|League||United Indoor Football League (2011-2012)
Continental Indoor Football League (2013)
|Team history||Eastern Kentucky Drillers (2011-2012)
Kentucky Drillers (2013-future)
|Arena||Eastern Kentucky Expo Center|
|Based in||Pikeville, Kentucky|
|Colors||Black and Yellow|
|Head coach||Rick Kranz|
The Kentucky Drillers were a professional indoor football team based in Pikeville, Kentucky. The franchise started as the Eastern Kentucky Drillers and joined the Continental Indoor Football League in 2013 after playing their first two seasons as an expansion team and charter member of the Ultimate Indoor Football League for its inaugural 2011 season. The Owner of the Drillers was Rick Kranz. The Drillers played their home games at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, Kentucky.
On November 26, 2010, the UIFL announced that the team in Pikeville, Kentucky would be named the Eastern Kentucky Drillers. The Drillers lost their first game in franchise history, a 44-49 defeat to the hands of the Saginaw Sting. Even in the defeat, two Drillers (Aric Evans and David Jones), won the first ever Offensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week Awards in the history of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. The following week, the Drillers played their first ever home game at Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, and in front of 3,500 fans, the Drillers won 37-26 over the Huntington Hammer.
The Drillers made few changes to their team going into 2012, but the hiring of Defensive Coordinator, Jimmy Brookins was going to be vital to another Ultimate Bowl run, as he looked to keep the Drillers atop the UIFL rankings for defense.
Players of note
Kentucky Drillers roster
Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
The following is a list of all (Eastern) Kentucky Drillers players who have won Individual Awards and Honors.
|2011||Aric Evans||Wide Receivers||1st Team All-UIFL|
|2011||Rashaud Mungro||Offensive Lineman||1st Team All-UIFL|
|2011||David Jones||Defensive Back||1st Team All-UIFL|
|2011||Jason Connor||Defensive Back||2nd Team All-UIFL|
|2011||Butch Abshire||Defensive Back||2nd Team All-UIFL|
|2011||Daniel Eidson||Kicker||2nd Team All-UIFL|
|2012||Maurice Douse||Running Back||1st Team All-UIFL South|
|2012||Aric Evans||Wide Receiver||1st Team All-UIFL South|
|2012||Joe Parker||Offensive Lineman||1st Team All-UIFL South|
|2012||George Jackson||Defensive Back||1st Team All-UIFL South|
|2012||Allan Holland||Quarterback||UIFL South Honorable Mention|
|2012||Lynell Suggs||Wide Receiver||UIFL South Honorable Mention|
|2012||Phil Blaising||Center||UIFL South Honorable Mention|
|2012||Ellery Moore||Defensive Lineman||UIFL South Honorable Mention|
|2012||Shawn Lewis||Defensive Lineman||UIFL South Honorable Mention|
|2012||Andre Hatchett||Linebacker||UIFL South Honorable Mention|
|2012||Miquel Carodine||Defensive Back||UIFL South Honorable Mention|
|2012||Daniel Eidson||Kicker||UIFL South Honorable Mention|
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013 Continental Indoor Football League season.
|Kentucky Drillers staff|
Special Teams Coaches
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|
|Eastern Kentucky Drillers|
|2011||2011||UIFL||3rd||8||6||0||Won UIFL semifinals (Hammer) 20-4
Lost Ultimate Bowl I (Sting) 69-86
|Totals||16||18||0||All-time regular season record (2011–2013)|
|1||1||-||All-time postseason record (2011–2013)|
|17||19||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2011–2013)|
* Season currently in progress
- "Pikeville, KY Team Name Announced: Eastern Kentucky Drillers". www.theuifl.com. UIFL. November 26, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "Saginaw Sting capture season opener". Midland Daily News. February 19, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "Drillers duo highlight weekly honors". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 26, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "Drillers Open with Win". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 28, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2012.
- "Brookins Named EKY Defensive Coordinator". www.oursportscental.com. OurSports Central. September 23, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
- "Drillers returning for 2013 season". www.floydcountytimes.com. Floyd County Times. January 11, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
- "Drillers making switch to Continental Indoor Football League". www.wkyt.com. WYMT. July 19, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2012.