|Team history||Harrisburg Stampede (2007–2014)|
|Based in||Harrisburg, Pennsylvania|
|Arena||Giant Center (Hershey)|
|Colors||Blue, black, white
|Owner(s)||Dynasty Sports Group|
|Head coach||Bernie Nowotarski|
AIF: 2012, 2013
|Dancers||Stampede Crush Dance Team|
|Mascot||Blitz the Bull|
The Harrisburg Stampede was a professional indoor football team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Stampede participated in several different leagues over their history: the American Indoor Football Association in 2009 and 2010, the Southern Indoor Football League in 2011, American Indoor Football in 2012 and 2013, and the Professional Indoor Football League in what became their final season of play in 2014. The team suspended operations on December 30, 2014.
The "Stampede" name alluded to the team's original home venue, which hosts the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show, and the team's colors were blue, black and white.
The team was co-founded by John Morris and Fred Clark. In September, 2008, the team announced that they would use the nickname "Stampede" after narrowing a list of entries down to 3. In the Stampede's inaugural game, they beat an opposing team of American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) All-Stars, 46–26, in the 2009 AIFA Kickoff Classic. In their first regular season game, the Stampeded were defeated by the reigning AIFA champion, Florence Phantoms by a score of 19.13. In their second ever regular season game, the Stampede defeated the Baltimore Mariners 37-34. After a 2-4 start, Morris fired head coach Kelly Logan and replaced him with defensive coordinator, Mike McDonald. Marques Colston, a New Orleans Saints wide receiver, held a share during the team's first season. Colston left the group after the inaugural season, citing philosophical differences.
2009 Season Schedule
|March 14||Florence Phantoms||Away||Lost 13–19|
|March 28||Baltimore Mariners||Home||Won 37–34|
|April 4||South Carolina Force||Home||Lost 37–40|
|April 11||Columbus Lions||Home||Lost 33–35|
|April 18||Erie RiverRats||Away||Won 34–31|
|April 25||D.C. Armor||Away||Lost 26–44|
|May 2||Baltimore Mariners||Home||Lost 27–37|
|May 9||D.C. Armor||Home||Won 20–18|
|May 17||Reading Express||Away||Lost 6–44|
|May 23||Erie RiverRats||Away||Lost 44–54|
|May 30||Erie RiverRats||Home||Won 53–29|
|June 6||South Carolina Force||Home||Lost 30–36|
|June 13||Baltimore Mariners||Away||Lost 55–58|
|June 27||Reading Express||Home||Lost 19–41|
For the 2010 season, the team hired Ramon Robinson as their head coach. Robinson helped the Stampede turn their record around, leading them to an 11-3 regular season record, clinching a playoff spot. The #2 seeded Stampede defeated the #3 Erie Storm by a score of 52-48 in the first Stampede playoff game ever. The following week, the Stampede were defeated by the undefeated Mariners by a score of 65-13 in the Eastern Conference Championship Game.
The Stampede began the 2011 season by naming Bernie Nowotarski the team's head coach and general manager. 2011 also brought a new league for the Stampede, as they moved into the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL) after the merger of the AIFA's Eastern Conference with the SIFL After an 0–6 start to the 2011 season, Nowotarski was removed as General Manager and Head Coach of the Stampede. He was replaced by Josh Resignalo. The following season, the SIFL disbanded, leading the Stampede to re-join their former league, which is now going by American Indoor Football (AIF).
In 2012, the team joined American Indoor Football (AIF), the league was run by previous AIFA owner/CEO John Morris. In January 2012, Morris sold the team to local businessman Justin Coble, who made moves to broaden the fan base and re-energize the city of Harrisburg about the Stampede team; Colston returned to the team's ownership group just prior to the start of the 2012 season.
As of August 2012 Marques Colston's Dynasty Group acquired full control of the team and had continued to grow the footprint of the Stampede with its primary mission of servicing the community in the Greater Harrisburg area. The Stampede advanced to the AIF Championship Game for the second straight year in 2013, this time defeating the Cape Fear Heroes 57-42 earning their first ever title.
Harrisburg Stampede roster
Failure to Report - Exempt
Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
The following Stampede players have been named to All-League Teams:
- QB E. J. Nemeth (3)
- RB Victory Sesay
- WR Scorpio Brown (2), Colis Martin (2), Jerrell Jones
- OL Randall Bennett (2), Adam Hoffman, Troy Bennett
- DL Daniel Orlebar (2), Fearon Wright (2), Jashawn Williams, Amara Kamara
- LB Vincent Tiberi (2), Jermaine Thaxton (3), Will Hines (4)
- DB Richard Johnson, Armar Watson (2), Travis Proctor
- K Cap Poklemba
- KR Armar Watson (2)
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|
|2010||2010||AIFA||Eastern||2nd||11||3||0||Won Eastern Division Wild Card (Erie)
Lost Eastern Division Championship (Baltimore)
|2012||2012||AIF||Eastern||2nd||6||1||0||Won Eastern Conference Wild Card (Carolina) 68-20
Lost Eastern Conference Championship (Cape Fear) 32-57
|2013||2013||AIF||2nd||7||2||0||Won Wild Card (York)
Won AIF Championship Bowl VI (Cape Fear Heroes) 52-37
|Totals||34||34||0||All-time regular season record (2009–2014)|
|4||2||-||All-time postseason record (2009–2014)|
|38||36||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2009–2014)|
* Season currently in progress
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- "Harrisburg Stampede Release 2011 Schedule, Announce Move to SIFL". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. November 18, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Stampede Remove Nowotarski; Resignalo Named Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 26, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "John Morris Introduces The AIF and Nowotarski to Lead Stampede". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 18, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- "Local Businessman Becomes Part of Stampede Ownership Group". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 2, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
- Jason Bristol (March 14, 2012). "Marques Colston becomes part-owern of Harrisburg Stampede". Archived from the original on 15 June 2012.
- Shelly Stallsmith (June 9, 2013). "Harrisburg Stampede storms to championship with win over Heroes". www.pennlive.com. PA Media Group. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
- "Harrisburg Stampedes into the PIFL". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 25, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
- Johnson, Timothy (December 30, 2014). "Harrisburg Stampede suspending operations prior to 2015 season, team website confirms". PennLive. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
Citing difficult economic conditions, Harrisburg Stampede President/GM Marques Colston announced that the team would be suspending all operations indefinitely on Tuesday [December 30]...
- Bristol, Jason (December 31, 2014). "Players, coaches stunned at Stampede's departure". WHP-TV. Retrieved October 8, 2015.