Pittsburgh Power

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Pittsburgh Power
Current season
Established 2010
Play in Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Power logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

Arena Football League (2011–present)

  • American Conference (2011-present)
    • East (2011–present)
Team colors

Black, Gold

         
Personnel
Owner(s) Matt Shaner
Lynn Swann
Trib Total Media
President Peter Hill
General manager Matt Shaner
Head coach Ron James
Team history
  • Pittsburgh Power (2011–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Pittsburgh Power are a professional arena football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team currently belongs to the East Division of the American Conference (AC) in the Arena Football League (AFL). Founded in 2011, the Power are the youngest franchise in the AC. The team plays its home games at the Consol Energy Center, which they share with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. The Power share the same color scheme (black & gold) as Pittsburgh's other professional sports teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL, and the Pittsburgh Pirates of the MLB.[1]

Pittsburgh was the fourth city added for the 2011 AFL season, joining the San Jose SaberCats, Kansas City Command and their new in-state rivals the Philadelphia Soul – who were all returning to the Arena Football League after a two-year absence.[2]

History[edit]

Pittsburgh's prior AFL history[edit]

Prior to the announcement of Pittsburgh's 2011 expansion team, the city was the home to the Pittsburgh Gladiators, one of the four original franchises of the Arena Football League in 1987. The AFL's very first league game, not counting the playtest games at the Rockford MetroCenter and the Rosemont Horizon, was played in the Pittsburgh Civic Arena between the Gladiators and Washington Commandos. The Gladiators would go on to lose ArenaBowl I to the Denver Dynamite, 45–16, that season in a game played at the Civic Arena. Two years later, the team lost ArenaBowl III, held at Joe Louis Arena, to the Detroit Drive by a score of 39–26.

The following season was the Gladiators' fourth and last in Pittsburgh after co-owner Bob Greis decided to move the franchise to Tampa, Florida. The team was renamed the Tampa Bay Storm. Greis, who had several business interests in Florida, sold the franchise a few years later. During the Storms' first year in Tampa, the team defeated the Detroit Drive, 48–42, to win ArenaBowl V. The Storm remained in Tampa and reached the playoffs in each of their next 15 seasons, winning four more AFL titles.

In 2011, Jerry Kurz, the commissioner of the Arena Football League, stated to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the Gladiators move to Tampa had nothing to do with the attendance for the games. He instead stated that the issues that prompted the team to relocate had more to do with the lack of additional accoutrements at the Civic Arena, such as updated luxury suites.[3]

2011 expansion season[edit]

The current AFL policy is to give expansion teams in markets previously served by AFL teams the same name as their predecessor, since the league owns almost all rights to all team names in the league's history. However, because the unrelated Cleveland Gladiators already use the "Gladiators" name, that required the adoption of a new franchise name. Incidentally, the Power's logo is a thunderbolt, the same as a previous Cleveland AFL team, Cleveland Thunderbolts.[4]

The team was originally rumored to be called the Pittsburgh River Wizards, according to sports blog Inside Pittsburgh Sports and by Pittsburgh-area radio host Mark Madden. The team name was changed to the Power before the official announcement by the team.[5]

The Power played their first game in franchise history on March 11, 2011 at Consol Energy Center in front of 13,904 fans. They lost to the Philadelphia Soul in overtime by a score of 58–52.[6] Despite this loss, the Power led the East Division with a 7–4 record at the end of week 13. However, they lost five of their final seven games, falling to 9–9 at the end of the season and finishing second in the division.

2012 season[edit]

Pittsburgh Power playing against the Tampa Bay Storm at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on July 20, 2013.

On March 9, 2012, the entire Pittsburgh Power roster was released prior to its opening game against the Orlando Predators due to a labor disagreement between the owners and the players' union. However, with the aid of a few replacements, the team managed to win 40–26.[7] Following the victory, 22 of the 24 released players were offered their jobs back (quarterback Kyle Rowley and kicker Taylor Rowan being the lone exceptions), with 18 immediately accepting and returning to the team. Neil Purvis signed a contract a few days later, bringing the total to 19. Defensive backs Josh Lay and Tyrrell Herbert and offensive lineman Dan Jones elected not to re-sign with the Power and were consequentially placed on the League Suspension list. Jones was traded to the Kansas City Command on May 2, 2012.

On April 14, the Power orchestrated the largest comeback in Arena Football League history. Down 48–17 in the third quarter to the Orlando Predators, backup quarterback Derek Cassidy led the team on a 34–3 run, taking the game into overtime. After the Predators kicked a field goal to make it 54–51, P. J. Berry returned the ensuing kickoff 38 yards to the Predators' 19-yard line. On the very next play, Cassidy connected with Christian Wise for a touchdown to win the game 57–54.

