Northeastern State RiverHawks football
First season1909 (1909)
Athletic directorMatt Cochran
Head coachDarrin Chiaverini
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumDoc Wadley Stadium
(capacity: 8,300)
FieldGable Field
Year built1915
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationTahlequah, Oklahoma
NCAA divisionDivision II
Independent (beginning in 2024)
Past conferencesLone Star Conference
All-time record477–455–32 (.511)
Claimed national titles2 NAIA: (1958, 1994)
Conference titles21
RivalriesCentral Oklahoma
ColorsGreen and white[1]
Fight song"Northeastern, Northeastern"
MascotRowdy the RiverHawk
Marching bandRiverHawk Marching Band

The Northeastern State RiverHawks football program represents Northeastern State University in college football and competes in the NCAA Division II. In 2012, Northeastern State became member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), and has remained in the league.[2] NSU's football program will become an independent program, beginning in August 2024.[3] NSU's home games are played at Doc Wadley Stadium in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Northeastern's football program dates back to 1909.[4] The RiverHawks claim twenty-one conference championships, and appeared in four NAIA football championships in 1958, 1980, 1994, and 1995.[5]

The team is currently coached by J. J. Eckert, who began his tenure in 2019.[6]

Conference affiliations


National championship seasons

Season Coach Selectors Record Bowl
1958 Harold Stratton NAIA Playoffs 11–0 Won NAIA Championship
1994 Tom Eckert 11–2 Won NAIA Championship
National Championships 2


Main article: Doc Wadley Stadium

The Riverhawks have played their home games at Doc Wadley Stadium since 1964. The current capacity of the stadium is at 8,300.[7]

Northeastern State homecoming game, 2007

See also


  1. ^ Northeastern State University Graphic Standards (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  2. ^ "Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association - Conference History". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  3. ^ Sermersheim, Jake (November 24, 2023). "NSU football leaves MIAA". Tahlequah Daily Press.
  4. ^ "Year by Year Results". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  5. ^ "2013 Northeastern State RIverHawks football media guide" (PDF). Northeastern State University. p. 97. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "NSU announced J.J. Eckert as Head Football Coach". Northeastern State University RiverHawks. December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "2014 Northeastern State RIverHawks football media guide" (PDF). Northeastern State University. p. 21. Retrieved November 14, 2014.