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Western Carolina Catamounts Football
Western Carolina Catamounts football
WCU Athletics wordmark.png
First season1931
Athletic directorAlex Gary
Head coachMark Speir
9th season, 32-60 (.348)
StadiumE. J. Whitmire Stadium
(Capacity: 13,742)
FieldBob Waters Field
LocationCullowhee, North Carolina
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthern Conference
All-time record
Bowl record0–1–0 (.000)
Playoff appearances2
Playoff record3-2
RivalriesAppalachian State East Tennessee State
ColorsPurple and Gold[1]
Fight songFight On You Catamounts
Marching bandWestern 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 plays its home games at the 13,742 seat Bob Waters Field at E. J. Whitmire Stadium located on the campus in Cullowhee, North Carolina.


Head coaching history

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
Tenure Coach Record Win %
1931-34 C.C. Poindexter 10-26-2 .290
1935-38 Ralph James 4-30-3 .149
1939-41 James Whatley 6-15-1 .295
1945 Marion McDonald 1-3 .250
1946-55 Tom Young 39-55-4 .418
1956-68 Dan Robinson 51-67-6 .435
1969-88 Bob Waters 116-94-6 .550
1989 Dale Strahm 3-7-1 .318
1990-96 Steve Hodgin 31-45 .408
1997-2001 Bill Bleil 23-32 .418
2002-07 Kent Briggs 22-43 .388
2008-11 Dennis Wagner 8-36 .182
2012- Mark Speir 32-60 .363



  • 1973-1976: NCAA Division III
  • 1977: NCAA Division I
  • 1978-1981: NCAA Division I-A
  • 1982-present: NCAA Division I-AA

Conference memberships

daggerAlso members of the Smoky Mountain Conference starting in 1934.[2][3]


Appalachian State - Battle for the Old Mountain Jug

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.

Catamounts in the NFL

Western Carolina Catamounts in the NFL
Player Position Years in NFL
Steve Williams DE 1974
Eddie McGill TE 1982-1983
Dean Biasucci K 1984-1995
Tiger Greene DB 1985-1990
Louis Cooper LB 1985-1993
Clyde Simmons DE 1986-2000
Leonard Williams RB 1987
Fred Davis DB 1987
Tony Jones OL 1988-2000
Willie J. Williams DB 1993-2005
Andrew Jordan TE 1994-2001
David Patten WR 1997-2008
Brad Hoover FB 2000-2009
Detrez Newsome RB 2018-2018
Keion Crossen DB 2018-2020

See also


  1. ^ Western Carolina University Athletic Guidelines (PDF). October 1, 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Catamount Grid, Cage Schedules Are Announced". Asheville Citizen-Times. Asheville, North Carolina. June 26, 1934. Retrieved 2017 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "SMOKY MOUNTAIN". The Palm Beach Post. AP. November 30, 1936. Retrieved 2017 – via newspapers.com.

External links

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