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Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Football
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
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First season1915
Head coachChris Ball
1st season, 4-8 (.333)
StadiumWalkup Skydome
(Capacity: 10,500)
LocationFlagstaff, Arizona
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
All-time record
Conference titles2 (1978, 2003)
RivalriesSouthern Utah (rivalry)
ColorsBlue and Gold[1]

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Northern Arizona University located in the U.S. state of Arizona. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Big Sky Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1915. The team plays its home games at the 17,500 seat Walkup Skydome. They are coached by Chris Ball.


The Lumberjacks have maintained numerous rivalries with their western counterparts. Competition has not only been limited to the west. The Lumberjacks have also taken on eastern programs such as the Ole Miss Rebels, Florida Atlantic Owls, and the Appalachian State Mountaineers.


  • 1937-1952: NCAA College Division
  • 1953-1968: NAIA
  • 1969-1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973-1977: NCAA Division II
  • 1978-present: NCAA Division I-AA/FCS

Conference affiliations


Conference championships

Year Conference Record
1978 Big Sky Conference 6-0
2003 Big Sky Conference 5-2

Postseason results


Year Round Opponent Result Head Coach
1958 Semifinal Gustavus Adolphus W 41-12 Max Spilsbury
1958 Final Northeastern State L 13-19 Max Spilsbury

NCAA Division II playoffs

Year Round Opponent Result Head Coach
1977 Quarterfinals Jacksonville State L 0-35 Joe Salem
  • NAU was runner-up in Big Sky to champion Boise State, which had a scheduling conflict.

NCAA Division I-AA/FCS playoffs

The Lumberjacks have appeared in the NCAA I-AA/FCS playoffs six times, with an overall record of 1-6.

Year Round Opponent Result Head Coach
1996 First Round Furman L 32-41 Steve Axman
1999 First Round @ Georgia Southern L 29-72 Jerome Souers
2001 First Round @ Sam Houston State L 31-34
2003 First Round
@ McNeese State
Florida Atlantic
W 35-3
L 25-48
2013 First Round South Dakota State L 7-26
2017 First Round San Diego L 10-41


Southern Utah

Northern Arizona leads Southern Utah 13-9 in the series through the 2018 season.

Current coaching staff

Name Position
Chris Ball Head Coach
Aaron Pflugrad Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Jerry Partridge Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Everrette Thompson Defensive Line Coach
Jesse Thompson Defensive Backs Coach
Sammy Lawanson Outside Linebackers Coach
Robin Pflugrad Tight Ends Coach
Junior Taylor Wide Receivers Coach
Bob Connelly Offensive Line Coach
Aaron Price Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ "Northern Arizona University Visual Identity Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Leslie Duncan -". Retrieved 2018.

External links

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