Spokane Shock

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Spokane Shock
Current season
Established 2005
Play in in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
in Spokane, Washington
Spokane Shock logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

af2 (2006–2009)

  • National Conference (2006–2009)
    • Western Division (2006–2009)

Arena Football League (2010–present)

  • National Conference (2010–present)
Team colors

Blue, Orange, Gold, White

                   
Mascot Shox the Fox
Personnel
Owner(s) Nader Naini
Head coach Andy Olson
Team history
  • Spokane Shock (2006–present)
Championships

League championships (3)

Conference championships (1)
2010

Division championships (8)

Playoff appearances (8)
Home arena(s)

The Spokane Shock are a professional arena football team based in Spokane, Washington, playing their home games at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The team is part of the Pacific Division of the Arena Football League (AFL).

Originally a member of arenafootball2 (af2), the Shock won division titles in all four seasons and ArenaCups in 2006 and 2009 before they joined the AFL in the 2010 relaunch of the league. The team advanced to the playoffs three times since joining the AFL, winning ArenaBowl XXIII in their first season, making them the first (and as of 2014, the only) arena/indoor football franchise to win both the ArenaCup and the ArenaBowl.

Franchise history[edit]

Birth[edit]

For many years, there were proposals to bring an arena football team to Spokane. In summer 2005, owner Brady Nelson teamed up with two additional partners to bring a team to Spokane.[1] On August 26, 2005, during af2 league meetings in Bossier City, Louisiana, league commissioner Jerry Kurz accepted Nelson's proposal for a Spokane af2 team.[2] The Shock was one of three expansion teams to begin playing in 2006. The other two were the Everett Hawks, and the Stockton Lightning.

2006: The Cinderella Story[edit]

On October 12, 2005, the Shock announced that Chris Siegfried would be the franchise's inaugural coach.[3] By the end of 2005, 13 players had been signed. On February 28, 2006, the Spokane Shock sold their 2,000th season ticket. On March 22, 2006, 3,000 season tickets had been sold. On March 30, 2006, the Spokane Shock played their inaugural game against the Stockton Lightning and won 41–40.

The Shock put together a significant inaugural season, posting a 14–2 regular-season record and a first-place finish in the National Conference Western Division. During the af2 playoffs, the Shock defeated the Bakersfield Blitz and the Arkansas Twisters en route to winning the af2 National Conference championship and a berth in ArenaCup VII against the Green Bay Blizzard in San Juan, Puerto Rico. On August 26, the Shock defeated the Blizzard by a score of 57–34 to win ArenaCup VII. The Spokane Shock became the first expansion team in af2 history to advance to, and win, the ArenaCup. The Shock led the league in attendance with an average of 10,313 fans per home game.

As a result of the team's excellent play, head coach Chris Siegfried was named the af2 Head Coach of the Year for the 2006 season. Four Shock players also earned All-af2 National Conference honors as well. WR/LB Charles Frederick, OLS Ed Ta'amu and DS Rob Keefe earned first-team honors while OL/DL Jerome Stevens earned second-team accolades.

2007[edit]

Further information: 2007 Spokane Shock season

On September 4, 2006, Spokane Head Coach Chris Siegfried accepted the offensive coordinator position for the AFL's Kansas City Brigade.[4] On September 20, 2006 The Spokane Shock announced that former Louisville Fire Offensive Coordinator Adam Shackleford would become their new Head Coach.[5] The 2007 Shock would win their second consecutive division title with a 12–4 record. The Shock would eventually fall in the first round of the af2 playoffs to the Louisville Fire.

2008[edit]

In 2008 the Shock fielded another highly talented team. They opened the season with eleven straight wins before losing to the South Georgia Wildcats on a last second field goal. It was the only Shock during regular season, qualifying them for the playoffs and clinching home field advantage until the ArenaCup. The Shock matched up with the Tennessee Valley Vipers on August 25, 2008 in ArenaCup IX. Tennessee Valley was forced to play with its backup quarterback for most of the game after their starter was injured during the first drive. The game was close throughout, and regulation ended with a tie to send the ArenaCup into its first ever overtime. After the Shock scored a TD and a successful PAT, Tennessee Valley matched them with a TD, but went for a two-point conversion and succeeded, to capture their first ArenaCup championship.

