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Louisville is lead by former IFL coach of the year, Mark Stoute.  Stoute’s recent history with the IFL came back in 2016 when he coached the then-Cedar Rapids Titans from 2012-2016, with an overall record of 40-17. He was named the 2013 IFL Coach of the Year and helped Cedar Rapids earn the 2014 IFL Franchise of the Year honor.  He has been the more successful against Sioux Falls than any coach in the Indoor Football League.  In four seasons, Stoute’s Titans have knocked off Sioux Falls three times, all in Cedar Rapids.

 

Black-owned Louisville Xtreme aims to break ownership barriers

Majority Owner Victor Cole and his Ownership Group

 

Head Coach Mark Stoute

The Shock look to renew their heated rivalry versus the Rattlers in the Shock’s inuagural IFL season.  The Rattler’s are lead by Hall of Fame coach Kevin Guy.  Guy has AFL championships in San Jose and Arizona.  Arizona continued their dominance last year in the regular season by going undefeated but losing to the Sioux Falls Storm in the United Bowl.

Players to watch are former IFL player of the year and signal caller, Drew Powell.  On defense the stout Nik D’Avanzo.

Just look up and count the ArenaBowl championship banners – 1994, 1997, 2012, 2013 – hanging from the rafters of Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.

In February, 2017,  the Rattlers will kick off their 25th season.  It will be their first season in the Indoor Football League.

Founded in 1992 as an expansion team, the Rattlers became the Arena Football League’s third-oldest franchise, until this season, where it followed the Iowa Barnstormers and the Spokane Shock (now Spokane Empire) to the IFL. Arizona also became the AFL’s most storied team, having made 21 playoff appearances and winning ten West Division championships and five National Conference titles.

Speculation began in 1987 – before the arrival of Valley teams like the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Coyotes and Mercury – that Phoenix would be a target for the newly formed AFL. On Sept. 11, 1991, it was announced that Jerry Colangelo would be awarded a franchise. Colangelo, then-owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, tried to hire Frank Kush as the team’s first coach, but the Arizona State University legend declined the invitation.

That paved the way for the hiring of another ASU icon, former quarterback Danny White, in October 1991 to lead the fledgling franchise. Two months later, the team announced its name, based on the results of a newspaper contest that generated more than 6,000 responses. More than 250 of those suggested the name “Arizona Rattlers.” In addition, 55 percent of those who responded preferred “Arizona” over “Phoenix.”

In 1992, the Rattlers began their inaugural season by playing their first two games on the road. When they returned for their home debut at then-America West Arena, they treated a sellout crowd of 15,505 to a 56-31 beating of the Sacramento Attack.

In 1994, Arizona would win its first ArenaBowl, a 36-31 decision over the Orlando Predators. Three years later, the Rattlers claimed their second world championship, downing the Iowa Barnstormers, 55-33. Then, in December 1999, White, Gene Nudo and Will Meris pursued the purchase of the Rattlers from Colangelo.

After a dismal 4-12 season in 2007, it was announced in 2008 that Brett Bouchy would become the new owner of the Rattlers. His new coach, Kevin Guy, made an immediate impact, leading the team to an 8-8 record and a playoff berth for the first time since 2006.

The following year, however, the AFL suspended operations indefinitely. Bouchy and an investment group started making plans to launch a new league called Arena Football 1 and helped the Rattlers and Orlando Predators to become two of the four teams to survive and return in 2010 with Arena Football 1. In early 2010, Arena Football 1 was granted trademarks to the AFL brand and was renamed the Arena Football League. In 2011, Bouchy was forced to surrender ownership of one of the teams.

He chose the Rattlers.  That set the stage for new ownership. On May 12, 2011, prominent Valley businessman Ron Shurts – a Rattlers season-ticket holder since the team’s founding in 1992 – would take over as the new majority owner.

“I have been an Arizona Rattlers season-ticket holder since day one and attended the first Arizona Rattlers game at America West Arena,” Shurts told the media. “I believe in the team and the Arena Football League.

Shurts has delivered on that promise. Under Guy, the Rattlers have made four straight trips to the ArenaBowl, winning the past three championship games in a row – including last year’s 72-32 victory over the Cleveland Gladiators for the franchise’s fifth title in nine ArenaBowl appearances. The only other AFL team to win three consecutive championships was the Detroit Drive in 1988-90.

In all, the Rattlers have won 68 percent of their games (279-134) while members of the AFL, drawn over 2.6 million fans, and placed four players in the AFL’s Hall of Fame (Sherdrick Bonner, Hunkie Cooper, Randy Gatewood, Bob McMillen).

