Charlotte Copperheads

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Charlotte Copperheads
Team logo
League Professional Lacrosse League
Founded 2012
Home arena Bojangles' Coliseum
Based in Charlotte, North Carolina
Colors Red, gold, black, white
Head coach Tom Ryan
General manager Tom Ryan
Owner(s) Graham D'Alvia
Local media The Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Copperheads were an American professional indoor lacrosse team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are a charter member of the Professional Lacrosse League (PLL) and began play in the 2012 season with their home games at the Bojangles' Coliseum.


The Copperheads are Charlotte's second indoor lacrosse team; the Charlotte Cobras of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (now known as the National Lacrosse League) played a single season at the Coliseum (when it was known as the Independence Arena) in 1996 before folding. The Cobras maintain the dubious distinction of being the only EPBLL/MILL/NLL team to finish an imperfect season, going 0-10 in their only season. Charlotte has also been granted expansion in the outdoor lacrosse league (MLL) for the 2012 MLL Season, and are named the Charlotte Hounds.

The franchise was announced in 2011 as the second of five founding members in the upstart North American Lacrosse League, which hoped to start play in January 2012. On December 31, 2011, Charlotte and four of the five other teams announced the NALL had fired its acting commissioner and would move to a fall schedule. This led to a rift in the league that was settled in court, with the fall faction forming the Professional Lacrosse League.[1][2]

The Copperheads began play in September 2012 with a road win against the Jacksonville Bullies. Their inaugural season concludes on December 1. The PLL has since folded. This has caused the Copperheads to no longer exist.

Name-the-team contest[edit]

The Copperheads name was decided through a name-the-team contest-after various submissions, the official team name will be decided via a 16-nomination bracket from the top submissions.[3] Notably, three of the finalists (Charge, Legion, Monarchs) were runners-up for the name-the-team contest which ultimately decided the Charlotte Hounds name for the city's 2012 Major League Lacrosse team.[4]


First Round   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Finals
Charlotte Nitro  
Charlotte Cougars     Charlotte Cougars  
Charlotte Fuel   Charlotte Copperheads  
Charlotte Copperheads       Charlotte Copperheads  
Charlotte Monarchs       Charlotte Legion  
Charlotte Charge     Charlotte Monarchs
Charlotte Legion   Charlotte Legion  
Charlotte Bricklayers       Charlotte Copperheads
Charlotte Mavericks       Charlotte Torque
Charlotte Coyotes     Charlotte Mavericks  
Charlotte Flight   Charlotte Miners  
Charlotte Miners       Charlotte Miners
Charlotte Torque       Charlotte Torque  
Charlotte Tide     Charlotte Torque
Charlotte Energy   Charlotte Energy  
Charlotte Rev  


2012 Charlotte Copperheads
Number Player's Name Nationality Position College Height Weight
1 Brad Conlon United States G RIT 6 ft 1 in 221 lb
2 Alex Burkhead United States D Roanoke 6 ft 1 in 190 lb
3 Ethan Farrell United States F Lynchburg 6 ft 0 in 190 lb
6 Greg Watterson United States D Wingate 6 ft 2 in 220 lb
10 Mark Burnett (lacrosse) United States T Mars Hill 5 ft 9 in 145 lb
11 Matt Smalley United States F Hobart 5 ft 9 in 180 lb
12 Thomas Langan (lacrosse) United States T Limestone 6 ft 0 in 190 lb
14 Greg Rogowski United States F Merrimack 5 ft 9 in 165 lb
16 Brian Welch United States T Le Moyne 6 ft 0 in 194 lb
17 Brekan Kohlitz United States T Michigan 6 ft 1 in 185 lb
19 Jack Delligatti United States D Greensboro Day 6 ft 0 in 188 lb
20 Ryan Hotaling United States T Nazareth 6 ft 2 in 211 lb
21 Sam Bradman United States T Salisbury 6 ft 0 in 165 lb
23 Kevin Iwanusa United States O Pfeiffer 5 ft 9 in 148 lb
27 Mike O'Brien United States D Hobart 6 ft 0 in 203 lb
28 Erik Holt United States D Penn State 6 ft 3 in 235 lb
33 Craig Rosecrans United States T Le Moyne 6 ft 2 in 215 lb
37 Nick Cotter Canada F Dowling 5 ft 11 in 190 lb
42 Adam Nauerth (lacrosse) United States T Nazareth 6 ft 1 in 208 lb
45 Mike Bedford United States D C.W Post 6 ft 1 in 205 lb
48 Tory Stevens United States G Recent Team: Newtown (Can-Am League) 5 ft 11 in 252 lb
49 Matt Hickman United States O Salisbury 5 ft 7 in 208 lb
61 Peter Milliman United States F Gettysburg 5 ft 10 in 215 lb


Charlotte Copperheads
Year W L
2012 5 1 2012 Regular Season Win % = .833
Totals 5 1 Regular Season Win % = 833.


  1. ^ Marisa Ingemi (April 26, 2012). "Professional Lacrosse League Announces Existence, Has Potential Television Deal". Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Marisa Ingemi (April 12, 2012). "Case Closed: NALL vs PLL Lawsuit Settled, Terms Will Not be Made Public". Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
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