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Harrisburg Stampede’s Head Coach, Bernie Nowotarski announced today that the Stampede has come to terms with four Stampede players from the 2012 squad.
The Stampede have re-signed Offensive players, Wide Receiver Scorpio Brown and Running Back Eugene Goodman. On the Defensive side of the ball, the Stampede have signed Defensive Backs Armar Watson and Travis Proctor.
Scorpio led the League with 45 receptions for 631 yards and 15 touchdowns. Eugene led the League with 317 yards rushing on 39 carries. He also had another 151 yards receiving and combined for 13 touchdowns. Armar had an outstanding season and was a high consideration for League Defensive MVP. Armar had 10 interceptions, 2 of them were returned for touchdowns. He also had 24 pass deflections, 25 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries. Armar also had 3 receptions and a TD catch on the offensive side of the game and not to mention 2 kick-off returns for touchdowns. Travis was a rookie for the Stampede in 2012. He worked hard and became a member of the 20 man game day roster. He was a major contributor on all Special Teams, but also added 15 tackles and 3 pass deflections as a defensive back.
“Having these four players back for the 2013 season along with our players that have signed will give us a solid start to putting together a Championship team,” commented Nowotarski. “As we get ready to start the Stampede Open Try-Outs along with players that are signed already, really sets up a great deal of competition for positions.”
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Harrisburg Stampede’s Head Coach, Bernie Nowotarski announced today that he has re-signed Offensive Linemen, Randell Bennett for the 2013 Season.
Anytime you can bring a player like Randell back for another season is a big plus for your Offensive. The 6’6” 330lb guard and former Grambling Tiger is a big time young player and just keeps getting better each season, commented Nowotarski.
Randell makes his home in Connecticut but when he returns to Harrisburg for the season he also takes the lead and embraces the community, especially the events we do with the schools. Randell took a very active part with the Stampede’s involvement of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” and Beyoncé’s ”Move Your Body” exercise programs. The programs were developed to get kids up, active and exercising. Randell also took part in the Teams Football Frenzy. A special day that the players and coaches spent with the children from the Easter Seal Central Pennsylvania.
“Randell is certainly an upper level player and is a great community player and we are proud to have him on our Stampede roster. We are expecting him to have an outstanding season and that should bring scouts out see him and hopefully a shot at an upward move,” commented Coach Nowotarski.
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Harrisburg Stampede’s Head Coach, Bernie Nowotarski announced today that the Stampede has re-signed local player and fan favorite Will Hines for the 2013 Season.
Will Hines is one of those players that are just finding out how valuable he is to a team.
He is an All-Purpose player. In the past Will only played one position, LB. Last season with the Stampede Will found out he is way more talented at this game and at several positions. Will still played some LB, but added all 3 positions on the D-Line. Will also learned several of the Offensive Line positions just in case there was a need for him to play Offense and he plays on almost every special team. The 2013 season will again find him as a multi-position player. We have even talked about Will expanding his position expertise and give him some running back work when we go to a big set.
Will is not only a versatile player for the Stampede. He is a fan favorite and always has time to be with the kids after the games to take pictures and sign autographs. He is a team leader on and off the field and makes it a point to get along with all his team mates.
Just a Reminder: Stampede Box Season Tickets are on Sale Now and always check out our web site for several Off-Season Team Meet and Greets.
Harrisburg Stampede’s Head Coach, Bernie Nowotarski announced today that the Stampede has come to terms with 2012 Offensive Player of the Year, EJ Nemeth for the 2013 Season.
Sometimes it takes a few years for teams to gel and become the type of team that is in the hunt every year for a Championship. The Stampede was in that hunt last season but came up just a bit short. According to Offensive League MVP, EJ Nemeth, “We have some unfinished business to attend to”. Head Coach Nowotarski likes that attitude in his QB and his Team. “Having most of this group stay together for another season and under a system that they understand and being led by EJ is just the type of situation you want your team to be in as the off season progresses”.
