Colorado Crush (IFL)
Play in Budweiser Events Center
in Loveland, Colorado
|Team colors||Navy Blue, Orange, Carolina Blue, White
|Head coach||Jose Jefferson|
Colorado Ice (2006–2015)
|League championships (0)
|Conference championships (0)
|Division championships (1)
Mountain West: 2011
|Playoff appearances (6)|
|UIF: 2007, IFL: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|
The Colorado Crush is a professional indoor football team currently playing as a member of the Indoor Football League. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Crush plays its home games at the Budweiser Events Center in nearby Loveland.
The Crush began play in 2007 as the Colorado Ice, an expansion member of United Indoor Football (UIF) and joined the IFL as part of the UIF-Intense Football League merger of 2009. The Ice were a sub-.500 team during their first four years of existence but still managed to make the playoffs twice. Their first winning season came in 2011 when they were Mountain West Division Champions but were defeated in the first round of the playoffs. Since 2011, the team has made the playoffs every season but are still winless in the postseason. They have competed in one Intense Conference Championship Game, where they lost 50-55 to the Nebraska Danger.
Ahead of the 2016 season, the team changed its name to the Colorado Crush, after the John Elway-owned team of the same name which played in the Arena Football League from 2003 until its suspension of operations in 2008, notably having won ArenaBowl XIX. Despite the same name, the current Crush is not otherwise connected to the original.
On April 1, 2010, Tom Wrigley was announced as the new owner of the Ice.
2011 saw an overhaul of the team's roster and a reversal of its fortunes as the Ice began the season with seven straight wins and finished with an 11–3 record plus the Mountain West Division title. The Ice fell to the Tri-Cities Fever in the first round of the playoffs. This was Collins Sanders' last season as head coach before his promotion to general manager in 2012.
2012 was the team's first year under new head coach Heron O'Neal. They recorded an 8–6 record and reached the playoffs but lost to the Tri-Cities Fever in the first round.
2013 saw the return of Heron O'Neal as head coach and a strong start with three consecutive home wins. Both of the Ice's 2012 All-AFL Team players returned for the 2013 season.
Heron O'Neal returned as head coach for a third season.
On July 15, 2015, the Colorado Ice became the new Colorado Crush one year after the trademark for the original AFL franchise name expired. On March 7, 2016, owner Thomas Wigley announced the team was for sale after he was diagnosed as terminally ill. Wigley assured that the team would finish 2016 season, but due to his health he would not be able to continue operations himself. In October 2016, the Crush's new owners were announced as Project FANchise, a group that also started the 2017 expansion Salt Lake Screaming Eagles. Project FANchise-owned teams are operated in conjunction with fan input by allowing them vote on every aspect of the team including hiring the head coach, signing players, and calling plays.
Players of note
Colorado Crush roster
Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
The following is a list of all Ice/Crush players who have won league Awards
|2010||Landon Jones||Linebacker||Defensive Rookie of the Year|
|2011||David Knighton||Quarterback||Most Improved Player|
|2014||Willie Copeland||Quarterback||Most Valuable Player|
|2016||Demarius Washington||Wide Receiver||Offensive Player of the Year|
The following Ice players have been named to All-IFL Teams:
- QB Willie Copeland (1)
- WR Kyle Kaiser (3), Demarius Washington (1)
- OL Collin Cordell (1), Michael Trice (2), James Atoe (1)
- DL Gabe Knapton (1), Michael Stover (1), Jason Jones (1)
- LB Landon Jones (1)
- LB/DB Joe Thornton (1)
- DB Idly Etienne (1), Jovan Jackson (1), Corey Sample (2), Rashard Smith (1)
- K Aric Goodman (1)
- Ironman Eryk Anders (1)
Note: Statistics are correct through Week 5 of the 2017 Indoor Football League season.
|Heron O'Neal||2012–2016||37||35||0||.514||0||3||IFL Coach of the Year (2014)|
|Colorado Crush staff|
Offensive Coordinator -
Special Team Coaches
Statistics and records
Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.
|League Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth||League Leader|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason Results|
|2007||2007||UIF||Western||3rd||6||9||0||Lost Western Division Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 16-44|
|2009||2009||IFL||Intense||Pacific||3rd||5||9||0||Lost Wild Card (Fairbanks) 14-42|
|2011||2011||IFL||Intense||Mountain West||1st||11||3||0||Lost Intense Conference Semifinals (Tri-Cities) 42-45|
|2012||2012||IFL||Intense||4th||8||6||0||Lost Intense Conference Semifinals (Tri-Cities) 43-52|
|2013||2013||IFL||Intense||2nd||9||5||0||Lost Intense Conference Championship (Nebraska) 50-55|
|2014||2014||IFL||Intense||1st||10||4||0||Lost Intense Conference Championship (Nebraska) 15-45|
|Totals||67||80||0||All-time regular season record (2007–2017)|
|0||6||—||All-time postseason record (2007–2017)|
|67||86||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2007–2017)|
* Season currently in progress
Games and weekly coach's show are broadcast on KFKA (1310 AM).
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- "Colorado Crush Acquires New Ownership". www.goifl.com. OurSports Central. October 17, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
- "Project FANchise Launches First-Ever Fan-Run Pro Sports Team". OurSports Central. April 21, 2016.
- "Colorado Ice Linebacker Named IFL Defensive Rookie of the Year". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. June 23, 2010. Retrieved February 18, 2017.