Huntington Hammer

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Huntington Hammer
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Founded 2010
Folded 2012
League Ultimate Indoor Football League
Team history Huntington Hammer (2011-2012)
Sarasota Thunder (2013)
Based in Huntington, West Virginia
Arena Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Colors Blue and Orange
Owner(s) Cecil Van Dyke
Bill Nichols
Rick Kranz
Daniel Fisher
Head coach Michael Owens
Championships (0)
Playoff berths (1)
2011
Dancers Hammer Girls
Mascot Thoran

The Huntington Hammer were a professional indoor football team that began play as a charter member of the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) for its inaugural 2011 season. The Hammer is based in Huntington, West Virginia, with home games played at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The Hammer is the third indoor football team to play in Huntington, succeeding the National Indoor Football League's River Cities LocoMotives (2001) and the American Indoor Football Association's Huntington Heroes (2006-2008). A team called the West Virginia Wild was set to play in the Continental Indoor Football League for 2009, but the franchise was revoked prior to the team's inaugural season.

History[edit]

2011[edit]

The team was owned by principal owner, Cecil Vandyke, along with co-owners Bill Nichols and Rick Kranz.[1] On January 6, 2011, Josh Resignalo was named the first head coach in Hammer history.[2] Resignalo was relieved on his coaching duties following an April 9th lost to the Saginaw Sting. Defensive Coordinator, Michael Owens, was named the interim head coach. The Hammer experienced and up and down season, but managed to earn a 7-7 records, earning a playoff berth while winning the final game of the season.[3] However, the Hammer experienced a season-low point total for the season, scoring just 4 points in a Semifinal matchup with the Eastern Kentucky Drillers.[4]

2012[edit]

The Hammer were set to return to the UIFL in 2012, with the league expanding to 16 teams.[5] However, before the season started, the UIFL announced that 6 of the 16 teams announced for 2012 would be folding, this included the Hammers.

Notable players[edit]

Roster[edit]

Huntington Hammer roster
Quarterbacks
  • -- Jermaine Davis
  • -- Noel Johnson-Alexander

Running backs

  • -- Romiell Dunlap

Wide receivers

  • -- Na Brown
  • -- Alijah Evans
  • 80 Hiram Moore
  • -- Mark Littlejohn
  • -- Jermaine Payton
  • 81 Victor Smith
Offensive Linemen
  • -- John Burrows
  • -- Jesse Carmon
  • -- John Johnson
  • -- Michael Jones
  • -- Drew Robinson
  • -- Nigil Wells

Defensive Linemen

  • -- Ryan Miller
  • -- LaRon Zimmerman
Linebackers
  • -- Taurean Charles
  • -- Courtney Dailey
  • -- Phillip Gamble
  • -- Martino Montague Jr.
  •  9 Andre Portis
  • -- Kaleb Slaughter

Defensive Backs

  • -- Dominique Darden
  • -- Ashton Hall
  • -- Andre Moore
  • -- Christopher Royal
  • -- Enrique Shaw

Kickers

  • -- Rob Avriett
  • -- Merf Trout
Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Exempt List

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant


Rookies in italics
Roster updated October 3, 2011
30 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 PS

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All-League selections[edit]

Coaches of note[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2011 UIFL season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Josh Resignalo 2011 4 3 0 .571 0 0
Michael Owens 2011 3 4 0 .429 0 1

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
2011 2011 UIFL 4th 7 7 0 Lost Semifinal 4-20 (Eastern Kentucky)
Totals 7 7 0 All-time regular season record (2011)
0 1 - All-time postseason record (2011)
7 8 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nichols happy with first game". www.irontontribune.com. Ironton Tribune. February 21, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hammer Announce Resignalo as Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. January 6, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kyle Austin (May 29, 2011). "Saginaw Sting finish regular season with 49-25 loss to Huntington Hammer". www.mlive.com. MLive Media Group. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ Ryan Walker (June 6, 2011). "Hammer falls to Drillers". www.irontontribune.com. Ironton Tribune. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ Jim Walker (September 30, 2011). "UIFL expansion leads to four divisions". www.irontontribune.com. Ironton Tribune. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 

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