|Team history||Miami Valley Silverbacks (2006-2010)
Dayton Silverbacks (2011-2012)
|Arena||Hobart Arena (2006-2008)
Hara Arena (2011-2012)
|Based in||Trotwood, Ohio|
|Colors||Black, Green, Silver
|Head coach||James Scott|
|General Manager||April Shellenberger|
|Broadcasters||Radio - Dave Reed, Micheal Hirn, Lee W. Mowen|
|Local media||Radio - Ohio Sports Radio - http://ohiosportsradiometwork|
The Dayton Silverbacks were a professional indoor football team based in Dayton, Ohio. The team was a member of the Continental Indoor Football League. The franchise started as the Miami Valley Silverbacks and joined the CIFL in 2007 after playing their inaugural season as an expansion team in the American Indoor Football Association. The Sharks were the fourth 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 and the third being the Cincinnati Marshals who played their 2007 season in Dayton. The Owner of the Silverbacks was April Shellenberger. The Silverbacks played their home games at Hara Arena in nearby Trotwood, Ohio.
- 1 Franchise history
- 2 Logos and uniforms
- 3 Notable players
- 4 Notable coaches
- 5 Statistics and records
- 6 References
- 7 External links
2006: AIFL expansion
The team began play in 2006 as the Miami Valley Silverbacks, an expansion member of the American Indoor Football League. On Saturday, March 25, 2006, WR/DB Maurice Lee managed to set five AIFL wide receiver records, en route to his team's 57–54 Week 5 road victory over the Steubenville Stampede. He set the records for most catches (16), most reception yards (191), most receiving touchdowns (7), most points (42), and total touchdowns (7). The team finished 5-9 in their expansion season, earning a birth in the AIFL playoffs before losing in the first round. After the season four Silverbacks were named to the AIFL ProStar Team.
2007: Joining the CIFL
After the season, the team decided to move to the Continental Indoor Football League, along with their brother franchise, the Steubenville Stampede, signing a three-year contract with the league. Team owner Jeff Kolaczkowski cited, "This will cut down on the team's operating expenses as well as build strong rivalries." The Silverbacks had a rude welcome to the CIFL, when defending league champion, the Port Huron Pirates, defeated the Silverbacks 54-7. The team bounced back and finished with a 4-9 record and a chance to win a qualifying playoff game. They lost 60-28 to the Chicago Slaughter, failing to make the playoffs.
In 2008, the team saw the only coach it had even known, removed himself from the position and become the team's president. His first move was to hire Carl Allen as his successor. The team finished 3-9 and had their third season in a row of declining win totals.
The Silverbacks planned on sitting out the 2009 CIFL season, but due to the West Virginia Wild getting suspended from the league, the CIFL offered for the Silverbacks to take the place of the Wild. They had been schedule to play a 12-game season, primarily as a traveling team only playing two home games at Hobart Arena, but two of their road games were cancelled. The team hired Derrick Shepard, a former NFL and Arena Football League Defensive Tackle, to coach the team. On April 14, the Silverbacks announced that a majority of their remaining 2009 season were to be broadcast live online for free on MCP-TV at www.miamicountypost.com. Professional sports announcer, JT Szabo provided the play-by-play. The team finished with a franchise worst record of 0-10, failing to make the playoffs for the 3rd straight season.
2010: Return to the playoffs
The 2010 Silverbacks announced they will continue play in the CIFL as a full travel squad. The team named former Cincinnati Swarm (af2), Louisville Fire (af2) and Cincinnati Marshals (NIFL) assistant Brian Wells as head coach. The 2010 Silverbacks finished the regular season with, at the time, the best winning percentage in team history (.400) and their second ever playoff berth. The Silverbacks were eliminated in the first round by the eventual CIFL Champion Cincinnati Commandos.
In 2011, the Silverbacks saw several changes. They changed the franchise name from the "Miami Valley Silverbacks" to the "Dayton Silverbacks" and found a home arena in Hara Arena in Trotwood, Ohio. The Silverbacks brought back Derrick Shepard to coach the team after Brian Wells took a job with the Commandos. The Silverbacks continued their success from the following season, finished with a franchise best .500 winning percentage, and a second consecutive playoff appearance. They would go on to lose in the Semi-finals to the Marion Blue Racers.
