Cape Fear Heroes

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Cape Fear Heroes
Founded 2011
League AIF (2012-2014)
XLIF (2015-Future)
Team history Cape Fear Heroes (2012-present)
Based in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Arena Cumberland County Crown Coliseum
Colors Red, White, Silver, & Blue
Owner(s) Barbara Spigner
Head coach Josh Resignalo
General Manager Barbara Spigner
Championships 1 (2012)
Division titles 1 (2012 AIF East Coast)
Dancers Heroes Dance Team

The Cape Fear Heroes are a team of the X-League that began play in 2012 in American Indoor Football. Based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Heroes play their home games at the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum. The Heroes are the fourth arena/indoor football team to be based in Fayetteville, following the Cape Fear Wildcats of arenafootball2 (which played from 2002 until 2004 after which they to Albany, Georgia and became the South Georgia Wildcats ), the Fayetteville Guard which played in the National Indoor Football League (2005-2007) and American Indoor Football Association (2008-2010), and the Fayetteville Force which only played in the Southern Indoor Football League for the 2011 season, after which both the Force and the SIFL folded. Despite the AIF's purchase of the Force, the Heroes are considered a completely new franchise. [1]



The Heroes went 8-0 during the regular season, and defeated the California Eagles 79-27 in the AIF Championship Game.[2]


The Heroes returned to the AIF Championship game in 2013, and fell to the Harrisburg Stampede 57-42.[3]


In 2013, General Manager Barbara Spigner, took over the Heroes from Jack Bowman.[4] In December, 2013, Spigner named Josh Resignalo the team's head coach.[5] Tragedy struck the team when DL Cory Groover died from injuries in a car crash in May.


On July 31, 2014 the Cape Fear Heroes announced that they have joined the X-League.


Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2012 8 0 0 1st East Coast Won AIF Championship
2013 7 1 0 2nd Lost AIF Championship Harrisburg Stampede
2014 7 1 0 2nd Lost AIF Championship Baltimore Mariners


  1. ^ Batten, Sammy (November 18, 2011). "Heroes welcomed as Fayetteville's latest indoor football team". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ Sammy Batten (June 8, 2013). "Cape Fear Heroes seeking second straight American Indoor Football championship". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Al Myatt (June 9, 2013). "Cape Fear Heroes lose American Indoor Football championship to Harrisburg Stampede 57-42". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Sammy Batten (November 14, 2013). "Owner overhauls Cape Fear Heroes". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sammy Batton (December 12, 2013). "Josh Resignalo named head coach of Cape Fear Heroes". The Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 

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