Recently the College of Idaho Coyotes, or “Yotes” for short, announced they are relaunching football for the first time since the 1970’s! At left you see the preview of the new helmets the Coyotes will be sporting.

And NAIA college football continues to grow and grow! This coming season the following teams will be playing their first intercollegiate football games: Point University Skyhawks, Belleville Lynx, Bluefield College Ramblin’ Rams and the Wayland Baptist University Pioneers.

Balladeer’s Blog presents its look at the coolest football helmets in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) football. Feel free to let me know whose helmets you feel I left out or who should have been rated higher or lower.


Location: Lindsborg, KS 

Comment: Like the Florida Gators the Bethany Swedes have one of those iconic helmets with stylish lettering and an overall eye-catching appeal. This helmet looks even better topping the Swedes’ blue jerseys and gold pants.


Location: Bluefield, WV

Comment: It’s the inaugural year for this institution’s intercollegiate football team and they are debuting with panache sporting cool helmets like this. It beats the imitation NFL Rams helmets used by other college teams called Rams.


Location: Buena Vista, VA

Comment: This Mormon institution is often called “the BYU of the East” and its reputation for academics is known far and wide. There’s just something about the classic “old school” appeal of this helmet that makes you ready for gridiron action!


Location: Lawrence, KS

Comment: “Hello, Mrs Cleaver!” … Had to be said. This university is known as the premier institution of higher learning for people of Native American descent. Their sports teams are always prominently featured here at Balladeer’s Blog.


Location: Peru, NE

Comment: Peru, Nebraska is known as the home of the Incas and is just a half- hour drive from Machu Pichu. I’m kidding! Anyway, that helmet brings to mind the crisp, clean smell of autumn Saturdays doesn’t it?


Location: Williamsburg, KY

Comment: With this new helmet the Patriots blazed their way onto this list! With the 4th of July holiday just behind us who can’t help but be impressed with this Continental Soldier logo? And note the Patriot is wearing his Game Face! 


Location: Olathe, KS

Comment: The Pioneer logo is a butt-kicking cross between a western pioneer and a superhero. “It’s Pioneer Man and his sidekick Scout Boy, blazing a trail toward truth, justice and the American way!” Superman, eat your heart out!


Location: Hillsboro, KS

Comment: Tabor College has always stood out tall and proud even in the NAIA, which is well- known for its institutions’ commitment to academics. The Blue Jays players shine in the classroom as well as on the gridiron and wearing cool helmets is a nice bonus!

I’ll be featuring more lists of cool helmets from the other divisions of college football covered here. It’ll help us all while away the time as we wait impatiently for the 2012 season to start. 




Filed under college football, Cool Helmets


  1. Really cool! I never heard of any of these teams before but I told my dad about them and I may go to one of these colleges and play football there!

  2. Woman

    Oh la la!! That first one I like the blue!!!!

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  4. Yay football! Guys playing football is sexy as hell!

  5. Love the selection of the helmets. I know finding information on the Bluefield College football program would have been difficult so I thought I would share some information with you.

    Bluefield College located in Bluefield, Va. is restarting a program that began in 1922 through 1941.

    1922- BC creates its first football team, joining basketball, baseball, tennis, track, wrestling, boxing as sports on campus.

    Nov. 1923 – BC records its first football win.

    Sept. 1929 – University of Alabama All-American B.E. “Mullie” Lenoir becomes the head football coach and leads the team to prominence, recording an overall record of 79-18-2 over an 11-year span.

    Nov. 1933 – Bluefield college records its first ever undefeated season, 9-0, including wins over Concord (WV), Salem, and Appalachian State University.

    Nov. 1933 – Running back Pete Young leads the nation in scoring with 128 points, prompting the popular singer/songwriter Rudy Vallée to write the song, “Mr. Touchdown USA”

    Sept. 1941 – Coach Tony Lotito becomes the new head football coach.

    Nov. 1941 – Running back Richard “Dick” Bogdan scores the final touchdown of the 1941 season in a 30-7 victory over Rio Grande College (OH) on homecoming.

    Oct. 1942 – BC fails to produce enough players to field a football team for the 1942 season and abandons the program due to the loss of male student-athletes to duty in World War II.

    Oct. 2006 – The college’s Board of Trustees creates a Football Feasibility Study Group to conduct extensive research on the viability of a return to intercollegiate football.

    June 2010 – BC officials formally announce the return of football to campus with plans of intercollegiate play beginning in the fall of 2012.

    Aug. 20, 2011 – BC holds first football scrimmage.

    Aug. 3, 2012 – Players report to Bluefield for the first varsity football season since 1941.

    Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 – 10,000 seat Mitchell Stadium becomes home to the Rams and its first home game when Bluefield welcomes Pikeville (KY) for its re-inaugural game since Walter Schulz received an invitation from the Philadelphia Eagles to play professional football and Richard “Dick” Bogdan scored the final touchdow.

  6. Bethany College, class of ’97!! Woot Woot!

  7. Thanks for the “shout out” balladeer…

    We posted a link to this blog on our Facebook page:

    Chris Pendleton
    Sports Information Director | Southern Virginia University

    • That’s terrific! I’m glad to hear it!

      I do a recap and commentary of NAIA and NCCAA football every Sunday and I’ve mentioned SVU at various times! Feel free to spread the word if you and your students want to read my take on the games.

  8. fballdt16

    I just graduated from Southern Virginia University and played football there. Everything about the school is old school. The basketball team’s gym is what used to be a horse barn for the equestrians. What do we call the gym? When we welcome the visiting team, we tell them, “Welcome to The Barn.”

  9. Awesome! I’ll think of myself as a future Blue Jay now!!!

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  11. I adore each and every one of these helmets! Never saw any of them before or heard of these teams!

  12. Look out Knights! SVU doesn’t know it yet but I am just the player they are looking for!!!!!

  13. Dan

    Awesome helmets! I could see myself playing for one of these teams!

  14. The Bethany Swedes should have been number one! Go Swedes!

  15. Awesome helmets! I could see playing for one of these teams! Never knew about them before!

  16. Tabor Blue Jays, meet ur next star running back!

  17. Reg

    Nice to know all these options in real colleges are out there for my kids!

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  19. Never knew this division of college football existed! I am telling all my friends! We may get to play for these colleges some day!

  20. Layden Johnson

    I signed with tabor college on Wednesday 🙂 they now use a gothic style TC that interlocks on their helmets.

  21. Shane Hutsell

    Well the Swedes got new one of a kind helmets.

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  27. Really awesome helmets!

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  31. Reinaldo

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  32. Hey, these are really awesome helmets, dude!

  33. Shona

    I always enjoy these mini-helmets.

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