2012: S'Back best season ever
After much speculation about whether or not the Silverbacks would leave the CIFL and join the Ultimate Indoor Football League, the Silverbacks management made an announcement that they would be staying in the CIFL and helping the league rebuild after losing its top two teams from the 2011 season. Coach Derrick Shepard resigned at the end of the 2011 season. On September 8, 2011, Mister Askew was named the 6th coach in Silverbacks history. On February 9, 2012, it was announced that Silverbacks Football LLC, in which Jeff Kolaczkowski of Dayton acted as president of that organization, decided they would be stepping out of the world of football and selling the team to an ownership group. The Dayton Silverbacks were sold to MRL Sports Entertainment LLC. There are currently three members on the ownership board for MRL Sports Entertainment LLC and all three board members were current members of the Dayton Silverbacks front office staff. Those members were Michael Lause, April Shellenberger and Tyree Fields. On March 1, just ten days before the season started, the Silverback fired Head Coach Mister Askew. The reasons for his termination have yet to be determined. The team hired James Scott, a former player for the Silverbacks, and Askew's Defensive Coordinator, to be the teams Head Coach. More trouble came before the season started, as Fields left the team in all capacities, leaving only Lause and Shellenberger. Then after one week of the season, Lause left the team as well for reasons that are unknown. Shelleberger was left as the lone person in charge. Dispsite all the off the field distractions, the Silverbacks put together the best season in franchise history, clinching a winning record for the first time ever with a 62-15 win of the Indianapolis Enforcers on April 14. The Silverbacks would finish the season 8-1, with their lone loss coming to the undefeated Saginaw Sting. Their second place finish was critical after the CIFL cut the playoffs from 4 teams to just 2, moving the Silverbacks into the 2012 CIFL Championship Game against the Sting. Silverbacks scored just 7 points, in what was the lowest scoring CIFL Championship Game in league history, with a final score of 7-35. After all the front office struggles of the year, the Silverbacks folded at season's end.
Logos and uniforms
The Silverbacks organization had the same primary logo from 2006 till 2010, featuring a Silverback, who was in brush, waiting to attack about the text, "Miami Valley Silverbacks." When the team mean moved to Dayton in 2011, they unvailed a new logo, again featuring a Silverback, roaring above the word "Silverbacks." The team's primary uniform colors are black, forest green and silver. The Silverbacks' helmet is black with the letter D going through the letter S. The team wore black pants and green and silver jerseys for the entire 2011 season.
Dayton Silverbacks roster
Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
The following is a list of all Miami Valley/Dayton Silverbacks players who have won Individual Awards and Honors.
|2006||Joe Washington||Center||AIFL All-Pro Team|
|2006||Maurice Lee||Wide Receiver||AIFL All-Pro Team|
|2006||Bobby Britton||Defensive Back||AIFL All-Pro Team|
|2006||Neal Wood||Linebacker||AIFL All-Pro Team|
|2008||George Murray||Wide Receiver||2nd Team All-CIFL|
|2008||James Crawford||Offensive Lineman||2nd Team All-CIFL|
|2008||Brenton Brady||Linebacker||2nd Team All-CIFL|
|2010||Richard Bailey||Center||1st Team All-CIFL|
|2010||Chris Stanford||Defensive Back||1st Team All-CIFL|
|2010||Daniel Stover||Wide Receiver||2nd Team All-CIFL|
|2010||Derrick Crawford||Defensive Tackle||2nd Team All-CIFL|
|2011||Chris Respress||Defensive Back||Defensive Player of the Year|
|2012||Melvin Thomas||Defensive Back||Defensive Player of the Year|
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2012 CIFL season.
|Brian Wells||2010||4||6||0||.400||0||1||Co-CIFL Coach of the Year|
|Derrick Shepard||2009, 2011||5||15||0||.250||0||1|
|James Scott||2012||8||1||0||.889||0||1||CIFL Coach of the Year|
|Dayton Silverbacks staff|
Statistics and records
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|
|Miami Valley Silverbacks|
|2007||2007||CIFL||Great Lakes||6th||4||8||0||Lost Great Lakes Division Qualifier (Slaughter) 28–60|
|2010||2010||CIFL||4th||4||6||0||Lost CIFL semifinals (Commandos) 24–46|
|2011||2011||CIFL||3rd||5||5||0||Lost CIFL semifinals (Blue Racers) 18–53|
|2012||2012||CIFL||2nd||8||1||0||Lost CIFL Championship Game (Sting) 7-35|
|Totals||29||48||0||All-time regular season record (2006–2012)|
|0||4||-||All-time postseason record (2006–2012)|
|29||52||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2006–2012)|
* Season currently in progress
- "Silverbacks' Lee Rewrites AIFL Record Book -- Five Marks Set In Win Over Stampede". March 26, 2006. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Four Silverbacks Chosen for AIFL ProStar Team". June 19, 2006. Retrieved February 2012.
- "Silverbacks Join the GLIFL". July 27, 2006. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Silverbacks Name Allen GM". January 27, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Silverbacks to take 2009 off, set sites for 2010". December 23, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Silverbacks' King cleans house: strategically builds new staff". December 8, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Miami Valley Silverbacks Strengthen D-Line". March 12, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- Silverbacks Broadcast Live On www.miamicountypost.com
- "Silverbacks Season Ends With A Loss And Lots Of Promise". oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. June 21, 2010. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
- Greg Billing (March 4, 2011). "Silverbacks ready to kick off 6th season". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
- "Coach resigns from Silverbacks". Dayton Daily News. June 15, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
- Silverbacks coach knows indoor football
- "BREAKING: Silverback fire head coach Mister Askew". March 1, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
- B.J. Bethel (April 14, 2012). "Silverbacks go for franchise wins mark". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
- Marc Pendleton (February 14, 2013). "Jones hopes to jump-start Sharks". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved February 15, 2013.