Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football
2023 Northern Arizona Lumberjacks football team
First season1915
Head coachChris Ball
4th season, 15–24 (.385)
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 17,500 seat Walkup Skydome. Chris Ball has been the head coach since the 2019 season.


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


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

NCAA Division II playoffs

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

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


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
Chris Ball Head Coach
Aaron Pflugrad Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Jerry Partridge Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Everrette Thompson Defensive Line Coach
Jesse Thompson Defensive Backs Coach
Sammy Lawanson Outside Linebackers Coach
Robin Pflugrad Tight Ends Coach
Junior Taylor Wide Receivers Coach
Bob Connelly Offensive Line Coach
Aaron Price 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 (19 September 2021). "FINAL" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "NAU Knocks off Arizona 21-19 for First Ever Win Against a Pac-12 Opponent".
  4. ^ "Leslie Duncan -". Retrieved April 5, 2018.