Kennesaw State will fashion a gold helmet with a black facemask, a custom black stripe and an interwoven gold “KS” logo on the side when it takes the field for its inaugural season of football in 2015.
The helmet design was the result of a two-week-long voting period by fans last month. The winning pick was unveiled Friday night, during Kennesaw State’s women’s soccer game against Mississippi at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.
“We are excited about the selection of the helmet,” Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams said. “The response was more than we anticipated. It shows that people are excited about KSU football.”
The gold helmet earned 60 percent of the nearly 10,000 votes cast, outdistancing two other possible selections.
Second in voting, with 24 percent of the vote, was a black helmet with no stripe on the top and a gold facemask. It also had the gold “KS” logo.
The third option, which was at 16 percent, was a black helmet with a black facemask and a single yellow stripe on the center. It had the primary logo of the Owl and its wing span with “Kennesaw State Owls” written below.
When the vote was launched, Williams said he had no preference with the helmet design, but he said the monogram logo appeared to be a favorite of Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon.
As it turned out, the fans agreed with Bohannon, too. Seventy-seven percent of the fans that voted said the interwoven “KS” was their favorite logo.
The unveiling of the helmet is the latest in a long line of events leading up to 2015.
Earlier this year, the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents gave the official go-ahead for the football program. Then, Bohannon was hired as the Owls’ first coach, after a long tenure as an assistant to Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson.
Two weeks ago, university officials announced that Kennesaw State would join the Big South Conference as a football-playing associate member.
With that announcement, Williams said, the preparation of the team’s 2015 and ’16 schedules has started in earnest.
“The schedule picked up enormously (after the conference announcement),” he said. “We don’t have any signed contracts yet, because we had to readjust things, but we are close with the 2015 schedule and the non-conference schedule for 2016.”
Williams said the schedules will likely be announced later this fall.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Owls’ Adidas-designed uniforms — home, road and alternate — will be unveiled next spring.