Richmond Bandits

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Richmond Bandits
Established 2005
Folded 2006
Played in Richmond, Virginia
at the Richmond Coliseum
Richmond Bandits helmet
Richmond Bandits logo
HelmetLogo
League/conference affiliations
Atlantic/American Indoor Football League (2005–2006)
  • Southern (2006)
Team colorsBlue, Red, White
              
MascotBilly the Bandit
Personnel
Head coachBrent Williams
Team history
  • Richmond Bandits (2005-2006)
Championships
League championships (1)
AIFL (2005)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (2)
AIFL: 2005, 2006
Home arena(s)

The Richmond Bandits were a professional indoor football team based in Richmond, Virginia. They were a charter member of the Atlantic Indoor Football League.[1] In 2005, the Bandits defeated the Erie Freeze to win the AIFL's first-ever American Bowl, completing the year with a combined record of 11-1.[2] On February 7, 2005, ownership announced that the team would be nicknamed the "Bandits", and that the would be coached by Rik Richards.[3] During that inaugural year, head coach Rik Richards, offensive coordinator Brent Williams, and line coach Steve Criswell led one of the league's most potent offenses and a defense that led the league in takeaways. Starting quarterback Will Burch led the team to a 4-1 record, including a 94-point outburst at Johnstown, before being replaced by Robbie Jenkins due to ineffectiveness in game 6. Damon "Redd" Thompson, Bryan Still, DeAndre Green, and Marcel Willis were the team's top receivers. Lawrence Lewis and Julian Graham anchored the defense. The Bandits played their home games in the Richmond Coliseum. Also affiliated with the team are the Bandivas, the dance team for the Bandits, and mascot Billy the Bandit.

Despite ending up 12-2 (second in the Southern Conference) in their second year, they were unable to agree on issues concerning the league and their rules, and were suspended by the AIFL from the playoffs.[4] Their team owner stated that the Bandits will no longer be part of the American Indoor Football League [1].

Because they were unable to join any other indoor league and there was potential to bring back the Richmond Speed, it is most likely that the Bandits have disbanded.

In their last year in the AIFL, WR Redd Thompson was named the 2006 Southern Conference Offensive MVP.[2]

Statistics and records[edit]

Season-by-season results[edit]

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth League Leader
Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2005 AIFL 2nd 9 1 0 Won AIFL Semifinal (Johnstown) 50–40
Won American Bowl I (Erie) 56–30
2006 AIFL Southern 2nd 12 2 0 Forfeit Southern Conference Semifinal (Raleigh)
Totals 21 3 0 All-time regular season record (2005–2006)
2 1 All-time postseason record (2005–2006)
23 4 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2005–2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richmond, VA To Join AIFL As League's Fifth Franchise". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. January 20, 2005. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Bandits crowned inaugueral AIFL champions; Win 56-30 over Freeze". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 17, 2005. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Bandits Sighted in Richmond, Richards Becomes Head Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 7, 2005. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Bandits Suspended From AIFL Playoffs". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. June 19, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2015.

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