River City Raiders

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River City Raiders
River City Raiders.jpg
Founded 2012
League UIFL (2013)
XLIF (2014–2015)
AIF (2016)
APF (2017–present)
Team history Missouri Monsters (2013)
St. Louis Attack (2014–2015)
River City Raiders (2016–present)
Based in St. Charles, Missouri (2013–present)
Arena Family Arena (2013–present)
Colors Purple, Black, White
              
Owner(s) Free Tickets Entertainment, LLC
President Kenny Nowling
Head coach Greg Moore
Playoff berths (2)
2014, 2016
Mascot Mak
Website River City Raiders

The River City Raiders (formerly known as the Missouri Monsters and the St. Louis Attack)[1] are a professional indoor football team based in St. Charles, Missouri. They are currently a member of Arena Pro Football and play their home games at Family Arena.

The Raiders are the second indoor football team to be based in St. Charles, the other being the River City Rage who last played in 2009.[2]

Franchise history[edit]

2012[edit]

The Monsters, originally known as the Kentucky Monsters, were created due to a dispute with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, who played the Ultimate Indoor Football League's (UIFL) inaugural season in Highland Heights until the team and the UIFL agreed to part ways. The latter Monsters were created in an attempt to retain the UIFL's rights on the Bank of Kentucky Center and to prevent the original tenants from using the arena. (The UIFL also secured the rights to the Cincinnati market, via the Cincinnati Commandos, to keep the River Monsters from taking root there as well.) The Monsters said they would maintain the River Monsters' prior records. With the objective of forcing the River Monsters out of the Northern Kentucky market having succeeded, the team never made it beyond the naming of a head coach; the Kentucky Monsters quietly folded prior to the 2012 season without playing any games in the UIFL.

2013[edit]

Missouri Monsters Logo

Its intellectual property rights were transferred to a proposed 2013 expansion team set to play in St. Charles, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.[3] John Parker, was named head coach. On March 8, 2013, the Missouri Monsters opened their season with a game against the Corpus Christi Fury, losing 74-37 in front of a crowd of 4,092 [4]

On March 26, 2013, head coach John Parker was fired, and Martino Theus was named head coach effective immediately. The Missouri Monsters completed the 2013 season with a 5-5 record.

2014[edit]

St. Louis Attack Logo

For the 2014 season, the Monsters changed their name to the St. Louis Attack and played in the X-League Indoor Football.[5] Chris McKinney was named head coach.

After an undefeated regular season, Attack head coach Chris McKinney was named X-League Coach of the Year, and owner Andrew Haines was named Team Owner of the Year. Despite their regular season success, the Attack was defeated in the inaugural championship game 60-48 to the Marine Raiders.

2015[edit]

Despite finishing with a 5-3 regular season record and in third place in the X-League, the Attack decided to forgo their X-League playoff berth for the X-Bowl to be played between the Florida Tarpons and the Florida Marine Raiders.[6]

2016[edit]

On October 14, it was announced that the Attack had been purchased by Free Tickets Entertainment, LLC and would play the 2016 season as a member of American Indoor Football.[7] On October 29, 2015, the franchise officially changed their name to the River City Raiders. Following the season, the AIF announced that it was ceasing operations, leaving the Raiders without a league to play in.

2017[edit]

On October 11, 2016, the River City Raiders were listed as members of Champions Indoor Football (CIF) on the 2017 league schedule.[8] In late November 2016, the Raiders were removed from the CIF apparently due to non-payment of league fees. However, their regional opponent, the Chicago Eagles, ceased operations in mid-November after the league schedules had already been made and Raiders claimed they actually left the league due to the adverse effects on their schedule caused by the Eagles departure.[9] On December 29, they announced they had joined the newly created Arena Pro Football for the 2017 season.

Coaches of note[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2016 American Indoor Football season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
John Parker 2013 0 2 0 .000 0 0
Martino Theus 2013 5 3 0 .625 0 0
Chris McKinney 2014–2015 10 2 0 .833 0 1
Pat Pimmel 2015 3 1 0 .750 0 0
Corey Bethany 2016 6 1 0 .857 0 1
Greg Moore 2017–present 0 10 0 0 0

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
2013 2013 UIFL 4th 5 5 0
2014 2014 X-League 1st 9 0 0 Lost X-Bowl I (Florida) 48-60[10]
2015 2015 X-League 3rd 5 3 0
2016 2016 AIF Northern 2nd 6 1 0 Lost Divisional Semifinal (Lehigh Valley) 52-54
Totals 25 9 0 All-time regular season record (2013–2016)
0 2 All-time postseason record (2013–2016)
25 11 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2013–2016)

* Season currently in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unknown (23 July 2013). "St. Louis Attack replace Missouri Monsters". Suburban Journals. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Russell Korando (May 25, 2012). "Pro football returning to St. Charles County's Family Arena". St. Louis Journal. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "UIFL & NKY River Monsters Agree to Part Ways". www.theuifl.com. UIFL. 
  4. ^ "Monster Attendance for Monsters Home Opener". 
  5. ^ Golden, Devin (2013-05-25). "Going Xtreme: Rampage will help form new indoor league". The Daily Citizen. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  6. ^ "Edge season over as X-League skips to title game". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, IL: Lee Enterprises. June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Free Tickets Entertainment, LLC Acquires the St. Louis Attack; Joins AIF". American Indoor Football. October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "2017 CIF Schedule". CIF. October 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Weekly Sports League & Franchise Report". OurSports Central. November 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ Brady Fredericksen (June 15, 2014). "Marine Raiders Top St. Louis, Win X-Bowl". ww.theledger.com. Ledger Media Group. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 

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