On June 8, the Power were scheduled to face the Cleveland Gladiators at Quicken Loans Arena. However, due to yet another labor dispute, the Gladiators failed to field enough players and forfeited, making the Power the first team in Arena Football League history to win in this manner.[8][9]

On June 16, Power kicker Geoff Boyer successfully converted a two-point drop kick against the Milwaukee Mustangs. It was the first successful drop kick in the Arena Football League since 1997.

With a 5–13 record, the Power failed to qualify for the playoffs with a last place finish in the division.

2013 season[edit]

On March 23, the Power opened the 2013 season against the Utah Blaze. The Power were still in the playoff hunt through Week 10 with a 3-6 record, but a 7 game losing streak lost the Power their chance at a playoff spot.

With a 4–14 record, the Power failed to qualify for the playoffs with a last place finish in the division.[10]

Ownership[edit]

On August 20, 2010, Matt Shaner was revealed as the principal owner and general manager of the team. Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann, an NFL Hall-of-Famer and Republican 2006 gubernatorial nominee, is also part of the team's ownership group. Shaner's family owns the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center Hotel. Like Swann, Matt Shaner was once a political candidate. In 2008 he ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. After the Colorado Crush, Kansas City Command, and Philadelphia Soul, the Power are the fourth team in Arena Football League history to have a former NFL player as part of its ownership group.[11]

On February 7, 2014, Trib Total Media purchased a multi-million dollar stake in the Power, joining Shaner and Swann. The team will be ran with a Board of Directors that will be chaired by Shaner, with Ralph Martin and Swann also on the Board.[12]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses
Pittsburgh Power
2011 2011 AFL American East 2nd 9 9
2012 2012 AFL American East 4th 5 13
2013 2013 AFL American East 3rd 4 14
2014 2014 AFL American East 2nd 3 1
Total 21 37 (includes only regular season)
0 0 (includes only the postseason)
21 37 (includes both regular season and postseason)

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Pittsburgh Power roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Injured reserve

League suspension

Other league exempt

Refuse to report

Rookies in italics
Roster updated April 8, 2014
23 Active, 10 Inactive

More rosters

All-Arena players[edit]

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

All-Ironman players[edit]

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

Notable coaches[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

The Power have had three coaches through their history. Their first coach was Chris Siegfried, who coached them to a 9-9 record in 2011. Siegfried had the longest term as head coach with the Power. Hired during the 2012 season, the Power's second coach was Derek Stingley.[15] Ron James was hired as the team's third coach one game into the 2014 season.

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013 Arena Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Chris Siegfried 2011-2012 11 17 0 .393 0 0
Derek Stingley 20122014 7 20 0 .259 0 0
Ron James 2014–present 3 0 0 1.000 0 0

Staff[edit]

Pittsburgh Power staff
Front Office
  • Owner and Chairman - Matt Shaner
  • Co-Owner - Lynn Swann
  • Co-Owner - Trib Total Media
  • President - Peter Hill
  • Senior VP of Marketing - Rob Goodman
  • Vice President of Corporate Partnerships - Shane Conlan
 

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Teams". Arenafootball.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ Rossi, Bob (2010-08-19). "Arena Football League coming to Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  3. ^ DiPaola, Jerry (2011-02-24). "Indoor football returns to the City of Champions". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Shelly (2010-08-20). "New arena football team called Pittsburgh Power". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Expansion Arena Football League team to be announced on Friday". Inside Pittsburgh Sports. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  6. ^ "AFL Box Score: Philadelphia Soul @ Pittsburgh Power (Mar 11, 2011)". Arenafan.com. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Chase, Chris (2012-03-12). "Entire Arena Football team cut during pregame meal at Olive Garden". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Cleveland forfeits matchup against Pittsburgh". ArenaFan.com. June 8, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ Manoloff, Dennis (June 8, 2012). "Cleveland Gladiators players' strike causes forfeit loss to Pittsburgh Power". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Power end rough season on losing note". www.triblive.com. Trib Total Media, Inc. July 27, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ Rossi, Bob (2010-08-20). "Pittsburgh Power unveiled as arena football expansion team". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  12. ^ Jerry DiPaola (February 7, 2014). "Trib Total Media acquires stake in Pittsburgh Power". www.triblive.com. Trib Total Media, Inc. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://pittsburghpowerfootball.com/2012/08/05/pj-berry-named-to-all-arena-and-all-ironman-teams/
  14. ^ http://pittsburghpowerfootball.com/2012/08/05/pj-berry-named-to-all-arena-and-all-ironman-teams/
  15. ^ Werner, Sam (May 24, 2012). "Power coach Chris Siegfried released, assistant to take over". www.post-gazette.com. PG Publishing Co., Inc. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 

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