|Nicholls Colonels football|
|Athletic director||Matt Roan|
|Head coach||Tim Rebowe|
4th season, 25–22 (.532)
|Stadium||Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium|
|Field surface||GeoGreen artificial turf|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|All-time record||207–309–4 (.402)|
|Playoff record||2–5 (Div. I FCS)|
1975, 1984, 2005, 2018
|Rivalries||Southeastern Louisiana (rivalry)|
Northwestern State (rivalry)
Texas State (rivalry)
|Colors||Red and Gray|
|Fight song||Nicholls State Colonels Fight Song|
|Marching band||Pride of Nicholls Marching Band|
The Nicholls Colonels football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Nicholls State University located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southland Conference. Nicholls' first football team was fielded in 1972. The team plays its home games at the 10,500 seat Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The Colonels are coached by Tim Rebowe.
- 1 History
- 2 Conferences affiliations
- 3 Championships
- 4 Head coaches
- 5 Division I-AA/Division I FCS Playoffs
- 6 Notable players
- 7 Stadium
- 8 Practice and Training facilities
- 9 Rivalries
- 10 Future opponents
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
- 1975 Gulf South Conference Champions (Division II)
Head Coach: Bill Clements
Overall Record (8–2)
Conference Record (7–2)
- 1984 Gulf Star Conference Champions (Division I-AA)
Head Coach: Sonny Jackson
Overall Record (6–5)
Gulf Star Conference Record (4–1)
- 2005 Southland Conference Champions (Division I-AA)
Head Coach: Jay Thomas
Overall Record (6–5)
Southland Conference Record (5–1)
- 2018 Southland Conference Champions (Football Championship Subdivision)
Head Coach: Tim Rebowe
Overall Record (8–3)
Southland Conference Record (7–2)
*1996 I-AA National Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Award Recipient
**Interim head coach for final nine games of 2014 season
Division I-AA/Division I FCS Playoffs
Nicholls Colonels selected in the NFL Draft
Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium
Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose stadium in Thibodaux, Louisiana. It is home to the Nicholls State University Colonels football team of the Southland Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision. The stadium is named in honor of former state representative John L. Guidry. The playing surface is named Manning Field after the Manning family because Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Archie Manning hold the Manning Passing Academy football camp at the facility. The current playing surface is Astroturf 3D Grass. The stadium was officially dedicated on September 16, 1972.
The stadium features a three-level press box on the west side. The second level houses an area for game management staff, radio and coaches’ booths and a working press area. The president’s suite and a 30-seat club level is located on the third level. A photo deck is located on the roof. On the ground level is the Colonels Club Room. In 2012, the west entrance of the stadium was renovated which included a new entrance into the Colonel Club area and a new ever-present illuminated Nicholls “N”.
Practice and Training facilities
Frank L. Barker Athletic Building
The Frank L. Barker Athletic Building is located adjacent to Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium. It houses the Nicholls Colonels football coaches’ offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, athletic training rooms and athletic staff.
Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility
The Nicholls Colonels Strength and Conditioning facility is located in the Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility or Leonard C. Chabert Hall. The facility has multi-purpose power stations, weight machines, dumbbell stations, elliptical machines and stationary bikes. It is the strength and conditioning facility for Nicholls athletics. A 50-yard artificial turf field is adjacent to the building.
Football practice fields
The Nicholls Colonels football practice fields include three natural grass football practice fields located across Acadia Drive from Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium, the Frank L. Barker Athletic Building and the Leonard C. Chabert Strength and Conditioning Facility. Two of the fields face in a north-south configuration similar to Manning Field at John L. Guidry Stadium with a third facing in an east-west configuration.
Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana are located 94 miles apart and no two football-playing schools in the Southland Conference are as close as the two schools. The winner of the annual football game is awarded the River Bell Trophy. The trophy features a river bell, the teams athletic logos and details the yearly victors. The game played between the rivals began in 1972 and was played annually until 1985 when Southeastern Louisiana dropped its football program. It resumed 20 years later in 2005 when football was reinstated by the university.
The football rivalry game with Northwestern State is played annually with the winner being awarded the NSU Trophy. Both universities are located in Louisiana and are members of the Southland Conference. The first game in the series was played in 1973.
In fall 1998, the Colonels were scheduled to take on the Texas State Bobcats. Prior to the game, heavy rains flooded San Marcos, Texas and the playing field at Texas State. Athletic directors and coaches from both schools decided to postpone the game and coined the annual contest the "Battle for the Paddle," joking that fans and athletes needed to use a boat and paddle to get to the game. The game was eventually played on November 28, 1998 with Texas State prevailing 28–27 to win the first "Battle for the Paddle". A wooden oar or paddle named the "Paddle Trophy" was awarded to the winner of the contest.
Future Football Bowl Subdivision opponents
|at Kansas State||at LSU|
|at Texas State|
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