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Fayetteville NC – During the 2013 owners meetings for the AIF, it was announced by the league that Advocare/Optimum Fitness will be a sponsor for the upcoming 2014 season.
AdvoCare is a premier health and wellness company offering world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products. AdvoCare has an impressive roster of athletes who trust AdvoCare with their health and performance, including Drew Brees, Jason Witten, Sam Bradford, and Michael W. Smith, just to name a few.
“AdvoCare has always been a strong supporter of football and this partnership gives us an opportunity to share our two brands with our fans,” said John Morris, President and CEO of the AIF, “We immediately knew this was a sponsor we needed to support and we look forward to a strong partnership in the years to come.”
The AIF will kick-off their season in March of 2014. For more information on the AIF or to become a sponsor please visit www.aifprofootball.com
The AIF Junior League is proud to announce the first open registration enrollment dates.
The Cleveland Ohio area open enrollment will take place Sunday December 8th, 2013 in Warrensville Heights Oh from 5pm-8pm, at the Word Multiplex. The AIF Junior indoor football league will play their games prior to the Cleveland Patriots home games.
The cost for registration is only $150 which will include season ticket for the Patriots, concessions discount and a Game Jersey that you will get to keep as your own!
Team slots are limited so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!!
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 the head coach and owner of the Washington Eagles (AIF), previously he was head coach of the Maryland Maniacs of the Indoor Football League (IFL). In 2009, Coach Steeple led the Maniacs to the playoffs in their inaugural season and had the #1 ranked defense in the league. In 2007 and 2008 Steeple was the head coach of the Chesapeake Tide of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL) where in 2007, Coach Steeple led the Tide to the playoffs in their inaugural season. In 2006 he served as the Defensive Coordinator and Offensive Line/Defensive Line Coach for the Everett Hawks of AF2 and in 2000 he served as a Player/Coach for the New Jersey Red Dogs of the AFL, after suffering a knee injury. Coach Steeple has extensive indoor football playing experience. He played nine seasons in the AFL from 1996 to 2004 for four different teams (Iowa Barnstormers, New Jersey Red Dogs, Florida Bobcats, and New York Dragons).
Matt played a total of 96 regular season games in the AFL and suited up for many playoffs games, he also played in Arena Bowl 10 with the Iowa Barnstormers. Before playing in the AFL, Steeple attended Northern High School in Baltimore, Maryland. There he was All-State in football, wrestling and lacrosse. Following graduation, he moved on to a highly successful college career at Morgan State University where he was Freshman of the Year in 1990. He led the team in tackles, was a First Team All-Conference defensive tackle, and was also the team’s Defensive Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. He finished his career at Morgan as a first team Black College and D1-AA All-American. Steeple then signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent in 1994 after attending the NFL combines in Indianapolis. Steeple started his coaching career in 1999 as the Offensive Line/Defensive Line and Assistant Defensive Coordinator position at the Charles H Hickey School for Boys. He coached at the school from 1999 to 2001.
He then went to Reginald F. Lewis High School to become their OL/DL coach and Assistant Defensive Coordinator from 2002 to 2003. He was promoted to head coach in 2004.He now lives in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland with his lovely wife Almanda Steeple and daughter Aliyah Steeple
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 of the now defunct USFL. From there, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served from 1983-1992. Attaining the rank of second class petty officer.
In 2008 James was named Director of Player Development for the IFL. Coach James also has coached for the Richmond Revolution, Alaska Wild, Rochester Raiders, and Western Michigan Thunder Hawks. In 2010 James was named Director of Scouting for the Erie Explosion until 2012. At which time he was named Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator of the Arizona Outlaws and Chattanooga Generals.
He is also the owner of the Team James Sports Management and which evaluates and develops players for both the CFL/Indoor Football Teams across the States, Europe, and CFL. James said he is honored to have the opportunity to build and lead the Sharks in a great league.
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 players’ combine will be held at the Multiplex Sports Dome located at 18909 South Miles Road, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128. All interested players are able to pre-register online at www.clevelandpatriotsfootball.com or athletes can also choose to register in person the day of the event. Pre-registration fee is $55 if paid by credit card online by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Day-of registration fee is $75 and can be paid by cash, credit card, or money order. No personal checks will be accepted. Cost includes warm-ups, drills, testing, and player evaluation in a team setting.
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AIF TO ROLL OUT THE AIF JUNIOR LEAGUE FOR THE 2014 SEASON
New to the American Indoor Football will be the AIF Junior League for Youth program in 2013. The AIF Junior League is the first of its kind in the U.S. An indoor football youth program to be fully funded, sanctioned and run by a professional indoor football league. “The AIF Junior League program is designed for AIF member teams to host their own youth football leagues” said Larry Clark, Director of Marketing “This will provide the chance for the youth games to be held prior to AIF league games on the same field. We look to provide the youth with positive activities and to give them the unique experience of playing in the same venue and under the same rules of the professionals.”
