Cincinnati Swarm

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Cincinnati Swarm
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Founded 2002
Folded 2004
League af2
Conference National
Division Midwest
Team history Cincinnati Swarm (2003)
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio
Arena U.S. Bank Arena

Navy Blue, Gold and Black[1]

Head coach Chris MacKeown
Championships 0
Division titles 0
Website (dead site)

The Cincinnati Swarm was a professional arena football franchise based in Cincinnati, Ohio.[2] They were members of the Midwest Division of the National Conference of the af2. The Swarm joined the af2 as an expansion franchise in 2003 along with the Green Bay Blizzard. In 2003, the Swarm went 7–9, second in the Midwest Division. Despite their modest record, and finishing second in their division, they failed to make the playoffs. Cincinnati's attempt at arena football failed, and the Swarm folded after one year due to poor attendance.[3] Ten years earlier, Cincinnati was home to the Cincinnati Rockers from 1992 to 1993, and like the Swarm, they folded shortly after their inception. Despite the Swarm's failure, the city of Cincinnati would get another af2 franchise in the form of the now defunct Cincinnati Jungle Kats, who suffered the same fate as the Swarm.


ArenaCup Champions ArenaCup Appearances Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses
Cincinnati Swarm
2003 AF2 National Midwestern 2nd 7 9


Cincinnati Swarm roster


Wide receivers/Defensive backs

Offensive/Defensive linemen Wide Receivers/Linebackers

Defensive specialists


  • Currently vacant
Injured reserve
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated July 26, 2008
19 Active, 0 Inactive

Head Coach[edit]

Chris MacKeown - After the Swarm folded in 2003 MacKeown went on to be the offensive coordinator for the Louisville Fire (af2) for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He was Special Teams coordinator for the Columbus Destroyers (AFL) in 2006 and the Austin Wranglers in 2007. In 2007, the Wranglers folded and MacKeown was hired to be the head coach of the Amarillo Dusters (af2), taking the Dusters from a bottom four af2 team to the American Conference ArenaCup Championship game in his only season with the Dusters in 2008. Following the 2008 championship run with the Dusters, MacKeown was hired by John Elway to be the offensive coordinator for the Colorado Crush (AFL).


  1. ^ "Cincinnati's af2 Franchise Named". OurSports Central. November 14, 2002. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ryan Ernst (November 15, 2002). "Here comes the Swarm - in 'league of opportunity'". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cincinnati Swarm Will Not Compete in 2004 Season". OurSports Central. January 27, 2004. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 

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