Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings
|Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings|
Played in CenturyTel Center
in Bossier City, Louisiana
Black, silver, teal, white|
|Head coach||Jon Morris|
League championships (0)|
Conference championships (0)|
Division championships (2)
|Playoff appearances (2)|
The Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings were an Arena Football League team based in Bossier City, Louisiana. They played at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City and took their name from the metropolitan area that consists of Bossier City and neighboring city Shreveport in the Ark-La-Tex corridor. Playing in the defunct af2 from their inception in 2001 until the league's folding in 2009 (and called the Bossier City Battle Wings from 2001–2003), the team had its best seasons in 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2009 having clinched division titles in the latter two years. They were also the only seasons in which the team had more wins than losses. In 2007, the Battle Wings clinched their first-ever playoff berth, beating the Arkansas Twisters and Rio Grande Valley Dorados before being beaten by the eventual Arena Cup champion Tulsa Talons. Despite having little success in their earlier days, the Battle Wings turned out some players that have gone on to appear in both the Canadian Football League and for other teams the Arena Football League, in which the team itself played for a single season after the AFL emerged from bankruptcy and resumed operations. Following the 2010 season, the team moved to New Orleans, Louisiana for the 2011 AFL season and became a successor to the New Orleans VooDoo.
Dan Newman bought the Battle Wings from previous owner Michael Plaman at the end of the 2003 season. Newman has lived in the Shreveport-Bossier City area since 1970 and graduated from C. E. Byrd High School in 1971. While Attending Louisiana Tech University, Dan met his future wife of 31 years, Mary Ann. Dan started his career at Louisiana Tech as a sports Journalist. For ten years, Dan served as a play-by-play analyst for the Louisiana Tech University Football Network. Dan also worked as an analyst for ESPN, doing the play-by-play for college basketball games. Dan retired his journalism career when he bought the Battle Wings. Dan currently serves on the AF2 Board of Directors Executive Committee, the AF2 Broadcast Committee, and the AF2 Insurance Committee.
Butch Bellah was the current general manager of the Battle Wings from 2007 to 2009, leading the team to their most successful seasons off the field. Butch brought 20 years of experience in advertising, sales, and marketing to the team. Before joining the Battle Wings in January 2007, Butch served as Executive Vice President of Harrison Company. Butch Bellah resigned on November 17, 2009
Jon Norris was born in Wales and received his master's degree at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. He also received a bachelor's degree from American International College and graduated from Stratford High School in Connecticut. He is the current head coach of the Battle Wings. Norris has much experience in the football community, playing for the NFL Chicago Bears, the NFL New England Patriots, the Arena Football League's Denver Dynamite. After retiring from football, Jon Norris began his coaching career. He was head coach for the AF2 Tulsa Talons, leading them all the way to the playoffs in their inaugural season. Norris later became a defensive line coach in the AFL, but after his first season with the Oklahoma Wranglers, the team collapsed. After having minor coaching roles with two other AFL teams, Jon Norris signed with the Shreveport-Bossier Battle Wings as head coach. In 2007 Jon guided the Battle Wings to their first playoff berth in team history.
Jon Lyles is the current offensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Battle Wings. Lyles, who is from Eastern Texas, recently led the Dusters to a Championship in the Intense Football League as an Offensive Coordinator. Lyles also played for in the AF2 for the Shreveport-Bossier Battle Wings in 2001.
John Lewis serves as an assistant for the Battle Wings. He serves as an offensive assistant and special teams coach. He has spent six seasons with Battle Wings. Martino Theus coaches the defensive backs.
|Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings roster|
Becoming the Voodoo
On September 14, 2010, it was announced that the Bossier City-Shreveport Battlewings would move to New Orleans and be re-established as the New Orleans VooDoo, taking over all of their stats, records, and mascots.
- "Owner: Dan Newman". Archived from the original on 2008-06-23.
- "Butch Bellah". Archived from the original on 2008-06-22.
- "List of Staff". Archived from the original on 2008-06-16.
- "Head Coach: John Norris". Archived from the original on 2008-10-25.
- "John Lyles". Archived from the original on 2008-10-25.
- "John Lewis". Archived from the original on 2008-10-25.
- "Martino Theus". Archived from the original on 2008-10-25.