Dayton Sharks

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Dayton Sharks
Founded 2012
Current season 2014
League CIFL (2013-present)
Division South
Team history Dayton Sharks (2013-present)
Based in Trotwood, Ohio
Arena Hara Arena (2013-present)
Colors Black, Blue, Silver
Owner(s) CA Sports Entertainment LLC. Group
Head coach Lavar Glover
General Manager Lavar Glover
Championships 0
Division titles 0
Mascot Shark
Broadcasters Radio - Lee W. Mowen, Doug Brown, Brian Reiss
Local media Radio - Gem City Sports Network -

The Dayton Sharks are a professional indoor football team based in Dayton, Ohio. The team is currently a member of the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL). The franchise started as an expansion team in the CIFL during the 2013 season. The Sharks are the fifth indoor football team to be based in Dayton, the first being the Dayton Skyhawks of the original Indoor Football League. The Skyhawks were followed by the Dayton Warbirds, who later became the Dayton Bulldogs, of the National Indoor Football League the third being the Cincinnati Marshals who played their 2007 season in Dayton and the fourth being the Dayton Silverbacks who played from 2006 to 2012. The Owner of the Sharks is CA Sports Entertainment LLC. The Sharks play their home games at Hara Arena in nearby Trotwood, Ohio.

Franchise history[edit]

2013 Play begins[edit]

In July 2012, the team announced CA Sports Entertainment LLC. was awarded an expansion franchise in Dayton, Ohio and that the team would be named the Dayton Sharks. The Sharks filled the void left after the Dayton Silverbacks folded at the conclusion of the 2012 season.[1] The team was led by Corwyn Thomas, who was the team's Managing General Parter, CEO and Chairman.[1] The team signed many local players, who have a track record for success, such at Tommy Jones and Robert Redd.[1] The Sharks had a great start to the season, going 8−0 before losing to the Erie Explosion and the Kentucky Xtreme in the final two weeks. With an 8–2 record, the Sharks had won the 2 seed for the CIFL playoffs, but due to a scheduling conflict with Hara Arena, the Sharks played their playoff game at the Saginaw Sting. The Sting would go on to upset the Sharks, scoring twice in the final minute to defeat their former quarterback Jones.


In June 2013, the Sharks agreed to terms with the CIFL to return for the 2014 season.[2]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

When the Dayton Sharks were announced, the ownership stated the franchise would be red, black and silver, but after a month changed the colors to be blue, black and silver. The team also introduced a new logo at that time, a Shark with the text "Sharks" underneath it.

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Dayton Sharks roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs


Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

Rookies in italics
Roster updated May 3, 2014
20 Active, 1 Inactive

More rosters

Awards and honors[edit]

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

Season Player Position Award
2013 Tommy Jones Quarterback CIFL Offensive Player of the Year

All-League players[edit]

The following Sharks players have been named to All-League Teams:

  • QB Tommy Jones (2)
  • RB Derrick Moss (1)
  • WR Robert Redd (1), Kenyez Mincy (1), Eugene Cooper (1), Derrick Shearer (1)
  • OL Andrew Phelan (1), Frank Straub (1), Josh Ellison (1)
  • DL James Spikes (1)
  • LB Santino Turnbow (1)
  • DB Mike Davis (1), Viterio Jones (1), Donte Johnson (1)

Notable coaches[edit]

Head Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through end of the 2014 CIFL season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Chris Taylor 2013 8 2 0 .800 0 1
Lavar Glover 2014-present 6 4 0 .600 0 0

Coaching staff[edit]

Dayton Sharks staff
Front Office
  • Managing General Partner - Corwyn Thomas
  • Executive Vice President - Diana Thomas
  • General Manager - Lavar Glover
  • Chief Financial Officer - Mike McCormick
  • Legal Counsel - Brad Weber
  • Director of Media Relations - Alan See

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches


Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line - Lavar Glover
  • Defensive Assistant – Lucius Dorise

Statistics and records[edit]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
Dayton Sharks
2013 2013 CIFL 2nd 8 2 0 Lost CIFL Semifinals (Saginaw) 63-66
2014 2014 CIFL South 3rd 6 4 0
Totals 14 6 0 All-time regular season record (2013-2014)
0 1 - All-time postseason record (2013-2014)
14 7 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2013-2014)

* Season currently in progress


  1. ^ a b c Marc Pendleton (February 14, 2013). "Jones hopes to jump-start Sharks". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Cory Butzin (June 10, 2013). "Continental Indoor Football League agree to terms with five teams for next season". MLive Media Group. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 

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