Colorado Ice

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Colorado Ice
Founded 2006
Current season 2014
League UIF (2007-2008)
IFL (2009-present)
Conference Intense (2009)
United (2010)
Intense (2011-present)
Division Western (2007-2008)
Pacific (2009)
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
Art Clarkson
President Art Clarkson
Head coach Heron O'Neal[1]
Championships 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 1: (Mountain West: 2011)
Playoff berths 6: (UIF: 2007, IFL: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Dancers Icicles
Mascot Glacier

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.


In July 2006, Colorado real estate executive, Danny DeGrande, was awarded an expansion franchise of United Indoor Football to begin play in 2007.[2]

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.[3]

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.


Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Colorado Ice (UIF)
2007 6 9 0 4th Western Lost Round 1 (Sioux Falls)
2008 6 8 0 4th Western --
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)
Totals 56 62 0 (including playoffs)

Players of note[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Colorado Ice roster

Running Backs

  • Currently vacant

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen
  • Currently vacant

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs


Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Refused to Report

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated October 24, 2014
9 Active, 0 Inactive

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Awards and honors[edit]

The following is a list of all Ice players who have won league Awards

Season Player Position Award
2011 David Knighton Quarterback Most Improved Player
2014 Willie Copeland Quarterback Most Valuable Player

All-IFL players[edit]

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)


Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2014 Indoor Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Collins Sanders 2007-2011 30 41 0 .423 0 3
Heron O'Neal 2012-present 26 14 0 .650 0 3 IFL Coach of the Year (2014)

Coaching staff[edit]

Colorado Ice staff
Front Office
  • Co-Owner – Tom Wigley
  • CFO/Co-Owner – Patty Wigley
  • Co-Owner/CEO – Art Clarkson
  • Vice President of Operations – Aaron Freimark
  • Account Representative - George Martinez
  • Account Executive/Game Day Operations – Rob Wright

Head Coach

  • Head Coach – Heron O'Neal

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks - Anthoney Hill
  • Offensive Linemen – Rico Ochoa
  • Assistant Offensive Linemen – Darren Koretko
  • Assistant Wide Receivers - George Martinez

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs – Brian Arndt
  • Defensive Linemen - Rico Ochoa
  • Assistant Defensive Linemen – Darren Koretko

Special Team Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Brian Arndt


Games and weekly coach's show are broadcast on KFKA (1310 AM).


  1. ^ "Colorado Ice announce 2014 coaching staff". Fort Collins Coloradoan (Fort Collins, CO: Gannett Company). September 6, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ Andy Vuong (July 18, 2006). ""Ice" to join Colorado's team ranks". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Mike Brohard (July 7, 2011). "Ice make changes; O'Neal new head coach". Loveland Reporter-Herald. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 

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