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William & Mary Tribe football
File:W&M Tribe Athletic logo.png
First season 1893
Athletic director Terry Driscoll
Head coach Jimmye Laycock
Home stadium Zable Stadium
Field Cary Field
Stadium capacity 12,259
Stadium surface FieldTurf Pro
Location Williamsburg, VA
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Division South
Past conferences Independent (1893–1906)
SAIAA (1907–1910)
Independent (1911–1931)
Virginia Conference (1932–1935)
SoCon (1936–1976)
Division I Independent (1977)
Division I-A Independent (1978–1981)
Division I-AA Independent (1982–1992)
Yankee (1993–1996)
A-10 (1997–2006)
CAA (2007–present)
All-time record 547–523–41
Postseason bowl record 1–2
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 12
Colors Green and Gold            
Fight song "Tribe Fight Song"
Outfitter Nike
Rivals Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens
James Madison Dukes
Richmond Spiders
Old Dominion Monarchs

The William & Mary Tribe are a college football team representing The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. William & Mary currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision. Jimmye Laycock is in his 32nd year as the Tribe's head coach. Laycock is a W&M alumnus and played quarterback under legendary college football coaches Marv Levy and Lou Holtz.

William & Mary's traditional rival in football is the University of Richmond. William & Mary and Richmond have met 120 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, PrincetonYale, and Harvard–Yale have played more games. The winner of this annual W&M–Richmond match-up, named for the last two Virginia state capitals, Richmond and Williamsburg, claims the Capital Cup (previously known as the I-64 Trophy). In 2008, William & Mary opened the Jimmye Laycock Football Center, a state-of-the-art facility housing the Tribe locker room, football players' classroom study sessions and tape review rooms.

The College of William & Mary has transitioned through several official nicknames since its athletic program began in 1893. From 1893 to 1916, William & Mary football players were known as the Orange and White because those were the old official school colors. From 1916 to 1977, all William & Mary athletes were known as the Indians. And, most recently, from 1978 to the present day they have been known as the Tribe.


The William & Mary Tribe football team has had unparallelled success during Jimmye Laycock's tenure. Since his taking over as head coach, W&M have enjoyed winning seasons nearly every year. The long-time head-coach has led the Tribe to multiple playoff appearances, including the national semifinal game on two occasions. Most recently, the Tribe reached the semifinal against eventual champions Villanova in 2009, losing by a single point.

The team has also appeared in three bowl games: the 1948 Dixie Bowl, 1949 Delta Bowl and 1970 Tangerine Bowl. The Tribe are 1–2 in those games, with the lone win being a 20–0 victory over Oklahoma A&M in 1949.

Currently in the NFL


  1. Mark Duffner (Class of 1975) – Linebackers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Ivan Fears (Class of 1976) – Running backs coach for the New England Patriots
  3. Sean McDermott (Class of 1998) – Defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers
  4. Rip Scherer (Class of 1975) – Quarterbacks coach for the Carolina Panthers
  5. Mike Tomlin (Class of 1995) – Head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers; winner of Super Bowl XLIII; youngest head coach in NFL history to lead team to Super Bowl win (36 years old)
  6. Alan Williams (Class of 1992) – Defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings


  1. David Caldwell (Class of 2010) – Strong safety for the Indianapolis Colts
  2. Derek Cox (Class of 2009) – Cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  3. Jonathan Grimes (Class of 2012) – Running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. Mike Leach (Class of 2000) – Long snapper for the Arizona Cardinals
  5. Sean Lissemore (Class of 2010) – Defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys
  6. Adrian Tracy (Class of 2010) – Linebacker for the New York Giants


Division-only championships

Year Coach Conference Division Conference Record
1993 Jimmye Laycock Yankee Conference Mid-Atlantic Division 7–1
Total division-only championships 1

Conference championships

Year Coach Conference Conference Record
1933 John Kellison Virginia Conference ?
1934 John Kellison Virginia Conference ?
1935 Thomas Dowler Virginia Conference ?
1942 Carl M. Voyles Southern Conference 4–0
1947 Rube McCray Southern Conference 7–1
1966 Marv Levy Southern Conference 4–1–1
1970 Lou Holtz Southern Conference 3–1
1996 Jimmye Laycock Yankee Conference 7–1
2001 Jimmye Laycock Atlantic 10 Conference 7–2
2004 Jimmye Laycock Atlantic 10 Conference 7–1
2010 Jimmye Laycock Colonial Athletic Association 6–2
Total conference championships 12

Bowl games

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1948 Dixie Bowl L Arkansas 19 21
January 1, 1949 Delta Bowl W Oklahoma A&M 20 0
December 28, 1970 Tangerine Bowl L Toledo 12 40
Total 3 bowl games 1–2 51 61

Halls of Fame inductees

College Football

  1. Jack Cloud – Set a school scoring record of 102 points in 1947 and once scored five touchdowns in a single game
  2. Bill Fincher – Did not attend W&M, but coached the Indians in 1921
  3. Lou Holtz – Did not attend W&M, but coached the Indians from 1969–1971 and led the team to the 1970 Tangerine Bowl
  4. Bill Ingram – Did not attend W&M, but Ingram began his coaching career at William & Mary where, in 1922, he managed a 6–3–0 record
  5. Buster Ramsey – In his four years (1939–1942) the school had a record of 29–7–3; the 1942 team were Southern Conference champions, beating out Duke and North Carolina for the title

National Football League (NFL)

  1. Lou Creekmur – After playing for the Indians he went on to become of one the most successful offensive tackles in Detroit Lions history
  2. Marv Levy – Did not attend W&M, but coached William & Mary for five years (1964–68), earning two Southern Conference Coach of the Year awards and one SoCon title (1966); the 27–16 win over Navy in 1967 is considered by the NCAA to be one of the Top 10 greatest college football upsets in history

Canadian Football League (CFL)

  1. Mike "Pinball" Clemons – compiled 4,778 all-purpose yards and was named a Division I-AA All-American
  2. Ralph Sazio – was a mainstay of the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a player, assistant coach, head coach, general manager and team president

All-time NFL Draft selections

= NFL Hall of Fame = Canadian Football Hall of Fame = College Football Hall of Fame


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