Saginaw Sting

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Saginaw Sting
Founded 2008
Current season 2014
League CIFL (2008)
IFL 2009[1]
UIFL (2011)
CIFL (2012-present)
Conference Atlantic (2008)
United (2009)
Division West (2008)
Atlantic (2009)
North (2014-present)
Team history Saginaw Sting
Arena Dow Event Center
Based in Saginaw, Michigan
Colors Green, Orange
Owner(s) Stuart Schweigert,
Rob Licht &
Tom O'Brien
Head coach Fred Townsend
General Manager Rob Licht
Championships 3: (CIFL:2008, 2012
Division titles 1: (CIFL Atlantic: 2008)
Dancers Stingers[2]
Mascot Stanley Stinger[3]
Broadcasters Donald Mathews
John Wunderle
Local media MRSN SportsRadio

The Saginaw Sting are a professional Indoor Football team based in Saginaw, Michigan. The team is currently a member of the Continental Indoor Football League. They began play in 2008 as an expansion team in the CIFL and then moved to the Indoor Football League for the 2009 season. They suspended operations for the 2010 season before becoming an inaugural member of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.[4] The following season they were suspended by the UIFL and re-joined the CIFL under new ownership. The owners of the Sting are Stuart Schweigert, Rob Licht and Jim O'Brien. The Sting play their home games at The Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan.

They are one of only a few teams to ever win a championship in multiple leagues (CIFL in 2008, the UIFL in 2011 & the CIFL again in 2012).

Franchise history[edit]


The team began play in 2008 as an expansion team in the CIFL. The original team owners were Mike Johnson, Mike Trumbull, and Esteban Rivera, who also owned the Kalamazoo Xplosion.[5] The team was led by former Michigan State quarterback Damon Dowdell, who led the league in passing yards (2,190), touchdowns (54) and completion percentage (62%). Nick Body was Dowdell's favorite target, leading the league in receptions (78), yards (1,005) and touchdowns (31). Despite their offensive numbers, neither player won Offensive Player of the Year or the CIFL MVP. The duo led the Sting to a 10–2 regular season and a playoff berth. On June 29, 2008, the Sting defeated the Xplosion 41–37 to win the CIFL Championship Game.

2009: Moving to the IFL[edit]

A number of Sting and Xplosion players indicated at the end of the 2008 season that wages were in arrears from the owners. This led to an investigation of Johnson in his role as Sting General Manager. Trumbull, owner of Triple Threat Sports in Battle Creek, and Rivera, a Battle Creek police officer, have offered a deal to split ownership of the two teams, with Trumbell and Rivera owning the Sting, and Johnson receiving the Xplosion. Trumbull and Rivera have indicated that they plan for the Sting to move to the new Indoor Football League.[1] The Sting looked to have put together a promising team with the re-signing of QB Damon Dowdell, and signing 2007 CIFL MVP, WR/RB Robert Height, but the team fared poorly on the field in the IFL.

2011: Return to action[edit]

After not faring well during their only season in the IFL, the Sting For the 2011 season, the team was purchased by San Diego based business man, Mike Esposito. Esposito announced that the team would play in the newly formed Ultimate Indoor Football League, which Esposito was also the league's commissioner. He hired Stuart Schweigert as the Sting's Director of Player Development.[6] The Sting went on to win the Ultimate Bowl, with quarterback Tommy Jones setting several UIFL passing records and claiming the Ultimate Bowl's MVP honors.

2012: Return to the CIFL[edit]

On November 11, 2011, the Sting were acquired by Schweigert, Rob Licht and Jim O'Brien. The new ownership announced the same day that they would be moving the team back to the CIFL.[7] On December 29, 2011, the Sting announced that 2011 interim head coach Vince Leveille would return as the full-time head coach for the 2012 season,[8] but just 11 days before the team's first game, Leveille stepped down as the head coach, citing that his full-time job made him unavailable to do both. Defensive Coordinator Fred Townsend took over as the team's head coach.[9] With a 8–0 record, the Sting returned to the CIFL playoffs for the first time since 2008, when they won the 2008 CIFL Championship Game and finished the season as the Atlantic Conferences's #2 seed. In the 2012 CIFL Championship Game, the Sting defeated the Dayton Silverbacks 35-7, to win the CIFL championship. The title for the Sting was their 3rd in the last 4 seasons of playing.[10]


The Sting's first move in its quest for a title defense in 2013 happened when they re-signed Head Coach Fred Townsend to a 3-year contract extension.[11]

Ultimately, the Sting progressed all the way to the 2013 CIFL Championship Game. With less than a minute to play, the team found itself on its opponent's nine-yard line down by one point, but due to the team's placekicker being suspended the previous week had nobody capable of kicking even a 24-yard chip shot. Thus, forced to attempt a touchdown, the team failed, giving the Erie Explosion the championship and a perfect season.


