Eastern Washington Eagles
Current season
First season 1901
Head coach Beau Baldwin
Home stadium Roos Field
Field The Inferno
Year built 1967
Stadium capacity 11,702
Stadium surface Red SprinTurf
Location Cheney, Washington
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Big Sky Conference
All-time record 482–396–23
Postseason bowl record 0–0
Claimed national titles 1
Conference titles 22
Colors Red and White            
Fight song Go, Eagles, Go
Mascot Swoop
Marching band Eagle Pep Band
Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Montana Grizzlies
Portland State Vikings
Website GoEags.com

The Eastern Washington Eagles football team (or "Eags") represents Eastern Washington University in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The Eastern Eagles are members of the Big Sky Conference and play at Roos Field, which is known for being the only stadium in college football with a red playing surface.


History[edit | edit source]

Conference Affiliations
Independent 1901-19
Tri-Normal League 1920-37
Independent 1938
Washington Intercollegiate Conference 1939-47
Evergreen Conference 1948-79
Div. II Independent 1980-83
Div. I-AA Independent 1984–86
Big Sky Conference 1987–present

Beginning & NAIA era[edit | edit source]

Eastern Washington University began fielding a football team in 1901, when the school was known at the time as the State Normal School and the team mascot was the Savages. Eastern's first national affiliation came with joining the NAIA.

Eastern competed in the NAIA until 1977, along the way advancing to the NAIA Football National Championship finals in 1967, losing to Fairmont State 28-21. This marked Eastern Washington's first appearance in a national championship game at any level of competition.

Identity changes[edit | edit source]

During this time period, the school would undergo numerous changes to its identity. The school name would change in 1937 to the Eastern Washington College of Education, then again shortly after World War II to the Eastern Washington State College. The final change to the school name came in 1977 when the school was renamed Eastern Washington University.

In 1973, the student body voted to make Eastern’s mascot the Eagles.[1][2] Shortly before that, the Eastern Board of Trustees declared "Savages," its mascot through its first 92 years, no longer acceptable. Eagles are native to eastern Washington and thus a logical choice for a replacement.

Transition to NCAA and Big Sky[edit | edit source]

Eastern joined the NCAA in 1978, participating at the NCAA Division II level as an independent. The Eagles stayed at the Division II level until 1983, when the Eagles moved up to Division I-AA (now known as the FCS) as an Independent.

In 1987, Eastern was extended an invitation to and joined the Big Sky Conference. Eastern continues to participate in the Big Sky to this day and is now the sixth-most tenured member of the conference.

Red Turf and National Championship[edit | edit source]

The 2010 season would mark a number of firsts for Eastern Washington's football program. The offseason would see a highly publicized move to install a red turf playing surface, the first of its kind in the country. Eastern would utilize the excitement and energy surrounding the program to complete its finest season of competition in the program's history.

The 2010 season concluded with Eastern Washington's first appearance in the FCS Championship Game. The Eagles defeated the Delaware Blue Hens 20-19 in Frisco, Texas to win the school's first national championship in football.

Home stadium[edit | edit source]


Roos Field with red turf installed in 2010

The EWU football team plays at Roos Field, opened in 1967 and recently expanded and renovated in 2004 and 2010 to seat 11,702. The stadium was originally named Woodward Field in honor of former Eagles head football and basketball coach Arthur C. Woodward. It replaced the original Woodward Field, which was located near the present JFK Library.[3]

Red turf installation and name change[edit | edit source]

On February 26, 2010, ESPN reported that Eastern Washington planned to remove the natural grass surface at Woodward Field and replace it with red SprinTurf, the first of its kind at any level of American football. A funding drive was initiated in late January 2010, with EWU alumnus Michael Roos donating $500,000 toward the installation costs, and fellow alumnus and ESPN personality Colin Cowherd also making a donation.[4]

On May 20, 2010 the Eastern Washington Board of Trustees approved a name change to Roos Field, scheduled for the 2010 season, upon the successful completion of the project.[5] Installation of the red synthetic turf was completed in September 2010, in time for the first home game of the 2010 season against Montana.

The Inferno[edit | edit source]

Eastern Washington's red playing surface is known as The Inferno. The nickname was chosen through a vote conducted by Eastern on its athletic website, goeags.com. Voting began on August 4, 2010 and allowed fans to choose from seven proposed names: red sea, red zone, inferno, big red, red carpet, ring of fire and lava pit. Inferno finished as the top choice and the nickname was revealed at the first home game with the new field on September 18, 2010.

Rivalries[edit | edit source]

Montana Grizzlies[edit | edit source]

The EWU-UM Governors Cup is the annual college football game between the Montana Grizzlies and the Eastern Eagles. Traditionally, it is in the middle of the regular season, played on the Saturday alternating between Roos Field and Washington-Grizzly Stadium each year. The Eagles currently trail in the series with 12 wins and 26 losses.