EJ led the Stampede Offense with a mix of passing and running. EJ rushed for 134 yards on 37 carries and 16 touchdowns. He completed 133 passes of 257 attempts for 1639 yards and 33 touchdowns. It was those stats in just 9 games along with his leadership that put the Stampede in position to win a Championship and made him the Leagues Offensive Player of the Year. “We didn’t reach our goal and win the Championship, the motivation right now is to come back for the 2013 season with only one goal on our minds, to win a Championship”, commented Nemeth.
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The American Indoor Football is pleased to announce EJ Nemeth as its 2012 Offensive Player of the Year.
EJ lead the AIF with 1639 passing yards on 133 completions out of 257 attempts for 37 touchdowns in 2012, leading the Harrisburg Stampede to a 7-2 overall record. Under his leadership he lead the Stampede through the regular season with a 6-1 record and a 1-1 playoff record before the Stampede lost in the AIF Eastern Conference Finals by only two points to the eventual AIF Champions. Stampede Head Coach, Bernie Nowotarski was pleased with EJ’s performance in 2012 and is excited to see him honored with this award, EJ was a major contributor in the success of the Stampede in 2012 and has consistently ranked as one of the best quarterbacks in indoor football. “EJ sets a very high standard for himself and he works very hard to achieve those goals. I look forward to his 2013 season with the Stampede and the goals he has set” commented Coach Nowotarski
EJ came to the Stampede with a wealth of indoor and arena experience, the Hamilton, New Jersey native is a Sacred Heart graduate. He led his Baltimore Mariner team to a perfect 16-0 record and captured the AIFA Bowl Championship in the 2010 season. Prior to taking the snaps at First Mariner Arena in Baltimore, he played for both the Alaska Wild and the San Angelo Stampede-Express of the Indoor Football League (IFL). In 2011 EJ took the up-start Trenton Steel to the SIFL conference playoff game before a season ending loss to the Columbus Lions. His talents then went to the AFL as he finished the season with the Utah Blaze and was also with the Soul for the start of this past season.
A complete list of 2012 AIF All-Stars will be released in the near future.
Harrisburg Stampede’s Head Coach, Bernie Nowotarski announced today that WR Colis Martin has re-signed with the Stampede for the 2013 Season.
Colis is a player with quickness and runs solid routes. The former CW Post Grad has been with the Stampede for 2 seasons. Last season was a break-out season of sorts for this crafty vet. Colis finished the season with 40 catches for 489 yards and 12 Touchdowns.
“Colis is a very unselfish and dedicated player. His own work schedule as a Fire Fighter and his travel time and distance to practice from New Jersey are extremely tough obstacles to over-come but somehow he makes it work. He is an outstanding team player and is one of those guys who gets along with everybody, on and off the field”, commented Nowotarski
Just a Reminder: 2013 Stampede Box Seat Season Tickets go on sale this Friday the 3rd of August and All games will now be played in the Large Farm Show Arena.
The Harrisburg Stampede Dance Coordinator Ginelle Ophelia has announced the hiring of an Asst. Dance Coach for her staff for the 2013 season.
Claire Wallace was introduced as the Assistant Dance Coach today in Harrisburg. Claire will assistant our dance team coordinator and help in the operations of the Harrisburg Starletz and Jr Starletz dance teams. Claire dedication and personality has made her an asset to the team in the previous season. We believe she will do a great job this season and look forward to the improvements her and the dance team coordinator have to offer.
Claire is so excited for this opportunity! She has been performing since she was able to walk! She began dancing when she was 5 years old. Her background ranges from gymnastics to theater; including pom line, baton twirling, tap, ballet, jazz, theater, and cheerleading.
Claire's first love was gymnastics. She continuously strives to maintain a gymnastic talent, and is always looking to throw some sort of gymnastic level into a routine.
She began cheerleading in 2nd grade and continued 10 years thereafter until graduating high school. She has performed on competition squads, and loves the excitement and energy that comes with cheering on a team or performing in front of an excited audience.
During her high school career, Claire performed with Blust Performing Arts Center where she was part of a company of dancers, singers, and actors. The Company competed in Star power competitions and also performed a rendition of Les Miserables. She was trained in all aspects of dance and theater. Her favorites still remain ballet and jazz.
Also, Claire danced and performed with a pom line and baton twirling team out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; their routines were done for parades and competitions.