In June 2013, the Sting agreed to terms with the CIFL to return for the 2014 season.[12]

Notable Players[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

Saginaw Sting roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs


Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated February 14, 2014
24 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

More rosters

Awards and honors[edit]

The following is a list of all Saginaw Sting players who have won league Awards

Season Player Position Award
2011 Tommy Jones Quarterback 1st Team All-UIFL
2011 Phillip Smith Linebacker 1st Team All-UIFL
2011 Mike McFadden Defensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL
2011 LaVaughn Macon Wide Receiver 2nd Team All-UIFL
2011 Eric Brim Offensive Line 2nd Team All-UIFL
2011 Steve Michalek Offensive Line 2nd Team All-UIFL
2011 Tommy Jones Quarterback UIFL Offensive Player of the Year
2011 Tommy Jones Quarterback UIFL Ultimate Bowl I MVP
2012 Tommy Jones Quarterback CIFL MVP
2012 Tommy Jones Quarterback CIFL Offensive Player of the Year
2012 Charles Tarver Wide Receiver CIFL Special Teams Player of the Year
2013 Charles Tarver Wide Receiver CIFL MVP
2013 A. J. McKenna Quarterback 1st Team All-CIFL
2013 Charles Tarver Wide Receiver 1st Team All-CIFL
2013 Eric Brim Offensive Line 1st Team All-CIFL
2013 Jamar Hibler Defensive Back 1st Team All-CIFL
2013 Josh Peck Center 2nd Team All-CIFL
2013 Brian Moore Offensive Line 2nd Team All-CIFL
2013 Chris Kollias Kicker 2nd Team All-CIFL
2013 Nate Synder Defensive Line 2nd Team All-CIFL
2013 Andrew DeWeerd Linebacker 2nd Team All-CIFL
2013 Jamaal Hibler Defensive Back 2nd Team All-CIFL

Notable Coaches[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through Week 11 of the 2014 CIFL season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Karl Featherstone 2008-2009 12 4 0 .750 3 0
Jason Lovelock 2009 1 10 0 .091 0 0
John Mize 2011 2 1 0 .667 0 0
Vince Leveille 2011 7 4 0 .636 2 0
Fred Townsend 2012-present 24 2 0 .923 2 1

Coaching staff[edit]

Saginaw Sting staff
Front Office
  • Co-Owner/General Manager – Robert Licht
  • Co-Owner/Director of Football Operations – Stuart Schweigert
  • Co-Owner/Director of Business Sales – James O'Brien
  • Assistant General Manager – Bill Wheeler
  • Front Office Manager - Tyler Vienot

Head Coach

  • Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator - Fred Townsend

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator -
  • Wide Receivers –
  • Offensive Line –

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Line –
  • Linebackers –
  • Secondary –

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.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2008 2008 CIFL Atlantic West 2nd 10 2 0 Won Divisional Playoffs (Mayhem) 41–34
Won Atlantic Conference Championship (Outlawz) 59–25
Won CIFL Championship Game (Xplosion) 41–37
2009 2009 IFL United Atlantic 4th 3 12 0
2011 2011 UIFL 2nd 9 5 0 Won UIFL semifinals (River Monsters) 48–47
Won Ultimate Bowl I (Drillers) 86–69
2012 2012 CIFL 1st 8 0 Won CIFL Championship Game (Silverbacks) 35–7
2013 2013 CIFL 3rd 8 2 0 Won CIFL semifinal (Sharks) 66-63
Lost CIFL Championship Game (Explosion) 36-37
2014 2014 CIFL North 8 0 0
Totals 46 21 0 All-time regular season record (2008–2014)
7 1 - All-time postseason record (2008–2014)
53 22 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2008–2014)

* Season currently in progress


  1. ^ a b Mancina, Greg (2008-09-12). "Saginaw Sting ready to join new league while owners work to split their differences". The Saginaw News (Saginaw, Michigan: Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-0-16. 
  2. ^ Brandt, Patti (2008-04-07). "Local women find high-energy fun on Saginaw Sting dance team". Bay City Times (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  3. ^ Mancina, Greg. "Saginaw Sting football team begins season". Saginaw News (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  4. ^ UIFL Website - Teams
  5. ^ Morgan, Wes (2008-04-18). "Xplosion owners juggling two teams". Kalamazoo Gazette (Booth Newspapers). Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
  6. ^ Stuart Schweigert gets chance to spread football wings as Saginaw Sting director of player development
  7. ^ Kyle Austin (November 11, 2011). "Local ownership group, including Stuart Schweigert, purchase Saginaw Sting indoor football team". Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ Kyle Austin (December 29, 2011). "Vince Leveille to return as Saginaw Sting head coach". Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ Kyle Austin (March 7, 2012). "Vince Leveille steps down as Saginaw Sting coach, Fred Townsend to replace him". Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Erich T. Doerr (June 3, 2012). "Saginaw Sting find perfection, third title in four years with 35-7 CIFL title game victory over Dayton Silverbacks". Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ Hugh Bernreuter (October 25, 2012). "Saginaw Sting sign Fred Townsend to 3-year deal, start tryout camps for 2013 CIFL season". Michigan Live LLC. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ Cory Butzin (June 10, 2013). "Continental Indoor Football League agree to terms with five teams for next season". MLive Media Group. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 

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