Central Valley Coyotes

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Central Valley Coyotes
Founded 2002
League af2 (2002-2009)
Team history Bakersfield Blitz (2002-2003)
Central Valley Coyotes (2004-2010)
Based in Fresno, California
Arena Selland Arena
Colors Black, Red, Tan, White
President Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi-Yokut Tribe
Head coach Fred Biletnikoff, Jr.
Championships 0
Division titles 1 (af2: 2002)
Dancers Coyote Girls

The Central Valley Coyotes were a professional arena football team and were a charter member of Arena Football 1. As the newly forming af1 set aside its plans for a two tier league and began focusing only on bigger markets, Central Valley stepped down and tried to play in a league which was more friendly to smaller markets; such as the Indoor Football League or the AIFA.

The team began as a 2002 expansion member of the af2, known as the original Bakersfield Blitz until 2004. They played their home games at Selland Arena in Fresno, California (With the exception of two home games during the 2008 season which were played at the Save Mart Center due to construction). The Central Valley Coyotes were in discussions with Indoor Football League Commissioner Tommy Benezio about possibly joining the Indoor Football League in 2011. However, those plans failed and the team ceased operations in December 2010.

Season-By-Season record[edit]

The original Bakersfield Blitz logo (2002-2004)
Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Bakersfield Blitz (af2)
2002 9 7 0 1st NC West Lost Week 1 (San Diego 40-27)
2003 8 7 1 2nd NC West Lost Week 1 (Arkansas 36-28)
Central Valley Coyotes (af2)
2004 3 13 0 4th NC West --
2005 8 8 0 3rd NC West --
2006 12 4 0 2nd NC West Lost Week 1 (Bakersfield 45-37)
2007 10 6 0 2nd AC West Won AC Round 1 (Manchester 42-41)
Lost AC Semifinal (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 70-53)
2008 10 6 0 2nd NC West Won NC Round 1 (Arkansas 68-55)
Lost NC Semifinal (Spokane 83-63)
2009 3 13 0 3rd NC West --
Central Valley Coyotes
2010 -- -- -- -- --
Totals 63 64 1 (including playoffs)

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