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Baltimore Mariners Will Host Second and Final Open Tryout
The Baltimore Mariners will host its Second and final open combine on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Check-in and day-of registration will run from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. The combine will serve as an open tryout for all players interested in making the 2014 roster.…in Baltimore Mariners
Atlanta Sharks Announce Front Office Team
The Atlanta Sharks announce one of the most important additions o the team since adding vveteran indoor coach Marcus James. Breeze Gipson is The new Executive Director of marketing, Legal consultant and Host of the Financial Breeze Show for the Atlanta Sharks. Breezy Gipson is a native of Niagara Falls,…in Atlanta SharksK2 tags: Atlanta Sharks
Atlanta Sharks Name Head Coach & Director of Football Operations
Marcus James named Head Coach and Director of Football Operations for the Atlanta Sharks. Atlanta Sharks have named veteran indoor football coach Marcus James head coach and Director of football operations. James who played at Temple University from 1980-1982, went on to attend training camp for the USFL Philadelphia Stars…in Atlanta SharksK2 tags: Atlanta Sharks
York Capitals Name Matthew Steeple III Head Coach
The York Capitals are pleased to announce the hiring of Matthew Steeple as its new head coach. Matt brings a wealth of professional indoor experience both as a player and a coach to the Capitals, having played nine seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL). Last season Coach Steeple was…in York Capitals
Cleveland Patriots Host Tryout December 8
The Cleveland Patriots will host its second open try-out on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Check-in and day-of registration will run from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m, and this combine will serve as an open try-out for all players interested in making the 2014 roster. The…in Cleveland Patriots
American Indoor Football
BALTIMORE, Maryland (January 5, 2010) - The American Indoor Football Association has awarded an expansion franchise to the community of Wasilla, Alaska for the 2010 season. The team will play in the AIFA's Western Conference.
"We are very pleased to welcome this franchise to the AIFA, and we believe that our business model gives this team the best chance to be successful," said league co-founder John Morris. "We are excited about working with the City of Wasilla, and we are very pleased to be bringing quality indoor football to the Mat-Su Valley."
The Wasilla ownership group is headed by Hans Deemer, a man with deep roots in Alaska football. There are three other prominent local partners.
"I think that people are really opening their eyes to indoor football," Deemer told This Week in the AIFA. "I haven't been anywhere where somebody told me they weren't interested. They all want to be involved in some way.
"I definitely pursued them (the AIFA) hard and heavy," Deemer said. "It came to me more and more that we belonged in the AIFA and the AIFA had the best interests in Alaska football as a whole. The more I spoke with the AIFA, the more I felt comfortable that this was the exact fit (for us)."
The franchise will draw support from fans throughout the Mat-Su Valley, a region with a population of over 80,000 people. Wasilla is located approximately 45 miles northeast of Anchorage and is considered part of the Anchorage metropolitan area.
The team will play its home games in the state-of-the-art Curtis D. Menard Sports Center in Wasilla. The arena has sky boxes, as well as a 50-yard turf indoor field which can be used throughout the year. The team's offices will also be housed in the complex.
"The addition of this franchise continues to strengthen our Western Conference," said AIFA co-founder Michael Mink. "The quality of play in the West is going to be phenomenal in 2010."
In-depth interviews with both Hans Deemer and Michael Mink will be featured in the next edition of This Week in the AIFA. The Internet radio program will be available for download through the AIFA's home site (www.aifaprofootball.com) and OurSports Central (www.oursportscentral.com).
San Jose, Calif.—Jan 1-2010 - The San Jose Wolves announced that no less that 3 of its roster spots will be guaranteed to participant at the teams local open combine, which will be held at 8am Saturday, January 16, 2010 at San Jose City College , 2100 Moorpark Avenue , San Jose California.
The player signed will join the team when training camp begins in February and have a chance to make the team's final roster. Tryout participants will be tested in a variety of football drills by the Wolves coaching staff including such Arena Football legends such as Offensive co-coordinator Steve Papin. The open combine will be taped for delayed Web and Television broadcast.
“It’s great to be building an expansion team , but we need at least 9 local players on our roster and this opens the door for a real ‘Invincible’ Story.” said Wolves General Manager Bennie King. “We are looking forward to finding some diamonds in the rough”
Full details on the open combine can be found at www.sanjosewolves.com.
BALTIMORE, Maryland (January 4, 2010) - The American Indoor Football Association is announcing the establishment of a special fund to benefit the children of John "Johnny" Morris IV. Morris, son of AIFA co-founder John Morris, died unexpectedly at his home on December 19th. He was 30 years old.
Johnny Morris had a great love of the sport of indoor football. He was actively involved in the day-to-day operations of two AIFA franchises, the Baltimore Mariners and the Harrisburg Stampede.
"The incredible support of AIFA fans and our member teams has been very touching for our family," said Morris. "We are grateful for the outpouring of so many people all over the country who have reached out to us during this difficult time."
Monies raised through the Johnny Morris Memorial Fund will go directly to provide for the future needs of Johnny Morris' two daughters, Leah (11 years old) and Alexia (9 years old).
Anyone desiring to contribute to the fund is asked to make their checks payable to the Johnny Morris Memorial Fund. The mailing address is: AIFA, P.O. Box 205, Forest Hills, MD 21050.
Towson Offensive Player of the Year, Current Coach, Led Mariners Line in 2009
BALTIMORE, MD (January 4, 2010) – Konstantinos “Gus” Kosmakos, who twice earned offensive player of the year honors for the Towson Tigers, and helped propel the Baltimore Mariners to the league’s leading rushing offense in 2009, has re-signed with the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) team for the 2010 season. The Mariners open their third season on March 6th, 2010 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and kickoff their home campaign at 1st Mariner Arena on March 14th at 4:00 PM against the New Jersey Revolution.