2009: Another ArenaCup victory[edit]

The Shock put together another 15–1 regular season in 2009. The Shock advanced all the way to the ArenaCup, defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers 74–27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[6]

2010: ArenaBowl Champions[edit]

On September 27, 2009, the Spokane Shock became part of the Arena Football 1, which was a re-birth of the Arena Football League, mixed with former af2 teams that were successful. The Shock instantly proved they belong in the league, finishing the regular season with a 16–3 record, claiming the first seed in the playoffs. The Shock advanced to ArenaBowl XXIII against the 13–6 Tampa Bay Storm. In front of a franchise record crowd of 11,017, the Shock defeated the Storm 69–57 behind 9 touchdown passes from Kyle Rowley.[7]

2011[edit]

On July 9, 2011, the Shock hosted an outdoor game at Spokane's Joe Albi Stadium. The Shock fired head coach Rob Keefe following the season.

2012[edit]

The Shock promoted offensive coordinator, Andy Olson to head coach.

2013[edit]

The Shock put together an outstanding offensive season, despite losing quarterback Kyle Rowley in free agency. Quarterback Erik Meyer put together an MVP season, also winning Offensive Player of the Year. Wide Receiver Adron Tennell won Receiver of the Year.

2014[edit]

In January 2014, it was announced that Brady Nelson had sold the Shock to Arena Football Partners, LLC.[8]

Attendance history[edit]

af2 (2006–2009)[edit]

Arena: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (10,471 football capacity).

Spokane Shock Arena Football attendance records show the largest crowds: 10,662 vs. Tennessee Valley (Arena Cup 9 - Aug. 25th 2008); 10,659 twice during 2008 regular season, and smallest crowds: 7,267 vs. Stockton 2009 Playoffs (Aug. 1st, 2009); 9,387 vs. Stockton on March 30, 2006 (inaugural game).

Regular Season Average Attendance:

Year Total Att Average League Rank Sellouts / Games
2006 (af2) 79,213 9,902 1st 4 of 8
2007 (af2) 84,556 10,570 1st 8 of 8
2008 (af2) 84,705 10,588 1st 8 of 8
2009 (af2) 83,306 10,413 1st 5 of 8
Total 331,780 10,368 - 25 of 32

Total all-time attendance, including playoff games while part of the af2 (2006–2009): 422,584

Total all-time sellouts including playoff games: 27

Regular Season Sellout streak:

The Spokane Shock sold out the Spokane Arena for 19 consecutive regular season games starting with the regular season finale in 2006, and continuing to the second game in 2009. The last non-sellout regular season game was on June 26, 2009.

Playoff Attendance History (af2):

2006: (20,242) 1st round bye, 2nd round 9,692 vs Bakersfield, 3rd round 10,550 vs Arkansas, Arena Cup VII in Puerto Rico

2007: (8,272) 1st round 8,272 vs. Louisville

2008: (37,735) 1st round 8,872 vs. Austin, 2nd round 8,923 vs. Central Valley, 3rd round 9,278 vs. Amarillo, Arena Cup VIII at Spokane Arena 10,662 vs. Tennessee Valley.

2009: (24,555) 1st round 7,267 vs. Stockton, 2nd round 8,041 vs. Boise, 3rd round 9,247 vs. Tulsa, Arena Cup X in Las Vegas

Other af2 Attendance Records:

1. 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th highest total regular season attendance in af2 history: 83,306 (2009), 84,705 (2008), 84,556 (2007), 79,213 (2006).

2. Largest crowd in Arena Cup History (10,662 – Arena Cup IX) Spokane vs. Tennessee Valley on Aug. 25th, 2008.

3. Longest regular season sell-out streak in af2 history, 19 games.

4. af2 season ticket sales record – 2007, almost 8,000.

AFL (2010 to date)[edit]

Arena: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena (10,244 current football capacity according to the Spokane Shock Facebook page for 2014).

