Head Coach Marty Favret is in his 16th season as leader of the Tigers. After taking over a program that won just four games in three years prior to his arrival in 2000, Favret has firmly restored the winning tradition at Hampden-Sydney, having amassed an 111-46 (.712) record and five ODAC Championships over his first 15 seasons. Winning football and high-octane offenses have become the norm for Favret-led squads as his teams have won eight or more games in ten of the last 13 seasons, while Favret’s 2003 Tigers led the nation in scoring (47.2 points-per-game) and his 2005 team led the nation in total offense (525.2 yards-per-game).
Last season, Favret’s Tigers repeated as ODAC Champions, becoming the first team in the conference to win back-to-back titles since 2005. Finishing the year 7-4, the team again had a strong award showing, seeing 11 named All-ODAC. Additionally, quarterback Nash Nance won the Lanier Award, given by the Touchdown Club of Richmond to the top player in the state of Virginia in NCAA Division II, III, and NAIA.
In 2013, the team made history, winning the program’s eighth ODAC Championship and, for the first time in school history, advancing to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. The Tigers finished the season 9-3 overall with a #18 national ranking (d3football.com). On October 19, Favret won his 100th game with a 33-12 victory over Emory & Henry. He coached three All-Americans, and his first d3football.com South Region Offensive Player of the Year in Nash Nance.
In 2012, the Tigers posted their sixth consecutive winning record and tenth overall under Favret while leading the conference in scoring offense (36.5 points-per-game). Hampden-Sydney also posted 12 players on All-ODAC teams including six on the First Team. For the fourth straight season, Favret coached an All-American as junior tackle Will Ferrell earned the honor from the AFCA.
In 2011, Favret's Tigers won their third ODAC Championship since 2007 and advance to the NCAA Playoffs for the third consecutive season. Favret and crew finished the regular season 8-2 with a 5-0 mark at home, extending the win streak at Everett Stadium to 15. Favret was named the ODAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time while also capturing the same honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
In 2010, Favret guided the Tigers to nine wins for the third time in his tenure while receiving a bid and home game in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Tigers capped off the regular season with a 34-28 win over arch-rival Randolph-Macon.
In 2009, Favret led his squad to a perfect 10-0 record for just the second time in school history, and first since 1971 en route to the program's sixth ODAC Championship. That season also marked the third time Favret has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year, as well as earning VaSID and Touchdown Club of Richmond Coach of the Year honors. With the seventh win of the season, he also became the second winningest coach in Tiger football history.
After serving as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Catholic University for six seasons, Favret was named Hampden-Sydney head coach on December 30, 1999. Favret has compiled an impressive 63-23 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and ranks second all-time in Tiger football history for winning percentage among coaches who have given at least five years of service. Favret has been named ODAC Coach of the Year four times, most recently in 2013 after guiding the Tigers to their eighth ODAC Championship. He earned the honor in 2009, when he led the Tigers to their perfect 10-0 season. He was also named the Coach of the Year in 2007, when he led the Tigers to an 8-3 overall record, a 5-1 conference mark and the school’s first ODAC Championship in 20 years. His first Coach of the Year honor came in 2003, when Favret guided Hampden-Sydney to a 9-1 overall record and second-place finish in the ODAC.
In his six seasons at Catholic, Favret was the architect of one of the most prolific offenses in NCAA Division III. Under his direction, Catholic finished in the top-30 in the country in scoring five times. His offenses set 75 school records, including the school’s top-three single season scoring records. Over the course of his last three seasons at CUA, he helped guide the Cardinals to a 29-1 regular season record and three NCAA Playoff appearances. In 1999, its first year as an ODAC football member, Catholic claimed the conference title while its Favret-led offense topped the league in both total offense and scoring.
Before joining the Catholic staff, Favret served for four years as the head junior varsity football coach at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. He became the Purple Eagles’ varsity offensive coordinator in 1991, helping the team earn a No. 6 ranking in 1993.
Favret was a three-year starter at shooting guard for the Catholic basketball team from 1981-84, serving as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He set a Catholic school record as a sophomore when he connected on 18 consecutive shots. Prior to graduating from Gonzaga High School, Favret played basketball for two years and baseball for one.
Favret was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 1984 with a degree in history. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Hampden-Sydney and have two daughters, Rebecca (25) and Amanda (23).
Favret’s Season-by-Season Highlights
2014 (7-4): Hampden-Sydney won its second consecutive ODAC Championship and advanced to the playoffs for the sixth time in eight years. The team managed a six-game win streak during the season, while finishing the year averaging 34.9 points- and 403.5 yards-per-game. The team has a strong showing in the postseason awards, with 11 All-ODAC honorees, including three First Team selections (WR Holton Walker, LB Josh Doggett, DB John Moore). Senior quarterback Nash Nance won the Touchdown Club of Richmond’s Lanier Award, given to the top player in the state in NCAA Division II, III, and NAIA. Additionally, Walker was named the top Receiver/End of the Year.
