UWF Football

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Ground has been broken on the University of West Florida’s latest construction project: a mixed-use facility adjacent to Pen Air Federal Credit Union Field.

When University Park Center opens in the spring of 2018, the $6.8 million 32,700 sq. ft. building will house the new football program, along with providing space for the UWF College of Health, and the Florida State University’s Regional Medical School Campus.

UWF President Judy Bense says partnering with Florida State through University Park is emblematic of the twenty first century evolution of universities.

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More history was made Saturday night by the fledgling UWF football program, when the Argonauts played their first-ever home game at Fetterman Field against the Missouri S&T Miners. 



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  Informally called University Field, the turf football field at the University of West Florida has a new name.

UWF Vice President Brendan Kelly made the announcement at the Argo Club on campus, that with a commitment of one million dollars by Pen Air Federal Credit Union, the field will be named Pen Air Field.

“The field will serve as an emblem of the full scope of that partnership,” said Kelly. “One that has the best interests of the community and this university at its core.”

Dave Dunwoody

As you probably know by now, the newly-minted UWF football team routed Ave Maria University 45-0 on Saturday. But this was more than just a game, it was history. 

Many of the 200 or so UWF supporters made the 11-hour trip from Pensacola to Ave Maria University, about 20 miles east of Naples, for the Argonauts inaugural game. Before kickoff, they took part in another college football tradition: tailgating. 

Enjoying the sun was George Birch of Clearwater, whose grandson J.J. Lewis is a freshman wide receiver on the Argonauts’ practice squad.

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  Two weeks before their first football game, the University of West Florida Argonauts hold the first of two full scrimmages Friday evening. 

A couple of days before the live scrimmage, “live” meaning full speed with full pads, the new program held its first pre-season media day. 

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Twenty-three days before its first-ever game, the University of West Florida football team opened fall camp on Thursday. 

More than 120 players, along with coaches, went through their paces in a driving rain, on University Field’s artificial turf. 

“I feel good about our pace, our tempo, guys were eager to get out here, they were excited about what we were doing,” said Argos Head Coach Pete Shinnick. “And that’s what you’re looking for.”

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 With about three months to go before their first official game, the UWF Argos football team has a new member: the Blue Wahoos. September 10th is circled on a lot of calendars in Northwest Florida. That’s the date of the first home game for the University of West Florida football program. The Argos, of course, will be playing their home games at Blue Wahoos Stadium in downtown Pensacola. And now the Wahoos’ organization has agreed to partner with the university. Dave Scott, the UWF Athletic Director says the agreement is to sell corporate and commercial sponsorships.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Spring football practice at the University of West Florida wrapped up Saturday, with the inaugural Blue-White Spring game on campus.

More than 2,000 fans sat in folding chairs and temporary bleachers – some even tailgating – on embankments around University Park Field to watch the more than 90 Argonaut players go through their paces under mostly cloudy, windy conditions, and 70-degree temperatures.

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Spring drills opened Tuesday morning for UWF football, five and a half months away from the Argonauts’ first-ever game.

Ninety-two players assembled in the early morning with temperatures in the 40s, to begin the first of 15 practices leading up to the Blue-White spring game on April 16.

It’s a bit different from last spring, when nine players were eligible to practice on the intramural field in shorts and T-shirts. This year, the drills are on the brand-new artificial turf facility in full uniform.


The University of West Florida Wednesday announced its second recruiting class, seven months to the day before the first-ever football game.

Beginning at six o’clock Wednesday morning, 16 high school seniors declared to Head Coach Pete Shinnick their intention to suit up for the Argonauts,

“We wanted to be able to add depth at certain positions,” said Shinnick, “While also continuing to build a roster that we feel can be competitive next year in the Gulf South Conference.”

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  In what was considered a dress rehearsal for both UWF football and their future home, the Argos conducted the third of five scrimmages this season on Saturday. 

Saturday was what many call a “Chamber of Commerce” day at the newly named Fetterman Field at Bayfront Stadium. Sunny skies, a bit of breeze and temperatures common to mid-October. The gates opened about 90 minutes before kickoff.

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Eighteen months after being hired to start the University of West Florida’s football program, Head Coach Pete Shinnick leads his team into fall practice on Thursday, after meetings and a walkthrough on Tuesday and Wednesday.

As has been said many times before, 2015 is a practice and redshirt year. The inaugural season begins in September of 2016, in Naples against Ave Maria University. Speaking at the first football media day last week, Shinnick said they’ll have a bit of a variation in schedule when they take the field on Thursday.

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Four years after first being mentioned, football at the University of West Florida begins in a week with the opening of fall camp for the 2015 practice year.

In 2011, UWF President Judy Bense held up a plain white helmet with “UWF” taped to it to announce that the effort would begin to start a football program. On Wednesday, she got to hold up the real deal: a helmet which will be game-worn.

“Holding up that helmet now, it is not a generic helmet,” Bense said. “It is an absolutely gorgeous blue, frosted white [with an] Argonaut on it. It will never look that good again.”

The University of West Florida football program held its first spring practice on Wednesday, at the UWF Intramural Fields under sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s.

The players are nine student-athletes who have either transferred from other schools, or were selected from two previous tryout camps. Before the workout, Head Coach Pete Shinnick addressed the troops.

“Listen, like we’ve talked about, how we’re doing things, what’s taking place and what your role is,” said Shinnick. “We’re going to teach, we’re going to learn.”

The University of West Florida’s Faculty Senate met in regular session Friday. High on the agenda were questions about Phase-I of the University Park Project dealing with facilities for the new football program.

With only one dissenting vote, the Senate passed a resolution to halt construction of the athletic training facility and football training field, for at least 18 months. Leading the charge was Doug Waggle – who represents the Department of Accounting and Finance.