Minnesota Fighting Pike

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Minnesota Fighting Pike
MinnesotaFightingPike.jpg
Founded 1996
Folded 1996
League Arena Football League
Conference American
Division Western
Team history Minnesota Fighting Pike
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Arena Target Center
Colors Green, Gold, White
              
Owner(s) Tom Scallen
President Tom Scallen
Head coach Ray Jauch
Championships 0
Division titles 0
Mascot Tackle

The Minnesota Fighting Pike were an Arena football team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They joined the Arena Football League in 1996 as an expansion team. The Fighting Pike were the first ever attempt at an arena/indoor football team in the state of Minnesota. The owner of the Fighting Pike was Tom Scallen. The Fighting Pike played at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team colors were green and gold. In a 2012 AFL Poll, the Fighting Pike were voted as the 8th greatest nickname in AFL history.[1]

Franchise history[edit]

In November 1995, the announced that they would be nicknamed the "Fighting Pike" and that Art Haege was named the team's Head Coach.[2]

During the team's first tryout, Haege walked out, stating he was going "Back to Iowa." The next day, Haege faxed in his resignation to team owner Tom Scallen.[3][4]

The Pike were 0-7 at home, and the average attendance for the 7 home games was 8,894.[5]

The roster was full of players that had played at the University of Minnesota or other Minnesota colleges and universities. Former Gopher Rickey Foggie was the quarterback and he struggled adapting to the Arena Football League after many years in the Canadian Football League. Once during the season he was benched in favor of Southwest State's Jeff Loots, who threw four interceptions in a game. Loots was playing on his third expansion team in three seasons. Another player from Southwest State was Alvin Ashley. Perhaps the best-known ex-Pike is kicker Mike Vanderjagt, later a star in the CFL and NFL.

Ray Jauch was the head coach. He was assisted by John Coatta Jr. on offense and Frank Haege on defense.

The team's lack of exposure or advertising was the key reason for the team's folding at the end of the 1996 season.[citation needed] The team did not have a regional television deal to promote their games or have the games advertised in newspapers and other media.

The Pike's final game of the season against the Memphis Pharaohs was played in Tupelo, Mississippi, because the Pharaohs had been evicted from their arena.[citation needed] After the game, the Pike ceased operations. There were no announcements nor press releases; players left town and staff did not receive their final paychecks.[citation needed]

The Pike's official mascot was a giant Pike named "Tackle." He was known to "dive" into a promotional hot tub at the arena.

Players of note[edit]

Final Roster[edit]

Minnesota Fighting Pike roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen/Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Rookies in italics
[1] updated August 16, 2012
32 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

More rosters

Coaches of note[edit]

Head Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 1996 Arena Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Ray Jauch 1996 4 10 0 .286 0 0

Coaching staff[edit]

Minnesota Fighting Pike staff
Front Office

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – John Coatta Jr.
 

Defensive Coaches

Statistics and records[edit]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.

Arena Bowl Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
1996 1996 AFL American Western 4th 4 10 0
Totals 4 10 0 All-time regular season record (1996)
0 0 - All-time postseason record (1996)
4 10 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (1996)

* Season currently in progress

Team leaders[edit]

  • Leading rusher: Harry Jackson 22 carries, 26 yards and 0 touchdowns
  • Leading passer: Rickey Foggie 224-443 for 2,269 yards, 40 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
  • Leading receiver: Reggie Brown 79 catches, 964 yards 17, touchdowns

Other media[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 25 Team Names in Arena Football History". www.arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. February 16, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Transactions". Hartford Courant. November 10, 1995. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Anthony Hall (July 5, 2007). "A Return Of The Minnesota Fighting Pike?". www.realclearsports.com. Real Clear Sports. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dan Barrerio (January 17, 1996). "Coach tells Pike: This I don't like, I'm takin' a hike; `They weren't my kind of folks,' says Haege.". The Star Tribune. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Minnesota Fighting Pike history - 1996". www.arenafan.com. Arena Fan. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 

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