Florida Tarpons

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Florida Tarpons
Founded 2011
Current season 2016
League Ultimate Indoor Football League (2012–2014)
X-League Indoor Football (2015)
American Indoor Football (2016)
Arena Pro Football (2017)
Division Southern (2016)
Team history Florida Tarpons (2012–present)
Based in Estero, Florida
Arena Germain Arena (2012–present)
Colors Royal Blue, Red, Sea Blue, Grey, Orange White
Owner(s) Florida Tarpons Group
Head coach Michael Taylor
General manager Michael Taylor
Championships (2)
UIFL (2013)
X-League (2015)
Conference titles (1) UIFL South (2012)
Playoff berths (6)
UIFL (2012, 2013, 2014)
X-League (2015)
AIF (2016)
APF (2017)
Dancers Reel Girls
Mascot Timmy the Tarpon

The Florida Tarpons are a professional indoor football team based in Estero, Florida, and is currently a member of the Arena Pro Football. They began play in 2012 as an expansion team of the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL). The Tarpons joined the X-League Indoor Football (X-League) during the 2015 season when the UIFL merged with the X-League.

The Tarpons are Estero's second indoor football team; their first since arenafootball2's Florida Firecats which played from 2001 until the af2's demise in 2009. In addition, they are the fourth indoor football team in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area, with them and the Firecats joining the unrelated Fort Myers Tarpons which played in the National Indoor Football League's final season of 2007 and the Florida Stingrays which played the 2008 American Indoor Football Association season. (Both teams played at the Lee County Civic Center). The founders of the Tarpons are Andrew & Leah Haines and Michael & Anna Taylor. The Tarpons play their home games at Germain Arena.

Franchise history[edit]

2012: Expansion[edit]

Tarpons logo 2012–2015

In July 2011, the Tarpons were announced as an expansion team for the 2012 UIFL season.[1] On July 6, 2011, the Tarpons named, UIFL Co-Founder, Michael Taylor, as the team's inaugural head coach.[2] The Tarpons went undefeated during the regular season, and advanced to Ultimate Bowl II after defeating the Lakeland Raiders in the UIFL South Finals. The Tarpons lost Ultimate Bowl II to the Cincinnati Commandos.[3] Four players from the Tarpons 2012 roster were invited/signed to NFL Rookie Mini Camps: DL Joshua Long, WR Dwayne Frampton, DB Willie Williams, and DB E.J. Whitley. WR Carlos Singleton signed with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League after the Tarpons season ended.[4]

2016: Move to the AIF[edit]

On October 7, 2015, the Tarpons announced that they were joining American Indoor Football.[5] On July 18, 2016, the AIF ceased operations, leaving the Tarpons without a league.

2017: Arena Pro Football[edit]

On October 20, 2016, the Tarpons were added to the Arena Developmental League (ADL) for the league's inaugural 2017 season.[6] However, on November 10, the Tarpons announced they had joined the new Arena Pro Football (APF) instead and the ADL was soon renamed National Arena League upon the addition of the Jacksonville Sharks.

The Tarpons would play their first APF game against the Alabama Outlawz, also formerly of the X-League. The Tarpons won 42–18.

Players of note[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Florida Tarpons roster
  • Currently vacant

Running Backs

  • Currently vacant

Wide Receivers

  • Currently vacant
Offensive Linemen
  • Currently vacant

Defensive Linemen

  • Currently vacant
  • Currently vacant

Defensive Backs

  • Currently vacant


  • Currently vacant
Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Transfer List

  • Currently vacant

Refuse to Report

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated October 18, 2016
0 Active, 0 Inactive

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Awards and honors[edit]

The following is a list of all Tarpons players who have won league awards:

Season Player Position Award
2012 Terrance Jones Defensive Back UIFL South Defensive Player of the Year
2012 Ross Gornall Kicker UIFL South Special Teams Player of the Year
2012 Chris Wallace Quarterback 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Carlos Singleton Wide Receiver 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Donald Fusilier Wide Receiver 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 James Barker Offensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Greg Walls Offensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Josh Long Defensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Darrell Roseman Defensive Lineman 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Harriel Moore Linebacker 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Tavares Woodley Linebacker 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Terrance Jones Defensive Back 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Ross Gornall Kicker 1st Team All-UIFL North
2012 Sean Callahan Offensive Lineman Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 E.J. Whitley Defensive Back Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2012 Steven Turner All-Purpose Honorable Mention All-UIFL North
2015 Javarous Faulk Defensive Lineman X-Bowl MVP

Coaches of note[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2017 Arena Pro Football season

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Michael Taylor 2012–present 38 9 0 .809 4 4 UIFL South Coach of the Year (2012)

Coaching staff[edit]

Florida Tarpons staff
Front Office
  • President– Michael Taylor

Head Coach

  • Head Coach – Michael Taylor

Offensive Coaches

  • Assistant/Special Teams Coordinator - Tim Culver

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator/Player Personnel – Brett Burnside
  • Assistant - Steve Perry

Statistics and records[edit]

Season-by-season results[edit]

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
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2012 2012 UIFL South 1st 11 0 Won UIFL South Finals (Raiders) 60–29
Lost Ultimate Bowl II (Commandos) 44–61
2013 2013 UIFL 1st 5 1 Won Ultimate Bowl III (Fury) 40–32
2014 2014 UIFL 2nd 4 4 Lost Ultimate Bowl IV (Fury) 23–60
2015 2015 X-League 1st 6 2 Won X-Bowl II (Marine Raiders) 65–23[7]
2016 2016 AIF Southern 2nd 7 1 0 Won Southern Semifinal (Steam) 71–20
Lost Southern Championship (Lions) 66-79
2017 2017 APF 2nd 5 1 0 Lost Championship (Roughriders) 61–75
Totals 38 9 0 All-time regular season record (2012–2017)
4 4 All-time postseason record (2012–2017)
42 13 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2012–2017)

* Season currently in progress


  1. ^ "Florida Tarpons Football at Germain Arena". Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Woody Wommack (July 6, 2011). "Pro football: Florida Tarpons name UIFL co-founder as first head coach". www.naplesnews.com. Naples Daily News. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ Adam Fisher (July 2, 2012). "Indoor football: Perfect season not in the cards as Tarpons fall in championship". www.naplesnews.com. Naples Daily News. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Tarpons WR Carlos Singleton Moves up to AFL". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 22, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Florida Tarpons Join AIF". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 7, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "League to Welcome Former Two-Time Champion Florida Tarpons". ADL. October 20, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Edge season over as X-League skips to title game". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, IL: Lee Enterprises. June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 

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