Samford Bulldogs football
2021 Samford Bulldogs football team
Samford Bulldogs wordmark.svg
First season1902
Athletic directorMartin Newton
Head coachChris Hatcher
7th season, 40–36 (.526)
StadiumSeibert Stadium
(capacity: 6,700)
Field surfaceLSR Blade
LocationHomewood, Alabama
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthern Conference
All-time record464–463–47 (.501)
Conference titles4 (3 Dixie, 1 SoCon)
RivalriesJacksonville State (rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans27
ColorsBlue and red[1]

The Samford Bulldogs football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Samford University located in Homewood, Alabama. The team competes at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon). Samford's first football team was fielded in 1902. The team was known as the Howard Bulldogs through 1965 season when Howard College was renamed as Samford University. Howard was located in Birmingham, Alabama prior to 1957. Since 1958, the Bulldogs have played their home games at the Seibert Stadium, which now has a seating capacity of 6,700, in Homewood. Chris Hatcher has served as Samford's head coach since the 2015 season.



Conference memberships

Conference Championships

The Bulldogs have won 4 conference championships, with three coming in the Dixie Conference and one in the Southern Conference, sharing it with Chattanooga and Furman.

Season Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1933 Dixie Conference Eddie McLane 8–5 6–2
1935 Billy Bancroft 7–1–2 3–0–1
1936 5–3–1 4–1–1
2013 Southern Conference Pat Sullivan 8–5 6–2

† Co-champions

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results

The Bulldogs have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs five times with an overall record of 2–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1991 First Round
New Hampshire
James Madison
Youngstown State
W 29–13
W 24–21
L 0–10
1992 First Round Delaware L 21–56
2013 First Round Jacksonville State L 14–55
2016 First Round Youngstown State L 24–38
2017 First Round Kennesaw State L 17–28

Notable former players


  1. ^ Samford Brand Identity Standards (PDF). April 1, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.