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Wofford Terriers football
2023 Wofford Terriers football team
Wofford Terriers wordmark.svg
First season1889
Athletic directorRichard Johnson
Head coachShawn Watson
1st season, 3–3 (.500)
StadiumGibbs Stadium
(capacity: 13,000)
Field surfaceGrass
LocationSpartanburg, South Carolina
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthern Conference
Past conferencesSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
All-time record478–467–35 (.506)
Bowl record0–1 (.000)
Playoff record9–9
Conference titles7 (2003, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018, 2019)
RivalriesThe Citadel (rivalry)
Furman (rivalry)
ColorsOld gold and black[1]

The Wofford Terriers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Wofford College located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) as members of the Southern Conference (SoCon). Wofford's first football team was fielded in 1889. The team plays its home games at the 13,000 seat Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Josh Conklin is the current head coach for the Terriers.


Wofford moved from Division II to join the Division I-AA Southern Conference in the 96-97 season. Since then, Wofford has won 7 Southern Conference Championships, and received bids to the FCS Playoffs 10 times with the most recent bid coming in 2019. Wofford is typically one of the strongest teams in the Southern Conference every year. Wofford's best finish since moving from Division II was a trip to the National Semi-finals at Delaware in 2003, where they fell 24-9. Mike Ayers, Wofford's winningest and most honored coach who served as head coach for thirty years, retired following the 2017 season, when Wofford made it to the national quarterfinals and finished #8 in the national polls. In recent years, Wofford's football and other athletic teams have finished near the top in the country in APR, which measures athletic performance of athletes. Numerous football players have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Conference memberships

Conference championships

Wofford has won seven conference championships, three outright and four shared.

Season Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
2003 Southern Conference Mike Ayers 12–2 8–0
2007 9–4 5–2
2010 10–3 7–1
2012 9–4 6–2
2017 10–3 7–1
2018 Josh Conklin 9–4 6–2
2019 8–5 7–1

† denotes co–champions

Bowl game appearances

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1949 Phil Dickens Cigar Bowl Florida State L 6–19

Playoff appearances

NCAA Division I-AA/FCS

The Terriers have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs ten times with an overall record of 9–10.

Year Round Opponent Result
2003 First Round
North Carolina A&T
Western Kentucky
W 31–0
W 34–17
L 9–24
2007 First Round
W 23–22
L 10–21
2008 First Round James Madison L 35–38
2010 Second Round
Jacksonville State
Georgia Southern
W 17–14
L 20–23
2011 Second Round Northern Iowa L 21–28
2012 Second Round
New Hampshire
North Dakota State
W 23–7
L 7–14
2016 First Round
Second Round
Charleston Southern
The Citadel
Youngstown State
W 15–14
W 17–3
L 23–302OT
2017 Second Round
North Dakota State
W 28–10
L 10–42
2018 First Round
Second Round
Kennesaw State
W 19–7
L 10–13
2019 First Round Kennesaw State L 21–28

NCAA Division II

The Terriers have appeared in the Division II playoffs two times with an overall record of 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1990 First Round Mississippi College L 19–70
1991 First Round Mississippi College L 15–28


The Terriers appeared in the NAIA playoffs one time. Their combined record was 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result
1970 Semifinals
National Championship Game
New Mexico Highlands
Texas A&I
W, 28–23
L, 7–48

Wofford vs. in-state NCAA Division I schools

School Record Percentage Streak First meeting Last meeting
Charleston Southern 14–0 1.000 Won 14 1993 2016
Clemson 3–13 .200 Lost 5 1896 2019
Coastal Carolina 0–1 .000 Lost 1 2006 2006
Furman 33–54–7 .388 Won 1 1889 2019
Presbyterian 41–40–3 .506 Won 6 1914 2017
South Carolina 4–20 .167 Lost 17 1895 2017
South Carolina State 6–3 .667 Lost 1 1974 2019
The Citadel 30–42–1 .418 Won 4 1916 2019
Total: 124–169–11

Notable former players

Main article: List of Wofford Terriers in the NFL Draft


  1. ^ Wofford College Athletics Brand Book 2023. January 1, 2023. Retrieved February 2, 2023.
  2. ^ Hoffer, Richard. "The Franchise". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 22 June 2014.