Gary Steelheads

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Gary Steelheads
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Founded 2000
League CBA 2000
IBL 2000-2001
CBA 2001-2006
USBL 2007
IBL 2008
Team history Gary Steelheads
2000-2008
Based in Gary, Indiana
Arena Genesis Convention Center
2000-2008
Colors Navy Blue, Light Blue, Gray
Owner(s) Showtime Sports and Entertainment, LLC
Head coach Rob Spon
Championships 0
Division titles 1 (2006)
Dancers Steelhearts/Sweethearts
Mascot Steelie

The Gary Steelheads were a professional basketball team that played in the International Basketball League. In the past they played in the International Basketball League, Continental Basketball Association, and the United States Basketball League. They were based in Gary, Indiana and played their home games at the Genesis Convention Center. The Steelheads were the 2006 CBA Eastern Conference champions.

History[edit]

Former logo, while in the CBA

Gary was awarded a franchise in the CBA in 2000. The league folded so the Steelheads joined the IBL. Former CBA franchise owners purchased the CBA name from the bancruptcy court. The IBL and IBA combined to reform the CBA in 2001. After playing five seasons in the CBA the team announced on July 21, 2006, that they would be sitting out the 2006-07 CBA season.

During that time former owner Jewell Harris Sr. was indicted on federal extortion and other charges unrelated to the team. Harris resigned from the team pending a sale.

On October 24, the new ownership, Showtime Sports and Entertainment, LLC (headlined by Jewell Harris Jr.), announced they would be moving to the USBL for 2007.[1]

After one season in the USBL, which included multiple teams folding, the Steelheads joined the IBL (unrelated to the former IBL) for the 2008 season. The Steelheads will sit out the 2009 season.[2]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Wins Losses % Reg. Season Playoffs
2000 CBA 9 15 .375 5th, American League Folded
2000/01 IBL 7 23 .233 5th, National Did not qualify
2001/02 CBA 22 34 .393 4th, American Did not qualify
2002/03 CBA 25 23 .521 3rd, American Did not qualify
2003/04 CBA 27 21 .563 3rd Lost First Round
2004/05 CBA 17 31 .354 4th, Eastern Did not qualify
2005/06 CBA 29 19 .604 2nd, Eastern Conference Champs
2007 USBL 16 11 .593 3rd Lost First Round
2008 IBL 18 4 .818 1st Opted Out

Roster[edit]

Gary Steelheads All-Time Roster[ref 1]
Players Coaches
  • United States Chris Alexander
  • United States Chris Allen
  • United States Tyrone Anderson
  • United States Mark Atkins
  • United States Chad Austin
  • United States Lawrence Barnes
  • United States Jermaine Blackburn
  • United States Ryan Blackwell
  • United States Nathan Blessen
  • United States DeAnthony Bowden
  • United States Barry Bradford
  • United States Gareth Bragg
  • United States Keenan Browder
  • United States Gerald Brown
  • United States Quinnel Brown
  • United States Willie Burton
  • United States Benson Callier
  • United States Maurice Carter
  • United States Shelly Clark
  • United States Akeem Clark
  • United States Lorenzo Coleman
  • United States Jaraan Cornell
  • Panama Ed Cota
  • United States Melvin Council
  • United States Joe Crispin
  • United States Carson Cunningham
  • United States Marlowe Currie
  • United States Michael Deemer
  • United States Rob Dye
  • United States Carl Edwards
  • United States Neil Edwards
  • United States Dane Fife
  • United States Shaun Fountain
  • United States Kevin Frey
  • United States Kenyon Gamble
  • United States Jarrod Gee
  • United States David Graves
  • United States Devin Gray
  • United States Ed Gray
   
  • United States Royce Parran
  • United States Marshall Phillips
  • Haiti Olden Polynice
  • United States Milosh Pujo
  • United States Lonnie Randolph
  • United States Jemeil Rich
  • United States Eric Roberson
  • United States Keith Salscheider
  • United States Adam Schaper
  • United States Kevin Simmons
  • United States Lazarus Sims
  • United States Johnelle Slone
  • United States Leon Smith
  • United States Aaron Spears
  • United States Greg Springfield
  • United States Arthur Stapleton
  • United States Steven Strong
  • The Bahamas Judson Stubbs
  • United States Tevis Stukes
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Bayonne Taty
  • United States Justus Thigpen
  • United States Aki Thomas
  • United States Tyron Triplett
  • United States Louis Truscott
  • United States LaMont Turner
  • United States DeAndre Walker
  • United States Phillip Watson
  • United States Daniel Watts
  • United States Chris Wesby
  • United States Louis White
  • United States Courtney Williams
  • United States Curtis Williams
  • United States Jermaine Williams
  • United States Jamal Wilson
  • United States Tim Winn
  • United States Ray Yagelski
  • United States Galen Young
  • United States Ray Young
 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamnik, Al (2006-10-24). "USBL lands big catch in Steelheads". The Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  2. ^ Hamnik, Al (2008-11-21). "Gary Steelheads to sit out 2009 IBL season". The Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 

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