Central West (2010)
Mountain West (2011)
|Team history||Colorado Ice 2006-present|
|Based in||Fort Collins, Colorado|
|Arena||Budweiser Events Center|
|Colors||Navy Blue, Carolina Blue, White
|Owner(s)||Tom & Patty Wigley
|Head coach||Heron O'Neal|
|Division titles||1: (Mountain West: 2011)|
|Playoff berths||6: (UIF: 2007, IFL: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)|
The Colorado Ice are a professional indoor football team based in Fort Collins, Colorado. They are a member of the Intense Conference of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Ice began play in 2007 as an expansion member of United Indoor Football (UIF) and joined the IFL as part of the UIF-Intense Football League merger of 2009. The Ice are owned by Tom and Patty Wigley, and are coached by Heron O'Neal. The Ice have played at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado since their inaugural season.
The Ice were a sub-.500 team during their first 4 years of existence, but still managed to make the playoffs twice. Their first winning season came in 2011 when they were Mountain West Division Champions, but were defeated in the first round of the playoffs. Since 2011 the Ice have made the playoffs every season, but are still winless in the postseason. They have competed in one Intense Conference Championship Game, where they lost 50-55 to the Nebraska Danger.
2011 saw an overhaul of the team's roster and a reversal of its fortunes as the Ice began the season with seven straight wins and finished with an 11–3 record plus the Mountain West Division title. The Ice fell to the Tri-Cities Fever in the first round of the playoffs. This was Collins Sanders' last season as head coach before his promotion to general manager in 2012.
2012 was the team's first year under new head coach Heron O'Neal. They recorded an 8–6 record and reached the playoffs but lost to the Tri-Cities Fever in the first round.
2013 saw the return of Heron O'Neal as head coach and a strong start with three consecutive home wins. Both of the Ice's 2012 All-AFL Team players returned for the 2013 season.
Heron O'Neal returned as head coach for a third season.
|Colorado Ice (UIF)|
|2007||6||9||0||4th Western||Lost Round 1 (Sioux Falls)|
|Colorado Ice (IFL)|
|2009||5||9||0||3rd Intense Pacific||Lost Divisionals I (Fairbanks)|
|2010||2||12||0||5th Central West||--|
|2011||11||3||0||1st Mountain West||Lost Conference Semi-Final (Tri-Cities)|
|2012||8||6||0||4th Intense||Lost Round 1 (Tri-Cities)|
|2013||8||5||0||2nd Intense||Lost Conference Champ (Nebraska)|
|2014||10||4||0||Intense||Lost Conference Champ (Nebraska)|
Players of note
Colorado Ice roster
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Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
The following is a list of all Ice players who have won league Awards
|2011||David Knighton||Quarterback||Most Improved Player|
|2014||Willie Copeland||Quarterback||Most Valuable Player|
The following Ice players have been named to All-IFL Teams:
- QB Willie Copeland (1)
- WR Kyle Kaiser (2)
- OL Collin Cordell (1), Michael Trice (2)
- DL Gabe Knapton (1), Michael Stover (1), Jason Jones (1)
- LB Landon Jones (1)
- LB/DB Joe Thornton (1)
- DB Idly Etienne (1), Jovan Jackson (1), Corey Sample (1)
- K Aric Goodman (1)
- Ironman Eryk Anders (1)
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2014 Indoor Football League season.
|Heron O'Neal||2012-present||26||14||0||.650||0||3||IFL Coach of the Year (2014)|
|Colorado Ice staff|
Special Team Coaches
Games and weekly coach's show are broadcast on KFKA (1310 AM).
- "Colorado Ice announce 2014 coaching staff". Fort Collins Coloradoan (Fort Collins, CO: Gannett Company). September 6, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- Andy Vuong (July 18, 2006). ""Ice" to join Colorado's team ranks". www.denverpost.com. The Denver Post. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
- Mike Brohard (July 7, 2011). "Ice make changes; O'Neal new head coach". www.reporterherald.com. Loveland Reporter-Herald. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
- The Colorado Ice official website
- Indoor Football League official website
- Our Sports Central
- NewsTalk 1310 KFKA