|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
|Head coach||Michael Owens|
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called the West Virginia Wild was set to play in the Continental Indoor Football League for 2009, but the franchise was revoked prior to the team's inaugural season.
The team was owned by principal owner, Cecil Vandyke, along with co-owners Bill Nichols and Rick Kranz. On January 6, 2011, Josh Resignalo was named the first head coach in Hammer history. 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. 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.
The Hammer were set to return to the UIFL in 2012, with the league expanding to 16 teams. However, before the season started, the UIFL announced that 6 of the 16 teams announced for 2012 would be folding, this included the Hammers.
Huntington Hammer roster
Coaches of note
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2011 UIFL season.
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|
|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)|
- "Nichols happy with first game". www.irontontribune.com. Ironton Tribune. February 21, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- "Hammer Announce Resignalo as Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. January 6, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- 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.
- Ryan Walker (June 6, 2011). "Hammer falls to Drillers". www.irontontribune.com. Ironton Tribune. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- Jim Walker (September 30, 2011). "UIFL expansion leads to four divisions". www.irontontribune.com. Ironton Tribune. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
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