Louisville Fire

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Louisville Fire
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Louisville Fire
Founded 2001
Folded 2008
League AF2
Conference American
Division Midwest
Arena Freedom Hall
Owner(s) Will Wolford
Conference titles 2005
Playoff berths 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

The Louisville Fire was an arena football team that played its home games at the Brown-Forman Field in Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. They were a 2001 expansion team of the af2. Their owner/operator was former Pro Bowl lineman and Louisville native Will Wolford. The team was somewhat successful. After a rocky first few seasons they finally found success in 2004 and then made it all the way to the Arena Cup in the 2005 season.

In July 2007, it was announced that the team planned on selling portions of the team to local ownership (ala the NFL's Green Bay Packers) in an attempt to boost season ticket sales and then buy the shares back in time before the team joined the AFL.[1]

In November 2008, the Louisville Fire ceased operations.[2]

Award winners[edit]

  • 2004 - Takua Furutani - International Player of the Year
  • 2005 - Matthew Sauk - Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2005 - Danny Kight - Kicker of the Year
  • 2006 - Brett Dietz - Rookie of the Year
  • 2006 - Rob Mager - Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2008 - Elizabeth "Liz" Horrall - Miss Louisville Fire Football

Season-by-season[edit]

On offense against Birmingham in May 2006 at the BJCC Arena.
Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2001 6 10 0 6th NC Midwest --
2002 2 14 0 4th NC Midwest --
2003 5 11 0 3rd NC Midwest --
2004 9 7 0 2nd NC Midwest Won NC Round 1 (Quad City 53-48)
Lost NC Semifinal (Tulsa 49-42)
2005 11 5 0 2nd AC East Won AC Round 1 (Macon 55-54)
Won AC Semifinal (Manchester 69-56)
Won AC Championship (Florida 70-40)
Lost ArenaCup VI (Memphis 63-41)
2006 9 7 0 4th AC East Lost AC Round 1 (Memphis 83-61)
2007 9 7 0 3rd AC Midwest Won AC Round 1 (Spokane 62-35)
Lost AC Semifinals (Green Bay 37-27)
2008 8 8 0 4th AC Midwest --
Totals 62 71 0 (including playoffs)

2008 coaches[edit]

  • Tommy Johnnson - Head Coach
  • George Eskridge - Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coach
  • Anthony Payton - Offensive Coordination
  • Oscar Brohm - Quarterbacks Coach
  • Darrel Ryan
  • Pat Padrone
  • Roy McMillen
  • Tyronne Young

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