A photo at the conclusion of the 2022 Red Grange Bowl, the NJCAA Division III championship contest

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national football champions:

Champions

Single division era (1956–2021)

Year Institution Location Conference Head coach
1956 Coffeyville Coffeyville, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Cliff Long
1957 Texarkana Texarkana, Texas Texas Junior College Conference Duncan Thompson
1958 Boise Boise, Idaho Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference Lyle Smith
1959 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Miami, Oklahoma Red Robertson
1960
co-champions
Tyler
Cameron
Tyler, Texas
Lawton, Oklahoma
Texas Eastern Conference
?
Floyd Wagstaff
Leroy Montgomery
1961–1963 no champion
1964 Phoenix Phoenix, Arizona Arizona Junior College Athletic Conference Thomas Hogan
1965 Ferrum Ferrum, Virginia Coastal Football Conference Hank Norton
1966 Kilgore Kilgore, Texas Texas Junior College Football Federation Boyd Converse
1967 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Miami, Oklahoma Chuck Bowman
1968 Ferrum Ferrum, Virginia Coastal Football Conference Hank Norton
1969 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Miami, Oklahoma Chuck Bowman
1970 Fort Scott Fort Scott, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Dick Foster
1971 Mississippi Gulf Coast Perkinston, Mississippi Mississippi Junior College Conference George Sekul
1972 Arizona Western Yuma, Arizona Arizona Junior College Athletic Conference Ray Butcher
1973 Mesa (AZ) Mesa, Arizona Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Paul Widmer
1974 Ferrum Ferrum, Virginia Coastal Football Conference Hank Norton
1975 Mesa (AZ) Mesa, Arizona Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Paul Widmer
1976 Ellsworth Iowa Falls, Iowa Vern Thompson
1977 Ferrum Ferrum, Virginia Coastal Football Conference Hank Norton
1978 Iowa Central Fort Dodge, Iowa Paul Schupe
1979 Ranger Ranger, Texas Tim Marcum
1980 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Miami, Oklahoma Southwest Junior College Football Conference Glen Wolfe
1981 Butler County El Dorado, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Fayne Henson
1982 Northwest Mississippi Senatobia, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Bobby Franklin
1983 Coffeyville Coffeyville, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Dick Foster
1984 Mississippi Gulf Coast Perkinston, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges George Sekul
1985 Snow Ephraim, Utah Western States Football League Walt Criner
1986 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Miami, Oklahoma Southwest Junior College Football Conference Glen Wolfe
1987 Ellsworth Iowa Falls, Iowa Independent Lloyd Sisco
1988 Glendale (AZ) Glendale, Arizona Western States Football League Joe Kersting
1989 Navarro Corsicana, Texas Texas Junior College Football Conference Bob McElroy
1990 Coffeyville Coffeyville, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Skip Foster
1991 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Miami, Oklahoma Mike Loyd
1992 Northwest Mississippi Senatobia, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Bobby Franklin
1993 Mississippi Delta Moorhead, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges James Gray
1994 Trinity Valley Athens, Texas Texas Junior College Football Conference Randy Pippin
1995 Blinn Brenham, Texas Texas Junior College Football Conference Willie Fritz
1996 Blinn Brenham, Texas Southwest Junior College Football Conference Willie Fritz
1997 Trinity Valley Athens, Texas Southwest Junior College Football Conference Scotty Conley
1998 Butler County El Dorado, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference James Shibest
1999 Butler County El Dorado, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference James Shibest
2000 Glendale (AZ) Glendale, Arizona Western States Football League Mike Grossner
2001 Georgia Military Milledgeville, Georgia Independent Bert Williams
2002 Joliet Joliet, Illinois North Central Community College Conference Bob MacDougall
2003 Butler County El Dorado, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Troy Morrell
2004 Pearl River Poplarville, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Tim Hatten
2005 Glendale (AZ) Glendale, Arizona Western States Football League Joe Kersting
2006 Blinn Brenham, Texas Southwest Junior College Football Conference Brad Franchione
2007
(co-champions)
Butler (KS)
Mississippi Gulf Coast
El Dorado, Kansas
Perkinston, Mississippi
Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges
Troy Morrell
Steve Campbell
2008 Butler (KS) El Dorado, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Troy Morrell
2009 Blinn Brenham, Texas Southwest Junior College Football Conference Brad Franchione
2010 Navarro Corsicana, Texas Southwest Junior College Football Conference Nick Bobeck
2011 East Mississippi Scooba, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Buddy Stephens
2012 Iowa Western Council Bluffs, Iowa Independent Scott Strohmeier
2013 East Mississippi Scooba, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Buddy Stephens
2014 East Mississippi Scooba, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Buddy Stephens
2015 Northwest Mississippi Senatobia, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Jack Wright
2016 Garden City Garden City, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Jeff Sims
2017 East Mississippi Scooba, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Buddy Stephens
2018 East Mississippi Scooba, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Buddy Stephens
2019 Mississippi Gulf Coast Perkinston, Mississippi Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges Jack Wright
2020–21[a] Hutchinson Hutchinson, Kansas Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Drew Dallas
  1. ^ Due to COVID-19, the 2020 fall season was postponed until the spring of 2021 and is denoted in the record book as the 2020–21 season.[1]

