Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
2022 Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks football team
Stephen F. Austin Athletics wordmark.svg
First season1923
Athletic directorRyan Ivey
Head coachColby Carthel
4th season, 22–21 (.512)
StadiumHomer Bryce Stadium
(capacity: 14,575)
Field surfaceHellas Matrix Turf
LocationNacogdoches, Texas
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
All-time record370–468–30 (.444)
Bowl record1–0 (1.000)
Conference titles5 (1 Gulf Star, 4 SLC)
RivalriesNorthwestern State Demons (rivalry)
Sam Houston State Bearkats (rivalry)
ColorsPurple and white[1]

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) located in the U.S. state of Texas. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are formerly members of the Southland Conference. On July 1, 2021, SFA joined the Western Athletic Conference, which will relaunch its football league at the FCS level.[2] Stephen F. Austin's first football team was fielded in 1923. The team plays its home games at the 14,575 seat Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Conference championships

Year Coach Conference Overall record Conference record
1985† Jim Hess Gulf Star Conference 9–2 4–1
1989 Lynn Graves Southland Conference 12–2–1 6–0–1
1999† Mike Santiago 8–3 6–1
2009† J. C. Harper 10–3 6–1
2010 9–3 6–1
2022 Colby Carthel Western Athletic Conference 6–5 3–1
Conference championships 5

† Co-champions

Head coaches

Red Conkright was head coach from 1959 to 1961.
Red Conkright was head coach from 1959 to 1961.

Notable former players

Bum Phillips played college football for the Lumberjacks
Bum Phillips played college football for the Lumberjacks

Notable alumni include:

Postseason history

The Lumberjacks earned a berth in the FCS playoffs in 2009, the first postseason appearance for the team since 1995. The 2010 season marked the first time that the school had won an outright conference championship since 1989.

The team's only bowl game was the 1973 Poultry Bowl, in which the team defeated Gardner-Webb, 31–10, in Gainesville, Georgia.

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results

The Lumberjacks have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs eight times with an overall record of 7–8.

Year Round Opponent Result
1988 First round
Jackson State
Georgia Southern
W 24–0
L 6–27
1989 First round
National Championship Game
Grambling State
Southwest Missouri State
Georgia Southern
W 59–56
W 55–25
W 21–19
L 34–37
1993 First round Troy State L 20–42
1995 First round
Eastern Illinois
Appalachian State
W 34–29
W 27–17
L 14–70
2009 First round
Eastern Washington
W 44–33
L 0–51
2010 Second round Villanova L 24–54
2014 First round Northern Iowa L 10–44
2021 First round Incarnate Word L 28–35 OT


The Lumberjacks have active rivalries with the Northwestern State Demons and the Sam Houston State Bearkats.

Main articles: Chief Caddo and Battle of the Piney Woods

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of December 4, 2022.[3]

2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
at Troy Austin Peay at Kansas at Nicholls Missouri State at Missouri State
Alcorn State at North Texas Nicholls
at Northwestern State at Montana State Montana State
at Central Arkansas at Texas A&M–Commerce at Austin Peay
Texas A&M–Commerce Northwestern State


  1. ^ SFA Official University Identity Standards Manual (PDF). June 17, 2020. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  2. ^ "WAC Announces Expedited Entrance for Four Texas Institutions" (Press release). Western Athletic Conference. January 21, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Football Future Schedules". Retrieved December 4, 2022.