She is beyond excited to take her experience with the Harrisburg Stampede Starletz to the next level as the Assistant Dance Coach!
Just a Reminder: We will post our Schedule on our Web Site and Face Book as soon as it becomes Public, as well do not miss many of the Stampede Meet and Greets taking place this Off-Season.
Harrisburg Stampede’s Head Coach, Bernie Nowotarski announced today that the Stampede has signed its first player for the 2013 Season. The Stampede has signed Veteran Kicker Erik “The Rouge” Rockhold for the 2013 Season.
As stated the Stampede has already started to re-load for the 2013 season. The first signing of the 2013 Stampede is a huge one, by signing one of the most prolific, steady and consistent Kickers that has played the Indoor game. Erik has spent the last 7 seasons with the now dark Reading Express. Four and half of those seasons were spent with Stampede Head Coach Nowotarski who was the Head Coach and GM with Reading until his mid-season release after winning the AIF 2009 National Championship. So the 2013 season will be a re-union of player and coach.
Rockhold had a stellar college career kicking for National Power Appalachian State. His Indoor career started with Evansville for 1 season and then the last seven with Reading. Erik accomplished a Kickers milestone this season in his final game of the season with Reading by surpassing the 1000 point mark. Rock will be a big boost to our special teams. He is the consummate Team and Community player and will fit right in with the Stampede LaFamila way of doing things.
Just a Reminder: As we have League and Schedule information along with Ticket information we will be sure to release it as quickly as we get it. There are several Stampede Meet and Greet events scheduled for the Summer…Check out our web site for details
Harrisburg Stampede Owners Justin Coble and Marques Colston have completed the first major task for the 2013 season. That was getting their coaching staff in order and re-signed.
The Stampede has already announced the re-signing of Head Coach Bernie Nowotarski and Offensive Coordinator Rick Marsilio. Completing the coaching staff for the 2013 will see the return of Jake Minnich and Bentz Tozer.
Minnich will handle the Offensive Line and he will work side by side with OC Marsilio and the Wide Receivers. Tozer will coach the Defensive Line and take over the Special Teams responsibilities.
“This is a solid group of coaches, who just like the players believe in the system we are putting in here both on and off the field”, commented HC Nowotarski. “We wanted to get our coaching staff in order and we wanted this done as early as possible during the off-season. Marques and I are extremely happy with the returning group of coaches. They all get along and they all have the same goals and they believe in what we are trying to do here in Harrisburg,” remarked Stampede Owner Justin Coble.
Just a Reminder: Stampede 2013 Season Ticket Information will be available very soon. There are several exciting and fun Stampede Summer events planned. Check out our team web site as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.
As the Stampede work through the Off-Season and prepare for 2013, one of the first priorities after re-signing HC Nowotarski was to re-establish and re-sign their 2013 Coaching Staff.
Stampede Owners Justin Coble and Marques Colston are excited to announce that they have come to terms with New Offensive Coordinator/ Assistant Head Coach, Rick Marsilio.
The former Marian Catholic & Towson State University QB has been a coach with the Stampede in each of the team’s first four seasons. In the 2012 season, Marsilio worked directly with League Leading QB EJ Nemeth and the Wide Receivers and was an integral part of putting the Stampede Offensive Game Plan together. At the end of the season, HC Nowotarski reviewed the season and started to make plans for 2013 . After assessing the season and reviewing all the Coaches Exit Interviews, Nowotarski submitted to Coble and Colston his desire to promote Marsilio to the OC/Asst.HC position.
“We had no reservations or hesitation with accepting the recommendation to move Rick into the OC/Assistant Head Coaching position. It is a natural fit and the move should continue to allow the Stampede’s high scoring offense to improve and mesh as a solid unit”, commented Stampede Owner, Justin Coble.
I look forward to the challenge and certainly thank the Stampede Ownership and our Head Coach for their vote of confidence and giving me the opportunity to take over as OC/Assistant HC. We plan on being a fast paced high scoring offense, based off of solid fundamentals, remarked Marsilio.
Stay updated on all the Stampede happenings by logging onto the teams Web Site, Facebook and Twitter pages. It is our goal to keep our fans up to date and informed of all the exciting Stampede news during the off-season.
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