Los Angeles Kiss

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Los Angeles Kiss
Current season
Established 2013
Play in Honda Center
in Anaheim, California
Los Angeles Kiss logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

Arena Football League (2014–present)

  • National Conference (2014–present)
Team colors

Black, Flame, Gold, White

                   
Personnel
Owner(s) Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Doc McGhee
Brett Bouchy
President Schuyler Hoversten
Head coach Bob McMillen
Team history
  • Los Angeles Kiss (2014–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Los Angeles Kiss (stylized as LA KISS) are a professional arena football team based in Los Angeles, California. They are currently members of the West Division of the National Conference of the Arena Football League (AFL). The Kiss joined the AFL as an expansion team after Los Angeles' previous franchise (Los Angeles Avengers) did not return as a part of Arena Football 1. The team's ownership is a group of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of rock band Kiss, as well as their manager Doc McGhee. The team plays its home games at the Honda Center in nearby Anaheim, which they share with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. The team is featured in the AMC series 4th and Loud.

History[edit]

Southern California's prior AFL history[edit]

The Kiss is the third AFL team to represent Los Angeles, the fourth to represent Southern California, and the second to play at the Honda Center. Los Angeles' first AFL team was the Los Angeles Cobras, which called the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena home for the team's only season of 1988, in which they finished 5–6–1, making the playoffs but losing to the Chicago Bruisers in the first round. Eight years later, the Anaheim Piranhas moved from Las Vegas, beginning play for the 1996 season at the Honda Center (known as the Arrowhead Pond at the time). Their first season saw them finish 9–5 and make the playoffs (losing to the Tampa Bay Storm in the first round), but their second season saw them finish 2–12 and fold after year's end, most likely because of their owner, C. David Baker, being named the AFL's commissioner and wanting to focus on that.

However, perhaps Los Angeles' most notable foray into arena football was the Los Angeles Avengers, which called the Staples Center home during their nine-year run from 2000 until the league's suspension of operations in 2008. During that time, the team made five playoff appearances and won one division title (in 2005), though only winning one of those playoff games.

Kiss arrives[edit]

On August 15, 2013, it was announced that Kiss (who performed at halftime of ArenaBowl XXVI) had purchased a share of an AFL expansion team set to begin play in 2014. Kiss lead members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, their manager Doc McGhee, and league veteran Brett Bouchy jointly own the team. Both Simmons and Stanley are known fans of the AFL, and they look forward to bringing an experience like no other in the AFL in specific or sports in general.[1]

On September 10, 2013, the Kiss began assembling their first roster, trading their first pick in the dispersal draft of Chicago Rush and Utah Blaze players, to the Iowa Barnstormers in exchange for quarterback J. J. Raterink.[2] With their 2nd and 3rd picks, they drafted wide receiver Chase Deadder and linebacker Antwan Marsh. On September 17, 2013, they named Bob McMillen, the 2013 AFL Coach of the Year, the franchise's first head coach.[3] On September 18, the Kiss hired former Los Angeles Dodgers business executive Schuyler Hoversten as its inaugural president.[4]

The games are themed to echo a Kiss music concert: games open with an electric guitar rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner; there is "loud pyrotechnics and music" throughout the game; "the Kiss logo is plastered everywhere: on the arena football field, on the end zone and on the flame-emblazoned jerseys in the stands. ... [There is a] Kiss Girls dance-squad in black leather. ... Through the entire game, scantily clad women dance around poles in cages hanging over the end zones."[5] The team's artificial turf field is also colored in a unique silver color scheme.

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, AMC premiered 4th and Loud, a reality documentary series focusing on the team's inaugural season.[6]

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Los Angeles Kiss roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers
  • Currently vacant

Defensive backs

Kickers

  • Currently vacant
Injured reserve
  • Currently vacant

Refuse to report

  • Currently vacant

Other League Exempt

League Suspension

Inactive reserve

  • Currently vacant

Recallable reassignment

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated October 15, 2014
15 Active, 3 Inactive

More rosters

All-Arena players[edit]

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

Notable coaches[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Bob McMillen 2014–present 3 15 0 .167 0 0

Staff[edit]

Los Angeles Kiss staff
Front Office   Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

Sports Medicine
  • Head Athletic Trainer – Bruno F. Silva
  • Team Physician – Dr. Luga Podesta
  • Team Physician – Dr. Michale Banffy
  • Team Internist – Dr. Dennis Jordanides
  • Team Neurologist – Dr. Vernon Williams

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses
Los Angeles Kiss
2014 AFL National West 3rd 3 15
Total 3 15 (includes only regular season)
0 0 (includes only the postseason)
3 15 (includes both regular season and postseason)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arena Football League, KISS Bring Pro Football Back to Los Angeles". Arena Football League. August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Iowa Barnstormers trade key offensive piece as part of Arena League shuffle". www.desmoinesregister.com. www.desmoinesregister.com. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "LA Kiss hires Bob McMillen as coach of AFL team". www.sacbee.com. The Sacramento Bee. September 17, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "KISS Hire Former Dodgers Executive as Inaugural President". Arena Football League. September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Valot, Susan (Jul 18–20, 2014). "Arena Football with a Hard Rock Beat". The California Report from KQED (KQED). Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "TCA: Kiss Originals Shout It Out Loud — AMC’s ‘4th And Loud’ Is Arena Rock That Will “Pummel You”". Deadline Hollywood. July 11, 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  7. ^ BREAKING: LA KISS is proud to announce and welcome Matthew Sauk as Director of Player Personnel! #LAKISS, LA KISS Facebook, October 6, 2014

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