Assistant Football Strength & Conditioning||2019||2019||Stony Brook|
|Clayton Kendrick-Holmes||Chief of Staff/Director of Football Operations||2018||2018||Navy|
|CPT Blake Powers||Admissions Support Officer||2018||2018||Indiana|
|Jim Collins||Director of Player Personnel||2019||2019||Wittenberg|
|Danny Payne||Director of Scouting||2017||2017||Kennesaw State|
|Brett Moore||Director of On-Campus Recruiting||2017||2017||Georgia Southern|
|Lawrence Scott||Director of Player Development||2018||2018||Army|
|Justin Weaver||Assistant Director of Recruiting Operations||2019||2017||Lehigh|
|Jack O'Reilly||Director of Football Video Operations||2018||2018||Clemson|
|Michael Zeoli||Assistant Director of Football Video Operations||2017||2017||William Paterson|
- Tucker Waugh also served as the wide receivers coach at Army from 2000 to 2004.
- John Loose also served as the linebackers coach at Army from 1992 to 1999.
- Scott Swanson also served as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach at Army from 1995 to 1996.
Radio rights are held by the Army Sports Network.
Current broadcast teamEdit
- Army Sports Network
- Rich DeMarco (play-by-play)
- Dean Darling (color analyst)
- Tony Morino (sideline reporter)
- Joe Beckerle (pre and post-game)
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