Alabama State Hornets football
2021 Alabama State Hornets football team
Alabama State ASU Wordmark.png
First season1901
Athletic directorDr. Jason Cable
Head coachEddie Robinson
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumHornet Stadium
(capacity: 26,500)
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationMontgomery, Alabama
ConferenceSWAC
DivisionEast
All-time record516–507–41 (.504)
Conference titles6
RivalriesAlabama A&M Bulldogs
Tuskegee Golden Tigers
ColorsBlack and old gold
   
Fight songHail Alabama
Marching bandMighty Marching Hornets
Websitebamastatesports.com

The Alabama State Hornets are the college football team representing the Alabama State University. The Hornets play in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

Hornet Stadium serves as the facility for Alabama State football games and practices. The 120-yard field turf playing field provides training to ASU football in all weather conditions. In June 2011, construction on the Houston Markham Football Complex was completed. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot facility serves as the new home of the football program.

Conference affiliations

Championships

Conference

Alabama State has won six conference championships.[citation needed]

Year Coach Conference Record
1935 Rufus Lewis Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 9–2–1
1936 Rufus Lewis Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 6–2–2
1965 Whitney L. Van Cleve Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Section B 6–4–0
1966 Whitney L. Van Cleve Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Section B 8–2–0
1991 Houston Markham Southwestern Athletic Conference 11–0–1
2004 Charles Coe Southwestern Athletic Conference 10–2
Total Conference Championships: 6

Rivalries

The Magic City Classic is the highest attended and most anticipated regular season ASU football game every year. The Hornets take on in-state rival Alabama A&M Bulldogs in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Turkey Day Classic is an annual event played yearly on Thanksgiving between ASU and another opponent, most recently Prairie View A&M in 2019 and has been played almost consecutively since 1924, except for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alumni in the NFL

Over 20 Alabama State alumni have played in the NFL,[1] including:

Head Coaches

Name Seasons Record Win Pct.
Theodore Bradford 1902–1904 0–2 0.000
J.A. Welton 1905–1908 4–5–1 0.444
John Hope 1909–1916 17–6–1 0.739
"Professor Kilpatrick" 1917–1920 1–3–1 0.250
Ralph Harris 1921–1925 21–13–3 0.618
Bertrand C. Jacobs 1926–1928 16–10–3 0.615
Gaston F. Lewis 1929–1933 31–13–4 0.705
Rufus Lewis 1934–1942 42–32–9 0.568
John Brown 1943, 1945–1948 10–24–1 0.249
Georgie Lockhart & E.B. Campbell a 1944 0–7 0.000
James H. Dixon 1949–1951 5–20–3 0.179
A.E. Simmons 1952–1961 43–40–3 0.500
C.E. Anderson 1962 0–8 0.000
Marino Casem 1963 2–8 0.200
Whitney Van Cleve 1964–1968 35–14–1 0.700
Henry Holbert 1969–1972 21–21 0.500
Willie J. Parker 1973–1976, 1984, 1986 16–38 0.296
George James 1976–1983 43–39–2 0.524
Ron Mitchell (interim) 1985 3–8 0.273
Houston Markham 1987–1997 65–50–4 0.546
Ron Dickerson 1998–1999 7–15 0.318
L.C. Cole 2000–2002 20–15 0.571
Charles Coe III 2003–2006 29–18 0.617
Reggie Barlow 2006–2014 49–42 0.538
Brian Jenkins 2015–2017 10–17 0.370
Donald Hill-Eley 2017–2021 20–21 0.488
Travis Pearson (interim) 2021 2–2 0.500
Eddie Robinson 2022– 0–0

Notes

^a At an unknown point in the 1944 season, Georgie Lockhart was replaced by E.B. Campbell. Both coaches share credit for the 1944 season.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Alabama St. Players/Alumni - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ https://bamastatesports.com/documents/2019/8/12/FB_Media_Guide.pdf[bare URL PDF]