|Western Carolina Catamounts football|
|Athletic director||Alex Gary|
|Head coach||Mark Speir |
9th season, 32-60 (.348)
|Stadium||E. J. Whitmire Stadium|
|Field||Bob Waters Field|
|Location||Cullowhee, North Carolina|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Bowl record||0–1–0 (.000)|
|Rivalries||Appalachian State East Tennessee State|
|Colors||Purple and Gold|
|Fight song||Fight On You Catamounts|
|Marching band||Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band|
The Western Carolina Catamounts football program represents Western Carolina University. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southern Conference. The team is currently coached by Mark Speir. Since the school's first football team was fielded in 1931, the Catamounts have a record of 341-502-23, have made two postseason appearances, and have played in one national championship game.
Western Carolina has had 13 head coaches since the first team organized in 1931. The current head coach, Mark Speir, was hired in December of 2011. Bob Waters (1969-88) holds the record for most wins (116), longest tenure (20 seasons), and highest winning percentage (.550) among all former Western Carolina coaches.
C.C. Poindexter, often called the "Father of Western Carolina Athletics", was instrumental in organizing the first football team in 1931. Then the Western Carolina Teacher's College, Poindexter was the first person hired by the college to work exclusively in athletics and became the first athletic director and football coach. He would later lead the baseball and basketball programs as well.
|Western Carolina Catamounts head coaches|
The main rivalry of the Catamounts was against their in-state rival Appalachian State. Western Carolina and Appalachian State played annually for the Old Mountain Jug. The two rivals first faced off in 1932, with Appalachian State winning 20-0. The Old Mountain Jug trophy was first introduced in 1976. After Appalachian State moved to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014, the two have not met since. Appalachian State currently leads the series 58-19-1.
|Western Carolina Catamounts in the NFL|
|Player||Position||Years in NFL|
|Willie J. Williams||DB||1993-2005|