Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football
2023 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football team
First season1915
Head coachBrian Wright
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumWalkup Skydome
(capacity: 10,500)
LocationFlagstaff, Arizona
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
All-time record452–447–23 (.503)
Conference titles2 (1978, 2003)
RivalriesSouthern Utah (rivalry)
ColorsBlue and gold[1]

The NAU Lumberjacks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Northern Arizona University located in Flagstaff, Arizona. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and is a member of the Big Sky Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1915. The team plays its home games at the 10,500 seat Walkup Skydome. Brian Wright was hired as the Head Football Coach on December 3, 2023.


The Lumberjacks have maintained numerous rivalries with their western counterparts. Competition has not only been limited to the west. The Lumberjacks have also taken on eastern programs such as the Ole Miss Rebels, Florida Atlantic Owls, and the Appalachian State Mountaineers.

On September 18, 2021, Northern Arizona beat Arizona for the first time since 1932, winning 21–19. It was their first win against a FBS team since beating UTEP in 2018 and their third overall win against an FBS team since 2012. It is also the first time they beat a member of the Pac-12 Conference. [2][3]


Conference affiliations


Conference championships

Year Coach Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1956 Max Spilsbury Frontier Conference 8–2 3–0
1957 8–1 3–0
1958 11–1 3–0
1959 6–2–1 3–0
1960 6–3–2 2–0–1
1961 3–5–1 1–0–1
1962 6–4 2–0
1978 Joe Salem Big Sky Conference 8–2 6–0
2003 Jerome Souers 9–4 5–2

Postseason results

NCAA Division I-AA/FCS playoffs

The Lumberjacks have appeared in the NCAA I-AA/FCS playoffs six times, with an overall record of 1–6.

Year Round Opponent Result Head coach
1996 First Round Furman L 32–41 Steve Axman
1999 First Round @ Georgia Southern L 29–72 Jerome Souers
2001 First Round @ Sam Houston State L 31–34
2003 First Round
@ McNeese State
Florida Atlantic
W 35–3
L 25–48
2013 First Round South Dakota State L 7–26
2017 First Round San Diego L 10–41

NCAA Division II playoffs

Year Round Opponent Result Head coach
1977 Quarterfinals Jacksonville State         L 0–35     Joe Salem    


Year Round Opponent Result Head coach
1958 Semifinal Gustavus Adolphus W 41–12     Max Spilsbury    
1958 Final Northeastern State L 13–19     Max Spilsbury    


Weber State

Main article: Red Rock Rivalry

Northern Arizona is tied with Weber State 28-28 in the series though the 2023 fall season. Has a 1-1 record for the trophy.

Southern Utah

Main article: Grand Canyon Rivalry

Northern Arizona leads Southern Utah 16–10 in the series through the 2021 fall season.

Current coaching staff

Name Position
Brian Wright Head Coach
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Defensive Line Coach
Defensive Backs Coach
Outside Linebackers Coach
Tight Ends Coach
Wide Receivers Coach
Offensive Line Coach
Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:


  1. ^ "Northern Arizona University Visual Identity Guide". Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  2. ^ @NAU_Football (September 19, 2021). "FINAL" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "NAU Knocks off Arizona 21-19 for First Ever Win Against a Pac-12 Opponent". 18 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Leslie Duncan -". Retrieved April 5, 2018.