|League||Professional Lacrosse League|
|Home arena||Bojangles' Coliseum|
|Based in||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Colors||Red, gold, black, white|
|Head coach||Tom Ryan|
|General manager||Tom Ryan|
|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.
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.
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. 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.
|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|
|2012 Charlotte Copperheads|
|1||Brad Conlon||G||RIT||6 ft 1 in||221 lb|
|2||Alex Burkhead||D||Roanoke||6 ft 1 in||190 lb|
|3||Ethan Farrell||F||Lynchburg||6 ft 0 in||190 lb|
|6||Greg Watterson||D||Wingate||6 ft 2 in||220 lb|
|10||Mark Burnett (lacrosse)||T||Mars Hill||5 ft 9 in||145 lb|
|11||Matt Smalley||F||Hobart||5 ft 9 in||180 lb|
|12||Thomas Langan (lacrosse)||T||Limestone||6 ft 0 in||190 lb|
|14||Greg Rogowski||F||Merrimack||5 ft 9 in||165 lb|
|16||Brian Welch||T||Le Moyne||6 ft 0 in||194 lb|
|17||Brekan Kohlitz||T||Michigan||6 ft 1 in||185 lb|
|19||Jack Delligatti||D||Greensboro Day||6 ft 0 in||188 lb|
|20||Ryan Hotaling||T||Nazareth||6 ft 2 in||211 lb|
|21||Sam Bradman||T||Salisbury||6 ft 0 in||165 lb|
|23||Kevin Iwanusa||O||Pfeiffer||5 ft 9 in||148 lb|
|27||Mike O'Brien||D||Hobart||6 ft 0 in||203 lb|
|28||Erik Holt||D||Penn State||6 ft 3 in||235 lb|
|33||Craig Rosecrans||T||Le Moyne||6 ft 2 in||215 lb|
|37||Nick Cotter||F||Dowling||5 ft 11 in||190 lb|
|42||Adam Nauerth (lacrosse)||T||Nazareth||6 ft 1 in||208 lb|
|45||Mike Bedford||D||C.W Post||6 ft 1 in||205 lb|
|48||Tory Stevens||G||Recent Team: Newtown (Can-Am League)||5 ft 11 in||252 lb|
|49||Matt Hickman||O||Salisbury||5 ft 7 in||208 lb|
|61||Peter Milliman||F||Gettysburg||5 ft 10 in||215 lb|
|2012||5||1||2012 Regular Season Win % = .833|
|Totals||5||1||Regular Season Win % = 833.|
- Marisa Ingemi (April 26, 2012). "Professional Lacrosse League Announces Existence, Has Potential Television Deal". inlaxwetrust.com. Archived from the original on May 14, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- Marisa Ingemi (April 12, 2012). "Case Closed: NALL vs PLL Lawsuit Settled, Terms Will Not be Made Public". inlaxwetrust.com. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2011-08-14.
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