Los Angeles Kiss

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Los Angeles Kiss
Current season
Established 2013
Play in Honda Center
in Anaheim, California
LAKissFootball.com
Los Angeles Kiss helmet
Los Angeles Kiss logo
Helmet Logo
League/conference affiliations

Arena Football League (2014–present)

  • National Conference (2014–present)
    • West Division (2014–2015)
Team colors

Black, Flame, Gold, Chrome, White

                        
Personnel
Owner(s) Gene Simmons
Paul Stanley
Doc McGhee
President Joe Windham
Head coach Omarr Smith
Team history
  • Los Angeles Kiss (2014–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (1)
2016
Home arena(s)

The Los Angeles Kiss (stylized as LA KISS) are a professional arena football team based in Anaheim, California. They are currently members of the National Conference of the Arena Football League (AFL). The Kiss joined the AFL as an expansion team after Los Angeles' previous franchise (Los Angeles Avengers) did not return as a part of Arena Football 1. The team's ownership is a group of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, members of rock band Kiss, as well as their manager Doc McGhee. The team plays its home games at the Honda Center in nearby Anaheim, which they share with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. The team was featured in the AMC series 4th and Loud.

History[edit]

Southern California's prior AFL history[edit]

The Kiss is the third AFL team to represent Los Angeles, the fourth to represent Southern California, and the second to play at the Honda Center. Los Angeles' first AFL team was the Los Angeles Cobras, which called the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena home for the team's only season of 1988, in which they finished 5–6–1, making the playoffs but losing to the Chicago Bruisers in the first round. Eight years later, the Anaheim Piranhas moved from Las Vegas, beginning play for the 1996 season at the Honda Center (known as the Arrowhead Pond at the time). Their first season saw them finish 9–5 and make the playoffs (losing to the Tampa Bay Storm in the first round), but their second season saw them finish 2–12 and fold after year's end, most likely because of their owner, C. David Baker, being named the AFL's commissioner and wanting to focus on that.

Los Angeles' longest-running foray in arena football was the Los Angeles Avengers, which called the Staples Center home during their nine-year run from 2000 until the league's suspension of operations in 2008. During that time, the team made five playoff appearances and won one division title (in 2005), though only winning one of those playoff games.

Kiss arrives[edit]

LA KISS guitar pick logo which appears at midfield of home games

On August 15, 2013, it was announced that Kiss (who performed at halftime of ArenaBowl XXVI) had purchased a share of an AFL expansion team set to begin play in 2014. Kiss lead members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, their manager Doc McGhee, and league veteran Brett Bouchy jointly own the team. Both Simmons and Stanley are not known as fans of the AFL.[1]

On September 10, 2013, Kiss began assembling their first roster, trading their first pick in the dispersal draft of Chicago Rush and Utah Blaze players, to the Iowa Barnstormers in exchange for quarterback J. J. Raterink.[2] With their 2nd and 3rd picks, they drafted wide receiver Chase Deadder and linebacker Antwan Marsh. On September 17, 2013, they named Bob McMillen, the 2013 AFL Coach of the Year, the franchise's first head coach.[3] On September 18, the Kiss hired former Los Angeles Dodgers business executive Schuyler Hoversten as its inaugural president.[4]

The games are themed to echo a Kiss music concert: games open with an electric guitar rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner; there is "loud pyrotechnics and music" throughout the game; "the Kiss logo is plastered everywhere: on the arena football field, on the end zone and on the flame-emblazoned jerseys in the stands. ... [There is a] Kiss Girls dance-squad in black leather. ... The team's artificial turf field is also colored in a unique silver color scheme.

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, AMC premiered 4th and Loud, a reality documentary series focusing on the team's inaugural season.[5]

On October 30, 2015, Bob McMillen stepped down as head coach and general manager of the Kiss. [6] Shortly thereafter, the Kiss hired former Arizona Rattlers team president Joe Windham as their president and also hired former San Jose SaberCats player and assistant coach Omarr Smith as their second head coach in team history.

Playoff Debut[edit]

The Kiss made their inaugural playoff appearance on August 7, 2016, facing the Cleveland Gladiators in the first round of the AFL Playoffs. The game was played at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California, as their home arena, the Honda Center, played host to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus that weekend. The Kiss lost to the Gladiators 56-52 in front of 4,692 fans in San Diego. [7] Shortly after the game, team captain Donavan Morgan announced his retirement.

Media[edit]

All games are televised on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and the CBS Sports Network.

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Los Angeles Kiss roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Kickers

Injured reserve

Refuse to report

Other League Exempt

League Suspension

Inactive reserve

Recallable reassignment

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 6, 2016
26 Active, 28 Inactive

More rosters

All-Arena players[edit]

The following players have been named to All-Arena Teams while a member of the KISS:

Notable coaches[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Bob McMillen 20142015 7 29 0 .167 0 0
Omarr Smith 2016–present 7 9 0 .438 0 1

Staff[edit]

Los Angeles Kiss staff
Front Office
  • Co-Owner – Gene Simmons
  • Co-Owner – Paul Stanley
  • Co-Owner – Doc McGhee
  • President/CEO – Joe Windham
  • General Manager - Vacant
  • Director of Player Personnel - Daniel Frazer
  • Director of Scouting - Grady Tucker, Jr.
  Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

  • Wide Receivers - Russell Shaw

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator - Walt Housman
  • Defensive Lineman - Grady Tucker, Jr.
Sports Medicine
  • Head Athletic Trainer – Bruno F. Silva
  • Team Physician – Dr. Luga Podesta
  • Team Physician – Dr. Michale Banffy
  • Team Internist – Dr. Dennis Jordanides
  • Team Neurologist – Dr. Vernon Williams

Season-by-season[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arena Football League, KISS Bring Pro Football Back to Los Angeles". Arena Football League. August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Iowa Barnstormers trade key offensive piece as part of Arena League shuffle". www.desmoinesregister.com. www.desmoinesregister.com. September 10, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "LA Kiss hires Bob McMillen as coach of AFL team". www.sacbee.com. The Sacramento Bee. September 17, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "KISS Hire Former Dodgers Executive as Inaugural President". Arena Football League. September 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "TCA: Kiss Originals Shout It Out Loud — AMC's '4th And Loud' Is Arena Rock That Will "Pummel You"". Deadline Hollywood. July 11, 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  6. ^ McMillen Steps Down as Head Coach of KISS, ArenaFootball.com, October 30, 2105
  7. ^ LA KISS Eliminated From Postseason With Loss To Cleveland, LA KISS website, August 7, 2016

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