In 1956, Arizona State College hired Max Spilsbury as the new head football coach. Within one season he completely revamped the program and ended the team's historic nine game losing streak. In 1958, Coach Spilsbury led the Lumberjacks to an undefeated season before losing in the NAIA national title game at the Holiday Bowl.
In 1965, President J. Lawrence Walkup forced Max Spilsbury to resign after a scandal revealed that he had fixed players' grades. Despite this, Spilsbury remained popular with the students and in 2008, Northern Arizona University renamed the field at Lumberjack Stadium after him.
The Walkup Skydome now houses the football program, but the soccer and track teams still use Spilsbury Field. The university also uses it to hold celebrations such as Welcome Week and memorials.