Florida Tarpons

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Florida Tarpons
Founded 2011
League Ultimate Indoor Football League (2012-2014)
X-League Indoor Football (2015-present)
Team history Florida Tarpons (2012-present)
Based in Estero, Florida
Arena Germain Arena (2012-present
Colors Navy Blue, Red, Sea Blue, Grey, White
Owner(s) Michael & Anna Taylor
Head coach Michael Taylor
General Manager Michael Taylor
Championships 0
Division titles 1 UIFL South (2012)
Dancers Reel Girls

The Florida Tarpons are a professional indoor football team based in Estero, Florida. The team is currently a member of the X-League. They began play in 2012 as an expansion team. The Tarpons are Estero's second indoor football team; their first since arenafootball2's Florida Firecats which played from 2001 until the af2's demise in 2009. In addition, they are the fourth indoor football team in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area, with them and the Firecats joining the unrelated Fort Myers Tarpons which played in the National Indoor Football League's final season of 2007 and the Florida Stingrays which played the 2008 American Indoor Football Association season. (Both teams played at the Lee County Civic Center). The Founders of the Tarpons are Andrew & Leah Haines and Michael & Anna Taylor. The Tarpons play their home games at Germain Arena.

Franchise history[edit]


In July 2011, the Tarpons were announced as an expansion team for the 2012 UIFL season.[1] On July 6, 2011, the Tarpons named, UIFL Co-Founder, Michael Taylor, as the team's inaugural Head Coach.[2] The Tarpons went undefeated during the regular season, and advanced to Ultimate Bowl II after defeating the Lakeland Raiders in the UIFL South Finals. The Tarpons lost Ultimate Bowl II to the Cincinnati Commandos. Four players from the Tarpons 2012 roster were invited/signed to NFL Rookie Mini Camps, DL Joshua Long, WR Dwayne Frampton, DB Willie Williams, and DB E.J. Whitley. WR Carlos Singleton signed with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League after the Tarpons season ended.


2012 United Indoor Football League
Team Conference Overall
Northern Conference
Cincinnati Commandos-y 8 2 .800 10 2 .833 709 465
Erie Explosion-x 8 3 .727 8 4 .667 788 423
Marion Blue Racers-x 6 4 .600 7 4 .636 602 467
Johnstown Generals 2 6 .250 2 6 .250 231 434
Western Pennsylvania Sting 0 5 .000 0 6 .000 125 464
Southern Conference
Florida Tarpons-y 11 0 1.000 12 1 .923 791 377
Eastern Kentucky Drillers 5 4 .556 6 4 .600 613 361
Lakeland Raiders-x 5 6 .455 6 6 .500 668 442
Rome Rampage 1 6 .143 1 6 .143 100 462
Mississippi Hound Dogs 1 8 .111 1 8 .111 243 471

Players of note[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Florida Tarpons roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs


Injured Reserve
  • Currently Vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently Vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated April 24, 2015
25 Active, 0 Inactive

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Awards and honors[edit]

The following is a list of all Tarpons players who have won league awards:

Season Player Position Award
2012 Terrance Jones Defensive Back UIFL South Defensive Player of the Year
2012 Ross Gornall Kicker UIFL South Special Teams Player of the Year
2012 Chris Wallace Quarterback 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Carlos Singleton Wide Receiver 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Donald Fusilier Wide Receiver 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 James Barker Offensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Greg Walls Offensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Josh Long Defensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Darrell Roseman Defensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Harriel Moore Linebacker 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Tavares Woodley Linebacker 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Terrance Jones Defensive Back 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Ross Gornall Kicker 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Sean Callahan Offensive Lineman Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 E.J. Whitley Defensive Back Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Steven Turner All-Purpose Honorable Mention All-UIFL North

Coaches of note[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through Week 4 of the 2015 X-League Indoor Football season

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Michael Taylor 2012–present 20 4 0 .833 2 2 UIFL South Coach of the Year (2012)

Coaching staff[edit]

Florida Tarpons staff
Front Office
  • Co-Owner – Michael Taylor
  • Co-Owner – Anna Taylor

Head Coach

  • Head Coach – Michael Taylor

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Player Personnel – Brett Burnside

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
2012 2012 UIFL South 1st 11 0 Won UIFL South Finals (Raiders) 60–29
Lost Ultimate Bowl II (Commandos) 44–61
2013 2013 UIFL 1st 5 1 Won Ultimate Bowl III (Fury) 40-32
2014 2014 UIFL 2nd 4 1 Lost Ultimate Bowl IV (Fury) 23-58
2015 2015 X-League 0 2
Totals 20 4 All-time regular season record (2012-2015)
2 2 - All-time postseason record (2012-2015)
22 6 All-time regular season and postseason record (2012-2015)

* Season currently in progress


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