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Team: Richmond Spiders
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Home Games: Robins Stadium
Head Coach: Russ Huesman
All-Time Greats: Bob Coolbaugh, Mike Bragg, Walker Gillette, Ray Easterling, Barty Smith, Bruce Allen, Art Jones
Richmond Spiders Football TicketsThe Richmond Spiders football team has a long history, having started play in 1881. The team's all-time record is 549–643–53, for a .462 winning percentage. The squad has claimed one national title (in 2008) and 13 conference titles since it began. Richmond is an NCAA Division I FCS football team and a part of the Colonial Athletic Association conference. Fans are called The Spider Club, and the team colors are blue and red. The Richmond Spiders head coach is Russ Huesman, who took over as head coach in late 2016 after leaving the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Huesman replaced Danny Rocco, who had a 43-22 record when he left the Richmond Spiders to become the University of Delaware’s head coach. Huesman's record so far is 10–12 (.455) in his first two seasons with the Richmond Spiders. For your chance to see the team in action, purchase your Richmond Spiders football tickets at StubHub.
What notable players have played for the Richmond Spiders?The team has had its share of notable players come through the ranks. Bob Coolbaugh played for the Washington Redskins, scoring four career touchdowns and having 435 receiving yards. Mike Bragg was a fifth-round draft pick for the Washington Redskins. He has been listed as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins. Walker Gillette was a first-round draft pick for the San Diego Chargers. He has played for the Chargers, Cardinals, and Giants, scoring 12 receiving touchdowns. He also has been inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Barty Smith was a 1974 first-round draft pick for the Green Bay Packers. He played for them from 1974-1980, scoring 18 career touchdowns. He also was Packer Offensive Player of the Year in 1977. One notable player had a short-lived NFL career. Leland D. Melvin was an 11th-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions in 1986. Due to a hamstring injury, Melvin’s NFL career was cut short, and he ended up working for NASA as an astronaut. He flew two missions on the space shuttle Atlantis.
What conference does the team play in?The squad has been in several conferences since 1881. The team began as an independent, moving on to the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907. Since then, the team has played for the Virginia Conference, Southern Conference, Yankee Conference and Atlantic 10 Conference. The team now plays for the Colonial Athletic Association.
How big is Robins Stadium?Robins Stadium has been through many names and upgrades over the years. This stadium is on the University of Richmond campus and is a multipurpose venue that also is home to lacrosse, soccer and track and field, in addition to football. It can seat up to 8,217 people for Richmond Spiders games.
Has a Richmond Spiders team ever won a national title?The team has won one national title. It won the 2008 NCAA Division I Football Championship against Montana, with the final score of 24-7. Richmond has also won 13 conference titles.
What was the Richmond Spiders record in 2018?The team ended the 2018 season with a 4–7 (2–6 CAA) record.
Does Richmond have any historic rivalries?The team has three historic rivalries: the William & Mary Tribe, the James Madison Dukes and the VMI Keydets. The team's oldest rivalry is with William & Mary; the teams have played against each other 127 times since 1898.
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