Split division era (2021–present)

For the 2021 season, the NJCAA announced the creation of Division I and Division III, along with implementing a Division I national championship playoff system for the 2021 fall season. Prior to the fall of 2021, NJCAA Football consisted of a single division.[2]

Division I

Year Institution Location Conference Head coach
2021 New Mexico Military Roswell, New Mexico Southwest Junior College Football Conference Kurt Taufa'asau
2022 Iowa Western Council Bluffs, Iowa Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Scott Strohmeier
2023 Iowa Western Council Bluffs, Iowa Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Scott Strohmeier

Division III

Year Institution Location Conference Head coach
2021 DuPage Glen Ellyn, Illinois Independent Matt Rahn
2022 DuPage Glen Ellyn, Illinois Independent Matt Rahn
2023 DuPage Glen Ellyn, Illinois Independent Matt Rahn

J. C. Gridwire rankings (1960–1974)

Year No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 Source
1960 Long Beach (10–0) Hancock (10–0) Bakersfield (9–1) Del Mar (8–0–1) Tyler (12–1) [3]
1961 Cameron (11–0), 788 points Pearl River (10–0), 763 points Bakersfield (9–1), 750 points San Mateo (9–1), 746 points Columbia Basin (9–0), 744 points [4]
1962 Santa Ana (10–0), 782.8 points
Long Beach (9–0–1), 782.2 points
Orange Coast (9–1), 742 points Henderson County (10–1–1), 737 points Columbia Basin (8–1–1), 734 points [5]
1963 Orange Coast (10–0), 775 points Bakersfield (9–1), 764 points Pearl River (9–0–1), 752 points Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (9–1), 748 points Trinidad (8–2), 739 points [6]
1964 Long Beach (10–0), 790 points Harbor (9–0), 754 points Cameron (9–1), 750 points Fullerton (8–2), 742 points Jones County (9–1), 741 points
Phoenix (10–1), 741 points
[7]
1965 Fullerton (10–0), 784 points Cerritos (10–0), 782 points Henderson County (10–1), 754 points Columbia Basin (9–0), 752 points Monterey Peninsula (9–1), 743 points [8]
1966 Santa Monica (8–0–1), 768 points Henderson County (10–1), 764 points Laney (10–0), 764 points Fullerton (9–0–1), 763 points Kilgore (10–1), 759 points [9]
1967 Fullerton (12–0), 793 points Bakersfield (9–1), 769 points Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (9–1), 758 points El Camino (8–1), 743 points American River (11–1), 742 points [10]
1968 Jones County (MS) (9–0), 761 points El Camino (10–1), 761 points San Diego Junior College (9–1), 754 points Bakersfield (8–1), 752 points Ferrum (10–0), 751 points
Fresno City (10–2), 751 points
[11]
1969 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (10–0) Tyler (10–1) Pasadena (8–0–1) Pearl River (9–0) Arizona Western (9–1) [12]
1970 Fort Scott (11–0), 764 points Fullerton (11–1), 760 points Redwoods (11–0), 758 points
Sequoias (10–2), 758 points
Reedley [CA] (10–1), 749 points [13]
1971 Mississippi Gulf Coast (11–0), 783 points El Camino (11–1), 782 points Phoenix (9–1), 758 points Arizona Western (9–1), 749 points Fort Scott (10–1), 748 points [14]
1972 Arizona Western (10–0), 772 points Pasadena (12–1), 763 points Fresno City (11–1–1), 759 points Blinn (9–0), 758 points Redwoods (11–0), 754 points [15]
1973 Gavilan (11–0), 773 points Navarro, 753 points
1974 Pasadena (10–0–1) Ferrum (10–0) Grossmont (10–0–2) East Los Angeles (9–1–2) Mesa (AZ) (9–1) [16]

Championship games

Single division (1956–2021)