Portland State Vikings[edit | edit source]

The Eagles also have a new rivalry with the Portland State Vikings in all sports, starting in 2010 called The Dam Cup. Eastern football won the first rivalry match between the two schools in 2010 with a score of 55-17. The purpose of the Dam Cup is to create a rivalry between Portland State University and Eastern Washington University and provide a sense of pride between alumni in the Portland and Spokane areas. Other goals include increasing attendance at events between both schools and building school spirit among each institutions' student body.

Rivalry summaries[edit | edit source]

Team Rivalry name Trophy Games played First meeting Last meeting EWU win EWU loss Ties Win %
Montana Grizzlies The EWU-UM Governors Cup Governors Cup 39 1938 2012, Won 32-26 12 26 1 .321
Portland State Vikings The Dam Cup Dam Cup 35 1986* 2012, Won 41-34 15 19 1 .443

* The Dam Cup rivalry with Portland State was officially established in 2010, but both teams have played against each other since the date listed above.

Championships[edit | edit source]

National championships[edit | edit source]

Eastern Washington has won one national championship in the NCAA Division I FCS, the highest division in college football to hold a playoff tournament to determine its champion.

Year Coach Selector Record Score Opponent
2010 Beau Baldwin NCAA 20 Team playoff 13–2 20–19 Delaware Blue Hens

Conference championships[edit | edit source]

Eastern Washington has won 22 conference championships since 1901, including six in the Big Sky Conference.

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record Coach
1921 Tri-Normal League 3-3-0 3-0-0 A.A. Eustis
1923♦ Tri-Normal League 5-2-0 4-1-0 A.A. Eustis
1925 Tri-Normal League 6-3-0 5-0-0 A.A. Eustis
1934 Tri-Normal League 6-1-0 2-0-0 W.B. Reese
1935 Tri-Normal League 4-2-1 1-0-1 W.B. Reese
1936 Tri-Normal League 7-1-0 2-0-0 W.B. Reese
1937 Tri-Normal League 6-1-0 2-0-0 W.B. Reese
1939♦ Washington Intercollegiate Conference 5-3-0 2-0-0 W.B. Reese
1947♦ Washington Intercollegiate Conference 6-1-1 4-0-1 A.H. Poffenroth
1948♦ Evergreen Conference 8-1-0 5-1-0 A.H. Poffenroth
1949♦ Evergreen Conference 7-2-0 5-1-0 A.H. Poffenroth
1950 Evergreen Conference 8-2-0 5-1-0 A.H. Poffenroth
1965 Evergreen Conference 8-1-0 4-1-0 Dave Holmes
1966 Evergreen Conference 7-1-1 4-1-1 Dave Holmes
1967 Evergreen Conference 11-1-0 6-0-0 Dave Holmes
1969♦ Evergreen Conference 4-5-0 4-2-0 Brent Wooten
1992♦ Big Sky Conference 7-4-0 6-1-0 Dick Zornes
1997 Big Sky Conference 12-2-0 7-1-0 Mike Kramer
2004♦ Big Sky Conference 9-4 6-1 Paul Wulff
2005♦ Big Sky Conference 7-5 5-2 Paul Wulff
2010♦ Big Sky Conference 13-2 7–1 Beau Baldwin
2012 ♦ Big Sky Conference 9-2 7-1 Beau Baldwin
Total 22
Denotes a tie for first place and conference co-champion

Playoff appearances[edit | edit source]

Eastern Washington has participated eight times in the I-AA/FCS playoffs since 1978. Their first appearance occurred during the 1985 season, when they advanced to the quarterfinals. The Eagles' best finish came during the 2010 season, when they won the national championship.

Year Playoff Record Finish Coach
1985 1-1 Quarterfinals Dick Zornes
1992 0-1 First Round Dick Zornes
1997 2-1 Semifinals Mike Kramer
2004 1-1 Quarterfinals Paul Wulff
2005 0-1 First Round Paul Wulff
2007 1-1 Quarterfinals Paul Wulff
2009 0-1 First Round Beau Baldwin
2010 4-0 National Champions Beau Baldwin
2012 2-1 Semifinals Beau Baldwin
Playoff Record 11-8

Season and coaching history[edit | edit source]

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct. Conf. Champs Bowl Games National Titles
Unknown 1901-02 2 3-3-2 --
Claude Arthur 1903 1 3-2-2 .571
H.E. Smith 1904-05 2 5-9-0 .357
O.P. Lienau 1906-07 2 8-5-0 .615
Nick Hinch 1908/1912 2 2-4-0 .333
Harry Goldsworthy 1909 1 0-2-0 .000
Albert Fertsch 1913-16 4 4-9-0 .308
A.A. Eustis 1920-26 7 24-25-1 .490 3
Arthur Woodward 1927-28 2 7-8-0 .467
G.M. Johnson 1929 1 4-4-0 .500
W.B. Reese 1930-41/1946 13 66-26-9 .698 5
Ralph Peterson 1942 1 3-4-0 .429
A.H. Poffenroth 1947–52 6 32–19–1 .625 4
Ed Chissus 1953–62 10 29-52-4 .365
Dave Holmes 1963–67 5 34-13-1 .719 3
Brent Wooten 1968-70 3 11-18-0 .379 1
John Massengale 1971-78 8 35-39-1 .473
Dick Zornes 1979–93 15 89-66-2 .573 1
Mike Kramer 1994-99 6 37-32-0 .536 1
Paul Wulff 2000-07 8 53-40-0 .570 2
Beau Baldwin 2008–present 5 44-19-0 .698 2 1
Totals 1901–present 103 482–396–23 .548 22 0 1
Note: Eastern Washington did not field teams from 1910-11, 1917-19 & 1943-45.

