Central Florida Warriors

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Central Florida Warriors
Central Florida Warriors logo.png
Club information
Full name Central Florida Warriors
Rugby League Club
Nickname(s) Warriors
Colours      Red
Founded 2014
Current details
Coach(s) England Gareth 'Gaz' Walker
Captain(s) Australia Brett Witte
Competition USA Rugby League
2015 4th

The Central Florida Warriors are a semi-professional rugby league team based in Deland, Florida. They currently compete in the USA Rugby League (USARL) in the Southeast Rugby League Conference.[2] They play their home games at Spec Martin Stadium


The Warriors were founded in March, 2014 as part of an expansion by the USARL to represent the Central Florida area from Daytona to Orlando in the sport of Rugby League. Along with fellow new clubs The Atlanta Rhinos and Tampa Mayhem they joined The Jacksonville Axemen to form the USARL Southeastern Conference.[3] The Warriors name was used as a way to pay tribute to all the military men and woman that have served the United States. After winning their inaugural game against fellow newcomers the Atlanta Rhinos in the opening round in the 2014 season, the team went on to finish 2nd in the South conference. In the playoffs they again defeated the Rhinos before being eliminated by the Jacksonville Axemen in the Southern Conference championship. 2015 saw the Warriors enter the season with new found confidence after what many thought was a successful first season in the USARL. The team finished the regular season 3-3 and again finishing 2nd in their conference. This time in the playoffs they defeated the Axemen in the Conference semi-final before going down to the Atlanta Rhinos in the Conference championship round

USARL season summaries[edit]

C=Champions, R=Runners-Ups, F=Finished first, P=Playoff Appearance, L=Finished Last
(Brackets Represent Playoff Games)
Competition Games
C R F P L Coach Notes
2014 USARL season
8 (2) 4 (1) 0 4 (1) 4/11
Gareth Walker
Club foundation season
2015 USARL season
8 (2) 4 (1) 0 4 (1) 4/14

Jersey and Sponsors[edit]

2015 primary jersey

The Central Florida Warriors inaugural jersey is predominately white featuring the clubs secondary colors Red and Black. In 2015 the club let the fans vote on their design for the upcoming season with the winning design being a tribal influenced black and grey jersey. The main sponsor for the team was the Volusia Rugby Foundation. Other sponsors include EW Crossfit, The Brickhouse and Stand Up MRI & Diagnostic center.[4]

Inaugural Squad[edit]

Central Florida Warriors
USARL squad Coaching staff
  • Anthony Muniz - SR, WG
  • Bart Longchamp - SR, PR
  • Brandon Gould - SR, PR
  • Brett Swann - PR
  • Brett White - HK, LK
  • Brian Eschen (vc) - CE, FE
  • Daniel McGrath - WG, CE
  • Erek Sanchez - SR, LK
  • Josh Jackson - FB, WG
  • Josh Moore - PR

  • Richard Mizell - CE
  • Shaun McSweeney (c) - FE, HB
  • Sterling Wynn - FB, WG

Head coach

  • Gareth Walker - HK, LK

Assistant coach

  • Taylor Alley - CE

  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 6 August 2014
Source(s): 2014 Roster[5]


Spec Martin stadium main grandstand

The warriors play their home games at Spec Martin Stadium in Deland, Fl approx. 25 miles south of Daytona Beach. The stadium underwent significant renovations recently, including a new press box, handicapped and premium seating areas, and new locker room facilities, establishing the venue as one of the premier stadiums in the USARL competition.


  • 2014 - USARL Conference Finalists
  • 2015 - USARL Conference Finalists

See also[edit]

Rugby league in the United States


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