Year Bowl game Winning team Losing team Score References
1953 Junior Rose Bowl Bakersfield Community College (1) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College 13–6 [17]
1954 Junior Rose Bowl Hinds Junior College (1) El Camino Junior College 13–7
1956 National Bowl Coffeyville Junior College (1) Grand Rapids Junior College 46–6
1957 Texarkana Junior College (1) Fairbury Junior College 56–0 [18]
1958 Boise Junior College (1) Tyler Junior College 22–0 [19]
1959 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (1) Texarkana Junior College 10–7 [20]
1964 Savannah Shrine Bowl Phoenix College (1) Oklahoma Military Academy 41–13 [21]
1965 Savannah Shrine Bow Ferrum Junior College (1) McCook Junior College 16–0 [22]
1966 Savannah Shrine Bowl Kilgore Junior College (1) Ferrum Junior College 28–7 [23]
1967 Savannah Shrine Bowl Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (2) Lees-McRae College 35–13 [24]
1968 Ferrum (1) Phoenix 41–19
1969 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (3) Arizona Western College 20–6
1970 Fort Scott Junior College (1) Mesa Community College 41–20
1971 Mississippi Gulf Coast (1) Fort Scott Junior College 22–13
1972 El Toro Bowl Arizona Western (1) Fort Scott Junior College 36–8
1973 El Toro Bowl Mesa Community College (1) Iowa Central Community College 10–6
1974 Ferrum Junior College (2) Baltimore City Community College 83–3 [25]
1975 Wool Bowl Mesa Community College (2) Indian Hills Community College 8–7
1976 Junior Rose Bowl Bakersfield Community College (2) Ellsworth Community College 29–14 [26]
1989 Mid-America Bowl Navarro College (1) Ellsworth Community College 41–17
1990 Mid-America Bowl Coffeyville Community College (2) Montgomery College 58–20
1991 Mid-America Bowl Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (4) Northwest Mississippi Community College 49–21
1992 Mid-America Bowl Northwest Mississippi Community College (1) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College 34–0
1993 Mississippi Delta Community College (1) Nassau Community College 20–16
1994 Texas Juco Shrine Bowl Trinity Valley Community College (1) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College 24–17
1997 Red River Bowl Trinity Valley Community College (2) Garden City Community College 48–13
2005 Valley of the Sun Bowl Glendale Community College (1) Grand Rapids Community College 50–48 [27]
2006 Pilgrim's Pride Bowl Classic Blinn College (1) Pearl River Community College 19–6
2007 Top of the Mountains Bowl
Heart of Texas Bowl
Butler Community College (1)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College (2)
Snow College
Kilgore College
56–27
62–28
[28]
2008 Top of the Mountains Bowl Butler Community College (2) Snow College 37–302OT
2009 Citizens Bank Bowl Blinn College (2) Fort Scott Community College 31–26 [29]
2010 Citizens Bank Bowl Navarro College (2) Butler Community College 13–12
2011 El Toro Bowl East Mississippi Community College (1) Arizona Western College 55–47
2012 Graphic Edge Bowl Iowa Western Community College (1) Butler Community College 27–7
2013 Mississippi Bowl East Mississippi Community College (2) Georgia Military College 52–32
2014 Mississippi Bowl East Mississippi Community College (3) Iowa Western Community College 34–17
2015 Mississippi Bowl Northwest Mississippi Community College (2) Rochester Community and Technical College 66–13 [30]
2016 El Toro Bowl Garden City Community College (1) Arizona Western College 25–22 [31]
2017 Mississippi Bowl East Mississippi Community College (4) Arizona Western College 31–28
2018 East Mississippi Community College (5) Garden City Community College 10–9
2019 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (3) Lackawanna College 24–13
2021 (spring) Hutchinson Community College (1) Snow College 29–27 [32]

Division I (2021–present)

Year Bowl game Winning team Losing team Score
2021 New Mexico Military Institute (1) Iowa Western Community College 31–13[33]
2022 Iowa Western Community College (3) Hutchinson Community College (1) 31–0[34]
2023 Iowa Western (3) East Mississippi Community College (5) 61–14[35]

Division III (2021–present)

Year Bowl game Winning team Losing team Score
2021 Red Grange Bowl College of DuPage (1) Nassau Community College 34–29
2022 Red Grange Bowl College of DuPage (2) North Dakota State College of Science 14–12
2023 Red Grange Bowl College of DuPage (3) Rochester Community and Technical College 33–29

Top non-scholarship (2000–2010)

From 2000 to 2010, the NJCAA recognized the top non-scholarship team in the nation.

Year Champion Record Head coach
2000 Rochester Community and Technical College 12–0 Chuck Siefert
2001 Joliet Junior College 10–1 Bob MacDougall
2002 Joliet Junior College 11–0 Bob MacDougall
2003 Harper College 10–1 John Eliasik
2004 Harper College 9–2 John Eliasik
2005 Grand Rapids Community College 9–2 Jim Schulte
2006 Vermilion Community College 10–2 Steve Crittenden
2007 Rochester Community and Technical College 11–0 Brad LaPlante
2008 Harper College 11–1 Dragan Teonic
2009 Grand Rapids Community College 9–2 Tony Annese
2010 Nassau Community College 11–0 Jermaine Miles

National Championships by team

Wins College
6 Butler Community College
6 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
5 East Mississippi Community College
4 Blinn College
4 Ferrum College
4 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
3 Coffeyville Community College
3 Glendale Community College
3 Iowa Western Community College
3 Northwest Mississippi Community College
2 Bakersfield Community College
2 Mesa Community College
2 Navarro College
2 Texarkana College
2 Trinity Valley Community College
1 Arizona Western College
1 Boise Junior College
1 Cameron State Agricultural College
1 Ellsworth Community College
1 Fort Scott Community College
1 Garden City Community College
1 Georgia Military College
1 Hinds Junior College
1 Hutchinson Community College
1 Iowa Central Community College
1 Joliet Junior College
1 Kilgore College
1 Mississippi Delta Community College
1 New Mexico Military Institute
1 Paris Junior College
1 Pearl River Community College
1 Phoenix College
1 Ranger College
1 Snow College
1 Tyler Junior College

See also

References

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  2. ^ "NJCAA Football Creates Divisions and Playoff System".
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