2013 (9-3): The Tigers won their eighth overall ODAC Championship and fourth under Favret, finishing the regular season at 8-2. The Tigers then made history, defeating Maryville 42-34 at Everett Stadium in the first round of the playoffs, marking the program’s first postseason victory. The team then travelled across the country, falling 31-21 to #2 Linfield (Oregon). The team was then ranked #18 in the final season poll (d3football). The offense was again a juggernaut, leading the ODAC in scoring (34.2 ppg), total offense (444.7 ypg), and passing (294.2 ypg). The team produced three All-Americans in wide receiver Holton Walker, linebacker Tyler Ikwild, and quarterback Nash Nance. Walker led the nation in receiving at 143.6 yards-per-game while breaking five school records, including the single season marks for yards (1,723), receptions (111), and touchdowns (16). Nance was also the Tigers’ first South Region Offensive Player of the Year (d3football.com) after leading the ODAC in nearly every statistical category.
2012 (6-4): The Tigers again led the conference in scoring and passing offense with 36.5 points- and 271.8 passing yards-per-game while their 429.6 total yards-per-game ranked second in the league. The team boasted 12 All-ODAC selections, including six picks to the First Team. Junior left tackle Will Ferrell was named a First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. He was also honored by the Touchdown Club of Richmond as the Lineman of the Year. Senior linebacker Kenny Fryman and sophomore wide receiver Holton Walker were also honored by the Touchdown Club of Richmond; Fryman earned Linebacker of the Year honors, and Walker was a Lanier Award finalist. Walker had a breakout sophomore season in which he led the ODAC in every statistical category for receivers. His 1,262 receiving yards rank fourth best in school history, his 12 touchdowns are third best, and his 76 receptions were just shy of a top-five mark. Joining the trio as First Team All-ODAC selections were sophomore quarterback Nash Nance, sophomore kicker Max Antwerpes, and junior defensive back Steven Fogleman.
2011 (8-3): Behind a potent offense averaging 474.5 yards- and 41.9 points-per-game, the Hampden-Sydney Tigers captured their third ODAC Championship under Favret and earned their third consecutive trip to the NCAA Playoffs. Two-time All-ODAC and Touchdown Club of Richmond Offensive Back of the Year Travis Lane led the way throwing for 3,648 yards and 32 touchdowns to 12 interceptions on 60.4% accuracy. Lane’s yardage ranks second all-time for a single season while his 7,199 career yards rank third. Lane tied two single-game records when he completed 37 passes against Huntingdon and completed seven touchdown passes against North Carolina Wesleyan, and he broke the single-season record for completions with 294. He is also in the record books for his 583 career completions (third), 32 single-season touchdown passes (second), and 62 career touchdown passes (third). D3Football.com All-American Kyle Vance had a monster season setting school records for single-game receiving yards (228 vs. Ferrum), single-game touchdown receptions (4 vs. North Carolina Wesleyan), and single season touchdown receptions (16). He finished his career third all-time in school history with 2,907 yards. Second Team All-ODAC running back Kirk Rohle led the ground attack while also leading the conference in scoring with 11.5 points-per-game. Senior center Ben Rogers earned All-American honors along with Vance while being named to the AFCA First Team and D3Football.com Third Team. He also became the first player in school history to be a four-time First Team All-ODAC selection. Defensively, sophomore cornerback Zach Morgan earned Third Team All-America honors by D3Football.com after finishing the season fifth in the nation in interceptions with seven. Junior linebacker Kenny Fryman was also a key piece to the defense, earning D3Football.com Third Team All-Region honors after leading the team with 102 tackles. The Tigers secured their ODAC Championship with a 42-35 victory over Washington & Lee, and ended their season with a 51-41 shootout loss to Centre in the first round of the NCAA Football Championship.
2010 (9-2): Favret led the Tigers to nine wins for the third time in his tenure while earning a bid and home game in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Tigers again had one of the most potent offenses in the ODAC leading the conference in passing offense with 307.6 yards-per-game. Overall, Hampden-Sydney's offense was in the top three in the ODAC in scoring (33.1 ppg) and total offense (413.1 ypg) while the defense held teams to an ODAC-best 21.2 ppg. Favret saw 14 players earn All-ODAC honors - including the Tigers' second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year in Trevor Ikwild - four all region selections, and four all-americans. Senior free safety Bill Doody became the first Tiger to be named first team all-american twice. Favret and the Tigers also ended the regular season with a win over arch-rival Randolph-Macon (34-28) for the ninth time in ten meetings. While winning all five home games in 2010, Favret extended the Tigers' home win streak to ten, while the streak of victories over out of conference opponents stands at 15.
