In 1930, Jacksonville University (then known as Jacksonville Junior College) fielded its first football team. The team was coached by J. Ollie Edmunds, who would later become the university’s president. The team played a six-game schedule against other junior colleges and high schools in Florida. Their first game was played on October 11, 1930, against Fletcher High School, which the ...
The Jacksonville University men’s basketball team makes it to the NCAA Tournament for the first timeIn 1958, the Jacksonville University men’s basketball team, led by head coach Joe Williams, made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. The team finished the regular season with a record of 19-7 and won the Sun Belt Conference championship to earn an automatic bid to the tournament. In the first round of the tournament, ...
In 1970, the Jacksonville University baseball team won their first NCAA Division II National Championship. The team was coached by Dusty Rhodes, who had also played for the Jacksonville Dolphins baseball team in the 1950s. The team finished the season with a record of 36-5 and qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament as the top-ranked team in the South. ...
In 2009, the Jacksonville University football team won their first Pioneer Football League championship. The team was coached by Kerwin Bell, who had played quarterback for the University of Florida in the 1980s before going on to a professional career in the NFL and CFL. Under Bell’s leadership, the Jacksonville Dolphins finished the regular season with a record of 9-3 ...
In 2020 – The Jacksonville University football team announces they will be leaving the Pioneer Football League to join the Big South Conference.
History of the Dolphins
The Jacksonville Dolphins have a long and storied history in NCAA sports. From their beginnings in the early 1950s to their current status as one of the top teams in college football, they’ve been an integral part of collegiate athletics for decades.
The team was founded by former Florida State University coach Jack McDowell and his wife, Mary Ann McDowell, in 1951. The first season saw them go 4-4-1 under head coach Bill Peterson. Still, it wasn’t until five years later that they made waves on the national scene with a 9-2 record and an appearance at the 1957 Sugar Bowl against Baylor University – which ended up being their only bowl game win during this era. Since then, Jacksonville has consistently competed within Division I (FBS) or Division II (FCS).
In recent years there have been some exciting changes for Dolphin fans to cheer about: In 2011, they moved from FCS to FBS competition; 2016 saw them join Conference USA; And last year brought about even more success when Coach Ian Shields led his team all way through conference play undefeated en route to winning CUSA championship title! This marked just the second time JU had won such an honor! Off-field things are looking good: Their new stadium opened in 2019 after months of renovations costing 8 million dollars - making sure the fan experience is top-notch for both home-away games!
All these successes make clear why so many people consider themselves diehard ‘Dolphins Fans.’ No matter what sports season may be upon us, you can count on seeing plenty of blue and gold around town showing off support favorite team!
College Sports Established
1973 - Present / NCAA Division I
1967 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1998 - Present / ASUN Conference
1976 - 1998 / Sun Belt Conference
1967 - 1976 / Independent
Dolphins - The Jacksonville Dolphins are one of the most successful NCAA teams, having won multiple championships and produced some of the best players in college football. But where did their nickname come from?
The origins of the Jacksonville Dolphins' nickname go back to 1969 when a group of students at what was then known as Florida Junior College decided they wanted to start their team. After much debate, they settled on "Dolphins" because they represented strength and agility—qualities that any good sports team should possess. The name also paid homage to nearby St. Johns River, home to many dolphins yearly during migration season.
Since then, the Jacksonville Dolphins have become an integral part of college football culture in Northeast Florida and beyond, with its iconic blue-and-gold uniforms being instantly recognizable across all levels of collegiate athletics today! With such a strong history behind them – not only for their success but also for how well they embody those qualities associated with dolphins – it’s no wonder why so many fans have stuck by this program through thick or thin over these past few decades!
Men's Basketball 0
Women's Basketball 0
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.