Tucson Sugar Skulls

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Tucson Sugar Skulls
Current season
Established 2018
Play in Tucson Convention Center
in Tucson, Arizona
TucsonSugarSkulls.com
League/conference affiliations
Indoor Football League (2019–present)
Team colorsBlack, gold, red
              
Personnel
Owner(s)Kevin Guy
Cathy Guy
Ali Farhang
PresidentJay Gonzales[1]
General managerDixie Wooten
Head coachDixie Wooten
Team history
  • Tucson Sugar Skulls (2019–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Playoff appearances (1)
  • 2019
Home arena(s)

The Tucson Sugar Skulls are a professional indoor American football team based in Tucson, Arizona. They are members of the Indoor Football League (IFL) since the 2019 season as an expansion team. They play home games at Tucson Convention Center's Tucson Arena. The team are led by owners Kevin & Cathy Guy and Ali Farhang. Kevin Guy also serves as head coach and general manager of the Arizona Rattlers of the IFL.

History[edit]

The franchise was announced at an official press conference that was held on August 23, 2018, at the Tucson Convention Center.[2][3] The team announced Marcus Coleman as its first head coach on September 12, 2018.[4] The team name was revealed on September 20, 2018, after a name-the-team contest originating from the local tradition of creating sugar skulls for Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) and the Roman Catholic holiday of All Souls Day.[5]

The team qualified for the playoffs in their first season with a 7–7 record. They lost to the eventual league champion Sioux Falls Storm 50–47 in the first round. After the season, the Sugar Skulls hired two-time IFL coach of the year Dixie Wooten away from the Iowa Barnstormers as head coach and general manager for the 2020 season.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Tucson Sugar Skulls roster
Quarterbacks
  • 16 Matt Behrendt
  •  5 Jake Medlock

Running backs

  •  8 Mike Jones
  • 10 Shadrach Thornton

Wide receivers

  • 82 Jarid Brown
  • 21 Jeremiah Harris
  • 9 Shaquon Curenton
  • 14 Malique Belfort
Offensive linemen
  • 66 Jordan Budwig
  • 64 Mike Montero
  • 70 Alex Rios
  • 67 Antonio Rosales
  • 73 Trenton Saunders

Defensive linemen

  • 19 Edward Mosley
  • 55 Keith Jones Jr
  • 92 Rayshawn Henderson
  • 99 Rusmin Nikocevic
  • 93 Michael Kluge
Linebackers
  • 15 Robert Metz
  • 35 Zachary Allen

Defensive backs

  •  1 Emmanuel Roker
  • 26 Micah Eugene
  • 3 Ed Burns
  • 22 Kasey Johnson
  • 23 Dee Maggitt

Kickers

  • 6 Josh Gable
Reserve list
  • -- Darius Morris LB (IR) Injury icon 2.svg
  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated July 1, 2019
  • 25 active, 1 Inactive
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Head coaches[edit]

Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
W L Win% W L
Marcus Coleman 2019 7 7 .500 0 1

Staff[edit]

Tucson Sugar Skulls staff
Front office
  • Co-owners – Kevin Guy, Cathy Guy, Ali Farhang
  • CEO – Cathy Guy
  • President – Jay Gonzales
  • General manager – Dixie Wooten
  • Assistant general manager – Anton Zimanek
  • Director of sales – Dan Reich
 

Coaches

  • Head coach – Dixie Wooten
  • Offensive coordinator – Hurtis Chinn

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jay Gonzales named Sugar Skulls President". Sugar Skulls. July 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Tucson Indoor Football". Facebook.com. August 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Richard Obert (August 23, 2018). "Tucson joins Indoor Football League with Rattlers coach Kevin Guy and wife as co-owners". azcentral.com.
  4. ^ "Tucson's Indoor Football League team has its first coach — and he's a reigning champion". Tucson.com. September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Ryan Finlay (September 20, 2018). "Sweet: Tucson's new Indoor Football League team picks a name with local significance". tucson.com.
  6. ^ "Sugar Skulls Hire Championship Coach". OurSports Central. September 18, 2019.

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