2009 (10-1): ODAC Coach of the Year Marty Favret and Hampden-Sydney rolled through the regular season winning all ten games while being crowned ODAC Champions for the sixth time and second in the Favret Era and ending the season with a #14 national ranking by d3football.com. Hampden-Sydney also reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament with its automatic bid after a thrilling 34-27 victory over Randolph-Macon in the regular season finale. The Tigers again led the ODAC in total offense averaging 432.7 yards-per-game while the 37.7 points-per-game also led the league. The Tiger defense also had a big year, holding teams to just 17.5 points-per-game, while keeping their ODAC foes to just 13.8. The offense was led by record-breaking quarterback Corey Sedlar, who paced the ODAC with a league-leading 301.2 yards through the air every Saturday. The defense had two record breakers on its side of the ball with junior free safety Bill Doody snagging an NCAA leading nine interceptions and junior defensive end Will Riggenbach tallied 14.5 sacks and a national high 1.32 sacks-per-game. The post-season awards were numerous for the Tigers with 12 players earning All-ODAC honors, including Riggenbach and senior linebacker Josh Miller being named the Defensive Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, respectively. Five players were named First Team All-State and four to All-Region teams, including First Team selections Doody and Riggenbach. The duo, along with senior linebacker Andrew Sellers, were also named All-Americans by d3football.com while Miller was named a Second Team Academic All-American.
2008 (8-2): The Tigers started off the season with a bang winning the first seven games and receiving a #18 national ranking by d3football.com. In the eighth week of the season, however, Hampden-Sydney fell to Catholic to fall to 7-1 and 4-1 in conference. The Tigers then recorded their eighth win of the season against Huntingdon before falling in the final game of the season to Randolph-Macon to finish the year 8-1 and 4-1 in ODAC play. Hampden-Sydney led the ODAC in total offense with 470.5 yards-per-game with Corey Sedlar leading the conference in passing yards with 360.1 ypg. The defense was also second in the ODAC in rushing defense allowing just 106.9 ypg. Ten Tigers were named All-ODAC with senior running back Josh Simpson, freshman offensive lineman Ben Rogers, and junior linebacker Josh Miller earning First Team honors. Junior quarterback Corey Sedlar, junior wide receiver Adam Gillette, senior lineman Sam Rosten, sophomore safety Bill Doody, and senior place kicker T.C. Stevens earned Second Team honors while senior wide receiver Travis Wertz and junior linebacker Andrew Sellers earned Honorable Mention accolades. Josh Simpson was also named the Offensive Back of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Virginia for his 1,453 total yards and 19 touchdowns. Simpson ended his career holding five Hampden-Sydney and ODAC rushing and scoring records including most points scored in a game (42), season (164), and career (432).
2007 (8-3): ODAC Coach of the Year Favret guided his Tigers to the school’s fifth ODAC Championship and first conference title since 1987. Hampden-Sydney secured the championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs with a 31-13 road victory over Randolph-Macon in the final day of the regular season. The Tigers were paced by the record-breaking efforts of senior wide receiver Drew Smith and junior tailback Josh Simpson who, along with sophomore signal caller Corey Sedlar, spearheaded an offense that ranks as the third best all-time in Tigers’ history with 5,121 total yards and 394 points scored. Smith garnered ODAC Offensive Player of the Year accolades, was named to the American Football Coaches Association first team All-America squad, was crowned the Division II/III/NAIA Dudley Award winner and was a finalist for the Gigliardi Trophy. His stellar season placed him first in the all-time H-SC record books for receiving yards in a season (1,616), catches in a season (110; also an ODAC record), catches in a game (15), career yards (4,244), career receiving touchdowns (37) and most consecutive games with at least one reception (41). Simpson also broke countless school and ODAC records. His 164 points in 2007 and 318 career points are both H-SC and ODAC records. Simpson’s six rushing touchdowns and seven total touchdowns, as well as his 42 points in the Tigers’ win over Guilford put him first all-time for both H-SC and the ODAC. His 21 rushing scores in 2007 were also good enough for tops in school and conference history. Hampden-Sydney placed ten players on the All-ODAC squads, including two senior linebackers from a much improved Tigers’ defense; second-teamer Kyle Booker and honorable mention selection Mark Henson.
