The UMass Minutemen football team is a collegiate football team representing the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and the Mid-American Conference. UMass began play in 1879 and have since appeared in three FCS National Championship games, winning the title in 1998. The Minutemen began a two-year Football Bowl Subdivision transition period in 2011. They became bowl eligible in 2013. Mark Whipple is the head football coach.