Florida Firecats

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Florida Firecats
Florida Firecats Logo.GIF
Florida Firecats
Founded 2001
League AF2
Conference American
Division South
Based in Estero, Florida
Arena Germain Arena
Owner(s) Chris Vallozzi
Head coach Kevin Bouis
Championships 2004 ArenaCup
Conference titles 2002, 2004
Division titles 2005, 2006, 2007
Playoff berths 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

The Florida Firecats were a professional arena football team based in Estero, Florida. They played in the af2, the Arena Football League's developmental league, from 2001 to 2009. They did not join the AFL following the leagues' reorganization in 2010. During their run they won the 2004 ArenaCup championship,[1] two conference titles, and made a total of seven playoff appearances. They played their home games at Germain Arena.

Season-by-season[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2001 7 9 0 5th AC Southeast --
2002 9 7 0 2nd AC South Won AC Round 1 (Tallahassee 43-31)
Won AC Semifinal (Macon 44-28)
Won AC Championship (Cape Fear 43-23)
Lost ArenaCup III (Peoria 65-47)
2003 10 6 0 2nd AC South Lost AC Round 1 (Macon 42-16)
2004 10 6 0 2nd AC South Won AC Round 1 (Memphis 35-33)
Won AC Semifinal (Tennessee Valley 62-58)
Won AC Championship (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 41-31)
Won ArenaCup V (Peoria 39-26)
2005 14 2 0 1st AC South Won AC Semifinal (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 59-45)
Lost AC Championship (Louisville 70-40)
2006 13 3 0 1st AC South Won AC Semifinal (Manchester 40-39)
Lost AC Championship (Green Bay 60-47)
2007 11 5 0 1st NC South Lost AC Round 1 (South Georgia 59-50)
2008 10 6 0 2nd AC South Lost AC Round 1 (Tennessee Valley 48-33)
2009 7 9 0 4th AC South --
Totals 100 59 0 (including playoffs)

* = Current Standing

Uncertain Future[edit]

The cancellation of the Arena Football League's 2009 season has left the future of many af2 teams up in the air. 11 of the 25 af2 teams have confirmed that they will be joining a new arena football league, Arena Football 1. The Florida Firecats are not one of those teams, and it is unclear whether they will continue to play in the af2, seek another arena football league, or suspend operations.

The Firecats do not seem interested in joining AF1 and may be trying to join another indoor football league instead. Commissioner Jerry Kurz says the Firecats have yet to apply, and team president Chris Vallozzi was quoted as calling AF1 "an upstart league" without the AFL's 20 years of prior history, also saying they'd "keep all options open with all leagues."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Settling the Score: Gorrie Takes One More Run". ResSports.com. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wommack, Woody. "''Naples News'', "Pro football: Firecats haven't applied to join new Arena League 1"". Naplesnews.com. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 

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