Union Bulldogs football
First season1905
Head coachAndre Linn
2nd season, 1–1 (.500)
LocationBarbourville, Kentucky
ConferenceMid-South Conference
Conference titles1 (1992)
ColorsOrange and Black

The Union Bulldogs football program represents Union College of Barbourville, Kentucky in college football. They are football-only members of the Mid-South Conference and compete at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) level.[1] The team's head coach is Andre Linn, who was appointed to the role on an interim basis after Zak Willis resigned during the 2016 season.[2]


The program dates back to 1905, when it played three games against Williamsburg Institute. After the 1905 season, the program did not field a team for the next 16 years from 1906 to 1921. The program resumed in 1922 and experienced a period of significant success during a 13-year period under coach J. R. Bacon from 1929 to 1941, including a 5–0–2 season in 1934. Union beat the Louisville Cardinals in the first four meetings between the two programs from 1932 to 1935, before losing in 1936.[3][4]

The program was shut down in 1942 due to the lack of players during World War II.[5] The Union football program did not restart again until 1984. Since football was resumed, the program has had little success, experiencing a 25-game losing streak that ran from 1998 to 2000. The program did win one Mid-South Conference co-championship in 1992 and played one game (a loss) in the NAIA championship series in 2008.[3][6]


  1. ^ "Members". Mid-South Conference. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "Zak Willis resigns as Union football coach". WYMT-TV. November 6, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "All-Time Football Results" (PDF). Union College. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  4. ^ McDonald, Elbert (October 12, 1935). "Union Bulldogs Defeat University of Louisville, 13-7". Middlesboro Daily News. Middlesboro, Kentucky. p. 3. Retrieved June 29, 2017 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  5. ^ "Lack of Players Causes Union to Drop Football". Chicago Tribune. October 30, 1941. p. 13.
  6. ^ "1992 Bulldogs To Be Recognized as 'Team of Distinction'". Union College. September 25, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2017.