“This will give AIF teams the ability to cement ties to the local community and the platform to promote citizenship while teaching the discipline and techniques of indoor football.” Stated John Morris, President of the AIF “The AIF is proud to set the standard and lead the way to the future of youth indoor football.” The AIF Junior League will be set on the AIF model. The League will be headed up by Larry Clark and Josh Resignalo, Assistant Director of Marketing. “We will be partnering with youth, outreach and religious organizations to reach the inner city and under privileged youth as well.” Said Resignalo “We want the ability to include all youth no matter what their financial or social status.”
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The AIF Junior League registration time is upon us!!
The AIF Junior League is proud to announce the first open registration enrollment dates. The open enrollment will take place Saturday December 7th, 2013 in Atlanta, GA from 12-3pm. The enrollment will be in conjunction with the Atlanta Sharks work-out. Then on Sunday December 8th, 2013 from 6pm-9pm at the Word Multiplex in Warrensville Heights,... Ohio. The enrollment will be in conjunction with the Cleveland Patriots work-out.
The AIF Junior League is the first of its kind in the U.S. An indoor football youth program to be fully funded, sanctioned and run by a professional indoor football league. "This is a very exciting time for the AIF. This program gives us the platform to promote citizenship while teaching the discipline and techniques of indoor football." Stated John Morris, President of the AIF "The AIF is proud to set the standard and lead the way to the future of youth indoor football." “We have been contacting the Youth Teams and Youth Coaches in all the markets where AIF teams play.” States Josh Resginalo Assistant Director of Marketing. “The enthusiasm and excitement is more than we could have ever hoped for.” The AIF Junior League will consist of two age groups. This will give the AIF Junior League the opportunity for as many youth, as possible, to participate. “This is a huge undertaking but we have a very dedicated front office staff in the AIF that is up for this challenge.” Said Larry Clark Director of Marketing. “We need everyone to help us get the information out so that we can provide the youth with positive activities and to give them the unique experience of playing in the same venue and under the same rules of the professionals."
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, N.Y., and has lived in Georgia for a number of years. He has worked in the Corporate Sector, including Fortune 500 Companies, for almost 2 decades. In 2009 he earned his CITRMS Certification Designation. The CITRMS Certification Program has been developed for professionals who are dedicated to educating and assisting clients, customers, businesses, and the general public, in combating the epidemic of Identity Theft and related fraud.
Breezy has formed noteworthy alliances with many respectable and successful businesses, by providing Credit Education Seminars, Legal Awareness Seminars for Small Business Owners and their Employees, as well as by being a Radio Co-Host on ThePraiseHouse.com Internet Webcast Network. With over a decade of being an astute Marketer and Networker, Breezy still finds time to volunteer in a State Certified Program, mentoring Abused and Neglected Children. He is a member of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Dads On Duty, Men Of Galilee, is an Ordained Deacon, and is active in various Civic Groups in several Georgia communities.
Florence V. Rushing has a bachelor degree in Health Science from Columbus State University and credit hours from University of Phoenix in the MBA program. Victoria was born and raised in Wynnewood, OK, after graduating from High School she was employed Pauls Valley State School in Pauls Valley, OK. She has always wanted to travel so she joined the Army to the see the world. She has a honorable discharge from the Army due to a medical condition.
After the Army Victoria went to college then to work at Warner Robins Health Department and then transferred to DeKalb County Health Department.
In 2010 she decided to be her own boss, so now she helps other business’s by providing them with the knowledge she has in Health Science and health inspecting so there restaurants are in compliance with the Sate codes. Victoria also provides internet promotions, event planning and educational classes for business’s that request her talents. She volunteers at a local thrift store in Stone Mountain, GA and attends Shalom International Ministries church in Stone Mountain, GA. Victoria is a family oriented person that enjoys the presence of people from all over the world and she is “Second to None” when she has a mission to accomplish.
A true-grit football fan, Donni Coley became involved football in 2001, where she learned about a woman who was the owner of a women’s full contact football team, the Atlanta Leopards. She knew women were playing flag football competitively, but women in helmets and shoulder pads were something different and exciting for her. So, she became the team’s videographer and photographer.
By being a member of the Atlanta Leopards, she was exposed to the making and building of a football team: recruiting players, coaching players, training camps, 2 a day practices and finally game day.
Several years later, she worked as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Xplosion women’s full contact football team, helping the head coach with time management during practices, helping the defensive backs coach with footwork drills, and helping the offensive line coach with proper blocking techniques. Donni worked with the Xplosion women’s team for three seasons, and was able to witness the dedication, the determination and the hard work those ladies displayed at every practice and at game time.
