League: NCAA Division I FCS
Head Coach: Myers Hendrickson
Team Mascot: Colonel Rock (Live Bulldog), Rocky (Costumed Bulldog)
Year Opened: 1950
City / State: Macomb / Illinois
Rivalries & Top Games to Attend
Western Illinois vs Eastern Illinois
Rival Team: Eastern Illinois Panthers
The in-state rivalry between the Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Western Illinois Leathernecks dates back to 1930. The two teams were conference rivals until the Panthers move to the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996 developing a lot of bad blood between the two programs. While the rivalry hasn’t been played regularly since then, you won’t want to miss it when these two teams meet next.
Western Illinois vs Illinois State
Rival Team: Illinois State Redbirds
You won’t want to miss it when the Leathernecks take on in-state rivals Illinois State. There is always a lot at stake when these two Missouri Valley Football Conference rivals meet as not only are bragging rights on the line but also games in the standings.
Western Illinois vs Southern Illinois
Rival Team: Southern Illinois Salukis
Make sure to in attendance when in-state rivals Southern Illinois and Western Illinois square off.. Both teams entered the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 1985, and since then they have developed quite the rivalry.