The Baldwin Wallace University football program is one of the best in all of college football.
Most Wins in the OAC
On the field, BW has a rich, winning tradition. In the 112-year history of football at the University, the Yellow Jackets have compiled an all-time record of 582-343-30 - good for a .625 winning percentage. The 582 wins are the second most of any current OAC member school.
Winning Seasons and Postseason Success
The Yellow Jackets have had 47 winning plus one .500 seasons in the past 52 years, including a 38-year winning streak that began in 1967 and ended in 2005. BW won the 1978 NCAA Division III National Championship and has advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs five times, most recently in 2003. The Jackets have captured 12 OAC titles, including three straight from 1982 through 1984.
The past 15 years, John Snell guided the Yellow Jackets to a 92-60 record with a .605 winning percentage. Snell, who embodied the tradition of three legendary coaches that preceded him, was mentored and hand-selected by the late and legendary Bob Packard, who compiled a school-record 156 victories, a 156-54-2 career record and had a .741 winning percentage from 1980-2001. Packard, who graduated from the University in 1965, returned in 1968 as an assistant and was never a part of a losing team either as a player or coach.
Packard was mentored by the late and legendary College Football Hall of Famer. Dr. Lee Tressel, who graduated from BW in 1947 and returned in 1958. He coached the Yellow Jackets for 22 years and compiled a 155-52-6 career record with a school-record .742 winning percentage. His record also included BW's Division III national crown in the 1978.
Tressel was mentored by the late, great Ray E. Watts, who had a 104-58-14 career record from 1928 through 1948, and initiated what was known as the "Flying Circus" offense that later grew into the Run N Shoot offense.
All-Americans On the Field and in the Classroom
Historically, BW has had many great football student-athletes, including 178 All-America and Academic All-America selections. In addition, BW has more All-OAC and Academic All-OAC selections that any other conference school.
In the classroom, the Yellow Jacket football student-athlete also is expected to excel. Since the Academic All-America program began by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 1972. Twenty-nine football student-athletes have earned the title of Academic All-American. That is the most of any current OAC school.
In the fall of 2007, punter Kevin Soflkiancs (Middleburg Heights) became the first football player in OAC history to earn first-team All-OAC honors for four straight years. He also became just the third player in BW football history to earn All-America honors three times.
- NCAA Division III Championship Season of 1978
- The Tressel Family
- Bob Packard '64
- Donald "Donny" Delapenha '85
- Purchase A Copy of the History of BW Football Book
(And We Must Excel written by Bill Nichols)