Individual award winners[edit | edit source]

National award winners - players[edit | edit source]

National Defensive Player of the Year
2008: Greg Peach
2010: J. C. Sherritt
  • Buck Buchanan Award Finalists
2009: J. C. Sherritt (2nd)
National Offensive Player of the Year
2005: Erik Meyer
2011: Bo Levi Mitchell
  • Walter Payton Award Finalists
2001: Jesse Chatman (4th)
2004: Erik Meyer (4th)
2005: Eric Kimble (18th)
2007: Matt Nichols (17th)
2009: Matt Nichols (4th)
2010: Taiwan Jones (4th)

Big Sky Conference honors[edit | edit source]

  • Offensive Player of the Year
1997: Harry Leons, QB
2001: Jesse Chatman, RB
2002: Josh Blankenship, QB
2004: Erik Meyer, QB
2005: Erik Meyer, QB
2007: Matt Nichols, QB
2009: Matt Nichols, QB
2010: Taiwan Jones, RB
2011: Bo Levi Mitchell, QB
  • Defensive Player of the Year
1993: Jason Marsh, LB
1997: Chris Scott, DT
2005: Joey Cwik, LB
2008: Greg Peach, DE
2010: J. C. Sherritt, LB
  • Newcomer of the Year
1990: Harold Wright, RB
2002: Josh Blankenship, QB
2004: Rocky Hanni, OG
  • Coach of the Year
1992: Dick Zornes
1997: Mike Kramer
2001: Paul Wulff
2004: Paul Wulff
2005: Paul Wulff
2012: Beau Baldwin

All-time NFL Draft selections[edit | edit source]

NFL Draft Selections (15)
# Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1 1959 18 1 205 Dick Nearents Green Bay Packers Offensive tackle
2 1969 11 21 281 Dave Svendsen Los Angeles Rams Wide receiver
3 1973 6 2 132 Bob Picard Philadelphia Eagles Wide receiver
4 1974 7 23 179 Scott Garske Pittsburgh Steelers Tight end
5 1987 11 19 298 Craig Richardson Kansas City Chiefs Wide receiver
6 1987 6 24 164 Simmons, EdEd Simmons Washington Redskins Offensive tackle
7 1989 6 24 163 Jeff Mickel Minnesota Vikings Offensive tackle
8 1992 7 27 195 Schulz, KurtKurt Schulz Buffalo Bills Defensive back
9 1994 5 1 132 Trent Pollard Cincinnati Bengals Offensive tackle
10 1996 5 13 145 Ackerman, TomTom Ackerman New Orleans Saints Offensive guard
11 2002 6 23 195 Brightful, LamontLamont Brightful Baltimore Ravens Wide receiver
12 2003 5 13 148 Curley, DanDan Curley St. Louis Rams Tight end
13 2005 2 9 41 Roos, MichaelMichael Roos Tennessee Titans Offensive tackle
14 2011 4 28 125 Jones, TaiwanTaiwan Jones Oakland Raiders Running back
15 2012 4 40 135 Matt Johnson Dallas Cowboys Safety

Eagles in the pros[edit | edit source]

The following former Eastern Washington players are currently playing in one of the three professional football leagues listed below.

  • National Football League
Player Position Team
Matt Johnson Safety Dallas Cowboys
Taiwan Jones Running back Oakland Raiders
Michael Roos Offensive tackle Tennessee Titans
Isaiah Trufant Cornerback New York Jets
  • Canadian Football League
Player Position Team
Bo Levi Mitchell Quarterback Calgary Stampeders
Matt Nichols Quarterback Edmonton Eskimos
Greg Peach Defensive end Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Ryan Phillips Cornerback B.C. Lions
J. C. Sherritt Linebacker Edmonton Eskimos
  • Arena Football League
Player Position Team
Erik Meyer Quarterback Spokane Shock

Retired jerseys[edit | edit source]


Michael Roos - OT (2001-04)

Retired Jerseys
Number Player Year
84 Bob Picard (1968–69, 1971–72) 2003
71 Michael Roos (2001–04) 2009

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Palm Beach Post - School selects eagle as mascot - United Press International - 1973-07-13 - p.D5
  2. Ellensburg Daily Record - 'Cats lead only one statistic - 1973-10-11 - p.6
  3. goeags.cstv.com/facilities/ewas-woodward.html
  4. sports.espn.go.com
  5. http://goeags.com/genrel/releases/10atMay20RoosField

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