|Richmond Spiders football|
|Athletic director||John Hardt|
|Head coach||Russ Huesman |
3rd season, 15-18 (.455)
|Conference||Colonial Athletic Association|
|Bowl record||1–1 (.500)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||1 (2008)|
|Rivalries||William & Mary Tribe|
James Madison Dukes
|Colors||Blue and Red|
The Richmond Spiders are a college football team representing the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Richmond was the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision champion for the 2008 season. Richmond currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head coach Russ Huesman was named head coach of the Spiders, on December 14, 2016, replacing Danny Rocco who had depart to become head coach at the University of Delaware a day earlier.
In 2008, #7 Richmond beat Eastern Kentucky, Appalachian State, and Northern Iowa to advance to the NCAA Division I Football Championship against Montana. In the FCS National Championship Game on December 19, 2008, they defeated Montana 24-7 to win the first team NCAA national title for the University of Richmond in any sport.
Richmond's traditional rival in many sports is the College of William & Mary. Richmond and William & Mary have met 127 times since 1898, making the rivalry (sometimes referred to as "the South's oldest rivalry") the fourth most-played in Division I college football. Only Lafayette-Lehigh, Princeton-Yale, and Harvard-Yale have played more games. The winner of the annual W&M-Richmond match-up claims the Capital Cup (formerly the I-64 Trophy), which reflects the historical significance of the cities of Williamsburg and Richmond as the last two capitals of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Spiders have appeared in the Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs 11 times. Their combined record is 15-10. They were FCS National Champions in 2008.
|1987||First Round||Appalachian State||L 3-20|
|1998||First Round||Lehigh||L 23-24|
National Championship Game
|William & Mary
North Dakota State
|North Carolina A&T
During their time as a NCAA University Division (Major College) team, Richmond appeared in two bowl games, both times in the Tangerine Bowl against the champion of the Mid-American Conference. They have a record of 1-1.
|1968||Frank Jones||Tangerine Bowl||Ohio||W 49-42|
|1971||Frank Jones||Tangerine Bowl||Toledo||L 3-28|