VMI Keydets football
VMI Keydets Football
VMI Keydets football helmet

Started play


Head Coach

Sparky Woods (3rd season, 9-24)


Alumni Memorial Field




Lexington, Virginia


Big South (2003-present)
Southern (1924-2002)

All-time Record


Conference titles



Red and yellow


VMI Keydets football is the football team of the Virginia Military Institute. It started in 1871, featuring a 4-2 loss to Washington and Lee in a one-game season. VMI would wait another 20 years to perform intercollegiate play in 1891, and has played every season since. Today, VMI plays in the Big South Conference of the NCAA Division I-FCS.

History Edit

Every season until 1924, VMI played independently, as most teams did. In 1924, they joined the Southern Conference, which they would leave until 79 years later in 2003. The squad went 6-3-1, and placed 13th out of 19 teams.

VMI left for the Big South in 2003, and is yet to have a winning season in the conference, a streak that dates back to 1981. Still, VMI has won 7 total minor bowl games, 4 Tobacco Bowls and 3 Oyster Bowls.

Coaching StaffEdit

Name Position
Sparky Woods Head Coach
Matt Campbell Offensive Coordinator
AJ Christoff Defensive Coordinator
Greg Shockley Running Backs Coach
Mayur Chaudhari Quality Control/Safeties Coach
Greg Harris Outside Linebackers Coach
George Handler Quality Control/Tight Ends
Winston October Wide Receivers Coach
Don Woods Chief of Staff/Defensive Line Coach

Players in the NFLEdit

Name Notes
Gregory Clifton Played for the Washington Redskins
Sam Horner Played for the Redskins and New York Giants
Joe Muha Played for the Philadelphia Eagles
Ray Reutt Played for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark Stock Played for the Redskins, Steelers, and Indianapolis Colts
Bobby Thomason Played for the L.A. Rams, Green Bay Packers, and Eagles
Mike Wooten Played for the Redskins


  • Tim Maypray, currently with the Montreal Allouettes of the Canadian Football League

Bowl AppearancesEdit

Year Name Opponent Result
1948 Oyster Bowl William and Mary L, 31-0
1949 Tobbaco Bowl Richmond W, 14-7
1952 Tobacco Bowl Virginia L, 33-14
1963 Oyster Bowl Navy L, 21-12
1964 Tobacco Bowl Virginia L, 20-19
1967 Tobacco Bowl William and Mary L, 33-28
1969 Tobacco Bowl Virginia L, 28-10
1974 Tobacco Bowl Virginia Tech W, 22-17
1975 Tobacco Bowl Richmond L, 24-19
1976 Tobacco Bowl Virginia Tech L, 37-7
1976 Oyster Bowl Virginia W, 13-7
1978 Tobacco Bowl Richmond W, 23-6
1980 Oyster Bowl Virginia Tech L, 21-6
1981 Oyster Bowl The Citadel W, 14-0
1982 Oyster Bowl Virginia Tech L, 14-3
1983 Oyster Bowl The Citadel L, 27-6
1984 Oyster Bowl Virginia Tech L, 54-7
1987 Oyster Bowl William and Mary L, 17-6
1988 Oyster Bowl The Citadel L, 30-20
1989 Oyster Bowl The Citadel W, 20-10
1990 Oyster Bowl William and Mary L, 59-47
1991 Oyster Bowl The Citadel L, 17-14
1992 Oyster Bowl Richmond L, 41-18
1993 Oyster Bowl William and Mary L, 49-6
1994 Oyster Bowl The Citadel L, 58-14
1995 Oyster Bowl Georgia Southern L, 31-13
Bowl Appearences W-L
Oyster Bowl 17 3-14
Tobacco Bowl 9 3-6