While Arizona’s records may start over in the Indoor Football League, their heritage as a championship organization will carry on.

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At a press conference held in November 2017 Jawad Yatim, Founder, Owner, President, and General Manager of the Massachusetts Pirates announced his organization would begin its initial season in the spring of 2018. On April 7, 2018, the Pirates took the field at the DCU Center in Worcester, and arena football had returned to the city.

After winning its opener against the Maine Mammoths the Pirates hit the road for three straight games. When the team returned to the DCU Center, their record stood at 3-1 and the National Arena League knew it had a force on its hands.

The Pirates would only lose one regular-season home game and earned the top seed in the post-season playoffs with an 11 and 5 record. A late-season injury forced quarterback Sean Brackett to miss the postseason and the Pirates playoff run lasted only one game.

Despite missing almost three regular-season games, Brackett was named the league Most Valuable Player. Wide receiver Devonn Brown and offensive lineman Cornelius Lewis earned All-NAL first-team honors while lineman Fred Ruff and Brackett were named to the second team. Defensively, defensive back Kiante Northington, who led the league with 12 interceptions and the Pirates sack leader, defensive end JD Griggs, were All-League first-team honorees while linebacker Nick Haag and DB John Hardy-Tuliau were named to the second team.

Head Coach Ameer Ismail was the NAL Coach of the Year and even the team’s mascot, Arthur, was honored as the league’s best.

Patrick Pass was named Head Coach of the Massachusetts Pirates on November 9, 2019. Pass became the third Head Coach in the history of the franchise.

               

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Pass who served as the Pirates’ Director of Player Development last season, replaced Anthony Payton who departed at the end of the year to take the same position with the Carolina Cobras. Payton guided the team to an eight and six record in the regular season before losing to the Cobras 30 to 26 in the National Arena League playoffs.

The New England Patriots drafted Pass from the University of Georgia in the seventh round (239 overall) in 2000. Pass enjoyed an eight-year career in the NFL. In 79 games he rushed 128 times for 526 yards and three touchdowns and had 66 receptions for 570 yards and a score. During most of his career he was a blocking fullback, but he did see time at running back, wide receiver and kick returner.

In 2002 Pass earned his first Super Bowl ring as the Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams 20-17 for the first title in franchise history. In 2004 his second ring was secured as the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 32-29. The following season (2005) was statistically his best in the NFL. Pass rushed for a career high 245 yards as a running back filling in for the injured Corey Dillion. That season Pass also set career marks with 54 carries, an average of 4.5 yards per carry, three touchdowns, 227 receiving yards and 10.3 yards per catch. He was the starting fullback in Super Bowl XXXIX as the Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. In 2007, Pass also was a member of the Houston Texans and the New York Giants.

In year two, the Pirates got off to a slow 1 and 4 start, but when mid-season arrived, so did the Pirates as they ran off a six-game winning streak. The Pirates made the playoffs for the second consecutive season and lost in the semifinals to Carolina 30-26.

The year was highlighted by the in-season signing of Dexter McCluster, former All-Pro kick returner for the Kansas City Chiefs. As the season progressed, so did the accomplishments of several of the players. At season’s end, wide receiver Mardy Gilyard had set single-season National Arena League scoring records with 33 touchdowns (29 receiving and four rushing) and 198 points. Gilyard was named as a First Team All-NAL performer along with defensive end JD Griggs and defensive back Lawrence Austin. Four Pirates earned All-Second Team honors including quarterback Sean Brackett, kicker Mike Weaver, and offensive linemen Thomas Claiborne and Tre Jackson. Wide receiver Thomas Owens was also named the NAL Offensive Rookie of the Year. As an organization, the Pirates excelled off the field as they were recognized as having the Best Community Relations and Best Media Relations departments in the National Arena League.

 

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The team made a coaching change promoting Patrick Pass to team head coach. The team also overhauled the rest of their coaching staff, hiring arena football greats Reggie Gray and Rayshaun Kizer as offensive and defensive coordinators.

As a result of the canceled season due to COVID-19 pandemic, the front office got to work launching this brand new website and online pro shop widening the gap in terms of online quality with competing teams. The Pirates Cheer Squad also have a new leader with the hiring of Christie McPherson as head coach of the cheer team. McPherson has coached dancers who have gone on to work with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

On August 19, 2020, the Pirates took a big step in their organization’s history as owner, founder, president, and general manager Jawad Yatim announced the team’s move to the Indoor Football League. The Pirates are the first east coast team in league history. The team also announced the same day that they had signed a three-year extension with the DCU Center to remain in Worcester for the foreseeable future.

