Jacksonville Sharks

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For the defunct World Football League team, see Jacksonville Sharks (WFL).
Jacksonville Sharks
Current season
Established 2010
Play in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Sharks logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

Arena Football League (2010–present)

  • American Conference (2010–present)
Team colors

Blood Red, Midnight Black, White

              
Mascot Chum
Personnel
Owner(s) Jeff Bouchy
Steve Curran
Larry Payne
Vince Neil (minority)
General manager Les Moss
Head coach Les Moss
Team history
  • Jacksonville Sharks (2010–present)
Championships

League championships (1)

Conference championships (1)

Division championships (4)

Playoff appearances (4)
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Home arena(s)

The Jacksonville Sharks are a professional arena football team based in Jacksonville, Florida, playing their home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, known for sponsorship purposes as Sea Best Field. The team is part of the South Division of the American Conference in the Arena Football League (AFL), and have won the championship of their division in all four seasons of their existence.

The Sharks joined the AFL for the 2010 season, following the league's complete reorganization the previous year. In their inaugural season they set the league record for most regular season wins by an expansion team, winning twelve of their sixteen games, and ranked third in the league in ticket sales and average attendance. They advanced to the 2010 AFL playoffs, claiming the South Division title. In their second year in the league, they advanced to the ArenaBowl XXIV, defeating the Arizona Rattlers 73-70, for the first AFL Championship in franchise history.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Arena Football League originally wanted to place a franchise in Jacksonville in the 1990s, citing the city's historical support for football.[3] The proposal drew the attention of Wayne Weaver, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the league decided that the Jacksonville Coliseum was too small for AFL standards.[3] In 2000, the Jacksonville Tomcats began play in the af2, the AFL's developmental league. The AFL and Tomcats ownership anticipated the completion of the new 15,000-seat Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, but the Tomcats folded after the 2002 season, before construction of the Arena was completed.[4]

Interest in placing an arena football team in Jacksonville remained. In 2010, following the restructuring of the AFL and the cancellation of the 2009 season, the AFL announced it would place an expansion team in Jacksonville.[5] The ownership group would be Jacksonville Sports Group, led by Jeff Bouchy, formerly part owner of the Orlando Predators AFL team under his brother Brett Bouchy.[5] On May 3, 2014, it was officially announced that former Motley Crue front man Vince Neil purchased a minority stake in the team.

Arena[edit]

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, home of the Sharks












Since 2010, the Sharks' home arena has been Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, a $130 million facility.

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Jacksonville Sharks roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers
  • Currently vacant

Defensive backs

Kickers

Injured reserve
  • Currently vacant

Refused to report

  • Currently vacant

Unsigned free agents

Other League Exempt

Team suspension

  • Currently vacant

Inactive reserve

  • Currently vacant

League suspension

  • Currently vacant

Recallable reassignment

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated October 28, 2014
27 Active, 4 Inactive

More rosters

Individual awards[edit]

All-Arena players[edit]

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

All-Ironman players[edit]

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

Notable coaches[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through Week 18 of the 2014 Arena Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Les Moss 2010–present 54 32 0 .628 5 3 2010 Coach of the Year

Staff[edit]

Jacksonville Sharks staff
Front Office
  • Managing Partner – Jeff Bouchy
  • Partner – Larry Payne
  • Partner/Vice President of Ticketing – Steve Curran
  • Assistant General Manager – Tim Johnson
  • Director of Media Relations – Zander Kean
  • Corporate Sales Manager – Nick Dalcero
  • Director of Community Relations – Lindsey Taggart
  • Account Sales Manager – Ticketing – Mike Adams
  • Account Executive – Stephanie Elmer
  • Account Executive – David Diana
 

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

Support Staff

  • Director of Player Personnel - Pat O'Hara
  • Strength and Condition – Lonnie Marts, Jr.
  • Strength and Condition – James Coleman
  • Equipment Manager – Mike Owens

Season-by-season results[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don Coble (August 12, 2011). "Sharks win ArenaBowl on final play". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Don Coble (August 16, 2011). "Jacksonville to celebrate Sharks' championship with a parade". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "New arena considered for football". The Florida Times-Union. May 25, 1998. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ Jeff Walker (November 13, 2002). "Tomcats fold". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Jeff Elliott (November 18, 2009). "Jacksonville arena football team hoping for a bang". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 

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