Although the Blaze played at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, they were not a continuation of the former Bloomington PrairieThunder franchise, who failed to reach an operating agreement with the Coliseum and folded on July 3, 2011. Their first season, the Blaze were coached by Paul Gardner.
In 2012-13, the Bloomington Blaze were coached by former Dayton Gems coach Brian Gratz. The Gems went a combined 55-58-19 in his tenure there from 2010 to 2012. After 12 games into the 2013–14 SPHL season with a 3-9-0 record, Gratz was fired.