 

 

The Shock welcome the Tucson Sugar Skulls featuring IFL championship head coach Dixie Wooten.  The 2018 IFL coach of the year brings in a squad led by his new signal caller 2019 IFL Offensive League MVP EJ Hilliard.  EJ is an illusive quarterback with a strong arm.

Tucson also has the leagues leading rusher and All IFL running back, Mike Jones.  Jones is a big powerful rusher with great balance and vision.   He is also affective in the passing game.

 

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The Sioux Falls Storm are the reigning United Bowl champions and have been dominating the IFL for over two decades.  They were founded as an expansion team in the original Indoor Football League in 1999 as the Sioux Falls Cobras.  They have won 11 championsips in 20 years and have been to the United Bowl 15 times.  In their inaugural 2000 season, they won their first game defeating the Sioux City Attack 44–30. They went 8–6 on the season and finished fourth in the Southern Division. After one season, the became members of the  National Indoor Football League (NIFL) and changed their name to the Storm. The Storm hosted the 2004 NIFL championship game against the Lexington Horseman  in the Storm Shelter in front of a sellout crowd. The Horsemen won the championship game, but the Storm defeated the Horsemen a year later in the second round of the 2005 UIF playoffs in Lexington.  Since then they have been a mainstay in the United Bowl.

The Storm are lead by IFL legend Curtis Riggs and 2019 United Bowl MVP Lorenzo Brown.

Kurtiss Riggs is entering his 18th season as head coach of the Sioux Falls Storm. Under his leadership, the Storm have won 11 League Championships, including consecutive titles from 2005-2008 and most recently, 2011-2016 seasons. With Coach Riggs at the helm, the Storm achieved the longest winning streak of any professional sports team with 40 consecutive wins and compiled a career record of 240- 44.

During his tenure with the team, Riggs has been named Coach of the Year four times – 2004 of the National Indoor Football League (NIFL), consecutively, in 2006-2007 of the United Indoor Football (UIF) and in 2015 of the Indoor Football League (IFL). In addition, Kurtiss led the Storm to back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2006 & 2007. Riggs began his professional football career as a player with the Sioux Falls Cobras in 2000 and continued playing for the Storm in 2001. He began his coaching duties in 2002 as the offensive coordinator before taking over in 2003 as the head coach.

 

 

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The new Prescott Valley Indoor Football Team announced that former CIF coach of the year, Dominic Bramante has been hired as the new head coach. Dominic has over 20 years of coaching experience, with stints in the AF2, CIF and college football.  He has also won back to back CIF championships in 2018 and 2019 with the Duke City Gladiators.   He has continued his champions ways by picking up veterans Verlon Reed, who lead the Arizona Rattlers, and all IFL Retrun Specialist and wide reciever Marques Rogers..  Northern Arizona could be a team to watch down the stretch.

 

 

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Spokane opens up it’s 2021 campaign on the road to a stout Frisco Fighters team lead by three time AFLcoach of the year and AFL Hall of Fame QB, Clint Dozesel.

As head coach of the Philadelphia Soul, Clint accumulated a regular-season record of 76-32 (70.3% win percentage). In 2019, Clint led the Philadelphia Soul to the ArenaBowl, and in doing so passed Jay Gruden for seventh-most all-time coaching wins. The ArenaBowl appearance was the Soul’s fourth under Clint, who guided the Soul to two AFL ArenaBowl Championships.

Clint added to his championship trophy collection in 2016 when, after guiding the Soul to the ArenaBowl championship, Clint joined the China Arena Football League as head coach of the Beijing Lions. The Lions went 6-0 in the inaugural season of the CAFL, winning the championship on a field goal on the last play of the game.

In addition to being a successful head coach, Clint was a Hall of Fame player in the AFL. Clint put together a storied 13-year playing career where he still ranks amongst the AFL’s all-time leaders in passing yards (No. 3 with 44,564), touchdown passes (No. 2 with 931), passing attempts (No. 4 with 5,698), and completions (No. 4 with 3,749). He was also named the No. 8 player in AFL history by the Silver Anniversary Committee in 2012.

 

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The Shock will kick the season off with a preseason game versus Tampa.  This gives the Shock an early test to see where they are before they kick the season The Tampa Bay Tornadoes, under the ownership of Alton Walker, John Amato and Ken Nelson are  fielding a team starting in the 2021 season. The Tornadoes will play in Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds with just over 10,000 seating capacity.

The Tornadoes plan to kickoff their season at the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds with Stevie Thomas as head coach. Thomas is an Arena Football Hall of Famer who played for the Tampa Bay Storm from 1991 trough 1999, leading his team to four Arena Bowl Championships.

 

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