The Air Force Falcons football program represents the United States Air Force Academy in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) level. Air Force has belonged to the Mountain West Conference since its starting in 1999. The Falcons play their home games at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Troy Calhoun has actually been the team’s head coach since 2007.
The three major service academies– Air Force, Army, and Navy– compete for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, which is granted to the academy that defeats the others in football that year (or retained by the previous winner in the event of a three-way tie).
Falcon home games are played in Falcon Stadium, which sits below the primary school at an elevation of 6,621 feet above water level. Pre-game activities include flyovers by USAF airplane, consisting of the F-15 and B-2. The greatest attendance at a home game was 56,409 spectators in 2002, when the Falcons battled the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Falcons are not only recognized by the lightning bolt on the side of their helmets, but their conventional option attack. Flying force is one of the premier rushing teams in the country. Since Fisher DeBerry took over as Falcons head coach in 1984, they have actually ranked among the country’s top 10 in rushing 19 times in 21 years. The Air Force football team has actually delighted in success not only on the field but also in the class. In 49 years of Air Force football, there have been 39 Academic All-Americans.
1985 was the most successful season in Air Force football history. Under second-year coach Fisher DeBerry, the Falcons came within one win of playing for the championship game. They recorded 10 straight wins to start the season, climbed the polls to # 2 in the nation, but lost to BYU 28– 21 in the penultimate game of the regular season. Flying force rebounded with a championship game win over Texas in the Bluebonnet Bowl and finished with a 12– 1 record as the # 5 ranked team in the nation.
Since 1980, the Falcons and Colorado State Rams have actually competed for the Ram-Falcon Trophy. Flying force currently holds a 21-14 benefit over Colorado State in games that the prize has been contested in.
Beau Morgan became the first player in NCAA history to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in a season two times. He broke the NCAA single season rushing record for a quarterback, along with being only the second player in NCAA history to run and pass for 3,000 yards in a career.
Air Force has a traditional competition against the other two FBS service academies, Army and Navy; the 3 play for the right to hold the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. Flying force has actually held the trophy 20 times, more than either Army or Navy. To name a few schools, Air Force has actually played more games against Colorado State and Wyoming, having actually played each school 55 times since 1957, the Falcons’ first season.
The Air Force Falcons are the athletic groups that represent the United States Air Force Academy. The intercollegiate program has 17 guys’s and 10 women’s NCAA-sanctioned groups. Guy’s groups are football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, cross-country, fencing, golf, gymnastics, indoor and outside track, lacrosse, rifle, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. The Academy fields females’s teams in basketball, cross-country, fencing, gymnastics, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, soccer, tennis and beach ball. In addition, the Academy sponsors two non-NCAA programs: boxing and cheerleading.
The present athletic director is Jim Knowlton. Most of the Falcons teams compete as members of the Mountain West Conference.
The falcon mascot was chosen by popular vote of the Academy’s Class of 1959, the first class to finish from the Academy. The team mascot is “Mach 1” name of the first falcon provided to the academy on Oct 5, 1955, nevertheless each performing falcon is given a specific name by its cadet falconer. The current mascot, a female white stage gyrfalcon named Aurora, has actually been the official mascot since 1996.
Air Force delighted in some success on the baseball diamond in its early years, earning six berths to the NCAA Division I playoffs (1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969). The Falcons, however, never ever advanced beyond the district/regional rounds. The closest they have actually concerned making a NCAA berth since 1969 remained in 2000, when the Falcons lost to San Diego State in the MWC tournament championship game (which would have earned an automated berth).
The men’s basketball team has had strong provings in the last numerous years, getting approved for the NCAA competition and, most recently, making the final four of the 2007 National Invitational Tournament. The very best player in Air Force history (According to ESPN) is Bob Beckel, who scored 50 points in a game versus Arizona in 1959 and scored over 45 points on 3 other occasions. The very best Coach in Air Force history is Bob Spear, who coached for 15 years (1956– 1971), had a Career record of 177-175, and led the Falcons to 2 NCAA Tournament Appearances.
The ladies’s basketball team competed at the Division II level in both the AIAW and NCAA from 1976-1996. Since then, the team has actually competed at the Division I level.
The Air Force boxing team has had amazing success. Led for 31 years by Coach Ed Weichers, the team has won 18 National Collegiate Boxing Association championships, and up until 2009, had never ever finished lower than second in the nation. In 2009, the team finished third in the Nation.
From 2007-2009, the men’s hockey team won 3 straight Atlantic Hockey conference tournaments, and made 3 straight appearances in the NCAA Division I hockey competition. Their 2007 appearance in the NCAA tournament was the first ever by a service academy. In the East Regional of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Air Force upset top seed Michigan 2-0, and simply missed going to the Frozen Four in a 3-2 double overtime loss to Vermont.
Air Force has fielded a NCAA men’s lacrosse team since 1967. They appeared in the Division I Championship tournament in 1977, 1988, 2014, 2016, and 2017. The team competes in the Southern Conference as an associate member.
The Falcon wrestling team began competitors in 1957 and currently competes in the Big 12 Conference (the Mountain West doesn’t sponsor wrestling). From 2006 to 2015, the Falcons had been a member of the Western Wrestling Conference (WWC), but the conference decided to disband after the 2014– 15 academic year when all its members accepted an offer of single-sport membership in the Big 12. Home battling events are held at either the Cadet East Gym or at Clune Arena. The team is currently coached by former Olympian Joel Sharratt in his 8th season, and former national champ for the University of Iowa, under the tutelage of famous coach Dan Gable.
The Air Force rugby program was created in 1968 and started completing in college rugby in 1980. Air Force competes in the west division of the College Premier Division versus rivals such as Colorado State and Wyoming. Flying force has been among the most successful programs in college rugby. Air Force finished as one of the leading 3 teams in the country 11 times from 1980-1995, consisting of back-to-back championship games in 1989 and 1990. More just recently, Air Force were national champions once again in 2003 and third place in 2004. Several Air Force players have gone on to play for the United States men’s national rugby team. Air Force won the 2012 Rocky Mountain 7s tournament to qualify for the 2012 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships. Flying force also played in the 2013 USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, reaching the quarterfinals.