She took a brief hiatus from football, but her passion and love of the game led her to the creation of End Zone to End Zone. She regrouped and as the Executive Producer took her talent to the air-waves, End Zone to End Zone was a live radio football talk show, “WE TALK FOOTBALL 365”, putting her own unique spin on it.
In 2012 of the Independent Women’s Football League’s season (IWFL), Donni put on her coaching hat again, and worked with the Atlanta Rage women’s full contact team, as an assistant offensive and defensive coach, lending her talents to the defensive line, defensive back and wide receiver positions.
Donni is looking forward to working with owner Marcus James to build the Atlanta Sharks franchise into the premiere professional indoor football program no one has ever seen.
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. The players’ combine will be held at the William J Myers Pavilion at 4300 West Bay Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21225.
All interested players can pre-register online at www.baltimore-mariners.com by clicking on the Open Combine link or register in-person the day of the combine. Pre-registration fee is $50 if paid by credit card online by 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Day-of registration fee is $60 and must be paid by cash or credit card. No personal checks will be accepted. Cost includes warm-ups, drills, testing and evaluation.
In addition to the combine, the Lady Mariners will hold open tryouts for dancers and cheerleaders Sunday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Auditions will be held on the second floor of A Step Ahead Dance Center located at 3615 Joppa Road, Parkville, MD.
Dancers and cheerleaders can pre-register online at www.baltimore-mariners.com by clicking on the Open Tryout link or in-person the day of the auditions. Check-in and day-of registration will begin at 10:15 a.m.
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The AIF has added to its management team with two indoor veterans Larry Clark and Josh Resignalo. Both individuals will comprise of the sales and marketing team with a concentration on national and regional corporate sponsorships for the AIF. For complete bio’s see below.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
The AIF is proud to announce the signing of Larry Clark as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. In this role, Mr. Clark will oversee the marketing department, develop relationships with sponsors and champion the AIF and their member teams. "We're excited to have Larry join our team," says John Morris, CEO of the AIF. "He brings a wealth of marketing experience with him, including developing marketing strategies, building relationships with sponsors. I have no doubt that his insights and energy will be a welcome addition to the AIF."
Mr. Clark has over four years’ experience with Indoor Football in various roles, including managerial and director-level roles in marketing, sales development and public relations fields. "The AIF strives to be a model of excellence in the indoor football community", Director Clark states. "I want to thank John Morris for this opportunity and look forward to working with a very talented staff here at the AIF. As a league, we will facilitate participation in many community events, promotion of teams and even youth mentoring."
Assistant Director of Marketing
The AIF would like to announce the signing of Josh Resignalo as the Assistant Director of Marketing. John Morris, CEO, AIF said: "We are excited to confirm Josh as Assistant Director of Marketing for the AIF. He has excellent Indoor Football experience, and brings a wealth of marketing expertise that will really help us continue to drive forward our goal of making the AIF the most competitive league in the country."
Josh, known to most players as Coach Res, has been involved and dedicated to the growth of Indoor Football for over 7 years. “I am excited to be back in the AIF” Josh States. “This is a great opportunity to work in the Front Office with a creative Sales Team, while helping to maintain the success of the league and growth of the individual organizations.” Mr. Resignalo brings to the AIF his many years of experience in Indoor Football as a Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, Head Football Coach, and General Manager.
He is no stranger to challenges; the former United States Marine Corps combat veteran fought two tours of duty in the Iraq war.
The Cleveland franchise is proud to announce it has accepted an invitation into the AIF (American Indoor Football) for the 2014 season.
“Joining the AIF is a very exciting opportunity for Cleveland. We felt this was best for our organization.” states Owner/General Manager Joshua Votaw. Along with the move into the AIF the franchise has decided to re-name to the Cleveland Patriots. Said Mr. Votaw “With Cleveland being home to one of the largest VA facilities in the U.S. and to honor all Veterans we felt it important to re-brand the Cleveland franchise the Patriots.”
In joining the AIF, which was formed in 2012 by former AIFA co-founder and co-owner John Morris, the Patriots are coming into a league with the vision to better accommodate and service the needs of its member teams going forward. “We set out to make the AIF the most competitive league in the country,” said League CEO John Morris, “The Patriots will certainly help us continue down that path.”
The AIF, with eight member franchises, brings the Patriots into a league with a strong foundation. “With the addition of the Cleveland Patriots, essentially we were able to maintain the integrity of the AIF while reducing the travel costs for many teams as well.” Said John Morris, “It’s great to have a team with their competitiveness in the AIF.” Follow the Cleveland Patriots on their march to the 2014 AIF Championship.