2006 (4-6): The 2006 season presented many difficult tasks for the Hampden-Sydney football team, including the mission of replacing the most prolific passer in Tigers’ history. H-SC was led by an experienced and talented group of offensive lineman, including three seniors with over 20 starts in their careers. The Tigers finished in a tie for second in the ODAC standings, posting a 4-2 mark. Four Tigers, all offensive contributors, earned first team All-ODAC honors, including running back Charlie Omick, tight end Dane Williams and offensive linemen Ben Niemaseck and Paul Williams. Junior wide receiver Drew Smith was named to the All-ODAC second team.
2005 (8-2): For the third consecutive year, a Favret coached player earned ODAC Offensive Player of the Year accolades as senior quarterback J.D. Ricca followed Conrad Singh (2003) and C.W. Clemmons (2004) en route to the award. Ricca helped Favret’s Tigers to another record-breaking season as the squad led the NCAA in total offense, averaging 525.2 yards-per-game, while its 45.0 points-per-game was the nation’s second best average. Ricca reached record-setting heights, throwing for an ODAC and H-SC record 3,731 yards to accompany his 42 touchdowns. The Tigers scored seven or more touchdowns in seven games and tagged 50+ points on Randolph-Macon (50), Sewanee (52), Gettysburg (56) and Dickinson (66).
2004 (8-2): In 2004, Favret and his Tigers were left with the difficult challenge of improving upon the 9-1 record it posted in 2003. The challenge was made even harder with the loss of All-American quarterback J.D. Ricca midway through the season. Nevertheless, Favret rallied his troops to an 8-2 finish and 5-1 mark in the ODAC, as the team posted its fourth straight second-place finish in conference play. During the course of the season, the Tiger football team achieved unprecedented heights in the national rankings, climbing as high as 11th in the American Football Coaches Association Top-25 Poll and 13th in the D3football.com national rankings. Meanwhile, Favret’s offense continued to out-class the field, once again leading the ODAC in total offense (457.8 yards-per-game), while their 39.0 points-per-contest ranked second among ODAC teams. Leading the way for Hampden-Sydney was senior running back C.W. Clemmons, who became the all-time leading rusher in H-SC history with 3,771 yards, while his 282 career points established a new team and ODAC standard. Under Favret’s tutelage, Clemmons garnered the "Bullet" Bill Dudley College Division Award as the top Division II/III football player in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Clemmons’ efforts gave Favret and the Tiger program their second straight ODAC Offensive Player of the Year and ODAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards. Overall, 15 players earned All-ODAC honors while Clemmons also earned all-south and academic all-district accolades.
2003 (9-1): Favret’s Tigers completed a historic season in 2003 as the team finished 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the ODAC, earning Favret his first ODAC Coach of the Year honor. The Tigers’ high-powered offense set an ODAC record and led the nation with a 47.2 points-per-game scoring average, while the squad’s 521.4 yards-per-game ranked second nationally. Hampden-Sydney finished the season ranked No. 22 in both the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com polls, marking the first time in program history that a Hampden-Sydney team was nationlly ranked at season’s end. The Favret-led passing offense ranked fifth in the nation, averaging 331.5 yards-per-game, while Tigers’ senior receiver Conrad Singh led the country in both receptions-per-game (9.8) and receiving yards-per-game (141.9). Singh set team and ODAC records with 98 catches for 1,419 yards on the year and finished his career ranked third all-time in NCAA Division III history with 287 receptions. At year’s end, the Tigers placed 13 players on the All-ODAC squad, while Singh, senior center Lee Bailey and junior running back C.W. Clemmons each garnered All-American accolades.
2002 (8-2): The 2002 season was a banner year for Favret’s Tigers as the team completed its most successful season in nearly 20 years. The 8-2 finish signified a rebirth of the winning tradition, giving Hampden-Sydney its first winning season since 1993. The Tigers averaged an impressive 32.7 points-per-game, while the high-octane offense averaged nearly 400 yards-per-contest. 13 players earned All-ODAC recognition, including six first team honorees. Defensive back Chris Scott earned All-America accolades for the second time in his career.
2001 (5-5): In 2001, the Favret-led Tigers finished 5-5 overall while tying for second place in the ODAC standings with a 3-3 conference mark. Hampden-Sydney gained nearly 360 yards of offense per game to go along with the second-highest scoring average in the ODAC at 29.6 points-per-game.
2000 (4-6): In Favret’s first season at Hampden-Sydney, he guided the Tigers to a 4-6 overall record. During his inaugural campaign as leader of the Tigers, Favret reinvented the Hampden-Sydney offense into one of the most prolific in the ODAC. Favret initiated a 17-point upgrade in scoring, leading a team that averaged just under ten points-per-game in 1999 to a 27.0 average in 2000. Hampden-Sydney ranked fourth in the conference in total offense, averaging nearly 360 yards-per-contest, while its 252.0 yards-per-game passing was tops in the league. Overall, the Tigers shattered almost 20 individual and team records in the 2000 season.