San Diego Toreros football

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San Diego Toreros
2018 San Diego Toreros football team
San Diego Toreros logo.svg
First season 1956
Athletic director Bill McGillis
Head coach Dale Lindsey
6th season, 55–16 (.775)
Stadium Torero Stadium
Field surface Grass
Location San Diego, California
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Pioneer Football League
All-time record 266–210–7 (.558)
Playoff record 2–4
Claimed nat'l titles 2 time Mid Major National Champions (2005, 2006)
Conference titles 11 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Division titles 2 (2003, 2005)
Consensus All-Americans 41
Colors Navy, White, and Toreros Blue[1]
For information on all University of San Diego sports, see San Diego Toreros

The San Diego Toreros football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the University of San Diego located in the U.S. state of California. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Pioneer Football League. San Diego's first football team was fielded in 1956. The team plays its home games at the Torero Stadium in San Diego, California. The Toreros are coached by Dale Lindsey.



  • 1973–1992: NCAA Division III
  • 1993–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference memberships

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results



Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record Conference Championship game
2005 Pioneer Football League Jim Harbaugh 11–1 4–0 PFL Championship W 47–40 vs Morehead State
2006 Pioneer Football League Jim Harbaugh 11–1 7–0 N/A
2007 Pioneer Football League (Co–Championship) Ron Caragher 9–2 6–1 N/A
2011 Pioneer Football League (Co–Championship) Ron Caragher 9–2 7–1 N/A
2012 Pioneer Football League (Co–Championship) Ron Caragher 8–3 7–1 N/A
2013 Pioneer Football League (Co–Championship) Dale Lindsey 8–3 7–1 N/A
2014 Pioneer Football League (Co–Championship) Dale Lindsey 9–3 7–1 N/A
2015 Pioneer Football League (Co–Championship) Dale Lindsey 9–2 7–1 N/A
2016 Pioneer Football League Dale Lindsey 10–2 8–0 N/A
2017 Pioneer Football League Dale Lindsey 10–3 8–0 N/A
2018 Pioneer Football League Dale Lindsey 9–3 8–0 N/A
Total conference championships 11

Divisional championships

From 2001–2005, the Pioneer Football League was divided into North and South Divisions. As winners of the Pioneer Football League's North Division, San Diego has made one appearance in the Pioneer Football League Championship Game, in 2005. The Toreros also shared the Division title with Valparaiso in 2003, but the tie-breaker allowed the Crusaders to represent the division in the championship game.

Year Division Championship CG result Opponent PF PA
2003 PFL North (Co–Championship) NA Did Not Play (lost tiebreaker to Valparaiso) X X
2005 PFL North W Morehead State 47 40
Totals 2 1–0   47 40

Playoff appearances

San Diego has made four appearances in the FCS playoffs. Their overall record is 2–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
2014 First Round Montana L 14–52
2016 First Round
Second Round
Cal Poly
North Dakota State
W 35–21
L 7–45
2017 First Round
Second Round
Northern Arizona
North Dakota State
W 41–10
L 3–38
2018 First Round Nicholls L 30–49
Playoff record 2–4


  1. ^ "Color Palette - USD Brand - University of San Diego". Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Archived 2014-08-18 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Official website
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