Spokane Shock AFL Attendance Records:

Regular Season

Largest crowd (outdoor): 16,233 vs. Utah Blaze (July 9, 2011 Joe Albi Outdoor Classic)
Largest crowd (indoor): 10,775 vs. Chicago Rush (July 23, 2010)

Smallest crowd: 8,463 vs. Jacksonville Sharks (June 8, 2013)

Post season

Largest crowd: 11,017 vs. Tampa Bay Storm ArenaBowl XXII (August 20, 2010)

Smallest crowd: 6,916 vs. Chicago Rush 1st Round (August 1, 2013)

Regular Season Average Attendance:

Year Total Att Average League Rank Sellouts / Games
2010 (AFL) - 8 Games 82,509 10,313 5th 1 of 8
2011 (AFL) - 9 Games 92,497 10,277 3rd 0 of 9*
2012 (AFL) - 9 Games 81,206 9,023 6th 0 of 9
2013 (AFL) - 9 Games 83,669 9,296 3rd 1 of 9
2014 (AFL) - 4 Games (in progress) 36,370 9,092 6th 1 of 4
Total 376,251 9,647 - 3 of 39


*Includes one outdoor game

Playoff Attendance History (AFL):

2010: (8,236) 1st round 8,236 vs. Arizona Rattlers August 6, 2010

2010: (8,151) Conference Championship 8,151 vs. Milwaukee Iron August 12, 2010

2010: (11,017) ArenaBowl XXII 11,017 vs. Tampa Bay Storm August 20, 2010

2013: (6,916) 1st round 6,916 vs. Chicago Rush August 1, 2013


Outdoor Summer Classic Game at Joe Albi Stadium

The Spokane Shock played the first-ever outdoor arena football game on Saturday, July 9, 2011. The game took place at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane. A Spokane Shock record crowd of 16,233 watched the Shock beat the Utah Blaze 76-49. Joe Albi Stadium holds between 20,000-24,000 for football. The shaded side of the stadium was filled to capacity, while the sunny side was about half full. Daytime temperatures reached over 90 degrees (F) that day, and game time was pushed back to 6:00 PM PDT as a result.

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Spokane Shock roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

  • Currently vacant

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Refuse to report

Other League Exempt

Injured reserve

League suspension

Inactive reserve

Recallable reassignment

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated July 9, 2014
22 Active, 17 Inactive

More rosters

Individual awards[edit]

All-Arena players[edit]

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

All-Ironman players[edit]

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

Notable coaches[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through Week 17 of the 2014 Arena Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Chris Siegfried 2006 14 2 0 .875 4 0 af2 Coach of the Year
Adam Shackleford 2007-2009 42 6 0 .875 7 2
Rob Keefe 20102011 22 12 0 .647 3 1
Andy Olson 2012–present 32 19 0 .627 1 1

Staff[edit]

Spokane Shock staff
Front Office
  • Majority Owner – Arena Football Partners, LLC
  • Executive Vice President – Tracy Malingo
  • Vice President of Sales – Kathy Bevan
  • Director of Player Personnel – Ryan Eucker
  • Game Operations – John McMullan
  • Director of Ticket Sales – Andrew Dolan
  • Group Tickets – Trevor Sharpe
  • Community Relations – Crystal Medina
  • Director of Communications - Brett Gleason
 

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Line – Travis Crusenberry

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Travis Crusenberry
  • Defensive Backs - Ruschard Dodd-Masters

Season-by-season[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jim Meehan (August 10, 2005). "Spokane closing in on arenafootball2 team". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dave Trimmer (August 27, 2005). "Spokane awarded arenafootball2 franchise". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Spokane Shock Name Siegfried Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 12, 2005. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Siegfried accepts AFL position". www.arenafan.com. ArenaFan. September 4, 2006. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Shock Name New Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 20, 2006. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ "af2: Spokane Shock rout Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to win ArenaCup". www.naplesnews.com. Scripps Newspaper Group — Online. August 23, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ Jim Meehan (August 20, 2010). "Spokane Shock are AFL champions". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jim Meehan (January 15, 2014). "Brady Nelson sells Spokane Shock football team". www.spokesman.com. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 

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