Army Black Knights
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First season 1890
Athletic director Boo Coorigan
Head coach Jeff Monken
4th year, 17–32 ()
Home stadium Michie Stadium
Stadium capacity 40,000[1]
Stadium surface FieldTurf[2]
Location West Point, NY
Conference Independent
All-time history
Template:Army Black Knights history
All-time record 642–454–51 ()
Postseason bowl record 3–2 ()
Claimed national titles 3 (1944, 1945, 1946)[3]
Heisman winners 3
Consensus All-Americans 37
Current uniform
Colors Black and Gold


Fight song On Brave Old Army Team
Mascot Army Mule; Black Knight
Marching band United States Military Academy Band
Rivals Air Force Falcons
Navy Midshipmen
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The Army Black Knights are part of the NCAA Division I-FBS independent schools. The Black Knights football team plays their home games at Michie Stadium in West Point, New York and are currently coached by Jeff Monken. The Black Knights football program represents the United States Army Military Academy at West Point, NY. They are one of the few NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision independent schools (not in a conference). Army was recognized as the national champions in 1944, 1945 and 1946.


Template:Rellink Army football began in 1890, when Navy challenged the cadets to a game of the relatively new sport. Navy defeated Army at West Point that year, but Army avenged the loss in Annapolis the following year.[4] The academies still clash every December in what is traditionally the last regular-season Division I college-football game. The 2011 football season marked Army's tenth consecutive loss to Navy. From 1944 to 1950, the Cadets had 57 wins, 3 losses and 4 ties. During this time span, Army won three national championships.[5]

Army's football team reached its pinnacle of success under coach Earl Blaik when Army won three consecutive national championships in 1944, 1945 and 1946, and produced three Heisman trophy winners: Doc Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946) and Pete Dawkins (1958).[6] Past NFL coaches Vince Lombardi[7] and Bill Parcells[8] were Army assistant coaches early in their careers.

The team was known as the "Cadets" until 1999, when the nickname was changed to "Black Knights".

The football team plays its home games at Michie Stadium, where the playing field is named after Earl Blaik. Cadets' attendance is mandatory at football games and the Corps stands for the duration of the game. At all home games, one of the four regiments marches onto the field in formation before the team takes the field and leads the crowd in traditional Army cheers.[9]

Between the 1998 and 2004 seasons, Army's football program was a member of Conference USA, but has since reverted to its former independent status.[10] West Point competes with Navy and Air Force for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.

Seasons Edit

2020s Edit

Season Coach Record

2010s Edit

Season Coach Record
2019 Jeff Monken
2018 Jeff Monken 11-2
2017 Jeff Monken 10-3
2016 Jeff Monken 8-5
2015 Jeff Monken 2-10
2014 Jeff Monken 4-8
2013 Rich Ellerson 3-9
2012 Rich Ellerson 2-10
2011 Rich Ellerson 3-9
2010 Rich Ellerson 7-6

2000s Edit

Season Coach Record
2009 Rich Ellerson 5-7
2008 Stan Brock 3-9
2007 Stan Brock 3-9
2006 Bobby Ross 3-9
2005 Bobby Ross 4-7
2004 Bobby Ross 2-9
2003 Todd Berry/John Mumford 0-13
2002 Todd Berry 1-11
2001 Todd Berry 3-8
2000 Todd Berry 1-10

1990s Edit

Season Coach Record
1999 Bob Sutton 3-8
1998 Bob Sutton 3-8
1997 Bob Sutton 4-7
1996 Bob Sutton 10-2
1995 Bob Sutton 5-5-1
1994 Bob Sutton 4-7
1993 Bob Sutton 6-5
1992 Bob Sutton 5-6
1991 Bob Sutton 4-7
1990 Jim Young 6-5

1980s Edit

Season Coach Record
1989 Jim Young 6-5
1988 Jim Young 9-3
1987 Jim Young 5-6
1986 Jim Young 6-5


Army-Navy GameEdit

The annual contest between the Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy at Annapolis (Navy) is among the most storied rivalries in all of college sports.


In much of the early 20th century, Army and Notre Dame were considered football powerhouses, and met 21 times between 1925 and 1946.[11] Many media members considered the 1946 contest to be the "Game of the Century".[12] Army and Notre Dame met for the 50th time on November 20, 2010.[11]

Army and Air Force also maintain a rivalry, and the two in addition to Navy, compete for the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.


This rivalry stems from Army and Rutgers being two of the only three programs (a third is Navy) to come out of the original, informal "Ivy League" that are still members of the top tier of NCAA college football (currently Division I-FBS). ("See" Before There Was An Ivy League "and" Ivy League#History of the athletic league.) Army is Rutgers' second oldest active rivalry. Rutgers has won the last six in a row and 10 of the last 12. The all-time series is tied at 18 wins each. In 2011, Rutgers won this game 27–12.

National ChampionshipsEdit

Year Coach Selector Record
1944 Earl Blaik Associated Press 9–0
1945 Earl Blaik Associated Press 9–0
1946 Earl Blaik Helms Athletic Foundation 9–0–1

Bowl GamesEdit

Season Bowl Date Opponent Result
1984 Cherry Bowl December 22 Michigan State W 10–6
1985 Peach Bowl December 31 Illinois W 31–29
1988 Sun Bowl December 24 Alabama L 28–29
1996 Independence Bowl December 31 Auburn L 29–32
2010 Armed Forces Bowl December 30 SMU W 16–14

College Football Hall of FamersEdit

Award winnersEdit

Doc Blanchard – 1945
Glenn Davis – 1946
Pete Dawkins – 1958
Earl Blaik – 1946
Tom Cahill – 1966
Tom Cahill – 1966
Bob Sutton – 1996
Glenn Davis – 1944
Doc Blanchard – 1945
Pete Dawkins – 1958
Joe Steffy – 1947
Andrew Rodriguez – 2011
Andrew Rodriguez – 2011

See alsoEdit


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  4. Ambrose (1966), pp. 305–306.
  5. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p.135, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York, NY, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  6. Trophy Winners. The Heisman Trophy. Retrieved on 31 December 2008.
  7. Biography. Official Website of Vince Lombardi. Archived from the original on 30 December 2008. Retrieved on 31 December 2008.
  8. Biggane, Brian. "Bill Parcells is Dolphins' Godfather", Palm Beach Post, 15 November 2008. Retrieved on 25 January 2009. 
  9. Palka (2008), p. 197.
  10. Army Football to Leave Conference USA After 2004 Season. The Official Website of Conference USA. Retrieved on 23 January 2009.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Notre Dame-Army Rivalry Renews in 2010 As First Football Game at Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame University, retrieved August 26, 2010.
  12. Boston College Even with Irish in Yardage, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, November 13, 1946.


  • Anderson, Lars (2007). Carlisle vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle. Random House. Template:Citation/identifier. 

Notable AlumniEdit

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