“Gus is one of the best players I have ever been associated with both on and off the field. His passion for life, family, and football are strong and undeniable. Having Gus is like having another coach on the field at all times. I will be very excited to see Gus after a year of arena football under his belt,” said Mariners General Manager Greg Justice.
Kosmakos made his pro debut with the Mariners in 2009, earned the center position in training camp, and held the starting spot the entire season for Baltimore. Anchored by Kosmakos the offensive line powered the Mariners rushing attack to a league leading 718 yards and 33 rushing touchdowns (second best in the AIFA). The Mariners’ Isaiah Grier also led the league in rushing with 514 yards and added 20 rushing touchdowns.
The Ogden Knights Professional Indoor Football team announced the signing of DB/LB Daryl Williams and WR/DB Johnnie Williams to the 2010 roster.
Daryl Williams attended and played at Cumberland University before making the transition and finishing out his college career at Belhaven College. Williams played a significant role in the Blazers secondary as being a starter at both safety and cornerback. Williams is highly recognized for his open-field tackling and speed.
Each collegiate year Williams played, he improved. In 2005, he tallied 29 tackles and four pass break-ups while starting nine games. In '06, he saw the field better and closed in on opponents faster to accumulate 40 tackles and on pass break-up. His senior season was cut short due to a torn PCL, but in the two games he did start, managed 13 tackles and one pass break-up.
Closing speed is one of the many elements necessary on a short indoor field, and Williams is back healthy and ready to prove he has what it takes on the professional level.
Johnnie Williams played his college career out of the University of West Georgia where he was one of the more constant receivers on the team. His best season with the Wolves came in 2005 where he played in all 11 games, bringing in 16 receptions for 236-yards and two touchdowns. His senior season saw limited action due to injury, but still tallied 17 catches for 160-yards and one touchdown.
San Jose, Calif.—December 26, 2009 — The San Jose Wolves are proud to announce the hiring of former Arena Football League great Steve Papin as Offensive Coordinator in advance of the 2010 AIFA season. Steve Papin finished his Arena Football career as one of the best offensive players to play the game. Steve entered the Arena Football League in 1996 with the San Jose Saber cats and played four seasons with cats. During his time in San Jose Steve was named “don’t blink” player of the year twice. Steve still holds several Arena Football League records and finished his career with the New York Dragons in 2003.
“Steve’s offensive career in the AFL was outstanding we look forward to his knowledge on the offensive side to raise our offense to great heights this year” said GM Bennie King. “We have spent time defining our offensive goals with the team and I’m looking forward to Steve’s offense attaining them. Local fans remember Steve from his sabercat days now will have an opportunity to see him coach a high powered offense I know he’s excited.”
San Jose, Calif.—December 26, 2009 — Larry Thompson was regarded as one of the best Defensive Specialists during his playing career in Indoor Football. Larry won three consecutive championships Odessa Roughnecks (2006) Lakeland Thunderbolts (2007) and the Florence Phantoms (2008) as a player. His career accomplishments include the NIFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, the AIFA single season interception record with 28 in 2007 and the 2007 AIFA Defensive Player of the year.
“Larry Thompson is a great addition to our club, he was a heck of a player and his knowledge and heart will translate to the players well. I have worked with Larry as our star DS on our previous teams I always looked at him as a coach on the field so it’s a natural fit” said GM Bennie King.”This is something we have talked about for a few years now and we both said when the time was right let’s do it. I know Larry is one of those guys who will be even more successful as a coach as he was a player.”
BALTIMORE, Maryland (December 24, 2009) - The American Indoor Football Association has released the 71st edition of This Week in the AIFA.
This is a special holiday edition of the program. Guests include AIFA co-founder John Morris, AIFA National Director Jack Bowman and Yakima Warriors' coach Lance Brown. An additional voice on the program is AIFA Director of Officiating, Tom Falcinelli. The program also features a special holiday word at the end of the program.
This Week in the AIFA is a downloadable Internet radio program, sometimes referred to as a "podcast." The program is produced by Bill Hazen Productions, in conjunction with the AIFA and OurSports Central Radio. It is available for download directly through both the AIFA's home site (www.aifaprofootball.com) and OurSports Central's web site (www.oursportscentral.com).
This Week in the AIFA is written, produced and hosted by veteran play-by-play broadcaster and AIFA Media/Public Relations Director Bill Hazen. The program utilizes the latest in digital audio technology to increase the quality of interview segments from throughout the league.
Reading Express GM and Head Coach, Bernie Nowotarski is proud to announce that he has signed a pair of players from Wilmington, Delaware, that will add experience and depth to his Express roster.
The Express has signed Defensive Back Johnnie“Nyquil”Taylor. Johnnie is 6’3” 200lb defensive back who has AFL, CIFL and IFL experience. He played his college ball at New Jersey University and his High School football at Berringer HS in Newark, Delaware. His size, speed and arena experience and his ability to also play on both sides of the ball makes Taylor a dual threat and a big addition to the Express roster. Johnnie is another Express kid that has tremendous family values and will fast become a fan favorite here in Reading.
The Express have also signed Defensive Linemen Dayon”Iceman” Benson. Dayon is a 6’2” 265lb defender with AF2, IFL and AIFA experience. He still holds the AIFA single game sack record of 4 sacks in a game. He is another motor player for us. Our defense is predicated on being aggressive and not relenting for 60 minutes. He fits our mold of being an every down player. Dayon played his High School football at Glasgow HS in Newark, Delaware and his college football at Central State in Ohio. He also is looking forward to coming to Reading and getting the Express fans excited for the 2010 season.