|Akron Zips football|
2021 Akron Zips
|Athletic director||Larry Williams|
|Head coach||Tom Arth|
|2nd year, 1–17 (.056)|
|Home stadium||InfoCision Stadium|
|Location||Akron, Ohio, U.S.|
|Past conferences||Ohio Athletic Conference (1915–1936, 1946–1965)|
Mid-Continent Conference (1978–1979)
Ohio Valley Conference (1980–1987)
|All-time record||520–548–37 (.487)|
|Postseason bowl record||1–2 (.333)|
|Conference titles||1 (2005)|
|Division titles||2 (2005,2017)|
|Rivalries||Kent State Golden Flashes (rivalry)|
Youngstown State Penguins (rivalry)
|Colors||Akron Blue, Gold, and White
|Fight song||Akron Blue and Gold|
|Marching band||Ohio's Pride|
The Akron Zips football team represents the University of Akron located in Akron, Ohio. The Zips are a member of the NCAA FBS Mid-American Conference and play their home games at InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field in Akron. The Zips are currently coached by Tom Arth.
Brief team history
The team was established in 1891 when the school was known as Buchtel College and became the University of Akron in 1913. In 1926, the athletic teams were named the Zippers, after rubber boots manufactured by the B.F. Goodrich Company, which was headquartered in Akron at the time. The name was shortened to "Zips" in 1950. Akron was originally classified as a Small College school in the 1937 season until 1972. Akron received Division II classification in 1973, before becoming a Division I-AA program in 1980 and a Division I-A (now FBS) program in 1987. The Zips were the first team to move from Division I-AA to Division I-A. In 2005, the Zips won the Mid-American Conference championship for the first time in the program's history. Through the 2015 season, the Zips have an overall record of 507–524–36.
Akron has competed both as an independent and within multiple conferences.Template:Rp
- Independent (1891–1914)
- Ohio Athletic Conference (1915–1935)
- Independent (1936–1947)
- Ohio Athletic Conference (1948–1965)
- Independent (1966–1973)
- Division II (1974–1980)
- Mid-Continent Conference (1978–1979)
- Ohio Valley Conference (1980–1986)
- Division I-A Independent (1987–1991)
- Mid-American Conference (1992–present)
Akron has won one conference championship, winning the 2005 MAC East Division title followed by their 31–30 victory in the 2005 MAC Championship Game.
|2005||Mid-American Conference||J. D. Brookhart||7–6||5–3|
|2000†||Mid-American Conference - East||Lee Owens||N/A lost tiebreaker to Marshall|
|2005†||Mid-American Conference - East||J. D. Brookhart||Northern Illinois||W 31–30|
|2017||Mid-American Conference - East||Terry Bowden||Toledo||L 28–45|
- Image gallery
- InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field. GoZips.com. University of Akron.
- 2016 Akron Football Media Guide,2016 Akron Football Media Guide. University of Akron (2016). ISBN .
- DeLassus, David. Akron Historical Data. College Football Data Warehouse.
- University of Akron Athletics History. www.gozips.com. University of Akron.
- MAC Report Online: 2005 Football Season Review.
- 2015 Football Bowl Subdivision Records – All-Time Team Won-Loss Records. National Collegiate Athletic Association.
- 2018 Akron FB Guide ALL 1 210 - Akron Athletics (in en) (PDF). Akron Zips Athletics.
- DeLassus, David. Akron Championships. College Football Data Warehouse.